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California | Arizona

part one | the desert

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march fifth 2017 start of our roadtrip to Arizona and the California west coast.  28 days.  8838 km.

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day one our first night on the road and in the morning we woke up to snow.

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reason #1 why we are headed south.  it’s been a long winter and spring is nowhere to be found in Chilliwack.

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we left the main road and head east towards Nevada, Arizona and the desert.

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day five the desert road winds and curves and stretches like a ribbon before us.

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Badwater Basin is 282 feet below sea level. the little dots on the bottom photo are cars.  Death Valley is the lowest, hottest, and driest national park in the US.  We were here fifteen years ago, hiked out before first light and photographed the sand dunes.  i’ll have to dig out some of those photos later.

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we stopped for sandwiches at Amargosa Opera House as we headed further east.

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driving the boler through Vegas on the way through.

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weird and interesting things to see along the way.

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hot air balloons over the hwy.

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this “chapel” looks different than ours.

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day nine a short visit in Phoenix. it was great having a break from “roughing it” in various campgrounds.

wine, dinner and a great visit under palm trees with tina.

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tina is a seasoned traveler and she gave us some great travel tips.  these amazing places are not necessarily in the order we saw them.

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day nine  passing through Sedona.

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note to self to come back one day and stay longer and explore this magical place of red rocks and blue skies.

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one of our top three campgrounds (and one of the hottest places yet) was near the Desolation Mountains at Lost Dutchman State Park.

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it is even more beautiful at night.

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we wanted to go see the wild flowers at the Antelope Valley California Poppy Preserve.  we missed the best time for them to bloom but it was still a pretty sight to see.

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on a tip we drove through the backroads in search for “grape-soda” lupins growing in the washes.

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you do want to watch where you step.

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day 16 another favourite campsite at Joshua Tree

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as we usually do at the last minute we had decided that we would camp in the park only to find every single campsite full.   just when we were ready to give up in frustration we met the loveliest family who offered to share their space with us.  a random act of kindness that we feel so grateful to be on the receiving end of.  these are the little things that make traveling more memorable and reinforce our belief that people are generally kind despite what we may hear on the news.

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after dinner we sat under the stars in this magical place.

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there are no services (other than outhouses) at the park.  there is no power and you bring your own water and supplies.  i was pretty proud of breakfast we cooked on our propane stove  (for simplicity we used disposable or burnable dishes and cups which we try not to do often when we’re on the road).

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coming soon… part two | the california coast

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Wendy McConnell - Looks amazing Elizabeth& Mark and I love your little retro trailer!! So jealous. This is how I want to see Canada.

admin - Thanks Wendy! We love our little grey boler too!

Road Trips | Part 2 | Yellowstone

Last summer, with a couple of weeks between non-stop weddings, we decided to head to Yellowstone since we had missed seeing it last time we drove home on our cross country boler trip – it was too close to winter and the gates to the park were closed due to snow.

The destination was Yellowstone National Park, but what we saw on the way there and back as we crossed through Washington, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming ,and Oregon was also worth the long days of driving in with the relatively short time we had to make the trip this time.  I’m sure we’ll be back.

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“Yellowstone, of all the national parks, is the wildest and most universal in its appeal…

Daily new, always strange, ever full of change, it is Nature’s wonder park.

-Yellowstone Park for Your Vacation (circa 1920s)” ― Susan Rugh

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As we turned into the only campground where we were able to find last minute camping we came up on our first two bisons of the many we saw during our stay there.

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Grizzly bear with cub tracks above right.

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Old Faithful …  touristy and crowded but a must see.

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Seeing bison everywhere was a highlight of the trip.

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It was summer weather during the day but at nights it got cold.  We woke up our first morning with frost on the inside of the boler windows (no electrical in the campsites) so I warmed up in the car (heated seats!) while Mark got the campfire and coffee going.  One of the reasons we love traveling this way is the people we meet along the way. These are our campsite “next door neighbours” who had flown in from France just a few days earlier.  We shared hot coffee and warm conversation in a fun mix of French and English.

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After leaving Yellowstone we drove towards the Grand Tetons.  There were forest fires not far from our only way through.

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Our view of the Grand Tetons in front of us.

