Adventure in Wells, BC… ARTSWELLS

Adventure in Wells, BC… ARTSWELLS

After recharging in Vancouver spending some time with Mandie’s Dad and some friends we traveled North towards the picturesque town of Wells. The day was very hot and with the hills the van began to overheat which we retaliated with by cranking up the heat. Like an amazing late 80’s sauna. We spent the night a couple hours past Hope at a turn out on the edge of the Fraser River. It was a good sleep, but turned into a…

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Muscle Beach, Tofino and Ucluelet

Muscle Beach, Tofino and Ucluelet

The start of this trip is in a parking lot in Nanaimo, exhausted after overhauling the van we spent the night in front of Calbela’s with about 6 other RVs. The sun arose and the sweet rumble of RVs warming up their engines and turning on their air conditioning got us out of bed. We were off on the road again, this time to the western side of Vancouver Island. We were off to Tofino, otherwise known as ‘Tuff City’…

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Diversity Festival and Texada Island

Diversity Festival and Texada Island

Never having been to a festival before and knowing even little about the festival itself I was excited and somewhat apprehensive about attending Diversity. The festival was for four days and after a few ferry rides from Comox to Powell River and then Powell River to Texada, we finally arrivedin Blubber Bay the only ferry terminal on the north tip of Texada Island. Going back to almost the turn of the century the Island was used and still is used…

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Port Renfrew, a few beautiful days on the edge.

Port Renfrew, a few beautiful days on the edge.

Waking up to a the sounds of waves. After days and days of rain and mosquitoes, we awoke this morning finally to the sun and waves. Pacheedaht campground, we pull up in the pouring rain the day before, people huddled underneath the small awning at the office using what little power they could get from the open powerbar and connect to the wifi. I reminded the the woman behind the counter about last time I was here, and promised I…

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The Magic of Fairy LakeĀ 

The Magic of Fairy LakeĀ 

We left Salt Spring Thursday with all our belongings in tow including my 8-year old sheltie, Scarlet and set out to Port Renfrew making few stops along the way for drinks and groceries. Arriving to the campground in the pitch black and a few min before it closed, lucky us. Mandie parked the van and setup camp and we both hunkered down for the night, but not before I was able to create the world’s best fire to provide heat…

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A night at sea.

A night at sea.

A friend of ours invited us out to his houseboat in beautiful Burgoyne Bay on one of our last nights before leaving Salt Spring. We chased the sun and met Balasz at the doc, two dogs and four humans squeezed into his trusty boat and we headed toward his floating cabin. This was Scarlet’s first time out on a boat, she was calm cool and collected, almost as if she thought the mounds of fur would act as a flotation…

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A Squamish adventure.

A Squamish adventure.

I look up at the hazy sky, the only clearing I can see, I am surrounded by trees. A familiar road, as we head through paradise valley, past the outdoor school I attended as a child, then again as a counselor and once more as an alumni. I had spent many years walking groups of eager grade 3’s and 6’s through the forest playing games, learning about the local flora and fauna and wandering through the boardwalks and streams. We…

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Overnight in Portland.

Overnight in Portland.

The Vantasy’s first trip across the border. Flying down the highway till we reach the peace arch and head through the border. She made it across safe and sound. My traveling partner a 6′ tall, red bearded, Tasmanian barista from JJ Bean. The coast was our mission. To Portland and back in 3 days. Our first stop was Long Beach. Good morning stop, roof top popped, coffee made on the stove as the waves crashed all around us. Took a…

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The Vantasy

The Vantasy

Here it begins. September 2015, I put the keys in the ignition for the first time, hear the familiar rumble and warmth of the engine. I drive her around the block, butterflies in my stomach the whole time. Baby I’m home. Years before, I’m sitting in the living room of my childhood home, talking to my parent’s about my dream, owning a Volkswagon Westfalia. My Father looks at me with a cocked eyebrow and shakes his head at me… “So…

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