Friday August 4, 2017 (Canada)
Here we go again! After a lengthy period of time of blog-quiescence (due to a distinct lack of travel!), we’re hitting the road for a one month trip across our great country. But this is more than just a road trip – we’re actually moving from Ontario to Victoria, British Columbia!
First off, we’d like to thank all of our family and friends for their ongoing support and assistance in this massive undertaking. Anybody who’s ever tried to move everything they own to an entirely new locale will tell you it’s not easy. And it’s not easy for a whole bunch of reasons: getting rid of all of the “stuff" you’ve accumulated over a period of years (we’ve tried to be cutthroat about the process), finding jobs and a place to live on the other end (we’re still working on that bit), and of course saying goodbye to loved ones (this part just plain stinks!). Despite all of the difficulties inherent to the process, it’s been made orders of magnitude easier by the outpouring of assistance we’ve received from everybody around us. We count ourselves incredibly lucky to have such wonderful people in our lives. The list of favours and kindnesses we’ve received over the past couple of months is embarrassingly long. The only offer we’re able to make in return is something along the lines of “Please, please, please stay with us once we’re set up out west!” We mean it! Do it! We’re leaving Ontario under a mountain of goodwill debt, and we intend to pay it back. The real point is: we can’t thank you enough!
The inevitable question we get asked about the move is: why? Many people assume it’s work that’s bringing us out there… nope! We just… wanted to try it out! That’s about the best answer we can give. Climate, oceans, mountains – these things are certainly a draw. And hey, if we don’t like it, we can always move back! So we figured we might as well give it a shot. Sandra’s always wanted to live near the water, and I’m pretty much down for anything. Let’s do it! There’s the added bonus that a bunch of our stuff never got unpacked from our year-long trip, so it’s still boxed up and doesn’t need to be re-packed! Although that doesn’t seem to have been of much use to us, given how involved the most recent packing frenzy has been.
Our plan to get over to Vic is to drive, and to take our time doing it. We’re targeting about a month in total from our date of departure to date of arrival. Basically we’ll be taking the month of August to drive over there. Given it’s Canada’s 150th anniversary, we’ll have free entry to our national parks along the way, so we devised a route based loosely upon visiting them. Our route is definitely still malleable, but we’ve booked the first couple of dates already, and we’ll keep booking as we go along. I was going to draw out the entire route in advance of the trip, but now I kind of want to just update it as we go along. More interesting that way. Content creation. Keep the hordes coming back for more. That’s what they say!
Starting tomorrow, I’m going to resume full-time camera duties and we’ll get Sandra back in tip-top GoPro mode. It’ll be like no time has passed at all! Frequent blog updates! Photos! Videos! Set to Canadian music! We’ve got you covered.
We’re really looking forward to starting this next stage of our lives. Come check back with us as we drive across Canada – it’s going to be amazing!