Saturday Snippets: 18.November.2017

The Vancouver Eastside Culture Crawl in on this weekend, and we’re planning to check out some of the artists around town! We went last year, as well, so the plan is to check out the other areas we missed last year. If you’re in the Vancouver area, it’s a great way to check out local artists – there’s something for everyone!

Here’s what caught our eye in the online world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 18.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

It’s been a bit of a slow week here on the Moby News. Jonty is in design-mode, so nothing has physically been done in the van. We’re still trying to figure out the best way to make our shower and have been hashing out different setups. Nothing is ever a simple solution, but we’re getting there 🙂

On Visiting Dawson Creek:

Last week I had to fly up to Dawson Creek (no, not the television show… 🙂 ) for a work visit. One of my colleagues usually looks after this site, but she was going to be out of town and I was able to help her out. I’ve never been up that far north in BC, so a part of me was actually excited to go. It’s just unfortunate that my first experience up there was in the middle of November! It was -17°C when I landed, although the following day was slightly warmer (a balmy -10°C). Regardless, I was able to get out and explore while the daylight (and my frozen fingertips) lasted!

On the flight up, we were delayed in Prince George for a few hours, due to heavy fog and poor visibility in Dawson Creek. Once we got there, however, I was greeted with the most beautiful hoarfrost-covered trees. As I was “navigating” my way to my hotel (there are only 2 main roads in the town, no navigating really required), I saw a big park off to one side of the road and stopped for some pictures.

I assume it’s a well-used park, as the paths were shoveled clear. It would be quite pretty in the summer, as a creek meandered through it. I managed about 20 minutes of picture-taking, before my fingertips were red and I was beginning to lose feeling in them. Despite that, I really enjoyed the brisk walk out!

The following day, I had a few hours to kill before my flight was scheduled to leave, and the blue sky was beckoning me to do a bit of exploring of the town centre. The claim-to-fame of Dawson Creek is that it’s situated at Mile 0 of the Alaskan Highway.

At the central hub of the town is a nice art gallery and tourism information centre, built out of an old grain elevator. They also have an electric vehicle charging station! Colour me impressed 🙂

… A little something for you, Dad!

Again, it’s too bad that my first visit up here was in November because I think it would be a nice area to explore for a day or two (in the right season). The town seemed to have quite a few parks and green spaces, and a handful of quaint cafes and coffee shops.

I had stopped in at the Baked Cafe for lunch, and was treated to the most fantastic turkey sandwich on homemade bread. Everything there was made from scratch and looked wonderful. Cookies, cinnamon buns, bread, soup, you name it! I’d go back to Dawson Creek, just to eat there again!

My colleague did offer to trade me her Fort St John / Dawson Creek trip next summer, if Moby wanted an extended road trip. For that cinnamon bun? I could possibly be convinced! 😉

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 11.November.2017

It’s been a whirlwind week of traveling for me. Last weekend I was in Edmonton for a work meeting, then home for a day, then down to Seattle to visit friends for 2 days, then home for a night, then up to Dawson Creek for a quick site visit! Six plane rides + two days in the van later, and I’ll be home just in time for our wedding anniversary tomorrow. Phew!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 11.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

To be honest, not much has happened this week, what with all our travels. Jonty has started working on designs for the shower, and I spent a few hours on Monday sewing magnets into the ends of curtains (which has helped keep the slivers of light out).

Kitchen:

  • The newest addition to the kitchen are the customizable dividers for our big drawer. Jonty used the laser cutter to make them, and I think they’re fantastic! We’ll be able to change the layout of the drawer, as our needs change, without having to buy new cutlery trays or things like that. Functional AND lightweight. Perfect for the van 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion drawer dividers

Customization:

  • Jonty learned how to use the vinyl cutter at MakerLabs last week. Since the day we got Moby, we’ve had ideas of adding certain personal touches to the outside of the van, many of which required being able to cut vinyl. This was our first design!
  • We now have Moby’s instagram account on both of the back side windows. I totally love it! What do you think? So, if you think you might like some fancy vinyl stickers made for yourself, let us know, and we’ll strike a deal 😉

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - custom vinyl lettering

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - custom vinyl lettering

Happy Weekend!

