Off To Nova Scotia

Posted on 13th September 2016 in adventure

My pops and I recently drove from Shawnigan Lake on Vancouver Island to Nova Scotia. That’s from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean and back again. The journey took us more like 50 days, not two months. I had everything theoretically set out in my calendar for two months before we left to make sure we had enough time to spend in every place that we wanted to spend time in, and at some point just as we were coming into Nova Scotia we jumped ahead about 10 days and could never really find a place to delay in again!

I think if there was one place I would have liked to spend more time exploring, it was PEI. Such a neat community I’ve become fascinated with. It’s a very small island compared to the large expanse of a province like BC that I’m used to, but because of that it’s quite a neat place. In some parts it’s mostly potato farms as far as the eye can see, but then in other parts that I’ve become more partial to, it’s smaller farms with the biggest gardens you’ve ever seen and more wild forests that haven’t been logged in at least 20 years.

On our way across we drove through the States. They have beautiful interstate highways that I kept wanting to go further and further south on to go through some of the big cities I’ve always wanted to visit, like Denver and Kansas City, but all my pops could see was the temperature on the thermometer rising the further South we went. He kept looking at the map and telling me I had a crooked eye and my line across the States wasn’t so straight.

Vermont was an absolutely eye catching state. Something about the history and attention to detail and craftsmanship there that just took my heart into a little basket. It could have just been the beauty of the forests, too.

We camped the whole way, drove all day. Everywhere we stopped there were earwigs, and the next day when we were unpacking our tent we counted how many we had transported. I didn’t like this for multiple reasons, but clearly there had been many people before us that had already contributed to the widespread of them. We only got rain a few times. It’s always a pain having to dry things out or pack things up when they’re wet. Then they start to smell and that’s just no good. When this would happen, we’d go out for pizza.

One thing I really like about being on the road is I get so many ideas of how successful operations run. Things like signage and a good choice in brand names and rather iconic storefronts, to name a few things. For my pops and I, this provided many hours of banter as we’re both chalked full of ideas that have a chance of success. We met with many farmers and agriculture specialists who also gave us much insight into our future.

tech // Sony a7 camera / SMC 50mm f1.4 / SMC 35mm / Jupiter 11A 135mm f4

From Vancouver Island to PEI by Ned Tobin

Winthrop, Washington

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Journey Through the Kootneys

Posted on 14th September 2011 in adventure, nature

Recently, I’ve gone from a wedding in Kamloops, through the Rocky Mountains to Calgary, where I did a photoshoot with Kimberbow. After all this excitement, yes, I kept on journeying, and headed to the Kootneys.

I travelled down the East side of the Rockies, past the Black Creek Heritage Rangeland Natural Reserve along highway 22. I came out at Lundbreck where they have windmills everywhere, which I find very beautiful to see.  After this, I stayed on highway 3 most of the way to Creston, at which time I turned North along Kootney Lake, over the Nelson ferry, and stayed along the lake and up through Kaslo, where Kootney Lake is now called Mirror Lake.

From here the trip went up between Goat Range Provincial Park and Duncan Lake, where it turned to gravel road. This swung all around and came out close to the ferry to go across to Revelstoke, which I bypassed and kept heading down along Upper Arrow Lake through Nakusp, across to Rosebery, down the East side of Slocan Lake through Winlaw (which I thought was beautiful place) and across to Nelson. I really enjoyed Nelson, and wish i would have spent more time there, but After this, I meandered my way through Salmo, Fruitvale, Trail, Rossland, and then up past Nancy Green Provincial Park, and over to Castlegar on the 3 again, the Crownest Highway. I stayed in Syringa Provincial Park, which was beautiful, but quirky because it was on a lake that was a lake because at the end of the lake there was a giant dam (and a pulp mill). After this, I headed back through Castlegar, and along the Crowsnest Hwy to Grand Forks and Westwood, at which time I turned up to Christian Valley which was a long gravel road. I found a cold, but remote campsite where I wandered around for a while.

Long story short, after this went through to Kamloops, then back home to Vancouver. Pheuf! Now, PICTURES! (there’s a lot)

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