Before this summer, I had barely left the east coast. I've been around New England, Montreal a couple times, NYC a couple times, Florida when I cant remember, and DC back in the 8th grade. So when I drove myself to Buffalo where Valerie Kasinski lives, and when we flew from there, back over three time zones, to Vancouver, BC, it was amazing to me. The landscape was totally different; we could see mountains everywhere, even from the airport! But what really made the trip amazing was the four dozen photographers I got to spend it with.
Our Flickr Island meetup was hosted by the amazing Gurbir Grewal and Lizzy Gadd. The first night, after (most) everyone arrived, we were able to stay at Gurbir's house before departing in far too many cars back towards Vancouver. We took a train. Then a bus. Then a ferry and another ferry to get to the small little island we would be camping on for five days. It was wonderful. Unlike past large gatherings many of these people had already been to, we didnt spend a lot of time every day in a car to get to various locations. Everyone got to explore the island if they wanted to (7.5 kilometers of a hike around) or just chill out on our campsite or beach. We grew into a family, and it was one of the best weeks of my life.
Be warned, there a lot of pictures coming.