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The Winnipeg Tattoo Convention Last night I went to the Winnipeg Tattoo Convention. This place is an obvious mecca for hardcore tattoo enthusiasts. It has the air of a carnival. As we enter through a huge tent that serves as the entrance to the actual tattooers booths, the air is scented with the greasy smell of overpriced french fries and cotton candy. More than 275 tattoo artists have booths set up in… Read More

Grief And Loss: Onwards Without You My Friend: Grief sucks. I will miss my boy forever. But I can’t stand wallowing in loss. The world is still a magical place. There are so many places and things in the world and I have such a short time to explore and enjoy them. This post is about what worked for me to be able to continue even through grief and loss. Maybe it… Read More

Week 3 Without Facebook I quit Facebook almost 3 weeks ago, as a temporary measure after 15 years to save my sanity when Russia went blitzkrieg on Ukraine. I continue to find life without Facebook just fine, so I will continue for longer out of Meta’s insatiable grip. It’s been 3 years since I settled into life in the Arfpod. Well, to be honest – I only decided to keep living in… Read More

blue and white logo guessing game

There is a beautiful world all around us. When we quit social media, we get to go out and enjoy it without feeling compelled to share our experiences. Our interactions with our environment and the people in it become a gift for us, not window dressing for the public eye.

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Climate Change 2021 Brought Us New Weather Words 2021 has been a disastrous year for Canadians. Most of us even learned some brand new weather-words including: “Heat dome” and Atmospheric River”. I’ll bet even you hadn’t heard of these word combinations until 2021. But wait: There’s more! Forest fires ravaged BC last year, wiping out the small town of Lytton, destroying many homes nearly everywhere else, and generally being very scary. Oh… Read More

All electric pickup trucks are coming in 2022 Fuel costs have been soaring out of this world. Many RV enthusiasts and full time RV travellers are currently really worried about their ability to continue with the RV lifestyle. A pickup truck towing a travel trailer can use twice as much gasoline as a truck that isn’t towing anything. I can’t even imagine fuel consumption for those towing apartment sized fifth wheel trailers…. Read More

brown mushrooms in stainless steel bowl

Chanterelle mushroom season is upon us here on Vancouver Island. That means I am taking my travelling companions into the forest to reap this golden chanterelle bounty. If you need help identifying chanterelles, click here for a great article. You should always double check with someone in the know if you aren’t 100% sure. You can always take a few into a mushroom buyer and ask them to confirm for you. Better… Read More

Saskatchewan is probably the last province you think of when it comes to truly great RV camping. This is probably thanks to the flat, endless, boring views afforded from the main routes across the province. Saskatchewan actually has some of the most amazing campgrounds I have stayed at. A lot of these are regional campgrounds, run by the towns they are near. As far as I’m concerned, Saskatchewan camping is one of… Read More

the best rv laundry hack

I’ve wanted to try this idea I had for an easy, affordable RV laundry hack for ages. Since it works while you travel, I decided to try this hack on my RV adventure across Saskatchewan this week. I have to admit I have never been this excited to do laundry. The initial experiment resulted in a load of dirty laundry getting clean, with hardly any effort on my part, no electricity, no… Read More

marinated grilled veggies

Grilled Portobello Mushrooms I’m excited ’cause it’s almost mushroom season on the coast. This is another amazing vegan recipe that anyone will love, even if you don’t do plant based. This delicious grilled mushroom recipe is made with portobello mushrooms, but trying it with bolete mushrooms is on my culinary bucket list. The secret is in the marinade, made with Bragg sauce, available at most grocery stores in the spice aisle. While… Read More

bannock

Are you ready to have something better than bread for breakfast or a sandwich?   When you are camping do you want to feed your kids something more nutritious than a hotdog or marshmallow, that can be roasted on a stick or even in a pie iron over a campfire?  Well, don’t panic, there’s bannock! 

3 pointers in forest river r-pod

The Truth about RV Living With Dogs When I first started on this journey, I was warned “those dogs will wreck your trailer”. I thought “what a ridiculous statement”, as I looked at my 4 amazing dogs who had never before shown any aptitude for destroying anything, except maybe breaking some hearts. I realized I couldn’t just expect them to suddenly plunge into the RV lifestyle. Careful planning and preparation would indeed… Read More

“The robb’d that smiles, steals something from the thief; He robs himself that spends a bootless grief.” William Shakespeare, Othello Stuff: A paradox in Drayton Valley When I started this journey a year and a half ago, I did so with the idea that RV living would be a temporary adventure until I found a suitable piece of land and built a small house in Alberta. I had packed up my stuff,… Read More

Wapiti Campground Jasper National Park

“When even shadows need shadows to cool off, you must know that the weather is incredibly hot!” ― Mehmet Murat ildan Heat Wave The record heat wave the West was experiencing brought blistering heat here and everywhere else in the Western region of Canada. We had narrowly escaped the 42-degree heat of Blue River, and continued through to the immensely popular Wapiti campground at Jasper National Park. We were lucky to get in… Read More

woman looking at the map

Travel between health districts is banned in BC for now. With Covid cases rocketing across the prairies, and only a handful here on the island, it seems prudent to stay put. Here in the sun. On a beach. On the East coast of Vancouver Island. While I miss little George, wee Stella, and the kids, and an adventurous way of life, exploring the wonders that Nomad life and Canada hold, here is… Read More

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