388 days since the shooting. Gone bear/whale/eagle/salmon watching. Last year I couldn’t watch movies or tv because it would cause me post traumatic anxiety. The only way I could get back to consuming media was through watching nature documentaries. I would watch blue planet and pbs nonstop. I never expected a year later I would be watching these majestic animals in person. I’ve spotted three grizzly bears, five humpback whales and tons of jumping salmon. Eagles galore.
A couple tips:
1) You hear a whale spout before you’ll see one.
2) A whale’s breath smells like “the whole boat farting at once,” the guides describe it.
3) Salmon smells delicious alive.
4) Bears are pretty chill. But they spook easily.
I’m really happy to be adventuring like this. But I admittedly am getting homesick. Good thing there’s FaceTime and Skype. Happy birthday sis!