Welcome to the Freedom Adventure Blog, we are so happy you are here! On July 31st 2018, our journey will begin. Though things never really start at the beginning, do they? You could say this freedom adventure started back in January, when I (Jeremy) was given an incredible choice in my life. I was offered two paths – one where I was comfortable, familiar and highly successful, and one that would put Jenn and I onto an unknown path. After 20 amazing years of employment at Shaw Communications, I accepted a voluntary layoff package and as of July 20th, I am – for the first time in my adult life – unemployed! (side note, Shaw is an AMAZING place to work and I highly recommend them to everyone! Find out more here)
I am exploring what’s next career wise, but Jenn and I are choosing to first embrace an opportunity that we never thought was possible. What would it be like to just go. Go without worry. Go without commitments. Go without constraints? So we are going to find out 🙂 Jenn created the idea of renting an RV and packing our dogs up for the summer and heading out. Well let me tell you, renting an RV is horrifically expensive – especially with two dogs – and it didn’t really feel like us. What did feel like us was buying a 1978 Class C Chevy motor home, and naming her Stevie 🙂
Our plans are pretty loose: we leave on July 31st for Montana, will hit the Oregon Coast, and head up to Haida Gwaii (formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands.) If we still enjoy living in less than 150 sq ft together after all that, we will head over to Vancouver Island.
So before we go, I’d like to introduce you to the actors in our adventure…
Jenn is my wife and the love of my life! She is incredibly intelligent (she has a Masters in Education,) crafty as hell (she is a yarn master!) and fiercely loyal to her friends and family (affectionately known as the Badger.) She is also gorgeous – so yay me 🙂 She works as a speech language and occupational therapy assistant, which means she helps preschool and kindergarten kids interact effectively with their surroundings and the people in their lives. It also means her employment loosely follows the traditional school year so she has summers off!
As mentioned, Stevie is our timelessly beautiful RV. She was born in 1978, so we named her after the illustrious Stevie Nicks – one of the best singers of that year (and possibly of all time….) She has a Chevy small block V8 400cc engine, and can zoom up hills at a neck breaking speed of 35km/h 🙂 We have done some updates to her, but overall she is in great shape and passed our first test – 2 days camping in Kananaskis – with flying colours. Note that we are not professional, or even amateur campers. Both of our experiences can be summed up as alcohol, hot dogs, and maybe a tent – though we were in our 20’s and don’t remember much 🙂
So for this trip, Stevie has been updated with new flooring, wallpaper, and kitchen back splash. She will have a fully stocked bar (she came equipped with bottle storage already!) and retains her mid century awesomeness. In fact, if you know Jenn and I at all, you know that we have a love of the mid century. so we have also equipped Stevie with a vinyl record player 😉 And yes, we have listened to the Rumours album already…
Saela & Pepper
Saela is our purebred Icelandic Sheepdog (right) and Pepper is a purebred black mutt we rescued from AARCS a few years ago. Don’t let their cuteness fool you, they are both shitheads and we love them dearly for it!
We don’t know how they are going to be on this adventure, and it’s one of the main reasons we purchased a motor home instead of a trailer. We would have more room with a trailer, but this allows the dogs to be with us AND in their space for the whole trip. They are pretty much our kids, so we make sure our lives work around their needs…
This is Jimmy-Bob, or JB. He is the asshole voice that lives inside of my head and tells me everything I am not good at. I don’t know what he actually looks like, but he reminds me of Randall Boggs (played to perfection by Steve Buscemi) in the movie Monsters Inc. and I think his image stands in well. JB and I will be sharing some conversations during our trip, and it will look something like this:
Jeremy: Hi Jimmy-Bob, please meet our readers.
JB: This is stupid
Jeremy: Why? we are creating Freedom and Adventure.
JB: No one is reading this crap, and no one cares. You don’t even have a job, what the hell are you doing driving around in that old piece of shit for anyways? You don’t know what you are doing; I bet it will breakdown on a mountain highway and you guys will die of starvation…
Jeremy: Ok that’s enough JB…
JB: Oh and your spelling and punctuation suck. Not that it matters cause as I said, no one will read this.
Jeremy: Bugger off!
Well, that’s our cast of characters! Thanks for checking us out, and I hope you will come along on our Freedom Adventure!
“life is a journey and not a destination”