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Ok, that is seriously beautiful! There were gasps of disbelief from the people behind me and I think I heard one horrified voice exclaim “They only take reserVAtions!” I love the look of it, but I was not disappointed to be leaving the House of Attitude behind. Back to my humble campsite please!

Around nightfall our host, with a mighty twinkle in his eye, asked Dan and I if we had ever had apple pie.  Instinctively we knew he wasn’t talking about a delicious baked good, so we suspiciously and cautiously said we didn’t think so…

Could there be a more charming place?  Harbor wrapping around the city center,  flowers planted and hanging from every possible spot, well maintained lovely architecture and polite foot traffic. We stayed at a lovely AirBnB in Saanich, a short ride outside of Victoria and elected to spend one full day in the city, having been there on one other occasion.  We started in Chinatown, a small, but vibrant part of the city… Read More

The point where you worry if everything you have been planning for the last 5 years was a horrible mistake.  Were your skeptical friends right?  Do you have to go back home with your tail tucked between your legs and try and buy back all your belongings you sold online?  Is it good the house hasn’t sold yet?  A bit of an over reaction but holy Hannah, this is the second trailer… Read More

Big Sur in the summer is one long line of cars, all going to the same place, all gawking at the same things, all about to drive off a cliff into the ocean at any turn and it is still fantastic.  Every high priced hotel room, yurt, cabin and camp site is full.  You can barely park to go into any restaurant or gallery or hiking area.  The overlooks have dangerous lines… Read More

Our friend Mark is a magician.  Not just any magician, an official member at The Magic Castle in Los Angeles.

One of the more surprising things we did to get ready for our journey was to go spend 3 nights in Sioux Falls,  The really practical reason was that we needed to change our state residency and South Dakota made it insanely easy to do so,

The last 2 months have been all about getting the house ready for market.  We interviewed half a dozen realtors, had the house painted and painted ourselves, had 2 rounds of extreme gardeners, changed plumbing fixtures, pressure washed the outside, steam cleaned the floors, replaced the carpet, cleaned 20 years of detritus from the attics and closets, took down the patio covers and filled 2 dumpsters.

Some of the things we are doing to prepare for nomadic life are kind of like getting the car ready for a road trip.

Finally, we made some decisions. we are committed now to a timetable. Load up the trailer with our camp gear, sell the house, book some campsites, Airbnb’s, flights, we have dates.

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