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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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Cruise Ship makes a rare appearance in Port Hardy

Cruise Ship makes a rare appearance in Port Hardy

When something unusual happens in the a quiet little town of 4000 people along the the north east side of Vancouver island, people are quick to find out.

Early during the day, I had asked a friend if by chance any cruise ships have entered into the harbour. Unfortunately, the only time a cruise ship makes a stop here is for a medical emergency, either for staff or their customers. So its very rare for a cruise ship to end up in Port Hardy. 

Well, later that day, guess what shows up in the harbour? A cruise ship had to make a medical emergency stop for one of its customers. The coast guard escorted the cruise ship’s tender to the awaiting ambulance.

Even with the “action” going on, it was neat to observe a Cruise Ship in this quaint little town’s harbour.

The ship’s tenders are kept in the middle of the ship and lowered by the crane…

Once the ambulance left with the patient, it wasn’t much longer when the Cruise Ship continued on it’s way…

More Photos from today – A Visual Experience 

side note:  It was very cool to see that the local newspaper – North Island Gazette  had used a couple of my photos from this incident in their articles.  

Alien Landscape Revealed at Low Tide

Alien Landscape Revealed at Low Tide

Beautiful Florescent Greens among the Black Lava Rocks.

During low tide and the early morning mist, beautiful florescent greens come to life among the black lava rocks.  Walking along and enjoying the alien landscape while becoming lost in the moment, I was immediately brought back to reality 3/4 of kilometre later…. I stepped in dog crap… sigh … all part of the adventure.  More photos – A Visual Experience 

 

You can’t run during midstream

You can’t run during midstream

First night …  

Don’t you just hate it when you wake up in the middle of the night and really, really have to go pee, but just outside there’s a bear walking around only a few feet away? sigh.. It was going to be a long night…. I knew I shouldn’t have drank so much water before bed….sigh

Thank-goodness the bear left sooner rather than later, I was relieved in more ways than one.

But when you’re standing there in the dark, all by yourself, every little noise is amplified and you can’t wait until you’re back in the van…. sigh…you start talking to yourself, “geez, how much water did I drink?”, “Come on, hurry up”, “Ugh, this is taking forever.” Noises coming from the forest, messing with your mind. And what you don’t see is a squirrel saying to another squirrel, “Watch this guy jump”, as he purposely lifts his foot up and then stomps on a twig, *SNAP!*, while you’re trying to pee, but you can’t run during mid-stream… you could, but the never ends well.

That morning, although I was still recovering from yesterday’s Attack of the Tin full of Cookies, I still managed to enjoy the cozy comforts of sleeping in the newly converted camper van.

With no time schedule to be any where, it was only 5:30am, but I still felt compelled to get out of the bed and start my day. It was only plus 3 degrees outside, my nose was frozen and I was dreading the next step of getting up…. putting on cold clothes. It’s funny, because no matter how fast you are jumping out of bed and racing to put your clothes on to keep warm, your clothes are still the same….cold! It’s like you’re trying to trick the cold into being warm because you’re so fast. Nope, not going to happen.

Looking around and making sure no bears where around, it was time to boil water for my tea. I’ve always enjoyed my morning cup of tea, and its more enjoyable when you can relax and take in the beauty of nature. That’s when I saw…. the squirrel ! He was back to torment me more, I just know it! But I gave him a stern look and shook my fist in his direction and he took off. I sure showed him. 

Morning View

 

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