October Photo Challenge: MONOTONE Recap

As this is posted, I’m sitting in the Prince George airport, waiting for the visibility to improve in Dawson Creek, so we can fly. More importantly, so we can land. So, I figured what better way to make use of the multi-hour delay, than to get out my October photo recap! When I was looking back through all the photos, I couldn’t believe that some of these photos were actually taken in October! I must say, that is the one thing I love about my monthly photo challenges – reminiscing about the month. October was my month of MONOTONE and I really did love trying to capture as many single colours as I could.

So here’s my MONOTONE recap for you.

The October Photo Challenge took me from …

… Gorgeous pale pink sunset skies to the solidly grey rainy skies.

… Bright white buildings to dark black coffee shops.

… All of the crisp colours of autumn, from the leaves to the food.

… Enjoying the tastes of Thanksgiving and enjoying the new murals around town.

… Realizing how colourful the world is, while waiting for the bus to come.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | 2017 October Photo Challence - MONOTONE Recap

And just like that, we’re into November and a new challenge word! This month is all about BLACK AND WHITE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

Saturday Snippets: 04.November.2017

Welcome to the first weekend in November! I’m shivering in Edmonton at a work course, but the bonus is I get to catch up with one of my besties afterwards, which makes the cold weather totally doable 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 04.November.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Insulation:

  • Last month, we ordered more Thinsulate insulation for the two back doors and the two front doors (drivers + passenger). With the weather starting to turn, we wanted to get the remaining areas insulated. The Thinsulate we use is for automotive use, and is really easy to work with. It’s flexible, easy to cut and glue into place, is fire-resistant and doesn’t off-gas, making it ideal for van conversions.
  • We could immediately notice a difference with the doors insulated. They close with a very satisfying “clunk”, and the night we spent in the van a few days ago was noticeably warmer. There was no draft, and Jonty didn’t even need to wear a hat, like he thought he might!
  • Jonty finished designing and CNC-ing the panels for the two back doors. Our initial plan is to hang our bouldering pads off the back doors, but if this ever changes, these blank-slate walls will be the perfect place to hang hooks or rails or storage bins.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - door insulation

More sewing:

  • Last week I said I was done with the sewing, but I lied 🙂 We wanted a curtain hung at the back, to help minimize any drafts from the garage area below. I really love the pop of colour in this curtain! It’s actually two curtains pulled together, so we can slide them easily to the sides if we need to access the bed from the back of the van.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - sewing curtains

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - sewing curtains

Potty situation:

  • We covered the loo seat / ottoman last week! It looks great at the moment, and we’re interested to see how it holds up over time. I chose not to glue the sides of the vinyl to the box, just staple. So if the vinyl starts to sag too much, we can always take out the staples and tighten it.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - covered ottoman

Happy Weekend!

November 2017 Monthly Word: BLACK and WHITE

Another month down, and we’re creeping towards the end of the year! One minute it was Thanksgiving and the next thing I knew, it was Halloween. October was another great month. Aside from a few days of torrential rain, the weather was actually pretty great, and I always find it helps boost our moods. And with that, My Month of Monotone has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

November Month of BLACK AND WHITE

Like the last few months, I’ve slowly been crossing words off my “photo word list”. Whenever I want to focus on Black and White, I can usually find an excuse not to. Like, when spring finally comes around, I want to be dazzled by the first signs of colour. During the middle of summer, I want to see all the green grass and blue sky! During the fall, I want to see all the gorgeous autumn colours! I feel like November might be a great month for this prompt – the potential for lots of colour is usually fairly low in November 😉

So, I’ll be dedicating November to my month of BLACK AND WHITE I would absolutely love to see what ideas you come up with, too, so if you’d like to join in, please do (as many or as little photos as you’d like). I’ll post my findings on various social media places – Instagram, Facebook, Google+ and Twitter,  tagging #MyMonthOfBlackAndWhite and #MyMonthOfNovember.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | November 2017 Monthly Photo Challenge - BLACK AND WHITE

Here’s to a month of BLACK AND WHITE!