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Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

Dyingitis – If I don’t make it, tell my family and friends I love em’

What is Dyingitis?

Women often refer to it, and down play my recent horrendous affliction as the “man cold”… but here’s the thing… in a scientific study that took 40 plus years of extensive research by the Ambrose Institute, its true nature is to try and turn your masculinity into the  “Whiny Baby Syndrome” (in some cases its works, but we haven’t seen that happen to Jayson, ever). 

I’m pretty sure I have Dyingitis – my nose is stuffed up, head hurts, coughing and throat is sore…Welcome to Winnipeg…If I don’t make it, tell all my family and friends I love them…..

The first symptom always starts off with,
“I thinking I’m dying”,
then, “I’m pretty sure I’m dying,”,
followed up with the hard cold facts,
“Yup, I’m definitely dying.” 

As I lay there on my death bed, some female friends offer words of encouragement, “Suck it up buttercup, you’re not dying, its just a man cold, ugh”..…You ever notice that they always end it with “ugh”, it’s like their’s no compassion or sympathy in their tone.

What does it feel like to have Dyingitis?  In layman terms, Dyingtis takes a full sized beefy masculine manly man (case study – Jayson Ambrose)… pushes you to the brink of death and just before you cross over, it reaches in, grabs you by the throat and pulls you back, so it can do it to you again in the future…… Whaaaat? Can’t argue with facts.

A friend sent me these hard cold scientific facts …. 

Case in point, obviously the picture dictates that the man’s cold is worse …look at him suffering, can’t even get out of bed….. poor guy

 

Inspiring & Encouraging

Inspiring & Encouraging

Until recently, I really had no idea how much One Canadian’s Journey has inspired & encouraged so many people.

I’m always thankful and appreciative when I meet people and they let me know that I’ve inspired them. But when I’ve been receiving emails of personal stories and how my blog & photos have inspired & encouraged them, and what they are doing now, Wow! I’m truly touched and moved. I’m also very stumped because I don’t know what to say, …thank-you!  Keep on living life to the fullest! 

Be sure to read the About Page  Thank-you Everyone! 

There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

Hot Showers on the Road (Part 2)

One of the most common questions I get asked,
“Where do you shower?”

Read Part One here – HOT SHOWERS EVERY DAY! LIVING OUT OF A VEHICLE

Part Two….

Here are the Two Cheapest ways to get a Hot Shower while on the road.

Since I prefer being clean and showering everyday, I’m always looking out for a shower. I’m a little picky that way and here is the easiest way to maintain good personal hygiene while on the road.

The cheapest showers can usually be found at campgrounds. Surprisingly, most campgrounds I have come across are Free. And, you don’t have to stay at the campground in order to use them.  Just in case they are coin operated, be sure to keep a few coins in your personal hygiene bag at all times.  Oh, and keep this in mind…Most showers are closed between noon – 2pm for cleaning purposes.

The 2nd cheapest place I have found is in small communities & towns with public swimming pools. When you approach the front counter, be sure to let the front staff know that you are a traveler who is just passing through and only looking for a hot shower.  They will give you the “Traveler’s Discount” which is quite cheap.  So, how do you find the public pools in small towns? Easy! While you are entering the town, go the the Visitor Center, they’ll be more than happy to guide you.

There are other methods of maintaining good personal hygiene and I’d love to hear about your experiences, please leave a comment below! 

 

De Ja Vue? Worm Hole? Time Warp? Geez…

De Ja Vue? Worm Hole? Time Warp? Geez…

As you’re traveling on Hwy 3 between Hope BC and Lethbridge AB, you’ll notice that its a slow drive but a very beautiful scenic route that passes through several character towns. This section is 997 km and has definitely made it onto My Top Favourite Routes to Drive.

So here’s what happened…

As I continued to soak in and observe my surroundings, a highway sign indicated that the town of Moyie BC was coming up. Good to know.

Not paying much more attention, other than knowing I was entering Moyie, I continued my way through the small town.

Once out of the Moyie and still driving eastbound, I was enjoying the views and that’s when I came across a highway sign, indicating that Moyie was 2 km ahead.