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Then heading west we drove towards home.  Always there is something new to see.

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On the way home we took a short cut and the weather changed from bright and crisp to moody and wet.  Although we had not planned to go this way we are glad we stopped to see this strange and beautiful other-worldly place way in the middle of nowhere.  Some photos we took while exploring Craters of the Moon.

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Across Canada and Back – The Way Back. Our Boler Adventure (Part Four)

continuednew york and driving home through the states.
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part one here (bc to ontario), part two here (quebec, gaspe peninsula), part three here  (pei, new brunswick, nova scotia, newfoundland)
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new york iphone selfies.

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everyday we walked for hours and hours to see as much as possible in the few days we had here.

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walking across the brooklynn bridge during a rain storm we learned that the umbrellas you can buy at the entrance to the bridge are not worth the five dollars we paid for ours, by the time we got to the middle of the bridge and it began to rain the umbrella instantly fell apart in the wind and we were soaked in a few seconds.  after the storm it was a cold, wet walk home to take the commuter ferry back to our “campground” in jersey city.

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“no day shall erase you from the memory of time” virgil (quote at the 911 site).  we were not prepared for how emotional it would be and the impact seeing the site in person would leave on us.

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central park new york city, and of course a hot dog, or two!

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we drove through maine, connetticut, michigan, wisconsin, south and north dakota, montana and washington on the way home.

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map or canada - boler trip the way back

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a small detour back up to ontario, stopped in toronto to visit family and friends and cross off going to a paul mccartney concert off the bucket list.  as we headed home the fall colour was gorgeous.

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no reds in the fall colour this year but the yellow tones, subtle or intense, are all beautiful.

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day 63 (october 25)  we arrived home late at night after traveling 20,000 kms there and back.  this has been the trip of a lifetime for us but we are so happy to be home.

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  • see part one here (bc to ontario)
  • part two here (quebec, gaspe peninsula)
  • and part three here  (pei, new brunswick, nova scotia, newfoundland)

Across Canada and back – Our Boler Adventure (Part Three) » This is our life. Living simply. - […] here’s this section of our route.  coming next the way back, back through the states and new york (see part four – the way back – here). […]

Tina MacPhail - Gobsmacked… as they say in Australia…. Just loving that last photo!

Angela Bernaldez - I love all your photos!

Across Canada and back – Our Boler Adventure (Part Three)

continued from part two.  prince edward island, new brunswick, nova scotia, newfoundland. all new territory for us both now.  we’ve driven from b.c. to ontario before and mark lived in montreal years ago but this feels new. – see part one here and part two here. 

day 26  up at 6 am and on the road.  still excited to see where the road will take us next.

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the cabot trail, nova scotia.  the roads are insane and every new view is exhilirating.

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by now we’re getting pretty good at this camping thing.

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we followed a path to a rocky outcrop on the east side of the cabot trail.

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prince edward island  we are now in a time zone 4 hours ahead of home.  9 am here is only 5 am at home, i have never until now been a morning person. we visited another lighthouse and heard stories about growing up here from the daughter of the lighthouse keeper.

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cavendish anne of green gables house

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we picked the perfect time to come here.  the weather is perfect.  a perfect summer, hot but not too hot, and the breeze is cool but just cool enough.

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but in halifax we had three soaking wet days of rain, then a brief sunny walk on the pier, and a visit with a friend before driving on.

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fishing village outside of halifax and right before we arrived peggy’s cove.

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peggy’s cove is touristy but still beautiful to see.  that night we camped just a few miles east of there.

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planning the next leg of our journey into newfoundland.

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 day 31 (sept 22) we took the overnight ferry to newfoundland.  for six hours we half slept on the floor to the rumble of the motors.  we arrived early in the morning to these beautiful sights so the ferry ride was more than worth it.  we spent the first couple of days on “the rock” camping and exploring gros morne national park.

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a boat tour through western brook pond.  all through our trip we met travelers doing incredible things, on the boat we talked to a couple of guys from new jersey who were getting dropped off at the starting point of a hiking trail (although there was no marked trail) with their compass and backpacks and an expected return back to where their car was in a few day.  we met these guys again on the ferry back to nova scotia a week later to hear how they made out on their grueling adventure.

