Keeping Warm

I headed back to Nelson as a “home base” to figure out my next steps in my journey. As usual I went to Cottonwood Falls to see who was there… see if there was any familiar faces. I stumbled across a few friends and decided to hang out with them for a while. As the day went on the weather started to take a turn and it started to rain. I was going to hitchhike in the rain for sympathy points to get picked up sooner, but that would have been at the cost of wet clothes… needless to say I decided to spend another night in Nelson.

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Some new faces showed up in town and as always everyone welcomed them in and we all started to do some song singing and there’s always a guitar or two strummin’ away. One of the new people who arrived happened to be a guy I had picked up hitchhiking a few months prior and we actually had the same destination (Motion Notion)! I convinced him to wait out another day until the rain stopped and we could travel together. I had yet to travel with a partner during this trip… long distances anyway and I figured it would be nice to have some company, other than myself and my harmonica I ended up finding after returning from StarBelly.

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The next day a bunch of us went to the Salvation Army to get some breakfast, locals were always first of course. The breakfast was pretty good it was french toast with some scrambled eggs… my french toast is waaaay yummier but it was free so I’m very thankful :).

After breakfast we did some brainstorming on routes and where to go, I really wanted to hit up the hot springs… it was a must for my trip this summer. We ended up choosing to head to St. Leone’s Hot Springs in Nakusp and headed out just before noon… we wanted to make it before sun down. We packed up and off we went, I was a little drained and my co-hiker seemed to be filled with energy and nabbed a van for us right on the highway barely any wait time! Next we were at a cross roads for a little while, but it gave me time to practice my harmonica. My goal was to have Piano Man down by the end of my trip. After about an hour we snagged another ride up to some obscure town but it was pretty straight forward to Nakusp from there.

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The town we were sitting in… wasn’t really a town it was more of a gas station and some shops attached to the highway. I had two-way radio’s and passed one off to buddy while I explored the organic shops… I wasn’t even in there for 5 minutes when I got the call ‘Hey man I already got us a ride!’. I ran out and got picked up by a super awesome dude from Nakusp, an ex special forces who has just discovered the joys of nature and how to appreciate the special things. It was a great ride to say the least. He actually suggested we change our destination to Halfway Hot Springs, which we decided we would take the locals advice. We were dropped off at a gas station about 3-5 km away from the entrance (Mind you I did start the trip walking 12 Km but I was way too tired for that).

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After waiting a few hours in the hot sun with no luck my buddy and I decided to split up and see if going by singles was easier. I got picked up by a guy and his girlfriend that told me they had seen us standing there for a while, and if they came back and we were still there they’d bring us up… I guess they knew we were going to the awesome hot springs. He was kind enough to grab both of us but had advised us his tired was little low and wasn’t sure he could make it up with all of us. By the time we got to the entrance (bottom of an 11.5 km hill) he decided that he wasn’t going to make us walk up because it was treacherous… no exaggeration.

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After getting to the top of the hill 45 minutes later… yeah that’s how crazy bad the road it 11 km took 45 mins. We set up camp and headed down to explore the hot springs. There was a storm coming so I hurriedly put my swim trunks on and jump into the spring hot tub. As I settled in you could hear thunder and then massive raindrops poured down. The hot and cold contrast while a storm exploding above was such an amazing feeling <3. There were many pools to explore ranging from cold to super hot. There was so much decomposition in the forest around the hot springs that everything was soft and mooshie, which was great for ground (walking around bare feet).

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I was supposed to leave Halfway on the Thursday to make it to MoNo by the afternoon at the latest but it was raining. I decided that if I was going to be wet I might as well be warm and wet… so I spent the day at the hot springs. Road trip buddy decided to head out to Motion Notion that day which was fine with me. The couple I was staying with decided they wanted to hunt for some more springs so I tagged along after a yummy breakfast. I took a good 20 minute walk down some rocky river bed and found a small pool that could barely fit two people. We began excavating and made a nice secondary pool nothing too special. We carried on down the river until we hit a gully that wasn’t passable since the river was rushing down it… and it was freezing cold. We didn’t end up empty-handed… we actually found one of the best springs around with 3 attached pools up against the rock face. There was the Steaming hot one, the freezing one next to the river (would have been great for a hot day) and there was the just right one. the Three of us spent the next couple of hours making it even better and spent most of the day relaxing. Our day ended with “Gourmet” camping pasta and some fun with a laser pointer and a big warm bonfire.

