November Photo Challenge: BLACK and WHITE Recap

Well, somehow December has almost passed me by and I only just realized that I never posted my November photo challenge recap! So I figured it’s better late than never. November was my month of BLACK and WHITE and it was a fitting prompt, as we had record rainfall in Vancouver that month. But as I look back at the photos, I realize that the gloominess of the weather has somehow transformed into pictures that don’t seem all that gloomy! I found the photo challenge somewhat difficult for me, at times (because I really wanted to see pops of colour), but looking back at the entire series, I’m really happy with the end result. There’s definitely something appealing about looking at a series of black and white photos. 🙂

So here’s my BLACK and WHITE recap for you.

The November Photo Challenge took me from …

… Misty walks through the forest and raindrops on leaves.

… Airport delays and wintry locations.

… Dawson Creek to Edmonton to Washington State.

… Training days in the gym and on the climbing wall.

… Wedding anniversary wanderings.

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And just like that, we’re almost finished December and a new challenge word! This month is all about ARCHITECTURE and you can check out the details here.

Happy picture-taking!

Saturday Snippets: 23.December.2017

Merry (almost) Christmas Eve! We had a big snowfall earlier in the week. While it only snowed for one day, the temperatures have been cool enough that the snow hasn’t completely melted. So it looks like we might have a whiter Christmas this year.

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Our Saturday Snippets for 23.December.2017.

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Foldable shower base:

  • The first half of the week was spent finishing the shower base. We finally sealed the shower pan into the box, put on the aluminum trim, and added a few layers of Osmo to the bottom (exposed birch wood). So it’s just waiting for all the plumbing piping to be added.
  • We also figured out a simple and sleek way to house the shower in its foldable state. We’ve mounted a bar of 80-20 along the wall and used VHB tape to secure a thin piece of steel along the underside. We then mounted these magnets into the shower box. The idea is that the box will fold up against the wall, and the steel plate will snap onto the magnets and hold the shower snugly in place. We’ve driven around town for a few days with the shower in its upright position, and it hasn’t budged from its housing place. So far, so good!

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Second alternator:

  • The second half of the week was spent starting on installing our second alternator. We picked it up on Tuesday and spent all of Wednesday driving around the lower mainland, looking for the appropriate wire. We finally found a place that sold what we were looking for (out in Langley!) and they even gave us a discount on the price per foot. Very happy customers.
  • So we’ve spent the last 3 days rolling around under the van again, man-handling this massively heavy wire to extend from the front of the van (alternator) to the back of the van (batteries). Mounts have been fabricated, more holes have been drilled in the van, bodies have been scraped, heads have been banged and choice words have been used. It’s the non-glamorous side of van conversions. But we shower away the grime, voice our appreciation of the other person’s hard work, and end the day the same way we started it (with a hug and a kiss).
  • We were hoping the second alternator might have been completely installed by Christmas, so we could travel away for a few days (and use it to charge the batteries, instead of plugging into shore power), but it’s not gonna happen. Maybe for New Years 🙂

Merry Christmas / Happy Holidays / Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 16.December.2017

The days are counting down until the end of the year! Are you ready for the holiday season yet? We had our annual Christmas Date Day on Thursday (lunch out downtown, walking around seawall, taking in the Christmas lights, stumbling upon a Gingerbread House contest…), so we’re firmly planted in the festive season!

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 16.December.2017.

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This week has been Shower Week, and we’re making good progress!

The shower box is basically done. The sides have been stained and sealed, and it’s just ready for the shower pan to be siliconed into place. Jonty has cut aluminum trim for the edging, and I will have to Osmo the bottom.

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Jonty has finished the plumbing for the shower head, and mounted the shower controls onto the wall, as well! The shower head is specifically for RVs, so the pressure is low-flow, and there is an on-off toggle on the side, to stop the stream of water without having to turn off the water at the source. Super handy. Here’s a little video of him testing it out 🙂

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - foldable shower design

Next on our list is finishing the mounts to keep the shower in place, when it’s folded away. Spoiler alert – it will involve inset magnets! Hopefully we’ll have finished pictures for your next week.

