Saskatchewanderer enjoying touring including southwest Sask.
When Saskatchewanderer Caitlin Taylor saw the ad for ‘the best summer job ever’ online in February, she hoped her application video and resumé would be enough to land her the position — travelling the province over the course of three months, shooting photos and videos and sharing her experiences with the world via social media.
“The deadline was only a week away, but I thought, this job is so me — everything that is involved is everything that I love,” she said while visiting the Cypress Hills earlier this week. “I did the best I could do with my resumé and video, and they called me in for an interview. I was announced as the new Saskatchewanderer May 2, and I’ve already done so many amazing things since then.”
Some of the highlights of Taylor’s summer so far have included a trip to Grasslands National Park, checking out the wild ponies of the Bronson Forest at Frenchman Butte, and riding a hot air balloon over her hometown of Saskatoon. She’s also been stand-up paddle boarding, sailing, experienced a pow wow, and covered Saskatchewan Fashion Week.
“It’s been really great, doing all of these things, because I get to meet so many people who are really passionate about what they do, so I can share in that passion for a while,” Taylor explained. “These are pretty much all new experiences for me, so it’s great to be able to do something I love like taking photos and making videos, but while I’m also trying out all kinds of new things.”
Taylor only has a few weeks left as Saskatchewanderer, since her last day is Aug. 16. She explained while she will miss a lot of things about the job, she will most miss being able to communicate with people from all over, about her home province.
“I love travelling and I love exploring, and I really love Saskatchewan, so it’s been nice getting all of these comments and feedback from the people of this province,” she said. “I’m really going to miss communicating with them and sharing my experiences with everyone like that.”
After Aug. 16, Taylor will head back to B.C. to finish a video project there before returning to the University of Saskatchewan in the fall.
“I’m still undecided as to what I’m going to study, so my plan is just to continue taking classes that interest me and see what happens,” she said. “I’m thinking possibly journalism, but I’m really not sure yet.”
However, Taylor still has quite a few exciting trips coming up, before her time as Saskatchewanderer comes to a close. This week, she spent a few days staying at the equestrian campground at Cypress Hills, and next week, she will be heading up to the Athabasca Sand Dunes.
“That will be a huge trip,” she admitted. “We are driving up north as far as we can, then it’s a four-day paddle to get into the park, and we will spend a few days there, exploring. I know that many people from Saskatchewan dream of going up there, so it’s a really big deal for me. I’m going to be doing a lot of videos and taking a bunch of photos, because it’s such a cool place.”
Taylor’s summer goal was to show people the diversity Saskatchewan has to offer, and she feels confident that she has been able to accomplish that goal.
For next year’s Saskatchewanderer, she offers a bit of advice.
“There are so many things to try, you can’t be scared of it all,” she said. “This job is all about trying new things and talking to people about it, and even though you might have a plan for what you want to do in a certain area, it’s so great to talk to the locals and get ideas from them as far as what you need to see. Having that flexibility to take their advice and check out some local secrets is a great way to discover things you wouldn’t have otherwise.”
For more information on Taylor’s stops throughout the province, visit www.saskatchewanderer.ca, or follow her on twitter @SKWanderer.
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