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The Friday morning I had headed off to MoNo ready to hike down the big hill in which we saw a cougar a two days prior… pretty majestic :). I had walked about 2 kilometers before I gave up, the roads were crap and it was hot out and my bag was super heavy. I waited around for about 30 minutes when some cute Quebec girls came and picked me up in their Honda Civic. It was funny because their car looked like it was going to fall apart… at one point the window dropped halfway and spun around. There was laughter and then they expressed that… it wasn’t actually uncommon and that they barely paid anything for it, yet it had gotten them quite far despite it’s “rugged” looks.

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After exchanging some info I was dropped off at the highway and we parted ways. I waited a good hour and half before someone came by in a pickup, I threw my bags in the back where there was probably 10 cases of empties. The guy who picked me up was a little strange but very kind, he expressed that he didn’t expect anyone to pick me up to go to the ferry as I was pretty much in the middle of nowhere. He was nice enough to bring me all the way despite not actually needing to go to the ferry… Even if someone is weird it doesn’t mean they don’t have a great heart; Thank you stranger!

You’ll have to hear the rest of the story next post… until next time!

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Normal is boring… Just be YOU!

In Time

First off yes I made it back from Hitchhiking, it’s  been such a crazy adventure one after another even after I arrived back home. I’m going to attempt to post up as many stories in this post as I can especially since that’s the reason I’ve procrastinated so much in the first place. There’s been so many things to write about… now there’s just even more… so hang on and join me and I may dedicate a post to photo’s another day as well.Hitchhiking 2014-2

My Hitchhiking began nice and early and I figured I would catch the bus from Vernon to Kelowna since it’s pretty cheap, when I arrived at the bus station I checked the times and I would have had to wait three to four hours which I wasn’t willing to wait. I headed off towards Kelowna and walked for about two hours before I stopped to stick my thumb out. There was an RV at one point that stopped about 500 meters away from me, just as I got about 20 meters away they took off… not sure if they were being rude or just trying to sort something out. I made it just outside of Kelowna around 3:30 pm and I was super lucky that my friend was in Kelowna… Big shout out to Maria W. for being awesome and picking me up then driving me a good distance. After Maria left I noticed I had dropped my water bottle so I was kind of stranded without water luckily I had hydrated a lot during my trip. I was blessed to be picked up by a great guy heading to just outside of Nelson which was my destination, he was nice enough to even drive me into town and show me where some stuff was before dropping me off at CottonWood Park/ Falls (‘Where all the Hippies hang out’).Hitchhiking 2014-4Hitchhiking 2014-3

Getting into Nelson around nine PM meant it was already dark out and I wasn’t very sure as to where I was going to sleep for the night… I had an idea but wasn’t sure. I started talking to some people in the park and ran into a group of people from Quebec who were nice enough to invite me back to their camp (Thanks Julie, Chris, Cedric, Lucas and Sam). The initial plan was to arrive in Nelson then head to StarBelly Jam but the Friday started with going to a food bank getting some free breakfast followed by hanging out at the Falls most of the day getting to know people. Listening to the Quebecers at first I couldn’t really understand them… it had been quite a while since I had spoken french and the speed at which they spoke didn’t really help either. We all ended up getting along so well that we stuck together for a few more days.Hitchhiking 2014-1

Hitchhiking 2014-9 Hitchhiking 2014-10On the Saturday we decided to go try to find the “Crystal Cave” near Nelson. Later in the afternoon we took off… but we weren’t entirely sure where we were going, just a general direction. I had purchased a road map before my travels to mark key point of my trip and it somewhat aided us in finding our route to the mountain base. We started to climb with our heavy bags (at this point I had really realised how way too heavy my pack was… lesson learned!) it had been an hour and a half and the sun was started to go down so we decided to make a travel pack and ditch the bags. I tied off some ribbon 50 feet from our packs hiding spot so we could find them again. Our hike went on for another 2 hour or so when we finally decided to make camp near a creek on top of the mountain. That night we laid out our tarps and blankets with our tents gathered around and got to really know each other… and where I started understanding their french easily and even begin to speak it fairly fluently.Hitchhiking 2014-6Hitchhiking 2014-7Hitchhiking 2014-5

