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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 hot morning as the sun beat down on the van, soon again we were on the road.


Along the way we stopped in Clinton BC which had a terrific coffee shop where I spoke to a man about his fantastic Japanese acoustic, Mandie also met a friend and fellow antique’s collector. We said our goodbyes and continued on our way towards wells in the blazing heat. We made one more stop in a town for supplies, water and some sandwiches before making the last stretch to Wells. We watched the sunrise in the rear view mirrors as we crested the big hill.


Finally we reached our destination and turned the Vantasy into the RV camping and popped the top, exhausted we fell fast asleep.. zzz. The next morning we made a hasty breakfast as we both had volunteer shifts to head to and walked up towards the info center to get our badges and information. I was sent off to the kitchens in a few hours to serve some people delicious grub and Mandie was working the Kid’s Tent and the volunteer check in.

I headed back to camp as she started her shift. The van was in fine form and I jammed out a bit as I waited for my shift to start.

My first shift was rad, met some sweet people and many piled in for the delicious brownies I was serving. Being the brownie guy had it’s perks. Mostly brownies.

Mandie met up with me after her shift and we headed to see some shows together at the community hall.

We decided to document the rest of the trip with polaroids from Mandie’s new vintage camera. Ha ha.




We met up with friends from Vancouver the next day who camped next to us and made up a bit of a camp crew. Also met some rad neighbors from Calgary who had some pretty sweet costumes including onesies. Later that day we saw them with a crowd of onesie wearers hugging strangers and dancing in fine animal form.


The shows were awesome, a few favorites Rusty Ford, a hilarious country western singer with a comedic flare. Mandie saw Jeff Bernum and raved about his political commentary by accordion jams. We both went and saw Rae Spoon as well and it inspired me to get back into my synth music. It’s something I did awhile ago and would love to get back into with the right gear. Maybe when we are back on Salty.

Also upon arrival we had the pleasant surprise of a slow leak in the tire which then resulted in a flat.


We waited till the last day to deal with it and lovely humans from the festival came and gave us a hand with the spare. It seemed to be harder to find someone who didn’t want to help. I even when to talk to someone about borrowing a jack, they didn’t have one but offered me a coffee in a mug which I took back to Mandie trying out the jack on the van.

This festival is filled with so many helpful humans.



Last day photos in Wells before we took a friend Taka to Barkerville before headed to Williams Lake to stay with some of Mandie’s friends from Squamish.



Saw mhy first ground squirrel, was able to get pretty close to this guy.


Barkerville is an interesting town, I wish we were able to see some of the concerts in the church there. The town had burnt down in the 60s and was re-built, tried a pickled sausage, pretty good.