What does Community mean to you?

It all started with a question my brother asked me a couple of years ago about our travelling lifestyle. But, don’t you miss feeling like part of a community?  he asked.  Not at all, I said.  Probably too quickly for his liking as he gave me that ‘look’.

What is Community?

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Ontario to Florida – and stuff in between!

We left Ontario November 9th – just the day before the 1st snow flakes fell! Chuck does a great job watching the weather as the dreaded snow is what we always want to avoid. So far the weather follower has been right on! We’re headed to Riverbend RV Resort for 3 months, arriving on December 1st, but our initial travels are taking us into a rather circuitous route…

We kind of goofed on our planning…  We booked some service at the Newmar Factory in Nappanee, IN for the end of November and then decided to leave Ontario earlier than originally planned to visit with family along the way.  So, it was down, around, up and back down we go!

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What’s it like travelling full-time with pets?

We’re just into our 4th year of travelling with pets and it’s a frequently asked question!

Gracie is 10 years old and is a healthy, happy, well-behaved wheaten terrier.   She is hypo-allergenic and doesn’t shed!  Fred is 14 years old and while he is a happy and content lap cat he does shed, he’s been losing weight and is starting to show his age. So far, they’ve been so adaptable and are amazing travel companions!  We’re lucky we haven’t encountered any real challenges but here’s just some of the things we have learned along the way.

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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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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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