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!

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!

Saturday Snippet: 28.October.2017

The weather has been wonderful this week, which was in stark contrast to last week! We took a day off yesterday and cycled around all the new murals from the Vancouver Mural Festival. It was a full day, and we covered a lot of ground on the bikes. With the sun shining, it was the perfect start to the weekend.

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 28.October.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

This week has been a busy one, and we’ve been chipping away at some of the little jobs. I don’t have a tonne of pictures for you this week (I’m scrambling to get this ready for posting today!), but here are a few of the updates from the week.

  • Curtains are all finally finished finally! I think 🙂 Magnets have been sewn into all appropriate places, and I’ve made new tie-backs, which are now sewn onto the curtains themselves. No more dropping them! I’ve also sewn a curtain for under the sink. It will act as a door until we decide if we actually want a door there or not. I’m thinking the curtain will stick around for the long-haul.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - curtains

  • The ottoman for covering the loo seat has been made and I’m in the process of covering it. We’ve glued a piece of 2-inch high-density foam onto a box base, and we’ll cover the entire piece in the same foam-backed vinyl we used for the walls and ceiling.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter conversion ottoman seat

  • We’ve finally boxed in the electrical box! It definitely makes the area look more finished.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - electrical box

  • Jonty has started working on the plumbing for the toilet and shower area. No pictures yet, but the process has started!
  • The drawers have been finished and Osmo’d and work really well. We already know that the main large drawer is going to be our most functional space in the entire kitchen!

We also spent one night in the van (on Thursday). We’ve found a few creaks in the bed frame, maybe due to the cold? So we’ll have to figure out where those are coming from. It’s probably just the bed starting to settle, and we’re assuming that tightening some of the bolts and re-seating the wood slats will solve the problem.

Regardless, we woke up early and drove over to Queen Elizabeth Park, to catch the sunrise. What a wonderful way to start the morning – toast, coffee and the warm glow of the start of a new day 🙂

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver BC - sunrise at Queen Elizabeth Park

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 21.October.2017

The rain has officially returned to the lower mainland, and it’s returned with a vengeance! The deluge has been pretty non-stop since Wednesday, and is supposed to continue through the weekend (although we did see a break on Friday night, with the beautiful view seen above). I’m glad we ended up doing some under-van work last weekend, while it was still dry!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 21.October.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

  • Not just dirtbags – the positive economic impact of climbing. I agree with a lot of this!
  • I love a good slice of banana bread. The kind that’s perfectly moist, but not full of oil, and often sprinkled with nuts or seeds or coconut flakes!
  • 9 seasonal foods to fuel all your autumn activities. I don’t think I’ve ever tried celery root… Perhaps it’s time to start!
  • Have you heard of the Vancouver Binners’ Project? For those of you that don’t live in Vancouver (or lower mainland), we often call the people who go through the garbage bins, looking for cans and bottles to recycle “Binners”. It may sound like a poor term to use, but the Binners actually do the city a big favour, by removing all these bottles and cans from the garbage, that would otherwise end up in the landfill. For the second year, the Coffee Cup Revolution took place last week. The Binners were given 5 cents for every coffee cup (which also end up in landfills) picked out from the trash. They collected over 49,000 coffee cups in four hours!
  • I can see this being a problem for high school kids, but for university-aged students?

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Galley:

  • We’ve finished our galley drawers, and we’re very pleased with how they turned out.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley drawers

  • The big drawer, which is over the fridge, opens fully and has soft-close latches, like all our upper cabinets. This drawer will hold all our utensils, spices, dish cloths, and anything else that will fit into a 4-inch height. Jonty’s going to make some customizable compartments so we can separate everything as we see fit, with the flexibility of being able to change the layout as needed.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley drawers

  • The drawer under the sink is a pull-down drawer. We bought the little trays from Home Depot, and it’s going to be the perfect place for sponges and scrubbers and dish soap.

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley drawers

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley drawers

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - galley drawers

Other bits and pieces:

  • We painted part of the water tank using something called Plasti Dip. It’s a rubber coating that has a variety of uses, but can be easily removed or peeled off when you don’t want it on anymore. We think it makes a huge difference! Our eye isn’t drawn to the big white tank anymore!

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - Plasti Dip the watertank

  • We also covered all the exposed water pipes with pipe lagging, in an attempt to winterize our water lines. We’re hoping this will keep our water hoses from freezing, in temperatures just below zero. So maybe for Vancouver winters, not real Canadian winters 😉
  • Yesterday Jonty CNC’d the pieces to make our toilet / ottoman cover. Our plan is to use the toilet base as a chair / seat / ottoman when it’s not used for its other purpose. We glued it up and then I’m going to cover it!
  • I’m thiiis close to finishing all the curtains. Perhaps, by the time this goes live, they will be finished, and we can have pictures to show next week.

Happy Weekend!