Huh?! Did I not just pass that sign awhile ago? Did I not just drive through Moyie? Did I somehow get turned around? But I haven’t made any turns? What the heck?

My mind was racing for an explanation because I just couldn’t figure it out. And who would believe me? De Ja Vue? Worm Hole? Time Warp?

Now my eyes and attention are totally focused on “Moyie”, looking for other similarities that I had seen.

As I entered Moyie, another sign stated, “Historic Moyie”. Geez… This small town I had just entered was the original Moyie.

Sigh…. That was 2 km of my life’s reality being questioned.

So if you’re driving down Hwy 3, you’ll come across Moyie…you’ll come across Moyie…. again.

One of the things I most admire about Terry Fox

One of the things I most admire about Terry Fox

There really is not much one can say about this inspiring Canadian that hasn’t already been said, expect…

I want to share with you one of the things I most admire about Mr. Terry Fox.

He is the only Canadian (that I’m aware of) to single handily unite All Canadians coast to coast as a whole, like no other Canadian has…. and his legacy continues to do so. 

Born: Terrance Stanley Fox (1958 – 1981)
Monument: 9’ bronze statue on a 45 ton granite base.
Location: 1000 Highway 11/17, Thunder Bay, Ontario, P7A 0A1

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Rattlesnakes indigenous to Canada?! Cool!

Rattlesnakes indigenous to Canada?! Cool!

Savona BC – When I pulled over into a rest stop in Savona BC, this was the picturesque view…

However, off to the side, it came with a warning sign, “Rattlesnakes in the Area.”, watch your step, etc…Rattlesnakes in Canada?!  Cool, I had to go looking because I had no idea or I had completed missed that particular class in school years ago.  I went looking, but no luck. 

When I did a little research, Canada has the 3 types of rattlesnake: the western rattlesnake in arid western grasslands, the timber rattlesnake and the massasauga rattlesnake in southern Ontario.  Cool!  

No rattlesnakes, just this beautiful view in Savona BC

How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters

How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters

Over 160 Species of Roses – Located in Deroche BC, The Fraser Valley Rose Farm is a family run hobby farm that primarily focus’ roses. Jason, Lisa and their 2 daughters have been developing their rose farm for approximately 6 years, which also includes a few pet ducks and rabbits.

With a grand tour, Jason and I ventured off into the gardens where the amazing powerful and delicate colours come to life. Oh, and the abundance of natural rose fragrance was stunning.

There were over 160 different types of roses from all over the world, so I had to ask “Which of the roses was indigenous to Canada?”. Well this was cool, he pointed out …. 

… the “Winnipeg Parks Shrub”, a rose named after my hometown. He went onto mention that this particular rose was actually from the area of Morden MB.

There was one rose, when still in its bud form, had a moss texture to it. After you rub it and smell your fingers, it has a strong pine scent. Because of its unusualness for the pine scent, it was well sot after rose.

Now that I had the tour, it had me thinking. Here’s a guy with 3 women in the house who basically gave them a their very own Rose Garden that women dream about.

So I poised the question and statement, “What the heck were you thinking!?”

I guess you kinda ruined it for yourself, because seriously, how do you top this when it comes to special occasions? Its not as if you can wake up on Valentines days, turn to Lisa and point to the garden, and say, “160 different types… there you go, knock yourself out.”. Jason laughed and agreed that he kinda set the bar a little too high for himself.

Let’s face it, there are going to be future son-in-laws that are going to be a little pissed at you. They’ll show up at the door with what they think is the most impressive, and awesomest bouquet of roses your daughters have ever seen…. only to be devastated when they look over your daughter’s shoulders and see this acreage. You could write a book, How to ruin Valentine’s Day for your daughters.

Now that I think of it, there’s going to be a lot of guys who are going to be a little upset at you once their wives read this story. “Lisa’s husband got her a few acres of roses, all I got was a valentines’s coffee mug with a couple lousy chocolate roses at the end of stick. ”.

In all seriousness, from the edible plant section to the major beds of roses, the family has done an amazing job! They are a super friendly family that encourages you to come out and have look at their Fraser Valley Rose Farm in Deroche BC.

