Little Qualicum Falls

Hello Everyone!


Little Qualicum Falls
Recently we were able to go camping on Vancouver Island, at a beautiful little spot called Little Qualicum Falls, near Qualicum Beach, and Coombs, a little north of Nanaimo. Its a nice little campground, with excellent trails that cross over the river multiple times allowing you to explore and enjoy the set of waterfalls!

We were there when there was lots of fresh melt from the mountains and lots of white water. The campground was busy, the weather was amazing and it was another chance for us to test out all the equipment and gear for our truck and camper! We really liked our new folding camping table, our new radio, and some other little bits of gear that should make our upcoming trip a lot more comfortable.

I made a short little video of our weekend, with some walks around the falls, and a day trip to nearby Cameron Lake, along an old railway line.

We are on the final countdown to our trip! With some good news on the horizon, more people getting vaccinated, and plans for opening up our province and country, things are looking good for our summer and fall adventures. Stay tuned for more adventures and fun times!

A&C

Update and New Camera!

Hello Everyone!

Well, its been a while since we’ve posted an update and rightfully so, its been a strange and confusing year in regards to our postponed trip. We’ve had to adapt, pivot and plan for multiple scenarios and situations, but we are still taking our delayed sabbatical next school year. Obviously, everything is dependant on our vaccines, travel opening up and opportunities to go visit our friends and families. We are optimisitic and hopeful that we will have the opportunity to drive north, east and across Canada this summer/fall and perhaps travel internationally for early 2022!

In the meantime, we’ve been planning, plotting and preparing for our trip and have recently purchased a new Camera to help capture fun moments and special places along the way. We got a new GoPro Hero 8 Black:

Its a pretty neat camera with lots of great features (Image Stabilization, Waterproof, 4K) and lots and lots of accessories to help attach it to different things and options for filming. It should allow us to easily capture our hikes, views, drives and adventures. In playing around with the camera, I made a few videos already:

Here is a short video of our evening walk around the neighbourhood. I used the GoPro app on my phone to automagically put this together with intros, edits and music in the background.
Here is a “Time Warp” feature of my morning commute on my E-bike.
And here is my bike ride home!

As well, here is a picture of our truck and camper setup we are using this summer to hopefully drive around Canada. We are so excited and hopeful our trip goes as planned, but we also know we need to be flexible and adaptable and patient as things slowly get back to normal.

We hope this post finds you all well, healthy and safe! We plan to be posting more often as we get into the summer and officially start our delayed sabbatical year!

Cheers!

Aaron and Caroline

Strathcona Park Summer 2020: Waterfalls, Bears, Caves, Boats and Whales!

Come along on our most recent summer adventure to Strathcona Park, near Campbell River, and Gold River, Vancouver Island.

We camped for 4 nights at Buttle Lake Campground, and visited many beautiful waterfalls throughout the park. Lady Falls, Lupin Falls, Upper and Lower Myra Falls, as well as many lakes and beaches!

We also enjoyed exploring the Upana caves, near Gold River and got pretty deep underground!

Finally, we also got tickets to cruise for a day aboard the boat MV Uchuck III out of Gold River, that delivers to a bunch of Logging camps, Fish Farms and remote communities around Nootka Sound.

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Enjoy the video below of all our highlights.

Comet Neowise

This summer, there has been a visible Comet zooming through our Solar System. Comet Neowise, which last looped around the sun about 7000 years ago is putting on a great show. Visible to the eye, about an hour after sunset, this Comet is in the North-North-West part of the sky, above the horizon and getting higher in the sky each day.

I’ve been able to view Comet Neowise for a few nights with clear skies and a good sightline. Using my telescope is challenging, as it is not as bright as other planets and a little hard to see and capture. However, using my Android Pixel 3 smartphone, with its special “Astrophotography” mode, I am able to take longer exposure pictures that have turned out well.

And here is a timelapse of the sunset as we waited to see Comet Neowise from Bear Hill, Central Saanich

Postponed for 1 Year!

Hello Family, Friends and Visitors!

UPDATE: We’ve had to postpone for 1 year. Don’t worry, we are being safe and cautious and will begin our travel once things have stabilized, opened up and are ready for tourism. We are disappointed, but not overly so, and look forward to getting out there when our world turns back towards normalcy.

Welcome to our site, where we will be sharing videos, pictures and stories from our trip around the world, starting August 2021 and not coming home until August 2022!

Caroline and I are both teachers who live near Victoria, British Columbia. We’ve been saving up for a long time for this sabbatical year, where we are taking a break from our jobs to go explore, adventure and learn a lot more about our world and our selves.

We hope to post weekly videos, links to photo albums, stories and artifacts here on our blog. Please subscribe if you want to come along and get notified when we post new stuff! Below is our first video that captures a bit of our start in Canada and jaunt over to Europe, starting in August 2021.

We will miss our home, our families and our friends and schools, but we hope to stay in touch and feel connected with everyone back home as we share our stories here.

As well, I made a short Google Earth video of our route through Canada in Aug-Sept 2020 and our first stop in Lisbon, Portugal.

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Hello world!

Welcome to my resurrected blog! I’ve had my own domain since early 2003, and it has gone through many iterations and versions.

I am a Teacher-Librarian at a High School near Sidney BC called Parkland Secondary It is a beautiful part of the world, and I love living there with my wife. We like to garden, cycle, travel and explore our local natural environment that surrounds this amazing peninsula.

I also teach part-time online for the UBC Teacher-Librarian diploma program, a specialization for Educators to become Teacher-Librarians in our public schools. I teach LIBE 477 – New Media and New Technology in the School Library, as well as LIBE 467 – Information Services and Resources.

My professional interests are around School Libraries and transitions to Library Learning Commons models, as well as Inquiry Based Learning and International Baccalaureate learning as we became an IB World School offering the IB Diploma Program for Sept 2018.

I have lived most of my life around the Salish Sea and appreciate all the beauty, splendor and wealth that it offers us. I am especially grateful for the many first nations and their contributions to our special part of the world.

AM July 2018