The following morning we decided we were going to find the caves but most people we had received directions from were hear-say as the other’s had never made it before either.  After another few hours of searching we descended the mountain and just before going back to town Sam and I decided to ascend the mountain to give it another go and use my walkie talkies to communicate with the other if we found it. Off we went and after climbing and following a river we made it to the caves. The others were radioed and we all spent the day there exploring stories of things left in a treasure memory box. We ate lunch by a large water fall and collected some nice crystals :). Most of us ended up taking a nap or two! It was a rather blissful and exciting day before I headed off to Starbelly the following day. After making it back down the mountain with all of our stuff, we headed to the beach where some of us bathed after having been a few days in the bush, while others went and got food supplies.Hitchhiking 2014-11 Hitchhiking 2014-12Hitchhiking 2014-13

The next chapter of my story began that afternoon when I headed off to Starbelly Jam!

Thanks for reading everyone more to come soon!

No one needs anybody to feel like someone; but when you find that somebody you’ll feel like you can love everybody.

Coexistence

A lot has happened in the recent month and a bit, I’ve done a lot of firsts which I plan to continue pursuing!

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The summer is finally here I attended a Solstice party with some friends around a fire, tried out paddleboarding which was an absolute blast and would suggest it to anyone. There has been many beach visits, backyard fires and it’s only the beginning of the summer <3.

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I had the opportunity to use my Photoshop and photography skills lately which was rather exciting, in the sense that I was compensated for my efforts :). I did two posters for a friend that works at a youth centre and some photography for my buddy that’s an arborist. It’s nice to be able to use the talents you’ve “trained” in or made efforts to really learn; it’s a little bummy sometimes having to work a job that is really only a mean to make an end. I do really enjoy landscaping don’t get me wrong, I get to be outside in the nature take care of tree’s and properties and enjoy the sun and mountains, but there’s a point where your efforts deserve a little more recognition.

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I had a great conversation with my friend Sara and Dayton the other night about women equality in the workforce and how there is still a gap but that it’s closing. I made a point that I felt equality was evening out but in the sense that it’s my generation that’s evening it out… unfortunately we do not make up the majority of the work for at this point only having an age range from 18-28 for example vs. 28-60 . Maybe I’ve become complacent to the idea, but in all honesty I try to see it as there shouldn’t be a difference in the first place; we’re all human beings, we all breathe air and have thoughts and a conscience. By not having equal rights or working ability we are only stunting ourselves as a species… why cut our brain power 30/70 or what ever numbers you want to pull… it just doesn’t make sense. Pretty much what I’m getting at is don’t ever look at someone’s gender… you know what the only thing we should be doing is listening to everyone “Blindly” (in the sense it doesn’t matter what they look, hear or sound like) hearing what they have to say and analyse it all; it doesn’t matter if you’re female, male, gay, straight, black or blue, Buddhist or Muslim we all have a place on this planet and we should all be respected equally… We are all one and interconnected.

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Festival season is upon us and I’m counting down the days until I go on my festival journey… Actually I’m not counting the days I’m just going with the flow to hold down the over excitement. I have to say festival’s are what make my year… they are what reminds me that we are an amazing group of creatures on this planet and how we can really join together as one and just share so much love and fantastic company from strangers and friends alike. I can de-stress and flow free at festivals and enjoy nothing but great music, people, and just all around atmosphere. I’ve decided I will be hitchhiking this year to my festivals as to save money on gas, it should be a wonderful experience… will be sure to let you know how it went.

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Like I said there’s been so much going on that I can’t even keep track anymore but I’ll be sure to try to keep you up on the summer wonders here in the Okanagan! Since I don’t have much to “share” here’s a bunch of photo’s.

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My Cascadian home

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Panda!

