Wondering what we’ve been up to this year? Staff adventures and cat pictures are detailed below, in this edition of What's Up On The Hill!
Caitlin finally moved to Edinburgh! After talking about it for years, she got on a plane and arrived in beautiful Edinburgh this September. It is a wonderful city that she visited for the first time almost 5 years ago, and hasn’t stopped thinking about since. She is not abandoning Radar Hill, rest assured that blog posts detailing Radar Hill services and website tips will still be written. However instead of her working in the Pyramid, she will now be working near a Castle! The old buildings, history, accents, and stunning views were just too irresistible to stay away from. “I have my own flat in a great area of the city, and things are going great!”
In August a total solar eclipse occurred in a small geographical strip in the USA, and Shawn brought 3 of his daughters on a road trip to experience this majestic natural phenomenon. It turned into a three-week trip, because driving to Idaho isn’t so far from Utah, which isn’t too far from Las Vegas, which is close to California. It was a fantastic trip, and probably the longest that he has gone without doing work in 20 years, so a well-deserved vacation! The eclipse itself was absolutely stunning; the hours and hours of driving was definitely worth the 2 minutes of totality. Such a beautiful sight to behold that pictures cannot do it justice. Other highlights include the red Zion National Park in Utah, Disneyland, and Universal Studios. Over a year of planning went into this trip, and although arguments were had, it was a wonderful trip that they are so glad they took.
Kendra and Kittens
Kendra had a busy year, although it started painfully with a popped shoulder. A personal highlight was winning tickets from the Zone 91.3 for a Hollerado concert which included a meet & greet. She also has been volunteering with GVAC to help socialize the kittens they have up for adoption at the PetSmart at Uptown by cuddling and playing with them. From orange to red to purple, if you came into the office often you might have noticed her hair changing colours – unless you’re Dan in which case it took him 2 weeks to notice the bright red was gone.
Just before starting at Radar Hill, Helena got to enjoy Las Vegas for the first time – although she doesn’t recommend going in June, unless you like 40+ degrees heat. A couple highlights were the thrill ride at the top of the Stratosphere, and the New York New York Rollercoaster. She also took advantage of the lovely West Coast summer weather and headed up to Lake Cowichan for weekend camping, with her favourite spots being Pine Point Campsite, and Nixon Creek.
We hosted 11 Google Partners Connect workshops this year, with subjects including the real estate, health services, and home services industries, which were a big success! These monthly events detailed what businesses could do to get ahead with their online advertising by targeting prospective clients. Stay tuned for more workshops in 2018!
In April the Whitson family visited Loreto, Mexico, a beautiful little town on the Baja California Peninsula. Nathan was finishing high school and looking for work so Tracy and Roger thought they had better take a nice family vacation before he’s too busy. They stayed in a fantastic vacation home – see here to rent your own piece of paradise – for 10 fantastic days. While walking or biking around the developments it seemed like Disneyland sometimes being so clean and friendly, although the one complaint by Nathan and Sydney was that “there’s nowhere to spend money” which makes it a wonderful ‘fault’ when compared to actual Disneyland. With so much to do, from the beaches, eating, golfing, hiking, scuba diving and snorkeling, it was a great vacation and they can’t wait to go back.
Andrea celebrated 14 years at Radar Hill in March, and with Helena concentrating on client contact, Andrea can focus on the accounting which makes everything run smoothly and efficiently for our clients. A personal highlight of the year was travelling with Garrett and Brielle up island to Nanaimo, Parksville, and Cathedral Grove where the trees are around 800 years old. They spent time visiting family, enjoying the beautiful beaches of Vancouver Island, and Christmas toy shopping in Coombs. Yes it was August when they went, but it’s always a good time to do some Christmas shopping!
Birthday and Beer
Dan turned 50, and to celebrate this milestone birthday he and his family went on a short trip down to the Oregon Coast. There were stunning views of the ocean, sand dunes, steam trains, and beer to keep the grownups happy!