It all started when Braden of Make Hay Media reached out to me to see if I could take 5 weeks off work to go on an adventure. I was definitely intrigued, to say the least. It involved travelling to 85 different stops in The Great Waterway. I learned there would only be six of us on this journey.
To start off, there’s me: I’m Melissa, and I moved to Kingston in May 2015 to start a business. Prior to this, I lived in Kitchener-Waterloo to study Psychology and Computer Science at the University of Waterloo. Shortly after I pursued firefighting at Conestoga College, and then decided to move to Kingston with my business partner to pursue opening Improbable Escapes, an escape room.
Starting a business was probably my first and biggest adventure. Like many entrepreneurs, there were many long days and a lot of stress. Until a few months ago, I worked 7 days a week, and wasn’t able to explore Kingston or the surrounding area. My goal for this summer was to explore new destinations, so when this opportunity arose, I knew I couldn’t turn it down.
The next four individuals on this journey are Braden, Brody, Taylor, and Noah of Make Hay Media. I met Braden a bit over a year ago, and soon after became a client of Make Hay Media. They made a few videos for my company, and we quickly learned how talented they were. Make Hay Media has a wide variety of clients, such as Tourism Kingston, Kick & Push, Theatre Kingston, and more. Their videos are authentic and full of adventure and curiosity.
And the last individual: his name is Scott, and I know absolutely nothing about him. Him and I are completely strangers, and we know nothing about each other. We’re the two strangers on this journey. This is pretty crazy, right?!
Our journey officially began this morning. After struggling with how to pack 5 weeks worth of gear and belongings into two bags, I arrived at Make Hay Media’s office in downtown Kingston. Shortly after, we hit the road and took the Glenora Ferry to Prince Edward County. After checking into the beautiful Huff Estates Inn, we went to Midtown Brewing Company and the Drake Devonshire Inn to kick off this adventure.
Starting tomorrow, we will be visiting various destinations ranging from Bay of Quinte up to Cornwall and the Counties. As someone that hasn’t had a chance to explore most of the regions along The Great Waterway, I am incredibly excited. Throughout the next 5 weeks, you’ll be able to follow our journey here, on Instagram and Facebook. You’ll catch sneak peeks of us fishing, camping, visiting The Kingston Pen, experiencing the Kingston Food Tour, and so much more.
Last but not least, tomorrow I’ll meet Scott. Once he arrives in Prince Edward County, we will officially be On The Way!