Calgary Urban Murals

Though we have appreciated street art around the world, we were unaware of the BUMP (Beltline Urban Murals Project) and the growing collection of murals in inner-city Calgary. 2020 was the fourth year for the BUMP Festival, which took place in the month of August. The festival included the painting of new murals as well... Continue Reading →

Northern Vancouver Island, British Columbia

Comox/Courtenay Highlights We left the Sunshine Coast on the ferry from Powell River (Westview Terminal) to Comox (Little River Terminal). We hadn't been on a ferry of this type before, and the open front was appreciated since, during COVID, passengers were requested to stay in their vehicles. Our view of the crossing, sadly, was limited... Continue Reading →

Sunshine Coast, British Columbia

There are obvious challenges to living a nomadic life when world travel has come to a grinding halt. This is not a complaint, since complaining during a pandemic when we are healthy and always have access to safe shelter, food, and water, would be unseemly. But it is a fact that, because we don't have... Continue Reading →

Reconnecting

July was all about reconnecting with family in Vancouver and Calgary. We traded Artie for our car, checked in again with our moms in the Vancouver area, and then drove the 900km from Vancouver to Calgary. Since we were a little ahead of schedule, we stayed the night in Sicamous and had enough time to... Continue Reading →

House sit: We’ve chosen Metchosin

Most of our posts are focused on the locations we are visiting rather than on the details of our accommodation. We are now in the beautiful village of Metchosin, just outside of Victoria, British Columbia, but it is our accommodation that is the adventure, thus the focus of this missive. We are house sitting here.... Continue Reading →

Calgary in … spring?

It was hard to leave the warmth of Southeast Asia at the beginning of March. We had only been there for 3 months, which seemed much too short, but we had medical commitments in Calgary, so leave we did. After an overnight near the Vancouver International Airport, we hopped into our car (which had kindly... Continue Reading →

Meet Artie

Artie has joined our family part-time (we share custody). As we designed our Life: Phase Next, we planned part of it as land-based (vs. flying hither and yon) so we could spend time re-exploring our beautiful country (Canada) and meandering through many parts of the US that we had yet to experience. We knew we... Continue Reading →

Oliver and the Okanagan: Land of plenty

Wine. If you enjoy it, then Oliver in late September/early October is a great place to be. Tourist season has slowed and temperatures have cooled, but the wineries, for the most part, are still open. It is also time for the fall Okanagan Wine Festival, a collection of wine-related events throughout the Okanagan Valley from wine-paired... Continue Reading →

Trestles and Tunnels

We are in the middle of a repeat house sit in Oliver, British Columbia. Vineyards and orchards cover the hills and valleys here, and accompanying wineries (and now cideries and distilleries) are abundant. The Kettle Valley Rail (KVR) trail offers easy cycling along the Okanagan River, but there is one section of this trail that... Continue Reading →

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... Continue Reading →

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