I’m sad to be leaving the bus today. Last night Forest, Carlene, Jill, and Crystal showed up with the University of Guelph van to switch out with us. It’s a bummer to leave the BIOBus in someone else’s hands because you begin to reflect on all the time you spent on the bus. My time on the BIOBus was a great adventure to me. I don’t think I would have ever traveled to the east coast of Canada if it weren’t for the opportunity with the BIOBus. The experiences I had I’ll carry with me for as long as I’ll remember. I learnt a lot of helpful skills I can use towards future employment. I learnt how to properly deploy a Malaise Trap, I’ve worked towards perfecting my sweep net technique, and I’ve become even better at identifying insects than I was before. Of course, it’s not what I learnt that’s important, it’s how I learnt. The countless sweeping events, the hundreds of leafs I’ve sifted through, and all the insects I had to sort through are some of the things I’ll remember, and these weren’t even the best part of the whole experience.
The landscape on the eastern coast of Canada is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. The sunsets over the ocean in PEI, the rising and falling tides of Fundy National Park and the spectacular sights on the Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia are souvenirs I’ll never lose. The time I spent on the BIOBus only reconfirmed for me what I want in a job, and the more traveling I do the happier I’ll be. Soon I’ll be back in Guelph and I’ll be telling all my friends about this amazing trip.