After completing my tour of Central Asia (which you’ve surely read all about) and some family-recovery time in Canada, it was time for me to realise one of my greatest life ambitions: To become a climbing bum, living in a van.
Tim happened to be in Canada too, with similarly lofty ambitions. He’d even acquired a $900 Oldsmobile van named Goldie for the cause.
It was adventure time.
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[The journey began in British Columbia. We were standing on the deck of a ferry, and travelling between islands and mountains. Tim breathed in the scenery, and looked around at the ferry deck.]
Warning: if you’re an American with no appreciation for national self-deprecation, you may not enjoy some of the quotes…
[Camping at night, I hear a loud staccato sound off the in distance]
“Yes,” replied Tim.
“Wow! It sounds like a machine gun,” I added.
“Wait,” Tim said. “It probably is. I forgot we are in America.”
This post is not to tell you about that trip – I’ve already told the story on Facebook in a silly and wholly unpolished series of ridiculous selfies and random facts. (It’s summarised in just two minutes here).
This post is to show it to you scenes from this beautiful part of the world, accompanied by random quotes and discussions that Tim and I had during our two months and 9600km with Goldie.
And since this was a climbing trip – not a climbing-photography trip – there aren’t many photos of climbing. So please enjoy the eclectic journey of west coast scenery.
[After one month in the USA]
[in Death Valley’s Badwater Basin, 86m below sea level, we see a sign which reads “This Is The Lowest Point in North America”]
[We were camping in Yosemite next to an off-duty Marine. He left food in his tent, went to the bathroom, and came back to quite a surprise: A racoon sitting on his sleeping bag, devouring his trailmix. The Marine told us what happened during breakfast, and Tim responded:]
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The Rest of the West
Now that the silliness is over I want to show you the scenes I promised. Click photos to view them in a glorious full-screen gallery, using arrow keys to change photos.