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

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Comfort Stretcher

Comfort Stretcher

“It seems to me that the less I fight my fear, the less it fights back. If I can relax, fear relaxes, too.” – Elizabeth Gilbert, Big Magic Fear. Oh how I know you quite well an intimately! Every once in a while, my husband […]

I get high in a literal sense

In light of my last post on being interrogated by the cops, I would like to show you the type of high we pursue as much as possible – the literal high…elevation wise. Sorry cops, but this ain’t a crime! Cheers to our first backcountry […]

Van Life Woes

“We need to ask: who am I, if I am not a mother, daughter, lover, friend, employee, partner, teacher or boss…who am I if I am just I?” – Donna Henes Titles. Expectations. Stereotypes. Van life has had it’s challenges; they have been more than […]

Turn, Turn, Turn…

Turn, Turn, Turn…

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die…” – Ecclesiastes 3 Our Saturday meanderings found us wandering amongst hundreds of salmon carcases. And what an experience it was! […]

He said it

“The idea of wilderness needs no defence, it only needs defenders” – Edward Abbey “Sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul.” – Edward Abbey    

Forever Young

Forever Young

Play is not just for kiddies. I invite you to view your surroundings with the wonder of a child. Connect with nature, and play. See if you can slow down time to slow motion, and maybe even (for a moment), bring it down to a […]

Sleeping In…

Sleeping In…

Van life means mobile life… Hence we find ourselves in Tofino for the weekend…again. This morning my man let me stay in my cozy bed (complete with a new memory foam top!), and he drove me to the beach. I awoke to the warming morning […]

Sitka

Taking pleasure in the simple, constant, blessed things these days. I know it doesn’t take living in a camper van to focus and simplify, but it has been incredibly clarifying for me so far. Of course it’s had it’s challenges, but overall, it’s been refreshing. […]

Vanity…

This is what I’m working with these days. It’s minimal. It’s miles away from being convenient. That’s my closet on the left. Well…it’s OUR closet, but I believe I left room for Dan to hang 4 shirts, so it’s more or less mine. It’s amazing […]

Unless…

Unless…

  “Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to change, it’s not.” – The Lorax Dan and I spent the weekend in the Walbran Valley, at the witness camp. I will keep my rant short, but basically this old-growth forest […]

Roots

“And I would be so happy…just to call it my home…to call it my roots.” – Carmanah Band Feeling blessed driving to work in my house with this smiling friend…

Groovy

Well, we’re not the only ones…and apparently our van is boring. This one who pulled up beside us this morning at U-Vic has multi-coloured panels, hola dancers on the dash, and (get this) MOSS growing above the windows. Now that is a legit VW van… […]

Unlikely Inspiration

“Desire for material things is endless; man is never satisfied completely, and pursues one goal after another. Outward longings drive us from the Eden within.” – Yogananda He’s always a delight to serve…someone I look forward to seeing. The brightest, most genuine smile I have […]

Here Goes…

Happy first day of living nowhere! It’s not all rainbows and butterflies…more like pouring rain and soggy dogs. On a positive note, we enjoyed this delicious van breakfast this morning…  

Woodstock

No one has been asking, but for the sake of some of you who might be wondering… No, Dan and I have not turned into pot-smoking, dumpster diving dirt-bags. Not that either smoking pot or dumpster diving makes you a dirt bag…absolutely not! While we […]

Soil

“God plants his saints sometimes in unexpected soil, lest we think we may reduce Him to a rule!” – Paramahansa Yoganandya   We are preparing to roll with it…to embrace the unknown. 6 more days until we move out of our apartment and into new […]

Stars

  “People they come together. People they fall apart. No one can stop us now. We are all made of stars.” – Moby  

Raise Some Eyebrows

Why van life? Let me count the ways! “Van life empowers us to find our flow of planning and spontaneity, movement and stillness, togetherness and solitude, work and play, doing and being, effort and ease, and heart and mind.” – Emily, from “Where’s My Office […]

Toasty Hobo

Toasty Hobo

Breakfast dates with my man are the best…especially when we head back to the van after and play with our new modifications! Dan managed to get the heat up and running, and I was giddy as can be when he showed me how toasty it […]

Van Pup

Van Pup

This is Sitka. She is our van pup. We’ve wanted to move into a van for a few years now, but my main concern was always “what about the dog?” It’s not that our dog was holding us back from our dreams…entirely. Well, I guess […]

I drive a Vanagon…

It is with light, happy, and grateful hearts that we can share that we have sold our Honda Fit! We are finally free of the stress, and free of the financial burden of owning two vehicles. What a relief! We had been trying to sell […]

Home Sweet Home

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” – Alan Watts Change will awaken you, so just let go and leap into it. If something feels right, make it happen. Change oftentimes […]

Dreamcatcher

Rainy Saturday…calls for crafting! Say hello to my homemade dreamcatcher for Hobo! Can’t wait to hang it on the dash. Now I can sleep soundly in the van, free of nightmares and restless sleep. And let’s be honest… A van named Hobo could use a […]

Thankful for My Handy-Man

It’s Thanksgiving weekend, and we are working on Hobo, the van – or more accurately, Dan is working. At some point, I would like to get Dan to write a post on all the modifications he’s been working on. He’s proven to be a real […]

I Speak For the Trees

“God created the cedar to store cosmic energy…” – Anastasia, Vladimir Megre Ever find yourself drawn to a particular book or story, and you just can’t get enough of it? Sometimes it’s not even your usual type of story, or its a completely new and […]

Van-Life Fears

Preparing to live in a van has had it’s challenges. I’m not just talking about the modifications – and there are plenty of those! – but also preparing mentally and maybe even emotionally. Our van is beyond awesome…don’t get me wrong. It has a fridge, […]

Chose Love

Loving to live…living to love. What’s the difference? Turn your face and heart towards life and say “yes.” I chose love.

Slow Down

Slow down. Just a notch if that’s all you can muster. You’ll get better at it. No sense in hurrying at slowing down. Wait and see…time will bring change. But don’t focus on time – on some distant future where you’ll be a master of […]

Weekends…AND Weekdays

I would like to share openly and honestly about what our intentions are with our new-for-us 1989 Westfalia Vanagon. That’s just the kind of person I am! Full of honest, open, sharing! Sure, it’s fun to have an old camper van to whip out on […]

Inaugural Van Trip

Inaugural Van Trip

Wilderness is not a luxury but a necessity of the human spirit, and as vital to our lives as water and good bread. – Ed Abbey We’re living a dream-come-true at this very moment in time. A dream that few would have, and many would […]