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Side walk art in front of our home

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Smile you all have a beautiful soul

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“Love yourself because that’s who you spend all your time with <3″

Up & Up

It’s been over a month since my last post and I do apologize, as I usually tell people ‘Life happens‘. I’ve been really busy getting my business up and running, working a lot, and visiting family in Ontario.

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My adventure to Ontario started when my first flight was cancelled due to Toronto’s outrageous  -40 weather… everything was pretty much shut down. I scrambled on the phone so that I could get another flight and push my time I had off for work. I decided just to fly into Toronto and then take the Robert Q (really comfy bus) to Windsor, which is usually a 4 hour drive or so. I managed to get a flight the following day (overnight)  and off I went. My travels went pretty well without a hitch. I landed in Ontario took the bus to see family in Windsor. I have to say that the sights really are strange to me now not having been able to see mountains around me.

Windsor is a really strange and interesting place, I was speaking to a friend about it and what we came up with was: Looking into a city/ culture from the outside; I guess I had lived my entire life within this place and never really saw how everyone there lived culturally. I almost had anxiety going out into public… not that I was afraid but more so I felt uncomfortable at the fact that everyone was in such a hurry and so impatient, along with just seeming to only want to help themselves. Living in Windsor I always seen that people were in a hurry and that you almost do have to take care of only yourself. Having travelled and experienced many different environments in the past few years has really opened me to see how important it is to be there for yourself but without being selfish; seeing the majority people in Windsor blasting around and just observing others in public really opened me to see how selfish we can be. Don’t get me wrong I’m not saying all people in Ontario/ Windsor are grumpy and miserable, it was just a very common recurrence.

I did manage to see one of my favourite people and long time friend Natalie, we met through wrestling in high school and since both of our schools were french it wasn’t odd our teams saw each other as “team mates”. There was something spunky about this beautiful lady and we’ve been friends since, she’s one of those friends that you can always confide regardless the subject. It’s been a wild ride helping each other over the last few years. The one night I visited her family as we’ve all become rather close over the years, they always keep me on my toes with my french which I enjoy. Little Mich, Nat’s sister I could have sworn was 16 yesterday but is now 20… it’s wild how time fly’s. Since the St John’s have a hot tub naturally we took advantage, it was one of the most enjoyable nights in town sitting with her family talking jokes and catching up.

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One of the nights I teamed up with Em’s mom to surprise her… pay back for her surprising me at my fundraiser. It was a bit of a challenge because I wanted to post about my travels online but also didn’t want Emily to realise what was going on… eventually she kept asking questions so I just told her I was flying to New Brunswick to see the country. I think it worked because I walked in the door and Em was wide-eyed and we shared a haven’t seen you in ages hug. It was a fun night drinking wine and reminiscing on past stories and where we want to be in the future. I ended up spending the night since I had a few too many glasses of wine but it all worked out as I got to see a nice sun rise on my way home.

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I did get to see a few other friends and had a good time, but it was nice to see my family over dinner, and it was really great that my nephew enjoyed playing with me seeing as I’m rarely around for him to get used to me. He’s one smart little dude already talking about hexagons, octagons when I could barely do that when I was 6! As per usual my mom and I went for a nice meal at this little place called Ashton’s in my home town LaSalle, it’s a really nice spot :).

Jules and I have had our differences in the past, we’ve gone from best friends to probably not even wanting to see a picture of each other ever again. I know I’ve done a lot of growing and regardless of what happened I think we both made mistakes and grew past them. Recently we began talking again and even hung out while I was in town… I have to say I miss joking around with Julia, she’s a great person and even better soul. I always like seeing what she will come up with next, all of her creations… I find brilliant. For one one her most recent shows she was doing 90’s paintings/ sketches on “retired” cupboard doors. I’m excited to continue our friendship good and bad!

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Coming back from Windsor was a rather great treat, I made it to Toronto from Windsor then from Toronto to Calgary but that’s where the ease disappeared. I was all the way on the plane buckled in and we heard news that the last four flights were re-routed to Vancouver due to fog… so we all disembarked and waited forever in line to be re-scheduled… I was at the back of the plane meaning I was the last one in line, so I just went and sat in a chair till the line died anyway.

