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Are We Done Travelling?

Since our last post a lot has happened in the world. We made our way across to California and up to Seattle with most of the stops we had planned along the way, minus some major hikes Luke had planned, and into Canada by the time our travel insurance expired.

Then came Covid.

Just south of Seattle we found ourselves at the US epicentre for the outbreak. We decided to head for the border and cross just east of Vancouver, Canadas epicentre at the time.

We made it across fine and quarantined for 2 weeks at a Walmart and later a nice campsite surrounded by mountains.

As we waited in quarantine we saw our plans to head north to Alaska and the territories fall away. The border was now closed.

Carefully monitoring the weather across the country we left the campsite early and made a dash to Ontario. The hardest part was crossing the mountains in snow, rain and darkness to get to Banff. It was practically deserted when we arrived after some very dangerous driving without snow tires.

We had to dump all of our water due to freezing temperatures and would not be able to reload at all along the way because stations were closed for the season still.

6-7 days later we were back in Ontario. Our trip in the trailer had come to an end.

Alaska would have to wait and we would fly there as it made the most sense economically.

Our good friends Ray and Pui-Yee provided us a place to stay in Uxbridge for the next while so we put the truck cap and trailer for sale.

Seeing that trailer being pulled away by its new owner gave us confirmation: this trip is over.

4 year of experiences, blessings, togetherness, uncertainty and reliance on the road had come to an end and a new chapter for our family was now beginning

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A Quick Upate.

Admittedly, we have not been blogging much on this leg of our adventure. Instagram posts and our videos have shared most of our experiences and emotions throughout the last few months.

What we may not have mentioned is that as we sit here in Texas over winter, we have decided that in the spring we would like to return to Ontario (God willing). This decision comes after we calculated how much more travelling we would like to do and how long it may take use.

After we left Brooklin in the late summer we made our way to Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa and Minnesota, where we rejoined Ontario. We made our way west and with our basecamp in Banff, we set out for day trips that lead us hours into British Columbia. After that we headed south into Montana, Wyoming, Idaho (Potato Land), North and South Dakota, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico and finally Texas.

While in Texas for two months we visited Kansas and Oklahoma.

As we set forth across the west, we plan to hit Arizona, Utah, Nevada, California, Oregon and Washington before reentering Canada at the end of March. We will make our way north to the Yukon and Alaska. If we are lucky there will be an opportunity to kiss the North West Territories.

That would conclude our travels and send us home to Ontario, where we hope to settle down and make roots once again.

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The Big Island of Hawaii: The Fourth & Final Leg!

We’ve been back in Canada for over a month and I just realized we did not post a blog about our 3 months on the Big Island of Hawaii.
We made a vlog about the experience so I remember talking about what happened in our time here but that never got translated to the page.
Ever since we started the vlogs, it seemed like updates on our blog were less necessary, but let me do a quick update of our time on the last of the Hawaiian islands and our return to Canada.

The Big Island was to be the place we got to settled into Hawaiian life and to see how it would be to live here. 24 days on Kauai felt like a vacation and went by way too fast. 40 days on Oahu were so busy that we could barely settle in. 28 days on Maui gave us some time to spread out, but it went by super fast with all the diving we did to escape the many days of rain.
90 days on the Big Island of Hawaii gave us an opportunity to settle into our 2 bedroom, main level apartment, up on the mountain in Holualoa, and to become part of a church family (which was the family at Shorebreak Church in Kona) and to try to integrate ourselves into island living.

This island is quite large in terms of Hawaiian islands. All other Hawaiian islands can fit in its landmass. It has the largest mountain, in terms of volume, on the planet, and has so many environments that you can be in the surf in the morning and making a snow angel on the mountain just hours later.
Our time here was quite wet. They had more rain than usual and our location on the mountain side, at 1200 feet, made us a good target for precipitation.
None the less, you only have to drive a few minutes before you end up in the burning sunshine, and we did this often to escape the rains.

On the Big Island we got into a routine. We started to work out regularly, the kids had a more structured schedule for school work, we had community church group on Tuesdays, men’s and women’s meetings on Thursdays and church on Sunday. The rest of the time we filled with the things we wanted to do on the island, which included beach time at least twice a week if possible.

We met some amazing people at our church and they welcomed us with open arms. They even babysat our kids so we can have time to ourselves, refusing any compensation in return. Their friendship was so greatly needed and well absorbed by our hearts. These new friends reminded us of those we left back at our home church in Canada. We knew that leaving here would be bitter sweet.

During these months here we got to do a couple of bucket list items which included me climbing Mauna Kea, the highest peak in the pacific and also the highest mountain on the planet from the sea floor, Super cool! Also Cynthia got to swim with manta rays for the first time in her life. As a family we also got to see lava spewing out of a volcano for the first time with our own eyes. This was just days before the huge eruptions that make the news these days.

I started to go to the movies again on this island; alone of course, since Cynthia stayed with the kids. It brought me back to a time when I was younger and would visit the theatre so often that I found myself without enough friends to satisfy this frequency. Going alone was comforting and I enjoyed the solitude. In Hawaii especially, the daytime showings are almost bare of patrons.
It was on one of these visits that I realized that this no longer felt like a vacation of sorts, this felt like I was living in Hawaii.

As our time on this island and Hawaii overall was coming to a close, we visited the beaches more often to satisfy our last attempts at sand and sun. This was just to pacify us as we knew the day was coming near when we would be trading palm trees for pine cones. I had a peace in my heart about it as I thought about the people back home and the things we loved about them. I was looking forward to my favourite stomping grounds as I had exhausted much of what Kona had to offer.

When we left for the airport to return to Canada I soaked up as much of the sights and sounds and smells as I could. I did not know when we would return to Hawaii again. We thought that perhaps our time here would reveal more of Gods plan for us. We did feel like Hawaii wasn’t the place for us at this time, so back home we went with plans to continue travelling after a month long re-acclamation.

After returning to Canada and being here a month, those plans have changed a bit. Our home church is coming into funds just as I write this. The building lot we own as a church, sold, and we feel that we should stay the summer to facilitate the renovations planned on the church building with these newly acquired funds.

Our church family agrees and we have been given a new purpose for the summer. We look forward to putting ourselves to work helping to restore this little church.

Our trailer will remain parked at the church parking lot, while we continue to stay at our pastors place for the next month before moving into a home that has been supplied for us during July and August. Although we still plan to travel west across Canada, the road will have to wait, for now.

 

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We are now on YouTube! Check us out!

Aloha Y’all!

We have been wrestling with wether or not to document our travels on this journey with YouTube episodes from the very beginning. Due to the hardships we thought we may encounter day to day, we decided not to do it at first, and then revisit the idea at a later date.

People We Miss

Schwinghammer, Zama & Co.

No, this is not a stage company, or a high quality brand of pots, or even an accounting firm.
These are just a couple of the pastors that have helped shape our faith early in our walk.It’s normal to miss people who have grown your faith, but it’s not always common to keep in touch with them once you and they have moved on from that church.