The trip is off to a great start - our first week in Squamish has been a blast. Here's what we've been up to.
On Monday evening, July 18th, Daniel and I (Nick), took a trip to Victoria on a whim. There were two vans in the area that we were really interested in, and if we waited any longer, they likely would have sold. Our good friend Seamus is living with his uncle John in Victoria for the summer, so we asked a huge favour: to stay the night at John's house, and borrow Seamus' car the next day to go look at vans. Despite the short notice, and the fact that boisterous guests had been staying at the house all weekend, Seamus and John agreed.
Thanks to their outstanding generosity, Daniel and I were able to go look at two vans in the area. The first we saw was encouraging, and could have been adapted to our needs. However, the second van wowed us. Within a couple of hours, a retired fisherman named Dave gracefully sold us his van.
We Choss Boys are aching to sink our teeth into some spicy rock climbs in Squamish and the Bugaboos. However, the only things we are crunching with our incisors are van options and cherries.... Wait. Cherries? Well this morning I (Daniel) was indulging in fresh cherries from Jacqui's garden and chipped my tooth!
A quick run to the dentist, $300, and 3 hours later, the Choss Boys are back in the business of van searching.
While Dan and Nick are busy looking for vans, I (Erik) decided to investigate the famous surf at the quaint Pacific Rim town of Tofino on Vancouver Island. I'm happy to report back that the surf lives up to expectations. And then some.
Nick and I (Daniel) are not very experienced with purchasing camper vans but we are trying our best. Yesterday we saw a 1984 Volkswagen Westfalia called Rosy.
A hectic night of packing, a restless bivy, and an alarm wakes us at 3:00 A.M. We carry our bags to the approach... To the airport! Yes, it was an 'alpine start' to our journey across the country. And we're glad to say we've touched down in BC.
I (Nick) have been trying to conceptualize what this journey means to me. For quite some time, there's been a murky fog surrounding my enthusiasm for the trip, and I've been pondering... Obviously, it's a mixture of many different thoughts and emotions, but I am experiencing them together as one. I've dubbed this feeling leaving. Rather than an action I am about to make, I've decided leaving is a feeling I am experiencing. I'm writing this post to sort through my various sentiments, and hopefully give others who are encountering leaving something to relate to. Here's what leaving means to me:
We each did the Myers Briggs personality test to help us figure out how we'd get along during months together.
Well, here we are in vancouver. We're trying to buy a van so we can begin our adventure. So as I (Nick) sit in the public library awaiting our next appointment to view a camper van, I shall take you through our plan for the coming months.
We are Daniel, David, Nick & Erik.
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