Saturday Snippets: 21.January.2017

Well, this week absolutely flew by! I had a site visit early in the week and was able to visit Nelson, BC for the first time (pictures down below)! Jonty will be finishing his third Saturday welding class today, and I will be learning how to make homemade chocolate! I know Jonty really enjoys his welding classes, but I’m quite certain I win for the tastier of the two classes 😉

Here’s a few things that caught our eye online. Our Saturday Snippets for 21.January.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter Van Conversion):

  • This week we started CNC-ing the templates for our wall panels. Nothing is completely vertical or flat in this van. So figuring out the correct curves is definitely an iterative process! | Sprinter van conversion - CNCing wall panels

Watching closely, to make sure the CNC bit doesn’t run through a screw! | Sprinter van conversion - CNCing wall panels | Sprinter van conversion - CNCing wall panels

First pass at the wheel well curve. We’ll give it another tweak before we’re happy with it.

Pictures during the week of 21.January.2017:

I was in Nelson earlier this week for a site visit. If you don’t want to drive the 8 hours from Vancouver, you will need to fly into Castlegar, rent a car and drive 40 minutes down the highway, over to Nelson. It’s a beautiful drive – I’d love to see it in the spring and fall, with all the changing colours.

Nelson is a really quaint community. The downtown core is filled with old, restored buildings and is known for its great food and coffee shops. I completely agree!

  • Empire Coffee (attached to the Adventure Hotel) has Stumptown coffee, a great breakfast and lunch menu, and the most amazing looking (and tasting) muffins, cinnamon buns and pastries. Definitely go!
  • El Taco – A quirky little place, with big portions and good prices. Tasty!
  • Red Light Ramen – If you’re looking for ramen, head here. They make everything from scratch, and their meat is all hormone-free / grass-fed / pasture-raised.
  • The Cube: They even have a little climbing gym! I went. The bouldering was hard. I totally got shut-down. I had fun 🙂 | Travel to Nelson BC | Travel to Nelson BC | Travel to Nelson BC

Exercise machines in the park! The snow didn’t stop one gentleman from getting his reps in 🙂 | Travel to Nelson BC | Travel to Nelson BC

I was able to fly into Castlegar with no problem but, as I’ve been told, there is a high probability during the winter months, of flights being cancelled. Castlegar is located in a valley, and it will often get socked in with clouds, meaning the pilots can’t take off or land. This has given Castlegar the reputation of being “Cancel-gar”.

I thought I had dodged the Cancel-gar bullet, until I woke up to this view on Wednesday. | Travel to Nelson BC

There was a good 20 cm of freshly fallen snow on the car, and the snow was still coming (they were forecasting 30 to 40 cm by the end of the day). My flight had already been cancelled and I was moved to the next flight in the afternoon.

As I was driving to Castlegar to return the rental car, this was my view over the water. Yup, there’s actually a big lake right there… | Travel to Nelson BC

By the time I got to the airport, all flights for the day had been cancelled, and flying out the next day was also looking questionable. Oh, Cancel-gar, you’ve made your point 🙂

Luckily, there was a guy at the airport who really needed to get to Toronto that day. He lives in the town, and makes the drive to Kelowna on a regular basis, so was not concerned about the “extremely poor highway driving conditions” and was happy to give me a lift. Well, if it meant getting back home before the weekend, I was all for it!

My travel-saviour was easy to talk to, and the 4-hour drive to Kelowna went by quickly. Our views from a pit-stop in Greenwood made me grateful that I was only a passenger, and didn’t have to make the drive myself. | Travel to Nelson BC

This area of the Kooteneys was beautiful, and I’m excited to go back… in the summer… with our 4×4 Sprinter… 😉

Happy Weekend!