We raised a totem pole!

I love totem poles and trying to decipher the stories they tell.  I actually stopped to think if I had seen totem poles anywhere else other than the west coast. Many people (including myself) think of the totem pole as belonging to indigenous cultures all across Canada. As it turns out only six West Coast First Nations are responsible for the creation of totem poles – one being the Haida. Do you think it might have something to do with the over-abundance of huge old-growth cedar trees on the West Coast? I think I’m on to something!

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A Captain and his ‘Family’ Crew

The M.V. Island Bay is a kayak “Mother Ship” that sleeps 5 – 6 guests, carries 6 kayaks, tows a dinghy and is equipped with various salmon and halibut fishing gear and traps for crabs and prawns.  This vessel explores the islands of Haida Gwaii offering its guests a unique outdoor tour adventure. And a tour is only as informative, knowledgeable and professional as its crew and captain.

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A Ferry Tale…

Once upon a time, in a land far away, dreaming of snow capped mountains and oceans and awesome sights and cities in North America was just that – a dream. But, along came a fairy godmother who said, “why don’t you buy a motorhome and see the wondrous sights we have all around us.”  And, our dream came true…  

In the almost three years since we have been travelling, the coach has been on eight ferries – seven of them in British Columbia and one in Nova Scotia. The shortest was on Highway 6 to Vernon, BC (enroute to Kelowna).  The ride was 5 minutes and the cost – free!

We are about to embark on our longest trip on 3 ferries, over 3 days and 2 nights, travelling 390 nautical miles or 721 km’s.  There’s something exciting, romantic and relaxing about travelling this way.   This is our ferry tale adventure story.
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Driest, Hottest, Lowest!

Dates Visited: April 2 – 4, 2017
Daytime Temp’s: 98°
Nighttime Temp’s: 72°

It’s official! It’s hot, dry, hazy, dusty, rocky and salty and I was prepared to be unimpressed.  But, we were wrong, oh, so wrong…

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It’s All About The Planning…

Travel requires good planning! When we decide where we’re headed Chuck researches the routes and driving times and plans the fuel and RV park stops.  Critical to our planning is checking what the weather looks like – both short and long term.  He looks at most destinations on the satellite view of Apple Maps ensuring there are no surprises (like we don’t fit).   I research the ‘fun stuff’ which usually determines our length of stay.  Our planning requires both an “A” and “B” plan with lots of flexibility, especially when weather is the concern.

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1000 Days and What That Means

When we sold our house and picked up our coach on June 28th, 2014 we didn’t even think about what 1000 days on the road would look like or where we would go. We just did it! Today we have officially been on the road “full time” for 1000 days and the reality has been far more grand than either of us imagined.  But, what does it mean?

This is what 1000 days looks like!
[The #’s in the marker dots signify the number of locations in that area.]

We have camped at 233 places and towed the pick-up truck 41,000 miles. We love that we can pick up and go on a whim or stay longer if we so choose. I love that Chuck loves to do the planning and map out the routes!

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Go West, young man, go West…

Mardi Gras is over and it’s time to hit the road – heading west.

Go West, young man, go West and grow up with the country.
Washington is not a place to live in. The rents are high, the food is bad, the dust is disgusting and the morals are deplorable. 

— Horace Greeley [1865]

We were going to the FMCA “Rally in the Valley” in Chandler, AZ and we had 1550 miles to go in 5 days. Doable? Yes!

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Mardi Gras Extraordinaire – True Dat!

Oh my gosh – where do I start? How do I even begin to capture the excitement, colours, costumes, people, floats, marching bands, elaborate masks, traffic? Did I mention the people? the traffic?  Welcome to Mardi Gras!

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Florida bound – finally Snowbirds!

It’s surprising that we’ve been on the road since July 2014 and we only just now make it to Florida.

Our travel plans did not originally include Florida as we were heading to the Canadian west again – to personally greet the arrival of Grand Baby #9! But, as is always the case, plans can change.  Due to ‘sold-out’ RV parks in the Victoria, BC area we had to re-visit our itinerary.  My family was going to Naples for Christmas and New Years – so, we did too.

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St. Augustine – Steeped in History!

The beauty of St. Augustine lies in its magnificent preservation and distinct historical character – and has always been high on my ‘go to’ list of ‘very old places’. The beach, lighthouse, historical buildings, restaurants, bars and shops simply enhance the beauty. However, it all comes at a cost…

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