So, Louise and I are now a month away from leaving New Zealand to go on an OE to Canada. We’ll be there for a year, and then, if we have any money left, we’ll be traipsing about the States for as long as customs will let us..
Naturally, we’ll be documenting this adventure. Expect photos of pretty scenery, animals we manage to get close to, ourselves, and signs/things which our kiwi perspectives find strange or amusing… badly (or non-) edited videos of the same, and drunken and/or half asleep text posts.
Our wavering itinerary is currently thus;
-5 months working in housekeeping at Panorama Mountain Village just to the west of the Rockies
-While learning from scratch how to snowboard (hilarious videos to come!)
-Probably some snow shoeing, ice skating and attempts to find wildlife
-buying a car which will allow us to sleep inside of it when necessary
-ROADTRIP interspersed with WWOOFing, festivals and sightseeing.
-Up the western coast to Alaska, up the Dempster Highway into the arctic circle, back down again, then gradually east towards the coast.
From here it gets murky, but there’ll be some NYC and hopefully wwoofing at a horse ranch or corn farm, then some touristy stuff in California - national parks, San Fran etc..
It’ll take around 18 months.. and it’s gonna be reeeeeally exciting!
I’m not convinced it’s necessary actually.
I know I had plenty of clothes which would have worked just fine for the job; five vacuum-sealed bags in our storage unit in fact.. but something about being a proper backpacker for the first time just made me want to go shopping.
It’s completely illogical I know. The whole thing about backpacking is roughing it, living cheap and being all about adventures off the beaten track, not shopping and spending money which could have been spent on experiences, just to look the part.
But there’s just so much quick dry, light weight, odour-repellent, moisture wicking, UPF protectant goodness out there! It’s made for the job! How could I resist such quality?
I know, I’m a consumer.. I’m not even convincing myself otherwise. I have a scenario playing in my head where we’ll want to do some amazing thing in some amazing place, but we won’t be able to because of all the nice travel wear I purchased now and I’ll rue this day while shaking my fist.
So anyway, I bought many warm merino under layers, several quickdry long-sleeved tops, a merino jersey, 2x fleece hoodies, a down jacket, a waterproof jacket.. and that’s just the tops. I bought comfy bamboo underwear and merino socks for work and play.
..and you know what? I think - a day out from departure - I may be a content shopper.
That, and if I buy anymore I won’t fit it in.
Our moose tour got off to a rocky start today. The first bus wouldn’t start, so we waited for an hour while a replacement was brought over, then transferred our gear over and took off.
The second one wasn’t looking too healthy; with a crack running horizontally across the whole windscreen and smoke rising from the steering column when it started..
We got maybe ten minutes down the road, before running over a manhole cover which hadn’t been set into the hole properly.. I’m guessing our wheel hit the hole and flicked the cover up.. which caused a really loud bang, followed by the shattering of all the glass in the bus doors…
So, third time proved to be the charm and we set off, 90mins late, with a slightly stressed driver :D