I had an absolutely incredible first round, traveling from the mountains in Jasper, seeing the Golden Gate Bridge again, driving the coast line north and finally hugging a few redwoods before heading back to Canada with Baron.
Coming home was a little easier than I thought it would be. I didn’t know what to expect after being away, but needed to come home for work. I wish I could have stayed on the coast for longer, but must admit I was pretty excited to sleep in my own bed and have room to spread out again without having to share basically the whole bed with Baron.
I am instantly taken to a place of complete calm, stillness, lack of voice and an overwhelming peace. If you have ever hiked into the redwoods, avoiding the overrun tourist areas, or even driven through the Avenue of Giants you have likely felt this too.
Getting to this point of being on the road with a camera in hand happily taking photos again was a bit of a journey. I’m loving having a camera back in my hand and when I get back to the van and look through the photos I took that day I can feel a little spark again. I’m so happy to share our story through photos after falling out of love with it for so long.
After spending the day wandering around San Francisco the day before, which is up there for one of my favourite cities, I couldn’t wait to start exploring up the California coast slowly. After making the mistake of doing the touristy thing I am happy to say there was none of that on the list for the day. The only plan was to head to Muir Beach and down the road to Stinson Beach to see what we'd find.
San Fran, the beautiful city with a Golden Bridge that is actually Red. I’ve been here many times for many various reasons. A handful of times just driving down the coast, I’ve taken my mom here because it is such a wonderful city to see and I’ve seen some pretty amazing bands here too. This trip though was a quick hello since cities and vanlife aren't always the best combination.
As Baron sniffed every single tree in the whole park I basically took photos of every single tree in the whole park. Ha. I just couldn’t believe it. What a way to shake off a bad night. It is like the physics law, “for every reaction there is an equal and opposite reaction.” That’s how it goes right? Well if experience can be measured against theories in physics I’ll take it this time!
I feel like I am putting a book end on the start of our first chapter in the van! What started with so much planning months ago, the excitement of finally leaving and taking off and now we’re getting ready to officially head south.
Today I found myself lost in the trees and it was the best thing that could have happened. Running a business I am constantly planning and preparing for the next steps and adjusting as things pop up that need to be done, but traveling I am loving waking up and only having a slight plan for the day.
Now this title you might think comes from no where, some magical wording to make this all sound better, well maybe just a little. It was grey and cloudy and generally just blah outside, but that wasn’t going to stop us from heading out to explore.
After months and month of planning we are finally off and on the road and am so excited we are. I was beginning to wonder if after all this time the trip would actually even happen.