I was put up in a rather nice hotel “Acclaim”, there was a sky deck with hot tub… which was occupied by a couple which I decided to leave alone. My room was stunning with a king sized bed tv in the bathroom with a ceiling shower head! I enjoyed it and the hotel restaurant was very nice as well, they are known for their wine and bread. I can’t remember the name of the wine a tried but it was yummy; half a glass had me feeling good. The rest of the night I watched movies from my king sized bed. The breakfast was great and because I was put up for the night I was given food vouchers, so yay free food.

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The next day I get my ticket and find out I’m on a waiting list; off to Tim Hortons for more free food… I had to spend one of the $10 vouchers all at once so I splurged on bagel’s, yogurt, and some hot chocolate with chai tea. They started making announcement asking for people willing to give up their spots, I realised I wasn’t getting on this flight and went and got my next flight booked and compensated handsomely I might add. The lady at the counter said I was smart to come up then. I was put up in another hotel which was… okay, the Sandman was not nearly as nice as the Acclaim but I did still get a King sized room. The restaurant attached to this hotel was Moxies, I had all three meals of the day on vouchers. Since I wasn’t going to be there for lunch and was going to have breakfast at the airport I combined them for supper… that means $32 for some yummy food! Moxies unfortunately didn’t have much of a vegetarian selection but I made do.

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One thing I saw a lot of was “global news” and to be honest it was a little sickening to see what they were reporting on, some things were kind of serious and others were outrageously dumb. I like to keep up to date on what’s happening in the world but the news I saw on TV seems so narrow and hides a lot. I pride myself on multi sighting pages that I read to get accurate information. One thing I learned in the past little while, it’s find the facts and become aware of what’s happening in your World. War, climate change, industrialising, humanitarian issues… none of that stuff realistically has borders, we breathe the same air look at the same sky. The only thing I would pass on to everyone this blog is to be aware. I read a question online recently: ‘If you could get rid of one thing in the world what would it be?‘ I read a lot of good answers most of which were “money” and I happily agreed, but I came across one answer that I think we should be agreeing with and it’s Ignorance. I think our biggest down fall is our ignorance… our lack of knowledge. Don’t let yourself be a fool, learn and investigate.

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When I left BC I didn’t get to see the mountains flying out since it was night-time but I did get to see them coming back and it was amazing! These huge peaks become nothing but little hills that go on as far as the eye can see… I was in awe most of the time and could do nothing but appreciate it. I actually spent most of the flight just watching them go by.

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Departure day had finally arrived without a hitch I made it back to Kelowna thankfully it wasn’t super foggy again. I had called Brent to pick me up and when I saw him I was in a bit of shock as he had shaved his long beard… now I know what kind of shock I put everyone through 😛 .

So far not much has gone on since I’ve returned home, just getting back into the swing of working and building my business. I will have a guest blog coming up in the next few days so keep your head up for a new post.

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**Oh yeah… I have yet to set off a scanner at the airport, I don’t see why people always run into issues. Tip just take the extra 30 seconds to check your pockets and take everything off and put it in the bin!

“No biggy;  Life Happens”

Blessed Times

The last week has been pretty amazing, especially the other day everything just seemed to fall into place.

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First on the list of things, my landlord is back in town and winterizing the whole property including my Tree House; that means it will be nice and toasty in here when I do turn the heater on during snow season. I’m pretty fortunate that I really only have to turn on the heater every so often since the Tree House holds heat rather well.  Patrick and I had some good conversations and I expressed how amazing this place is and that he should count on receiving steady rent checks from me.

I had a few days off that were pretty relaxing, I forgot how fun days off are when you actually work… it kind of gives you something to look forward to after a few days of pushing yourself to do great!

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During one of the days off I managed to nab myself a set of Encyclopedia’s… for free! They look fantastic and the owner was just going to bring them to the dump, I’m pretty happy with them so far. Going to get these books was pretty much what started my adventures up Silver Star road; the fog has been pretty heavy as the weather is slowly converting to Winter and I had to jump on the opportunity to take pictures (see photo above for reference).

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These were free!