More photos of their Rose Garden – A Visual Experience

Telltale Signs Sasquatch is in the Area

Telltale Signs Sasquatch is in the Area

Traveling up to Cape Scott Provincial Park, the most northern tip of Vancouver Island, along the logging roads, you come across a few warning signs that Sasquatch is in the area.

First there was the Shoe Tree near Holberg.  Its been collecting shoes for a few decades. When I was told, “Its” been collecting shoes, well, there’s no way my over active imagination was about to kick in. I had it completely under control with visions of “it” being sasquatch and the shoe tree could only mean one thing! He was stealing hiker’s shoe while they slept.  Whew! I was wearing sandals. Obviously, this was his trophy tree. Cool!


The next telltale sign sasquatch was in the area…

 It appears that someone had parked in Sasquatch’s favourite parking spot.  The driver of this vehicle won’t be doing that again.  Gotta love the subtle hints not to do it again.


Unfortunately the next photo doesn’t give you a true perspective of how big this tree trunk with a cutout stair case really is. It’s at least 15 feet high. You can can’t tell me that some logger was having fun during their coffee break and made these cuts. I’m going with the old sasquatch tree house theory.

3rd photo … look at the very bottom… ya, that’s me! That’s how big these trees are in this area.


The Holberg logging road is not something you want to drive your vehicle on.  Anything other than a truck, you’re asking for trouble. But if you dare try with your own vehicle and it breaks down… Getting a tow truck is going to cost you big time.

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Hot Showers Every Day! Living out of a Vehicle

Hot Showers Every Day! Living out of a Vehicle

I had to pass this information onto you because I thought it was a brilliant idea…

There’s a guy in the USA who has been living out of the van for the past few years.  He’s gone and purchased a Gym Membership from 2 of the biggest national fitness chains who have gyms in almost all major cities.

He’s found that he needed two memberships from the 2 separate gyms because each establishment doesn’t always have their gym in the city he is visiting. But he always able to find one or the other, not only allowing him to have a hot shower whenever he wants, but he gets full use the gym, track, swimming pools, sauna and other benefits…. while traveling!  

He’s worked out his “costs of living” and according to him, both memberships have more than paid for themselves in benefits in just a little over 3 months.

Great idea on his part!

If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out my Cheap Comfortable Camper Van Conversion

 

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“Spend Less to Do More!” – how it applies to traveling

“Spend Less to Do More!” – how it applies to traveling

Not too long along I had posted FINDING WAYS TO LIVE AND TRAVEL CHEAP – THE CAMPER VAN CONVERSION, and I mentioned the mantra – “Spend Less to Do More!”.

I want to expand and elaborate  on that mantra because I’m hoping it will make you think, adjust, or reinforce your mindset, while applying it to your daily life.

In the previous Camper Van Conversion post, I mentioned:

“…“Experiences over Possessions…” “…Wants vs. Needs”… “Spend Less to Do More!”…”

All three mantras coexist with each other, but its the 3rd one that sums it up nicely, “Spend Less to Do More!”

I try and apply it to my daily life, but here’s how it applied to the Camper Van Conversion and traveling. While researching Camper Van Conversions through Websites, Blogs, Social Media, YouTube, Pinterest and other avenues, I discovered so many beautifully planned & built conversions … “Oooh shiny!”…

I found that many Van’ers had something in common. It was spending a lot of money on their conversions just to make it look good. They had these great looking vehicles with beautiful craftsmanship, but not enough gas money to actually get out and do adventures. Why? Because they fell into the trap of “Oh look, shiny!”…in other words, “Want’s vs. Needs”. They “wanted” their vehicle a certain way without realizing their true “needs”. Had they slowed down and worked out what they really needed, they could have been on the road sooner, doing and seeing more for longer with the money they would have saved… “Experiences over Possessions”.

With my camper van conversion, I could have done so much more with it, but I explain how I saved money with a few tips and by applying the above mantras in order to complete a cheap comfortable conversion in order to save money for more adventures. 

I hope this helps and inspires you to apply these mantras to you life.

Spend Less to Do More – Happy Adventuring!


Through my own actions I hope to inspire & encourage others to get out, explore and discover the beauty that is all around.
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