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What does being a nomadic family mean to us?

Our journey to becoming a nomadic family can be divided into 2 phases: life before and after August (our baby, not the month). 

Collage of pictures of Cee, Gee, and August.

Before August

In 2016 we bought a campervan and left Newfoundland to head to Vancouver. The goal was to see if we liked #vanlife or would prefer living in Vancouver, again, or would want to return to Newfoundland. Our first van trip took 30 days and over 8000 km. Our first series of videos are listed as Cross America #VanLife. 

Turns out we LOVED van-living and when we arrived at our 3 month sublet in Vancouver, we were slightly regretting rooting ourselves. We were eager to get back on the road.

At first we based our van travels around specific milestones. We had a vacation booked in Florida with our close friends and their kids over spring break (end of March), so that was our first milestone. We drove down the west coast and across the southern states and all around the pan-handle. See: #road2florida.

The next milestone was returning to Vancouver by May in order to make it to a conference where I was presenting a workshop. We went back across the southern US and up through Arizona and Utah and then back to Canada. See: #back2van 

At this point we were getting the hang of #vanlife and our nomadic life was shaping up to look like this: 

  • Spring to early summer on the coast of British Columbia, bouncing between staying with family, friends, and van living.
  • Summer to early fall in Newfoundland staying with family, friends, and at our cabin in the woods (leaving the van in BC).
  • Late fall back to BC to prepare for the next van adventure.
  • Winter traveling through the US, chasing single track mountain bike trails.

After an amazing spring and summer, we packed up the van and headed south again, this time all the way to Mexico. See our not-yet-completed video series: #flightofthesnowbirds

At our first stop in Mexico, we discovered that we were going to have a baby and that changed everything. We fast-forwarded our trip a little by skipping some of the Mexican destinations so that we could fly back to Canada for some of the initial health-care appointments. Once that was taken care of, we spent a month or so traveling through Arizona and Utah and then back to Vancouver Island. 

After August

Instead of spending the spring in BC and then summer in NL, we remained in BC with my mom until October. August Ellory was born on Aug 22 in Victoria General Hospital. Greg’s family in Newfoundland was really eager to meet the little guy so we flew out there right after Thanksgiving and stayed until mid-January. 

My mom wanted to go to Hawaii for her 70th birthday so we traveled from Newfoundland all the way to Hawaii with a 5 month old. Door-to-door was a 30 hour journey and 6.5 hour time zone change! August handled it better than any of us!

From Hawaii we returned to my mom’s in Sooke, BC and are now currently considering our options. 

We have been debating heading south again with August, but there are a few concerns we have about traveling in the campervan with him:

  • We’d have to disable the airbag and have the carseat installed in the front passenger seat – although this is legal and safe, it just isn’t as safe as being in the back seat of a vehicle.
  • We wouldn’t be able to drive for much more than an hour or 2 at a time which doesn’t work well with the long distance travel we like to do.
  • We are using cloth diapers so we would need to be at a laundry mat every 2 days.

So for now we’re staying put, getting used to being parents, and considering swapping the van for a vehicle with a towable camper. 

We’re super grateful for our family’s support in our early days of parenthood.  We are getting eager to get out on our own and see what our little nomadic family adventures entail so stay tuned…

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Rest in peace, Anthony Bourdain

Such a huge loss this morning.

Anthony Bourdain’s suicide has hit home for me too. My thoughts go out to his friends & family.

Living with depression is hard. I’ve been living with ugly thoughts since before I knew what depression was. It comes and it goes, isolating blackness that pulls me out of life without my consent. I just want to be happy and I marvel at those who seem to be comfortable in their skin. I’VE been that happy person, at times. And then I’m not again.

Tony’s work exposed me to things I love deeply: cooking, great storytelling, travel, adventure. If I could name a hero to look up to, I’d name Anthony Bourdain.

He’s shown us how sharing a meal can unite the world; crossing differences near and far – it doesn’t matter. People are people, and we are kind. I’ve experienced this myself.