I’m sure there was a lot more things that were some what eventful but yesterday just trumped it all. I’d have to say it was just one great thing after another… Also I didn’t write much on my blackboard this week.

The day started off by waking up to a video of the girl I’ve been talking to, which we’ve been connecting really well (I’ll explain kind of what happened in my next blog). I was a bit worried that I was to be another victim of Catfishing.

“A catfish is someone who pretends to be someone they’re not using Dating sites or other social media to create false identities, particularly to pursue deceptive online romances”.

I won’t get into the boring details but it has happened to me before so naturally I was cautious… but I digress. The morning was nothing but smiles, it’s hard to explain the emotion… I was relieved and happy to say the least, maybe a bit giddy.. go ahead laugh ;). Following that I had a nice breakfast then headed up Silver Star Rd for some pictures.

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I stopped at a little subdivision that was on a hill that looked over the city but the fog was a lot stronger than I had previously experience a few days prior… it made for more challenging photo’s and it was a bit chilly out, but I made do with what I had.

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I had taken some pretty impressive photo’s, they impressed me anyway! I decided to head further up the mountain to see what I could get for a different vantage point and that’s when I decided to do a time-lapse for you. The intention was to show everyone have neat the fog looked, as I kept driving I cleared the fog and the sky was blue without a single cloud. What a surprise it was the higher I went, keep in mind I’ve never actually gone to the top to Silver Star Resort.

I had finally made it to the top where the Resort is and what a strange and cool little city it is up there, the houses look like something out of a movie and in the Winter it will probably look like the North Pole with elves running around… you’ll have to follow the blog to find out! I pulled up and there were huge mountain in the distance with massive peaks and snow on them. I left everything in my car but my camera and went for a nice little walk.

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After I did some rummaging through some bushes and paths I found a nice peaceful area that the mountains just blew open, it was nothing short of breathtaking. I found a comfy spot and decided to shoot a V-log (Video Blog). This is a new experiment and I think it’s kind of fun so let me know what you think… and don’t forget to share! Oh yeah it was like another world above the fog/ clouds… I could have worn a T-shirt and shorts it was so warm.

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After spending some quality time in Nature and just listening to the sounds of the wind and the mountains it was time to head home. It would have been really cool to have filmed my way down but my camera battery was dying… fail on my part for not charging it earlier. Heading down the mountain I stopped once or twice to pull off some great photo’s hoping my camera wouldn’t die. As I descended I had my windows open, wind breezing and a giant smile. As I continued downward I actually had to shut the windows because the temperature drop through the fog and under the clouds was astonishing… like I said a whole other world.

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I got home and spoke to my friend Satyama who does massage therapy, it was also her 40th Birthday and she looks great for 40. We talked about me getting a massage since my back was still sore from the 3 months of futon sleeping, she said let’s do it now; I procured some money and went for my therapy session. Satyama has done a lot of learning from around the world (Eastern Culture) and does Chakra clearing as well during the massage; I have to tell you I have never had such an amazing massage in my life!

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Thanks for checking in again and let me know what you think of the V-logs. Don’t forget I’m opening up guest posting and to shoot me an email, the info is on the side bar at the top.

“There are no coincidences; life comes at you as it’s supposed to”

Chasing the Sun n’ Moon

where to even begin… there has been so much going on lately and I wish I had been able to write about it and share the things I’ve been experiencing as they’ve come. I’m going to give you a quick filler on what has happened in the past few weeks.

I had moved to Edmonton and started to work right away eventually I moved onto another job which was a lot of fun and great learning. I began working at Donorworx/ World Vision which was a super tough job that’s for sure; no one goes to the mall to sponsor a child but we still have to pull them in and excite them and let people know how much help is actually needed in the world… at the very least just educate :).

Edmonton was a great start for me in a means of independence and integrating back into “first world” since Haiti. I’ve been on a continuing path of learning and it’s amazing to say the least. Thanks to my friend Candace I was able to meet some new people pretty much the same day I arrived in town. I’m not one to normally go out but I know it’s a crucial part in discovering new things and finding new adventures. That night I ended up meeting some great people who I’ve since become pretty close with. I was able to meet some great people from Wold Vision and develop some great friends there as well.

