Seeing Red Lake from above was a fitting way to say goodbye to the place that’s been home base for two years. As we flew above the hundreds of lakes and rivers in a four-seat floatplane, it really put into perspective just how vast and unoccupied so much of the land is around us.

Perspective. It’s something that I’ve thought a lot about in my time here. Over the last few years Charlie and I have had the opportunity to live in places and in ways that are so different from what we both grew up with. It’s been rewarding and tough and pushed us to grow.

And here we are again, at the precipice of another big change. Tomorrow my dad and I set off on our 3,500-mile road trip across Canada and the US. Excitement and sadness keep swapping as my primary emotion. Change is necessary and positive, but rarely easy. Wish me luck.