Last year my sister and her husband bought a small cabin on Salt Spring. They live in Ottawa but come to the West Coast often to visit family, and they wanted a place to call their own out here. Plus it wasn’t a bad investment.
Buying a vacation home has never been on Greg’s and my radar. Heck, we have yet to buy our first home! I’m not sure it would be top on my list of things to buy even if we did have the money. I’m a bit of a homebody. So when my sister urged us to use this place as much as possible, I was appreciative, but I wasn’t chomping at the bit to go over there.
We saw the place for the first time in April when my sister and her family were out for a visit. It’s nicer than I thought it would be, and it has a beautiful view of the ocean. But still, we didn’t race over there. Even with the six huge boxes of Ikea furniture we were storing for them taking up space in our dining room, basement and office. There were other things that got in our way, but we could have made time.
Finally, this past weekend we decided to go. We loaded everything and everyone in the truck and took a Saturday afternoon ferry over. And it was so much FUN! Even with the loading and unloading of furniture, the putting together of furniture, the screaming kids who wouldn’t go to bed last night, the dog who tended to pace around anxiously, and the shortness of the trip (24 hours). Even with all that, I’m still looking forward to going again. We had a lovely dinner out on Friday night, a great walk this morning with the kids and the pooch, an ice cream cone this afternoon, and a couple of stints playing in the playground in Ganges.
I’m not exactly sure what changed my mind. I think it was a combination of how appealing Salt Spring is, how comfortable the cabin is, how nice it is to be away from your home and away from laundry, TV, chores and work, and also realizing it really wasn’t that much work to get over there.
So now I can’t believe how lucky we are to have this opportunity.