2014 News and Views
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. In our 32 ft. motorhome …the same one that broke down repeatedly on the 2013 trip, we set out. 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 will be born in the fall of 2014. If you want to be on the pre-order list email us: firstname.lastname@example.org. Dreams really do come true. It’s been the reoccurring theme for our 21 years 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!!
This was our summer to stay close to home, plant a garden and camp locally. 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. In June we took it to Kelowna for RV Lifestyle Seminars to give presentations on Newfoundland, budget travel and how to turn your journaling into cash. 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. This photo of Dave is at St. Mary’s Ecological Reserve in Newfoundland where over 100,000 seabirds flock. It was like being in a movie. That story is in the new book.
The 2013 book from the 2011 fourth big book tour:
Our fourth caper around Canada started with a bang! Packed for the next trip Boo the Menopausal Van 2 burst into flames parked in a Powell River mall. That was the beginning of our Western Canada tour to Churchill, MB. We changed over to an older motor-home. There will be no more rigs named Boo after our last couple van’s hissy fits. Boundless beauty, breakdowns, fascinating people, polar bears and belugas filled the summer of 2011. From the wilderness of northern British Columbia, to the prairies of Alberta, to the farming communities of Saskatchewan, and up to Thompson, Manitoba where we took the slow train to Churchill to make our polar bear dreams come true. Different from the three previous RV Canada travelogues, RV Canada And The Polar Bear Dream will touch your heart like never before as the story takes a tragic twist at the end. At the same time the book tells of selling at markets to help pay for the trip, and offers valuable RV resources and tips.
Between the 32′ motor-home and the car we covered 18,129 km. Since the first trip in 2003, our adventures have taken us 69,062 km or 41,437 miles. That’s a ton of stories, people and scenery!
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Read about our adventures : http://mytripjournal.com/rvcanadawithboo
Bits about Barb: A Métis 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. Founder and past president of Powell River Writers Conference established in 2003.
In 2002 I published Lessons From the Potholes of Life, 26 of my life stories resulting in valuable diamond lessons. Temporarily out of print, but a the second edition is in the wind. I’ve also published several chap books, a perpetual calendar, and memoirs for friends.
RV Canada On A Dime And A Dream: 2003,the first working holiday across Canada to the east coast in 2003 in an old 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.
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.
“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 24-27/12 At RV Lifestyle Seminars in Kelowna, I presented, “Bears, Belugas and Blackberries” a 40 minute slide show about the 2011 trip across Western Canada to Churchill, MB. “From Journaling to Generating Income” is a 40 minute interactive workshop showing how to take travel notes and turn them into income. We recommend all RVers attend the fun-filled educational weekend at RV Lifestyles Seminars. In 2014 it will be held June 21-23. Topics I’ll present TBA.
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