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 →

Housesit: 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 →

Oliver: Wine country

Oliver is a small town in the British Columbia Okanagan region, famous for hundreds of wineries in and between its towns (Oliver, Osoyoos, Kelowna, Penticton, Naramata, and Keremeos, among others). For 10 days in August, we lived in Oliver, taking care of two very friendly cats, Boots and Molly, and their tidy little bungalow.  ... Continue Reading →

Calgary: Hugs, bugs, and puppy dogs

We managed to fit in a final trip to Calgary before heading overseas in September. It's about a 12-hour drive each way between Vancouver and Calgary, but we couldn't resist the opportunity for a few more grandson hugs. Since son and daughter-in-law Kyle and Candice are heading into a major home renovation, we couldn't stay... Continue Reading →

West Coast: The first time, again

What a summer we have had, and continue to have. We are still living nomadically, even though we are meandering in places that are somewhat familiar to us. In many cases, we're staying in communities or areas longer than we have before, which gives us the opportunity to explore them in new ways. Adventures we've... Continue Reading →

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