My longboarding continues to get better every time I hit the pavement (with the board not my body). One of the best times of the last month was attending Motion Notion just outside of Golden BC, this would also be my first time in BC. The drive to MoNo was about a five-hour drive but the scenery on the way made it feel substantially less… it helped to have great company too! Once we arrived to MoNo we had to find a place to set up, we changed our minds about 3 times and had to run to the entrance at the top of the hill to change the sign we had written for our other friends coming to camp with us.

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The spot we found ended up being perfect with the Mountains on one side and nothing but huge green tree’s on the other. At night our site was just the perfect distance that all the music from the stages became ambient music and peaceful to help you relax/sleep.

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Most people know I’m all about new experiences and that I usually feel the need to try something to say I’ve done it and also not regret not doing it; there was a nice little river that was glacier fed… I knew it was going to be cold but when I jumped it in was COLD! The jump was totally worth it despite feeling like there was ice-cubes around me, and I had a hard time getting out because of the slippery clay… Totally worth the experience. 

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Later in the night we finally got all our glow sticks going, and off most of us went to enjoy the festivities. I dilly dawdled a bit trying to put just the right gear together. There were some amazing things going on at night from the hoopers to the Fire shows all the way to the fantastic music playing.

Going to a small festival like MoNo was super neat and I was able to get a new perspective on things compared to Electric Forest which usually brings in around 30,000 people compared to MoNo’s 4-6 thousand. I want to thank all my friends from MoNo and the new people I met, I know our friendships will be that much stronger because of that weekend, you’re all great people! Aaron, Kandi, Lance, Leanne, Heather, Kalan, Arianna… everyone. ^_^

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Since I started attending festivals a few years ago they have really been a big part of my life and meeting amazing people and just learning how to go back to living free even if it’s just for a weekend.

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I‘ve began reading a book, and I don’t normally read books but just felt I needed one and I happened to stumble across an amazing book called The Alchemist. I’ve had a few friends super excited about me reading this book, at first I really didn’t get it… now I do. This book has been so fitting into my life especially recently. I’ve been moving in the direction life is pushing me <3.

Most recently I have moved out to Vernon, BC which was a nice 8 hour drive from Edmonton… it was such a nice drive though, minus the suburbia part of Calgary, there’s just way to many houses that look the same and have taken up so much of the natural it’s a little sad, but other than that the mountains are sensational!

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Because my awesome new friends threw my an amazing going away party I didn’t get to leave for Vernon until the afternoon the next day… that’s okay because I ended up staying with Arianna for the night at the Ranch/ Farm she works at in Coldstream just outside of Vernon. Waking up and getting to meet the horses and walk with them was so exciting… with plenty more to be had!

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My new place in Vernon is absolutely unreal, the atmosphere is pretty much perfect for me and my continued evolution of character. The place where I’m staying is a retired hostel converted into renting suites. My suite is actually detached from the house above a storage garage, it’s super cozy.

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I’ve been integrating into the mini community here at the Hostel really well… the people are just great. Yesterday we went to the beach just because everyone had the day off, it was really nice to get away and not think about much. I’ve been doing a decent amount of longboarding here in Vernon but it’s a little tough going down some hills because they are pretty steep and I have yet to learn hard breaking.

I want to thank everyone for their patients and my blog writing or lack there of, I actually plan on writing a lot more often now that I have a proper computer set up… which means my book should be done soonish I’m aiming towards the New Year.

Vernon and the Hostel as I’ve decided to start calling it is going to a great opening for me to really find my centre, get back to my meditation, seeking God, and many other enlightening opportunities.

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I’ve decided to start making bracelets and maybe expanding into wire wrapping for a hobby other than writing so if anyone have any suggestions for me to practice feel free to let me know!

Namaste

When you try to find your legend, the world will do everything in its power to get you there.”

Long Haul Part 2

It’s tough to sit down and write blogs when you don’t have a proper desk but I’m making an effort to keep everyone up to date on my life!