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day 33 green point to st. john’s, newfounland.  we’re getting near the halfway point of our trip.

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crayon coloured houses on the streets of downtown st john’s, and two fishing villages called quidi vidi, and petty harbour.  even the names are cute.

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cape spear, newfoundland  we made it!!!! chilliwack to cape spear. safe and sound and so excited to have done this!

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coming next- the way back through the states and new york (see part four – the way back – here).

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Across Canada and back – Our Boler Adventure Part Two » This is our life. Living simply. - […] to be continued – part three – p.e.i., nova scotia, newfoundland (click here)  (or go back and see part one of our trip […]

Alice McKinnon - I looked at all these photos while playing a CD of the Sweet Peas a group of Newfie ladies who came on our “Little Red Ship” in Twillingate to perform for the passengers when I was on a trip into the Arctic and back via Nfld. I so love your photos. I have been back to the Maritimes a few times as my late husband was born and raised there as was my father.
Folks are so down to earth in that part of our country….just love it.

Across Canada and back – Our Boler Adventure Part Two

our boler trip continued  (day 1 to 15 part one here)
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some days it’s hard to believe we’re really here
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day 16 (september eight 2015)  tomorrow we’ll head to ottawa then quebec and stay with auntie ruth there.
day 17  on the way to montreal we drove the boler right into ottawa and quickly learned that parking with the boler, as tiny as it is, was near impossible in the city.
day 19 visited old montreal during the day.  great to meet and visit family in the evenings and to have breakfast with auntie ruth.  auntie ruth cried when we left.  a sad goodbye.
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a little patisserie we loved in old montreal city.
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after we left montreal we were told of a place near trois rivieres where we could leave the boler during the day, a catholic sanctuary were you could camp by donation (le sanctuaire de notre dame du cap), then take the car into the city.
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driving through the quiet town of trois rivieres.
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the walled city of old quebec.
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trying to take a photo with us both together in the crowds.  it wasn’t so easy!
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day 21 (three weeks) our second night at the sanctuary it rained and stormed hard all night but by morning was beautiful again.  this is isle d’orleans.
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day 24 driving past little seaside town after town.  mark has always wanted to explore the gaspe peninsula and see the perce rock.
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#ourboleradventure to be continued – part three – p.e.i., nova scotia, newfoundland (click here)  (or go back and see part one of our trip here).

.our route

map or canada - boler trip 2015 part two_WEB

 

Michelle Gemmel - Really beautiful pics. Love the ones of you guys the best;)

Mira - I am so soo soooooooooooooooo jealous of your trip !!! I hope one day I can do it too. Elizabeth…you look ridiculously young.. it should not be allowed !!!! 🙂

Kristy Klaassen - such amazing pictures. What an awesome experience…
and I love your boler and can’t believe what fabulous job you did with restoring it!

Erin Newlove Nicholas - You make me want to run away and explore this great country so bad! Beautiful as always!

Mireille Lehoux - Great pictures. Ans you visited my hometown (Trois-Rivieres). 🙂

Lynne Jubenville - Beautiful pictures! Thanks so much for sharing!

admin - haha. thanks mira 🙂

Barbara J Sigurdson - So beautiful Im doing this…maybe soon absolutely fantastic photos..Thank you

John Juha Haukka - Great pics. Great adventure.Your story Inspires me to go and explore the farthest reaches of Canada. Thank you for sharing.

Across Canada and back – Our Boler Adventure Part Three » This is our life. Living simply. - […] continued from part two.  prince edward island, new brunswick, nova scotia, newfoundland. all new territory for us both now.  we’ve driven from b.c. to ontario before and mark lived in montreal years ago but this feels new – see part one here and part two here.  […]

Let’s be Adventurers | Our Boler Trip Part One » This is our life. Living simply. - […] to be continued…  part two of #ourboleradventure […]

Across Canada and Back – The Way Back. Our Boler Adventure (Part Four) » This is our life. Living simply. - […] new york and driving home through the states. . see part one here (bc to ontario) part two here (quebec, gaspe peninsula) and part three here  (pei, new brunswick, nova scotia, newfoundland) […]