"May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view." - Ed Abbey

Dirt bagging it family-style

“You can’t fall if you don’t climb, but there’s no joy in living your whole life on the ground.”

My parents, who are touring around Western Canada in their tiny trailer, are in BC!

Vanagon company of the best kind
Vanagon company of the best kind

In true spontaneous Frey-family-fashion, we meet in Squamish for some communal multi-generational dirt bag fun, complete with parking lot living. Like mother/father like daughter…right?

I love my mom and dad. They have always been pretty awesome, but I am exceptionally impressed with their current state of nomadism – for obvious reasons. I get a sense of pride to see them living this way. Odd to feel that way? Probably. But whatever. Maybe it takes a van-dweller (or trailer-dweller) to understand.  “Remember Tara, home is wherever you go,” was a common, repeated statement from my Dad. It sure is.

I look upset, but I wasn't :)
I look upset, but I wasn’t :)

We hiked. We ate. We laughed. We shared a few cups of coffee and some organic Pemberton potato vodka in Hobo the van. We rock climbed. We bobbed and weaved all around that gem of a town. It was a long-weekend well spent.

These are the moments I live for when it comes to van-living – good company, fantastic conversation, and ample adventure.

Here’s to many more dirt bag endeavours…

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Graffiti train-wreck outside of Whistler, BC
Graffiti train-wreck outside of Whistler, BC

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There used to be bike tricks and features here that Dan used to play in. Unfortunately they have all been removed :(
There used to be bike tricks and features here that Dan used to ride. Unfortunately they have all been removed :(
Sitka loves her Mom!!
Sitka loves her Mom!!

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But that view! I <3 The Chief
But that view! I <3 The chief.
Climbing endorphins running high
Climbing endorphins running high


1 thought on “Dirt bagging it family-style”

  • I like the ” home is where you go ”
    Even gypsies have a comfort zone or a home. The simple life does have its appeal. The question is what is simple? We are suckers for security and comfort.
    Love n Hugs!

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