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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Festivals and Swamp Cabbage!

A festival is an event celebrated by a community and centres on some characteristic of that community and its religion or cultures.
It is often marked as a local or national holiday.
Next to religion and folklore, a significant origin is agricultural. Wikipedia

There are enough festivals in most towns in the US and Canada to keep us happy all year long.  So, do we pack our wings and stilts, take our clothes off and paint our bum blue, try unidentifiable street food and circus skills, crowd-surf to the front and launch ourself into space from a giant catapult? And lose it, just for a few days? Will this be the year we finally make it to Burning Man?  Not likely!

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FINALLY SNOWBIRDS!

2018 Travels

Our 4th full year saw the least amount of miles driven and the longest stays in one or more places.   We started the year at the beautiful Riverbend Motorcoach Resort in LaBelle, FL. with stops returning north in Georgia, South Carolina (Hilton Head), North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and Ontario.  Heading south at the end of November we were back in Pennsylvania, Virginia, North Carolina (Raleigh), South Carolina, and ended the year back where we started – at the beautiful Riverbend in LaBelle, FL.  We’re calling this the snowbird route!

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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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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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