How we spent our summer vacation

It’s odd to think of people who are living nomadically taking a vacation. Despite the title of this post, we don’t think of it that way ourselves. But when we return to the familiar–our hometowns replete with family and friends–it feels a bit like a vacation. Though we posted about our comings and goings in Canada over the summer last year, many of this year’s locations and meet-ups were similar, so writing about them might have seemed repetitive. However, since we don’t have a home of our own anymore, even in familiar places, we have to find ways to accommodate ourselves. Here’s how and where we lived over the last 3 months.

  • My sister’s cottage on the Sunshine Coast in Gibsons, BC. As well as being welcome to stay there anytime, our car appreciates the mild West Coast winters and TLC it receives at their home when we are away. (10 nights)


  • The dining room of a Kitsilano, Vancouver, home that belongs to friends of my sister, and where they housesit frequently. The kind homeowner allows us to stay if needed during sis’s house sit times. (3 nights)
  • The guest suite at my mother-in-law’s West Vancouver seniors residence. (4 nights)
  • A junior suite in the Delta Marriott in downtown Vancouver. (1 night on points)


  • Guest bedroom at our son and daughter-in-law’s home in Calgary with the side benefit of having our grandson to ourselves for much of this summer holiday week. (8 nights)
  • House sitting in Calgary with two cats for company, and a lot more grandparent time. (16 nights)
  • Back to the guest room at our son’s home in Calgary (a recurring theme) (3 nights)
  • Tenting at Friday Creek near Mount Vernon, Washington (Thousand Trails campsite). (2 nights)
  • Rental cabins at Thousand Trails camping resort near La Conner, Washington. (14 nights)
  • Back to the guest suite at mother-in-law’s residence in West Vancouver. (6 nights)
  • Back to the guest room at our son’s home in Calgary. (3 nights)
  • House sitting in Calgary with two dogs for company. (7 nights)
  • Back to the guest room at our son’s home in Calgary. (9 nights)
  • Camping in Salmon Arm, BC. (1 night)


Of course, life isn’t all about accommodation. While bouncing around the western side of the continent, our time was filled with family, friends, and fun:

  • Ken’s birthday with family who came up to visit us in La Conner
  • A craft beer crawl with friends in Vancouver
  • Spending time with Ken’s Mom, including a drive to Langley to visit her sister-in-law (Ken’s 90-year-old aunt and a role model for being wonderful at any age)
  • Oodles of grandson activities in Calgary: zoo, Heritage Park, Calgary Stampede, bowling, mini-golf, swimming, fishing class, fishing, and an early birthday celebration since we wouldn’t be there for the real one

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  • A broken foot (Ken) and its healing in Calgary–OK, this wasn’t part of the fun
  • Seafood BBQ feast with family in La Conner
  • Catching up with 4 friends from the past who met up with us in La Conner for lunch and a catch-up
  • Fringe Festival and dinner with friends in Vancouver

Now we are in West Vancouver, housesitting an ocean-view condo while friends are off on an adventure cruise. To be accurate, this is a no-sitting required home owned by folks who allow us, their homeless friends, to take advantage of their generosity.

Coming up, we’ve had to adjust our travel plans to work around some medical appointments in October and December.  We have made a purchase that opens up new options (hint: see camping photo above).  We will introduce you to Artie in a future post.

But first, we are off to a 3-week repeat house sit in Oliver, in the heart of British Columbia’s wine country. Amazingly, we are also meeting up with several sets of friends over the course of our stay there. Our social life is abundant these days!

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