Six Years Traveling

We were actually amazed to realize that today marked six years to the day since we first left our home in Qualicum Beach, BC (Vancouver Island) to temporarily move to Cape Breton, NS.

And our lives have never been the same since.

Here’s a photo I found of our living room before we left BC, our house overlooking Georgia Strait on the Pacific.  A nice house Everette and I built in 2001, birthed our last 4 children in.  Lots of memories in it.

living room

We gave it up for the unknown, really.  First a temporary move to Cape Breton to help my sister rebuild her house after it burned down.  We rented a house with a perfect location on an isthmus on the Atlantic, with ocean in our front and back yards.

River Bourgeois, Nova Scotia

River Bourgeois, Nova Scotia

A winter in Arizona where we delightfully shared a 1400 sq ft house with new-found friends, up to 15 of us in it at once.  Truly, one of our favourite experiences in life.

Our family in Maricopa, AZ winter 2008/9

Our family in Maricopa, AZ winter 2008/9

We spent time looking after my sister’s new house (the one we helped rebuild) back in Cape Breton (can’t find a photo)

The map below (drawn by Maret), though somewhat blurry, shows our many travels from when we left Qualicum Sept 21, 2007 until 2010 when we returned to a new location on Vancouver Island, BC for Everette to start a new business.

Map of our Journeys

We lived in Sooke on the very south end of Vancouver Island for just more than 2 years in this house….

Sooke house

Sooke house

Most of the time since then we’ve been living in this…..

roof top tents

roof top tents

Although currently we are living in these….

tent trailer at Smith's

tent trailer at Smith’s

tenting at Smith's

tenting at Smith’s

Looks like we’ve scaled back, and may look undesirable by many.  But the life that we live now, to us, is far superior.  The accomodations may not be so pretty or comfortable, tis true.  But the experiences, the time together as a family….those are far worth it.

We haven’t’ regretted, one moment our decision to travel, to experience more of the country, to explore and educate our children through adventure and hands-on.  We believe they are getting an education like none other that brick-and-mortar could provide.

I never would have imagined that we would be traveling like this, building memories such as we have.  To think that these little ones when we started….

Anders

Anders

Gaelyn

Gaelyn

Toveli

Toveli

have grown up so much in the past 6 years, not only in body but in mind and spirit.  We are happy to have been able to provide this for them.  Not always easy, but worth the effort.

And to family and friends who have helped in big and small ways to make this happen, we say Thank You.

Entrance to the Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque, NM

Entrance to the Rattlesnake Museum in Albuquerque, NM

Silly siblings at the breakwater in VIctoria

Silly siblings at the breakwater in VIctoria

Anders

Anders

 

 

4 thoughts on “Six Years Traveling

  1. LOVE this post Karen!!! Great summary!! I should do the same thing as it really shows you all that you have done and experienced over the last few years. Kudos to you and your family for taken the ‘road less travelled’.

    • Thanks, Shelley. Rolled into just a little nut shell. Unfortunately over the years we’ve lost or misplaced some photos. Some unaccessible in an exterior drive. Argh, but the memories are there, and that’s more important.

      You’d have a long list of places you’ve gone yourself.

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