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There are so many beautiful places and people out there,
let’s find them together!
Let me introduce you to by buddy, Mike Ranta & his faithful companion Spitzii. These two characters are today’s modern day voyageurs. Along for the adventure is the expedition’s photojournalist, David Jackson, who in his own right is definitely an adventurer.
So here’s what’s happened, Mike has not only canoed Canada from coast to coast, he’s done it twice! As a result of these great paddles, he’s the world record holder of having done it solo and having completing the trip in a single season.
So what’s he doing in Lake Winnipeg near Gimli? He’s in the middle of canoeing Canada for a Third time! Along for the adventure is David, who has joined Mike & Spitzii from the beginning of this adventure.
Back on April 1st 2017, they began their journey in Bella Bella BC and headed east through the rockies. I can’t give away any of their stories, because let’s face it, its theirs to tell at the end of the adventure. I will say, they had to endure solitude, relentless elements, nature, wildlife, food & water shortage, and other adventures within their adventure.
Live location updates – Mike is carrying a beacon which tracks his every movement. Go to his website and locate this whereabouts on his map and if you get an opportunity….go meet the the three companions while they paddle Canada! I’m pretty sure they wouldn’t pass up on a good cold beer either.
You can read about Mike’s & Spitzii’s previous journey through his website and be sure to check out his book. Oh, and check out the baby moose he saved in during his last adventure – video here: Baby Moose Rescue
ps. Once this paddle adventure is done, he is far from done. Follow him on the social medias and be the first to see what he does next!
Located in Coombs BC, Vancouver Island and around the corner from Goats on Roof, you’ll come across an entrance way, marked by 2 huge marble statues, which will take you to the Emporium, an Asian influenced market place filled with amazing marble carved statues in the court yard. It was amazing to see all these sculptures, which was totally unexpected, in the middle of the island.
What you don’t see is what is inside the building, tons of beautiful wood carved works of art. You’ll have to go check it out!
There were also a couple statues that are meant to be fun!
More Photos – A Visual Experience
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
Last evening was a beautiful way to finish the day – (click here).
This morning was a beautiful way to start the day…
Taking in the clean fresh air of the Northern Island’s (Vancouver Island) peacefulness, while Canadian Geese paddle their way along the ocean’s shoreline.
More photos from this morning – A Visual Experience
For now, let’s figure out the How to Build a Camper Van Conversion, Cheap!
Here’s what I discovered along the journey…
I was doing research into camper van conversions, particularly by those who actually use theirs on a regular basis. I will say, there are tons of people doing it, not just in Canada, but throughout the entire world. Lot’s of information, ideas and experiences out there to be discovered! You can always start by looking at what others have done through Pinterest
If you do plan on looking further into it, you’ll be bombarded with TONS of options: Campers, Pull-behinds, Vans, Cube Vans, Panel Vans, Mini to Full size School Bus Conversions, RV’s, Tear-drop trailers, Gypsy Style Wagons, etc… (too many to list) There are many beautifully well done conversions out there.
People are not only using their van conversions for camping & holidays. In reality, I’ve discovered people living full-time out of their vehicles throughout Canada, USA, and Worldwide. Some live out their vehicle by choice, financial reasons, or just to be able to travel long term. There are some very creative and ingenious ways of doing so. Also, if you live in BC or any other major city that is financially suppressing its people… Believe it or not, you have probably drove passed a “Stealth Camper” without realizing it, but that’s a topic for another day.
Let’s get back to the Cheap camper van conversion build…
Start off with this in mind – “Experiences over Possessions”, “Wants vs. Needs” and “Spend Less to Do More!”. This camper van conversion build definitely demonstrates those mantras. Obviously my needs and wants are different than yours, however, maybe this will get you thinking in a direction that is right for you.
I had been watching Craig’s List and other similar websites for a good used van that I could convert into a makeshift camper van. It took a few months of patients but I found one….