Tag Archives: Camping

Stein Valley wilderness hike

In preparation for a multi-day hike along the Stein Valley trail, Scott and I stocked up on various lightweight treats and meals. We were lucky in that Scott had received some pretty generous gifts from his students’ parents, including a MEC gift card, along with bottles of wine (pour moi… the non-straight-edge member of the […]

Stranded in Sointula with the Salt of the Earth (Part 2)

If you want your faith in humanity restored, I highly recommend having a mechanical breakdown on a remote island, perhaps inhabited by a community established by a former Finnish utopia and see what happens. That experience is essentially the highlight of my latest motorcycle trip with Scott. After exploring Vancouver Island (see Part One), primarily via backroad […]

Vancouver Island Backroads and Beauty (Part 1)

The original plan a year ago was to hoard my vacation days and do an epic trip around the National Parks of the U.S. That didn’t quite work out this year, although it’s still on my bucket list. Instead, Scott and I decided to stay somewhat local, and explore our beautiful province in more detail. […]

Pioneer Road to Kingdom Lake

This past week Scott and I loaded up our motorbikes to explore some places I’ve been meaning to visit not far from Vancouver. We both ride Honda dual sports, and mine was created from two different bikes – a 1985 XR600R (engine) and a 1985 XL600R (frame). It’s essentially a street legal dirtbike, kickstart-only, and […]

The Miracle Roadtrip: Part Three (The wildebeests)

Since blasting through the aftermath of some devastating forest fires in BC (see Part Two), Scott and I continued our summer motorcycle trip along the more relaxing setting of the Sunshine Coast. We swapped in some clean clothes in Vancouver, then hopped on the ferry at the Horseshoe Bay terminal. It was so sweet as […]

The Miracle Roadtrip: Part Two (The apocalypse)

In part one, Scott and I began our Mad Maxian vision of ripping cross country on our dual sports down Washington, up Idaho and into the heart of hippie-dom in Nelson, BC. We continued to live a bikers’ dream since the road heading north to Kaslo was such a cruise of windy roads and epic […]

The Miracle Roadtrip: Part One (hippie homeland)

I just had my 38th birthday and life is ruling. As mentioned in an earlier post, I will be the first to admit that I thought I would never get married. This thought was not because it wasn’t a dream to have a life partner, but rather because I couldn’t imagine that there was a dude […]