Across Canada 2019

Posted on 1st January 2020 in adventure, nature, wandering

In the summer of 2019 my girlfriend, Crystal, and I drove across Canada to pick up a load in a cargo trailer from long term storage to bring back across Canada to our farm. For me, this had been the fourth year in a row to make this exact same trip, but for Crystal it was her first time being past Northern Ontario driving.

We slept in the empty trailer on the way West, which was an absolute luxury. We tried to pull off the side of the road so we wouldn’t have to get a campsite, but it was during the time of the nation wide man hunt for the two young fugitives from Vancouver Island so we were always just a little bit on edge when we’d find a nice place to stop. Nothing like a little danger to keep a trip exciting. I like to put little camp symbols on our oversized map so that in future years we know where a good campsite is. It’s probably not necessary because there are campsites in nearly every town, but sometimes you’re sitting there thinking to yourself: “I know the campsite was somewhere in this part of the country, but I just don’t remember the name of the little adorable town it was located in.” So there, on the map, is a little camp symbol that solves the mystery.

I think one of the more memorable things for me was when we stopped in the Fraser Canyon of BC to look down the canyon on a particularly beautiful turn in the river, and behind us we hear a few rocks tumbling down. I was worried because the truck was below those rocks, but up up up we see some goats following an ancient trail. First a big male goes to show the way, then a few females, then about 5 little kids make their way across! What a sight! Sometimes it’s easy for me to get caught up in our modern industrialized and urbanized world and feel like our wildlife is a thing of the past, that we no longer have any, and then seeing something like this makes me realize that there is still something out there untamed, wild, free, true.

At this point, we were on our way to Port Renfrew on Vancouver Island. Seeing the wild Pacific Coast one last time was pretty special for us. I remember growing up I always wanted to live in Vancouver. The wild old growth forests and the gnarly roots everywhere was to me something very special. In fact, it was in the mountains around Vancouver that I really started photographing as I hiked endlessly. For Crystal, it was her first time seeing the giant cedars and firs and the wild, rugged coastline of the open Pacific Ocean.

And just like that, it was time for us to zip back to Atlantic Canada and back to the farm.

Outside Sault St. Marie, Ontario
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Dinosaur by Bret Taylor

Posted on 17th October 2012 in events

My good friend Bret Taylor of Howyadoin Graphics is an artist. He pours his soul into what he does, he lives and breathes it [not drinks, I know what he’s drinking], and puts forth some very original and unique pieces of work. His process of layering mesmerizes me.

The art show was entitled Dinosaur simply because all the pieces in the show were dinosaurs. It was held in a space down just off of Cambie and 4th Ave, in Vancouver BC. I liked it because being a Twitter’er myself, the show had lots of the tweepoles there which made it nice for me connecting with some friends I haven’t seen in a while.  Always fun.

I’m happy to see Bret has opened this page in his book, I encourage him to continue what he’s doing frequently. I was also super happy to see that nearly all the work he had for sale, sold, no doubt making Bret a very happy Bret. He seemed pretty excited about it at the show.

I feel weird about not having taken much photographs of his art work directly. Most of the photographs… all of the photographs are of the people enjoying themselves…. it is what it is, I guess. But! Rest assured, you can find a lot of the images on his site.

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