About Barb: A Métis author of 6 books, travel writer, photographer and speaker. Member of Sunshine Speakers Toastmasters in Powell River, BC since 2000. Presenter of goal-setting, “Speak Up” program, and World Host customer service workshops but most of all a Big Dreamer!
In 2002 Lessons From the Potholes of Life, 26 of my life stories resulting in valuable diamond lessons. Temporarily out of print.
RV Canada On A Dime And A Dream: 2003,the first working holiday across Canada to the east coast in 2003 in a 1977 motor-home loaded with brandied blackberry sauce, books and driftwood.
RV Canada With Boo The Menopausal Van: 2007, our second effort at paying for a trip by selling at markets and festivals; this time in a cranky van towing a 27 ft. trailer to Newfoundland. Temporarily out of print.
RV Canada’s Far North On A Dream: 2009, our third trip took us “North of 60″ in the same cranky van up to Inuvik, NWT and to Tuktoyaktuk on the Arctic Ocean.
RV Canada and the Polar Bear Dream: 2011 was an epic trip that started with the van burning up in the mall before we left home, buying a 32 ft motorhome that broke down through out the trip and ended with our son being an accident that resulted in him being paralyzed and us living in Surrey for three months in our RV. In between were many memorable moments with bears and belugas.
RV Canada An Exotic Land: 2013 took the motorhome to Newfoundland covering over 21,000 km. The month in NL opened our eyes to all that makes NL unique and exotic.
“Anyone can dream. Anyone can turn their dreams into reality. Just because something is improbable doesn’t mean it’s impossible.” Alan Mallory/Canadian Toastmaster who climbed Mt. Everest with his family
June 20-22/15 At RV Lifestyle Seminars in Kelowna I presented: “Newfoundland An Exotic Land” a travel show. Tips on traveling on a budget also presented with rave reviews,”How to Save Money on the Road.” “Traveling with Pets” helps pet owners travel with them safely and comfortably.
2015 Trip News
Five books in hand along with Dave’s fused glass jewelry we made our sixth big exotic trip with a difference. For the first time our RV didn’t break down. For the first time we had money in the bank so we’re weren’t constantly trying to make enough money to keep moving. This 100 days was the best trip ever! It will be the sixth book due late 2016. We explored secondary roads and cow trails in Alberta and Saskatchewan finding all sorts of history and scenic places. By mid August we were in the Yukon where fall colors were intense. Watch for announcements about the next book full of stories.
Armed with our four RV Canada books, brandied blackberry sauce, Dave’s fused glass jewelry, and a “Big Hairy Audacious Dream” we set out May 16/13 from Powell River, BC bound for Newfoundland. This was the fifth time in 10 years we’d tested our faith in the belief we could help support a big trip with sales. We set out in our 32 ft. motorhome …the same one that broke down repeatedly on the 2013 trip. The difference? She had mega mechanical work done so she wouldn’t break down and bless her little oil covered heart she only had minor difficulties. We were gone 136 days. We only paid for 23 nights thanks to a network of friends, many malls, and free camping with Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome. From this amazing adventure a new book RV Canada An Exotic Land was born in the fall of 2014. Dreams really do come true. It’s been the reoccurring theme for our 22years together and for all five trips. Yes we were tested but never let it be said we didn’t live our lives to the fullest. Between the rig and the car we covered 21,881 km of glorious exotic Canada!!
In 2014 we traded the 32 ft motorhome in on a 24 ft. C-Class. We are enjoying so much more freedom and less cost on the ferries with a smaller unit. The other 12 day trip we made was a loop around Vancouver Island which took us on over 200 km. of dusty rough logging roads but oh the scenery on the West Coast was worth it. RVing continues to offer us the freedom to explore and meet new people no matter the high cost of fuel. Life is about living it to the fullest.
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“You don’t have a money problem; you have an idea problem.” Robert Schuller