The Final Tally of an Epic Summer Road Trip!


roadtrip_13 A summer road trip (or any trip) does not have to be planned or foreseen. The best adventures are those that are unexpected or unanticipated. Surrender and let your heart and the road take you. roadtrip_18 This is where the wind took me this summer… Going the distance….

  • 10 000 kilometres
  • 10 weeks
  • 10 states – Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado, New Mexico, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon
  • 3 Gulf Islands – Vancouver, Denman, Hornby
  • 6 vehicle ferries

roadtrip_35roadtrip_28 Home is where the backpack is, or van in this case….

  • 6 lakeside camps
  • 5 riverside camps
  • 3 oceanside camps
  • 2 city parks – Douglas, Wyoming and Clatskanie, Oregon
  • 1 canyon camp – beautiful Canyonlands, Utah
  • 1 wildlife refuge camp

roadtrip_19  Ollie’s Maintenance…

  • 1 flat tire (day one of my trip)
  • 3 windshield chips/cracks
  • 2 oil changes
  • 1 mechanic visit – new front brakes

Social times…

  • 1 great community with Mudgirls (the natural building workshop I took) with many new friends
  • 1 delightful traveling companion
  • 1 home invited into with 1 cooking extravaganza to assist a new friend with the Denman Island Saturday Market – what a blast!
  • 1 music festival
  • 5 brewpubs plus 2 restaurants
  • too many beer too count
  • myriad of enchanting people that blessed my journey whether it was a brief connection or an extended converse – thank you
  • and many many landscapes to say hello to

roadtrip_34 roadtrip_21 roadtrip_22 roadtrip_27 roadtrip_31 roadtrip_33 roadtrip_32 roadtrip_14roadtrip_2 roadtrip_4 roadtrip_9 roadtrip_8 roadtrip_11 roadtrip_20roadtrip_15 roadtrip_6roadtrip_26roadtrip_5 Essential Camping Gear…some of it at least…

  • 1 pocket size cook stove (see photo)
  • 2 or 3 gas cylinders for stove
  • 1 headlamp and extra batteries
  • 1 water bottle (1L)
  • 1 water container/canister (20L or 5G)
  • camp chair
  • lighter/matches
  • sleeping bag and/or tons of warm blankets (wool and flannel are warm)
  • locals maps – get them free at every visitor’s centre or ranger station
  • swiss army knife
  • axe or hatchet
  • cast iron pan and/or metal pan
  • all natural, completely biodegradable soap (bar is more versatile and better for friction)
  • a toque and sunhat (be prepared for all climates)

….And always a good sense of humour with heaps of learning, growing, and evolving. Living life.  roadtrip_16

                        ~ Life is an adventure. Live it ~


4 comments for “The Final Tally of an Epic Summer Road Trip!

  1. Leigh
    October 21, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Loving you, your inspiring words and photos xo

    • the curious rambler
      October 21, 2014 at 5:45 pm

      Thanks for your kinds words. Loving you mate xx

  2. October 18, 2014 at 11:37 pm

    You have been to some amazing places. Wow! And a picture really does say a thousand words, huh! Thanks for sharing!

    • the curious rambler
      October 21, 2014 at 5:44 pm

      Thanks Christine. That’s what I hope my photos bring.