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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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06. Trying NOT to die riding Hangover Trail in Sedona – #MTB #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Greg samples the death-defying heights of the Hangover trail in Sedona, Arizona. This is a singletrack mountain bike trail with steep exposures – one false move and you’re a goner!
Riding his Kona Process dual suspension mountain bike, Greg shows you his POV footage of Hangover Trail.

Ride Log

GREG’s REVIEW: 👍😱🤢👍 Skip it if you’re afraid of heights.
FUN FACTOR: Bucket list ride.
TRAIL RATING:  Double Black = Experts Only
RIDE AGAIN? Yes but not alone.
FAMILY FRIENDLY? No
CLIMB: 272 m / 958 feet
FEATURES: Extreme exposure🤢😱
Very steep, high risk factor. Serious consequences of mistakes.

Trailhead

This was as close as we could get to the mountain bike trail with our camper van. Greg rode the jeep trail up to meet up with the Hangover trailhead.

Next Up

Sampling more mtb trails while living the van life.

Where We Stayed

The most beautiful free campsite we’ve stayed at so far. For more details of where we traveled on our #flightofthesnowbirds escapade, see the map below…

: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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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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05. Sampling Singletrack in Salinas & Joshua Tree – #flightofthesnowbirds

In This Video

Fort Ord in Salinas to check out our first MTB singletracks of the trip! Greg uses our gimble for the first time to give you a POV of the ride.

Next Up

Mountain biking in Phoenix, Arizona!

Where We Stayed

Monterey Veterans Memorial Park Campground: 36.59879, -121.91213
Buttonwillow Southbound Rest Stop: 35.4179, -119.42498
Bureau of Land Management Site (BLM) near Joshua Tree: 34.172930, -116.224660
Yucca Valley Walmart: 34.13227, -116.38461

Feel free to use this map to plan your route along the west coast to Mexico!

We welcome all suggestions for places to see, places to boondock, free or inexpensive campsites or even parking spots that allow overnight parking! Reach out to us via social media or through our email contact form.

: #flightofthesnowbirds #vanlife

This is our journey in our Dodge Ram #Shmoovan to Mexico for the winter. We’ll be spending time in the South Western US, again, as well. We plan on chasing the sun and great mountain bike trails.
We hope you come along for the ride! And, we’d love it if you subscribed to our YouTube channel “Adventure Dorks” and share our videos on social media!

See where we are RIGHT NOW 

Instagram @adventuredorks
Facebook: /adventuredorks
Twitter:  @adventuredorks

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Summer in Winter Thanks to #VanLife – #Road2Florida

Filmed March, 2017
After a few cold months in Vancouver, BC, we made it to summer!
We spent the entire month of March in sunny, warm, Florida.
Since it’s been awhile, we’ll start with a little recap of Padre Island, Texas and Mardi Gras in New Orleans then on to our summary adventures.
Next up: we return to New Orleans, Padre Island, and then head up to Sedona, Grand Canyon, and spend some time in Moab before returning to British Columbia.
#poolrulesmunchkin #pooljerk #vanlife
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 YouTue channel and share our videos with your friends on social media!  ♥ ♥
Music:
Spark of Inspiration by Shane Ivers – https://www.silvermansound.com
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Is #VanLife More Simple or More Complicated?

Filmed February, 2017
Better late than never? Well, here it is. Padre Island, Texas to New Orleans, Louisiana in time for Mardi Gras.
These are our adventures from traveling in a class B camper van through the Southern US during February, 2017.
Next up – a month in Florida!
See where we are RIGHT NOW 😀🚐
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Breaking Radio Silence Part 4 – #Road2Florida, 04

Working full time while traveling and trying to get used to #vanlife again means videos are way behind. Here’s our attempt at catching up!
We’re on a 3 month trip from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Florida, USA and back.
See where we are RIGHT NOW 😀🚐
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We’d also love it if you subscribed to our channel and share our videos with your friends on social media!  ♥ ♥
Take a peek at our map itinerary and let us know where we should go along the way:

Breaking Radio Silence Part 3 – #Road2Florida, 03

Working full time while traveling and trying to get used to #vanlife again means videos are way behind. Here’s our attempt at catching up!
We’re on a 3 month trip from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Florida, USA and back.
See where we are RIGHT NOW 😀🚐
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!  ♥ ♥
Take a peek at our map itinerary and let us know where we should go along the way:

Breaking Radio Silence Part 2 – #Road2Florida, 02

Working full time while traveling and trying to get used to #vanlife again means videos are way behind. Here’s our attempt at catching up!
We’re on a 3 month trip from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Florida, USA and back.
See where we are RIGHT NOW 😀🚐
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!  ♥ ♥
Take a peek at our map itinerary and let us know where we should go along the way:

Breaking Radio Silence Part 1 – #Road2Florida, 01

Working full time while traveling and trying to get used to #vanlife again means videos are way behind. Here’s our attempt at catching up!
We’re on a 3 month trip from Vancouver, BC, Canada to Florida, USA and back.
Take a peek at our map itinerary and let us know where we should go along the way: http://adventuredorks.com/where-should-we-go-next.
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