As for me, I’m doing my best to prioritize the things that make me happy. I’m travelling as much as I can. I’m riding the heck out of my mountain bike because it makes me feel like a kid again. I’m learning to fix my bike when I break stuff (too often!). I want to be the best Dad I can be. I’m trying to be mindful that life is GOOD. And I am trying every day to keep the blackness at bay.

The solution is in YOUR hands. Please try to find the things that make you happy and prioritize them. Reach out to your friends & family. They love you and you will feel their love. Begin to love yourself again.

I have huge hugs and love for my family & friends. When I see you I will let you know just how much you mean to me.

Greg

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Those jerks took our stuff! VLOG 20. VANLIFE UPDATE.

On a wintery Vancouver day our van was ransacked and the culprits got away with a playstation and games, an iPad, and a few other choice items.
#vanlife
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~ Cee & Gee

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Exploring Vancouver in the Winter. VLOG 18.

Filmed Dec 30, 2016
We are currently hanging out in Vancouver before we hit the road again for a few more months of #vanlife. This is our old stomping grounds so we thought we’d be tourists for the day.

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Follow our adventures:
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
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~ Cee & Gee

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Happy Holidays!

Filmed December, 2016
We want to wish you a happy holiday season and may peace be with you and your family in the New Year!

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~ Cee & Gee

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What’s Up with #vanlife? VLOG 16. VANLIFE UPDATE.

Filmed Nov 24, 2016
A quick update about where we’re at and what’s to come.

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~ Cee & Gee

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We made it to the other side! VLOG 27. VANLIFE 20.

Filmed Oct 29 to 31, 2016

Our first journey in our #shmoovan took us from Newfoundland, down through the US across the I80 and up to through the Pacific Northwest to British Columbia via the 101.

This video shows the last few legs of this first journey.

MUSIC:
TITLE: Sunny Holidays
ARTIST: NICOLAI HEIDLAS
CC BY License 4.0

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Follow our adventures:
Website ► http://www.adventuredorks.com
Facebook ► https://www.facebook.com/adventuredorks
Twitter ► https://twitter.com/adventuredorks
Instagram ► https://www.instagram.com/adventuredorks

Did you like this video? We hope so, if you did please give us a thumbs up!

We’d also love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos with your friends on social media! ♥ ♥

Be sure to check out our Google Map below for details of where we boon-docked/camped along the way.


Did you like this video? We hope so, if you did please give us a thumbs up!

We’d also love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos with your friends on social media! ♥ ♥

~ Cee & Gee @adventuredorks

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Made it to the Pacific! VLOG 26. VANLIFE 19.

Filmed Oct 28  & 29, 2016

In the course of a day Cee destroyed a laptop and iPhone. On the up-side we show you a tip about food prep in a camper van. We also finally reach the Pacific coast!

MUSIC:
TITLE: Take The Chance
ARTIST: NICOLAI HEIDLAS
CC BY License 4.0

Be sure to check out our Google Map below for details of where we boon-docked/camped along the way.

Did you like this video? We hope so, if you did please give us a thumbs up!

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~ Cee & Gee @adventuredorks

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Battle Mountain. VLOG 25. VANLIFE 18.

Filmed Oct 26, 2016
This place felt like it was in the middle of nowhere but was only about 20 min outside of Battle Mountain, Nevada. Gorgeous free BLM campsite. Big night full of stars.
Music:
“Dew Drops” – Creative Commons Uplifting Background Music- Free Download Link in description by anoopScoop is licensed under a  Creative Commons License. https://soundcloud.com/anoophariharan/dew-drops-creative-commons

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~ Cee & Gee

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Morning Routine; 5 Hour Traffic Jam. VLOG 24. VANLIFE 17.

Filmed Oct 25 & 26, 2016
Take a peek into our daily routine while on our first month long sojourn across the continent. Stuck in traffic for 5 hours, data issues for Canadians working on the road, and a few tips for van-dwelling.
Music:
TITLE: Take The Chance
ARTIST: NICOLAI HEIDLAS
CC BY License 4.0
Be sure to check out our Google Map below for details of where we boon-docked/camped along the way.

Did you like this video? We hope so, if you did please give us a thumbs up!

We’d also love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos with your friends on social media! ♥ ♥

~ Cee & Gee @adventuredorks