Here’s part 2:

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Driving through Saskatchewan was really interesting… seeing all the stereotypes that it’s flat, and let me tell you that when it’s flat it is as far as the eye can see. As the day light began to rise I saw some of the most beautiful sights, Sask. was one of my favourite sections of my drive despite being the longest leg in a Province/ State. There were some parts I drove across that had really awesome hills and some awesome spots to go longboarding… if I ever get good enough to Bomb a hill at 75 Km/h or more.

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IMG_0659It was nice to get out of my car and take some photo’s… I had really fallen out of touch with my photography and spending even the 10 or 15 minutes I spent taking photo’s really gave me an awesome feeling. Just reminiscing on the photo’s with the rolling fog gives me a lovely feeling. The feeling I felt was probably a  lot of things from remembering my passion to, I’m happy I’m walking around on my two feet instead of sitting on my butt for hours on end. Most of my drive in Saskatchewan was on empty roads, I didn’t see many people other than in little towns/ cities.

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There was a point where I was getting Scarily tired and I had to pull over, and taking the last swig on my single energy drink I had been milking for the past 20 hours just made things worse… it also seemed like there was no rest stops in sight more miles upon miles, finally I came up on one, put some gas in my car and pulled around back for a nap. This nap I took was only about an hour and a bit for two reasons, one was that it was too hot and the other because I was so close to my new “home” only about another five and half hours or so away. I woke up from this nap really confused not really knowing where I was, I was so groggy and messed up from the amount of driving I had done and lack of sleep. I put my shirt on hoped in the driver seat and followed my GPS. After about 25 minutes of driving I snapped back into things and was all smiles from there, my adrenaline was racing at the idea I was almost at the home base… a new adventure.

Welcome to Alberta said the sign I think… never the less I was cruising, and there was much more traffic now than there was in the past few hours. I managed to make it to a rest stop just before Edmonton, I could actually see the Edmonton City sign I was so close but I needed a pee break and to stretch my legs since I didn’t know what kind of congestion the city would have. I took out my longboard did a few rounds of the building jumped back in my car and off I went. My cell services finally kicked in and I had internet everything my generation is sucked into, I was able to post on Facebook and message friends that I had finally made it.

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It was around 3:30 in the afternoon and I had made it ahead of schedule… approximately 4 hours ahead of schedule which was great because I wasn’t looking forward to arriving in town just to go to sleep then start working at 7Am the next day. I started working with an insulation company and it was great money but the waking up at 5:30 AM was honestly taking a toll on my body. I’ve heard it a million times that your body will get used to it… it won’t, not for me anyway. I had been in the Military for many years along with doing pipe fitting where I was waking up at 5 AM everyday but to no avail I was never able to get used to it. I had started going to bed around 9 or 9:30 at night which by the way it’s still daylight here at those times. It helped with my general awake fullness during the day but still I was dreading the mornings. The job helped get me on my feet a bit but there’s still much growth to be had.

What I’ve taken away from Edmonton so far is the Pedestrian Crosswalks which are non-existent in my home town of Windsor, but huge here (you’ve got so much power stopping all the cars!). If someone steps out into the Ped. Crossing lines every car stops regardless of your speed… which is crazy most of the crossings are just signs I much prefer the ones with lights at least you can see what’s happening farther ahead if someone wants to cross. There is a ton of spots for longboarding so that I can expand my skill… and get hurt as most of you have seen on my Facebook.CAM00116

This hurt really bad!

This hurt really bad!

Let me say one thing about Edmonton… the roads are Crap… I figured for a major city the roads would be much nicer but they really aren’t I think they are pretty at par if not worse than Detroit roads. I guess one other thing I’ve noticed is everything is pretty much Privatized here in Edmonton for example speeding… you don’t see police doing traps and such it’s all photo radar which are sneaky buggers, but I have yet to get a ticket, since I don’t speed. I actually find myself doing the speed limit almost bang on but I think it’s because most of the drivers drive super slow here usually 10 under… which is usually 50 Km/h which in fact is the normal posted speeds in my province I guess it’s nice to be able to drive 60 Km/h on the regular and not worrying about getting a fine.

I still have so much more to share but I have to get ready for work at my new job with Donorworx/ World vision. ^_^

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“New Me”

– Everyone has a dream; don’t just chase yours, help others find and fulfil theirs.