Carpe Diem OUR Way: Quarterly Recap # 1
Although my first posts are from February 2015 I (Lindsay) didnâ€™t step seriously into blogging until May. All of this came about from the slowly evolving realization that the rat race is just not working for our family. I poured my heart out about how I was feeling, and how our family was struggling financially, mentally and emotionally in three blog posts on word press, and then took them down. I might post them again one day, but when the time is right.
While we still weigh the pros and cons of nomadic travel (you can read about my fears here) not a day goes by that I donâ€™t wish to be sitting on the beach building sandcastles with my boys. That is one of the few places that I can say I am truly happy. But making that our reality is something we are still working towards, day-by-day.
For now, you find us just outside of Vancouver BC. We continue to be stuck in the hamster wheel, the rat race, the 9-5, the American dream or whatever you choose to call it. It is nothing like a dream. However, we take advantage of every bit of weekend that we can, whether it be camping, or visiting local attractions from Seattle, to Vancouver to Victoria.
Here is a little of what we have been up to and some posts to check out:
We were fortunate enough to go camping a few times at Kawkawa Lake (or â€œGlampingâ€ as we call it, in a 36 foot trailer equipped with everything you could possibly need including A/C) and hiked the Othello Tunnels in Coquihalla River Provincial Park. One of my favourite things about camping is getting to disconnect and read an actual physical book! Two that I read are Eat, Pray, Love and A Thousand Splendid Suns. Eat, Pray, Love was one of the first “physical” books i have read in months! It sure is nice to feel the smooth pages again (and yes i do love reading on my phone and my e-readerÂ when i am putting the boys to bed and it is dark or when i am out and about and do not want to carry around a book).
We went strawberry picking at Krause Berry Farms in Langley BC and had a great time in the fields and checking out the amazing market they have (next time we will stay for waffles!) We Visited Granville Island in Vancouver with the kids, and enjoyed lunch on the water, watching the boats and riding the Aquabus around False Creek
Raimo and I had a kid-free afternoon in June and watched a heartbreaking loss by the Canadian Womenâ€™s National Team in the Womenâ€™s World Cup Quarterfinal at BC Place in Vancouver (the emotional outpouring from the fans is coming up in a blog post soon!)
I took the kids to Anacortes WA a few times and we went to our favourite â€œPirate Playgroundâ€ as Mattias calls it, at John Storvik Park. We also attended Shipwreck days in July where they close down the main street for about 8 blocks and there is a huge garage sale with all types of vendors from antiques, to crafts, to food, to bikes to refinished furniture and more!
July finished with a weekend in Victoria for a family BBQ and some fun! While the weather was not fantastic, we went to the little water park at Uptown (we love that the water shoots up and not down at you! Its great for little kids)
We did our first collaboration with other travel bloggers. As we scratch items off our packing lists, we asked them what item they just HAD to take with them that turned out to be completely useless! Have a read by clicking on the link, Â there are a few pretty funny entries!
Useful Links and Posts to check out:
My â€œWhat to Packâ€ section of the site has been quite successful. Here are the latest posts from one of my favourite features
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So whatâ€™s next?
September finds us back in Victoria for a week, but for a week to explore the city. We are planning on whale watching with Orca Spirit, visiting the Royal BC Museum, playing at the beach and Iâ€™m sure we will have some more time for a few other activities.
We will head back up to Kawkawa for the last few camping weekends of summer and explore the Fraser Valley as the leaves start to fall off the trees and visit a few local farms to check out the pumpkin patch! Hopefully we will be able to schedule a few days on Saltspring Island as well, while the weather is nice.
I have come across some really neat opportunities for travel bloggers, one being month long stint in Japan. While Iâ€™m sure there were thousands of applicants, I doubt my little blog will get much second thought. But being that I was a family travel blogger, not a 20-something single, backpacker, gave me a bit of a unique angle, and we will see if anything comes of it. I will continue to look for opportunities like this that come up, that allow for our family to explore this fall. A month in Japan, who would not want to take advantage of that opportunity!
As the leaves turn orange (who am I kidding, with this stretch of record breaking weather we have seen in Vancouver they are already falling off the trees), we will be staying close to the Vancouver area and getting everything together for our Island Hopping trip (you can read more about that post here), from plane tickets, to securing a long term rental in Oahu, accommodation on the Big Island and hopefully at least one of the other islands as well. My favourite place to hunt for plane tickets is Google Flights. My review was one of my most popular posts in July!
When Iâ€™m not working my 9-5, I do family and childrenâ€™s photography on the side. This helps for the ridiculously expensive daycare bill we pay every month and allowed us to purchase a newer vehicle (2011 Hondo Pilot) from the 2003 2 door Pontiac Sunfire we did have (2 doors and two kids in car seats just didnâ€™t work for us!) With Work, Photography, Blogging as much as I can and raising a 2 and 4 year old I expect the next 6 months to fly by!
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Lindsay is the founder and editor of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She left her career in Canada to share her love of travel with her two young boys. She is passionate about sharing adventure travel activities for families and to encourage others to explore the world. She resides in the suburbs of Vancouver when not jet setting abroad.