Jasper is a transient town. I have said goodbye to more amazing people during my two years here than I have in any other place I've lived. It's not because the place doesn't warrant a long-term commitment. It's because for most people it's just a stop on the journey. It's a place to work a mindless job for four months, before moving on to the next destination. That's the case for most of my pals. So on Monday I yet again bid farewell to a group of amazing people. The ladies directly to my left, Nikki and Courtney, are off on their next adventures. Nikki is Saskatoon-bound, while Courtney is off to Australia with her amazeballs boyfriend, Brad.
Shortly, Mishelle, my bestie in town (pictured second from the left), will also be leaving. I have one month left before she jets off to Victoria. Left behind in all of this transition is Julie-Ann (far left) and me. We keep joking that we can't wait to spend the winter together, as it will surely be the winter of Nicole and Julie-Ann.
Last month, I also said goodbye to two other great friends, Sarah and Ryan. Sarah was the reporter at the Fitzhugh and Ryan is her boyfriend. They are both amazing people, who I miss dearly around these parts.
I have to say, it's hard constantly saying goodbye and starting over again. I have gone through a few groups of friends in the last two years. It's tiring. I'm tired of missing people. I'm tired of feeling lonely while I rebuild my world and I'm tired of putting myself out there only to say goodbye a few months later. It's a weird life, living in tourist town. But it is the life I've chosen and there are so many great parts about it. I mean, every morning I get to walk up to the mountains and elk walking down the street. I get to ski all winter long and go out on snowshoe adventures. In the summer, I get to swim in clean lakes and hike gorgeous trails. Although I can complain about my revolving door of friends, I definitely can't complain about the life I live in this here town.
So, here's to the winter of Julie-Ann and Nicole!