For the time being, here’s a few shots of what the shower will look like when it’s down and ready for use, and when it’s folded away. The shower faucets will be hidden away when the shower box is folded up. Hopefully we’ll be able to store the shower curtain etc in the box when it’s folded up, too.

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Pictures from the week of 16.December.2017:

We finally got down to the Canada 150 sign at Canada Place! We had to wait until the “tourists” left, then we had the sign to ourselves for a few brief moments 🙂

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Vancouver's Canada Place - Canada 150 sign

Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 09.December.2017

We had brilliant sunshine for the first half of the week, and socked-in fog for the second half. I’d still take a foggy day over a rainy one! We’re planning on taking in some of the lights around town this weekend, so it could make for some awesomely moody pictures.

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 09.December.2017.

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We started on building our shower this week! We’re definitely whittling down the jobs that are left to complete. I think the last two big systems are the shower / grey-tank system, and the second alternator. Since the alternator hasn’t arrived yet, we’re onto the shower!

On our first official road trip in Moby, we decided we loved the open space right behind the driver’s seat. This meant we didn’t want to build in an enclosed shower, as originally planned. We’re still having the shower located in the same spot, but we’ll be able to fold it up and out-of-the-way when we’re not using it. Which, to be honest, will be 99.9% of the day.

Jonty has built the box to hold our shower pan, as well as a stronger base to hold our weight. We still don’t know exactly how this is going to work, but we have a vague idea. All I know is that our vague ideas, given enough time to percolate, generally result in something that works for our needs. So I’m trusting this will be the same 🙂

He was finally able to get onto the CNC machine yesterday, and cut out the lattice support structure for under the shower base. The slats are interconnecting, so the fit is nice and snug!

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CNCing the shower pan support base.

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Dog-bone grooves on the CNC will insure a nice snug fit for the interlocking lattice.

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Base of the shower box, with the lattice support in place.

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Base of the shower pan, with the hole for the drain cut out.

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Happy Weekend!

Saturday Snippets: 02.December.2017

Whoa, December! First off, a big Happy Birthday today to our most favourite godson, and another Happy Birthday tomorrow to our most favourite middle-M nephew!!

I’m ready for December, especially if it means we can see a change in our weather. Seriously! We’ve had around 270 mm of rain this month, and I’m beginning to suspect I’m suffering from seasonal affective disorder. I need me some sunshine! Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 02.December.2017.

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We tackled our bike storage conundrum this past week, and are very happy with our solution.

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  • Some of our original ideas were to build a sliding drawer in the back of the van or some type of hanging/sliding drawer. Both ideas would have been quite costly (heavy-duty drawer slides are expensive!) and fitting the bikes in would have still been quite tricky (they’re just an awkward size). Also, the designs we were originally going to attempt, would have rendered much of the storage space as difficult to easily access.
  • Then, we had the grand idea to mount the bikes on the back doors! I think we dismissed the idea at first, because we thought the bikes would be too wide. But Jonty, my resident Puzzle-Master, found the perfect angles to make both bikes fit!

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • We’ve used 80-20 to build the mounts. The key to this solution is having the handlebars lock into place. This, along with two mounts for the wheels, prevents the bikes from rotating and ensures no part of the bike catches on door frames. The front wheel is stored behind the bike frame and is also locked into place using the same handlebar mount. Ingenious!

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ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

ClimbEatCycleRepeat.com | Sprinter van conversion - bike storage solution

  • The great aspect of this design is that the bikes will naturally swing out of the way, whenever the doors are open, allowing us access inside. And the bonus is that we were able to find an orientation that allowed us to keep the seats on the bikes (lowered all the way down) while being stored. This means there’s just one fewer piece of random gear to store!

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Happy Weekend!