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Finally… on route to Vancouver Island

Finally… on route to Vancouver Island

Since 1977 I’ve planned this move to Vancouver Island.  Back then I had this bad-ass boyfriend that I was getting all too serious about. I decided it was time to pack a backpack and hitchhike west.  I was 17. My Mother bought me a 4 month rail pass at the last-minute. I hopped on the […]

Van Life

Van Life

Be careful what you wish for. If you’re life seems a little boring and you’re yearning for adventure, follow me but be prepared. It’s not always fun and games. We were still east of Regina when Westie broke down for the first time. The problem was overheating, but the cause was not completely obvious. I […]

An Unfamiliar Place

An Unfamiliar Place

An Unfamiliar Place is a story I wrote for a contest several years ago. I am republishing it here for my Creative Writing class and requesting feedback from my Professor. Some of my readers may already have read a version of this story. An Unfamiliar Place Day 23: The guidebook advertises three alburgues in this […]

Cape of Good Hope

Cape of Good Hope

Cape Town to Cape Town complete. Our 11,400 kilometre African road trip is over, ending fittingly at the Cape of Good Hope, where sailors breathe easier once rounding. We too were a little emotional today. The trip was fraught with things that could go wrong, and none of them did. I started thinking about this […]

Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch

The two wino’s have finally made it to the heart of some of the worlds best wineries, Stellenbosch, South Africa. It is a painful reality that Canadians are only allowed to bring back two bottles of wine per person. One of life’s regrets. Stellenbosch is a lot like the Okanagan Valley – on steroids. Like […]

South Africa – the Garden Route

South Africa – the Garden Route

Last week of travel and it looks like we’re going out in style. We’ve reached the “Garden Route” of South Africa. If Namibia was Africa light, Botswana Africa wild and Mozambique Africa crazy, the Garden Route is Africa civilized (Ray says soft but I disagree). We are skipping from one phenomenal National Park to the […]

South Africa – The Wild Coast

South Africa – The Wild Coast

We’ve been on the road for a long time now and feeling road weary. There are days that all we’d like is a transporter machine to get us home. We’ve arrived on the eastern shore of South Africa now – to an area inexplicably called The Wild Coast. We were heading to Gonubie Beach because […]

The Drakensberg Mountains

The Drakensberg Mountains

All those places that were just names on the map are coming alive to me now. Since we’re in the neighbourhood, we decided to check out some world heritage site hiking in the Drakensberg Mountains. We got out the maps and asked some advice, and landed ourselves at the Garden Golf and Spa resort in […]

Splashy Fen

Splashy Fen

Want to know how South Africans celebrate the Easter holiday? Well, at least about 5000 of them go to Splashy Fen, a music festival in the foothills of the Drakensberg Mountains. It’s much like any music fest you might attend in Canada, but with a distinctly crazy South African flair. First of all, Easter is […]

Swaziland

Swaziland

With relief we crossed the border from Mozambique into the Kingdom of Swaziland, with a friendly border guard and a 50 Rand ($5 CDN) road fee for Britzie. The drive immediately became saner, although everything is a matter of perspective. Looking back now Swaziland was not quite as modern as we thought that day. The […]

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