#2 – Famous Places – Bear Glacier, Stewart BC, and Jade City

Our second and third days on our journey north went through some pretty famous spots. We started on the Cassiar Highway, famous for being a very picturesque highway with lots of beautiful lookouts and stops. Its also known for being a little rough or ‘bumpy’, we which can confirm. 100% correct. We bounced and bumped our way along, visiting Stewart, BC a quirky little city with a big past and a close town, Hyder, USA, that we wished we could visit.

We also drove past Bear Glacier, which has been retreating away from the highway over the last few decades, but still provides a beautiful view of ice and power to move mountains!

Caroline checking out the Glacier

We drove through Dease Lake on our way north and ended up spending the night boondocking in the Jade City parking lot, which offered “FREE RV PARKING” which immediately appealed to us, of course. I also happen to be a huge fan of the tv show “Jade Fever” which explores a family Jade mining operation nearby. During our travel through, we followed Scrappy Larry, a scrap dealer from the show for a while, and saw Larry himself and his son at the Jade City store. We also got to watch Gary fire up “SixPack” their old, broken down work truck that is a big part of their mining operation and show.

Our video below shows some of these explorations and more, with some bonus footage of the Jade City work truck “Six Pack” from the tv show “Jade Fever”

Here is a link to some more photos from this segment of our trip!

A&C

#1 – Heading North!

We are ready with out first video from our grand adventure! We have been exploring northern BC and the Yukon for the last two weeks now and have seen so many beautiful and amazing places. We have driven over 3000km so far and everything has been going great. We are spending lots on gas, but we are appreciating every moment we have.

I’ve got a couple of videos completed and ready to share of our trip so far. Wifi is rare up here, and wifi with any kind of upload is even more hard to find! We are settled into an RV park in Whitehorse for a night to do laundry, have showers and upload a couple of videos!

Our first video is from the beginning of our trip, as we left Vancouver and headed north, with route unknown, as the forests were on fire in southern BC. We drove the Coqihalla #5 highway until 97c and then headed north through Williams Lake and then onto the Hundred Miles Houses. We drove almost 800kms that day!

We hope to be sharing videos and posts a little more frequently going forward. Its been so good to disconnect up north, where the cell phone signal is non-existant. We’ve been enjoying being in the present more, and to slow down lots. We have been to some remote spots, rough roads and beautiful vistas and can’t wait to share them with you.

We’ve got lots more fun content, videos, and photos to share over the next few weeks as we continue to explore the Yukon!

I’ve got some photos from this leg of our trip that you can view here in this link!

Follow along on my twitter account if you want to see a few more up to date photos of where we are! @aaronmueller

Check out our Camper!

Hi Everyone!
We hope you are well, staying cool, and enjoying the start of your summer.

Below is a video tour of our camper. This camper and truck will carry us north to the Yukon, east across Canada, and hopefully south, through the USA on our way back home to British Columbia by December 2021.

Our camper is a older Northern Lite 9-6 “Lite” Camper from the mid 90s. Its got everything we need, as you’ll see in the video and provides us with a home away from home, in the back of our truck.

Check out our Camper!

We are spending this first part of our trip visiting with Family that we haven’t seen in a while. We have been to Gordon Bay, Cowichan Lake, Chemanius, Burnaby, and Gibsons, and will be heading north in a couple of weeks. More videos to come of our adventures!

Hope to see you sometime soon!

#A&C

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Here we Go!

We made it! After a unique year, when we all wondered what was going to happen, what we might be able to do, and where we might be able to go, we think we have a solid plan for our sabbatical year ahead.

Our original plan was to travel around the world last year and obviously it was no longer possible. We have spent the year teaching, and watching, to see when the vaccines would become available, and what options we might have. We’ve had to pivot, and pivot again, multiple times and we still need to be flexible and accomodating in where we go and when.

With all that said, we are super happy to be heading out soon and starting our year of adventure. We both are at mid-points in our teaching career and are looking forward to the break and opportunity to see lots of new places and people, and to visit with lots of family and friends. We’ve been planning and saving for this trip for over 5 years now and it felt like this last year was one long over-time period!

Where are we going first?

As we are fully vaccinated now, we are able to go north to the Yukon! Its been our dream to see the north and explore this vast, beautiful territory. Our first plan was to take the ferry from Port Hardy to Prince Rupert, but unfortunately, one of the ferries blew a main engine and is out for the summer, our reservation was cancelled and we needed to pivot once again.

So, now the plan is to head up through the mainland, after visiting family in Chemainus, Vancouver, and Gibsons first. We are aiming to be in Dawson City for the end of July and to spend about 2 weeks exploring the territory. After that, we want to point our truck south and start to slowly make our way across the country!

Our truck is a 2015 F-250 Super Duty Crew Cab Long Box with some interesting modifications (That HUGE front bumper!), airbags, torklift tie-downs, bed raiser, and lots of safety equipment. Our camper is an older Northern Lite Camper 9-6 “lite” series from the mid 90s. Its got all the features we wanted in a camper, with lots of space, storage, cooking setup, fridge, furnace, solar panel, batteries and comfort. It even has a very small ‘wet’ bath! It is a light weight fiberglass camper that has an excellent reputation and is in good shape. We were lucky to be able to find it as they are popular and rare.

We hope to be able to share short videos of our experiences, adventures and escapades over the next few months. You can subscribe to our blog here to get email updates when we publish new posts, and you can subscribe to my youtube channel here

Follow along with us and stay in touch. Our plan is to maybe come back through the US once the border opens up, and to travel internationally in 2022. Stay tuned for updates as we solidify our plans and pivot around obstacles. If we are coming near you sometime this year, we would love to stop in and visit, maybe even park outside for a night and mooch some electricity and boondock in our camper out front of your place.



We hope this post finds you well, and that you are also looking forward to this next post-pandemic period that is slowly opening up across Canada.

See you soon!

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