Saturday Snippets: 20.May.2017

Are you ready for the May long weekend? The May 2-4, Victoria Day, Memorial Day, the official start of camping season… Whatever day you’d like to call it, I think everyone can agree that we’re ready for a long weekend filled with sunshine. 🙂

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 20.May.2017.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

This week, Moby was in the shop, getting a bit of a tune-up, so we haven’t been able to do any physical work on him. BUT, Jonty has been busy getting the CAD finished for the galley – figuring out the cut-out dimensions for the induction cooktop and sink.

We plan on having the cooktop mounted flush with the counter surface, and the sink will be under-mounted. As with everything else we do, we’ll prototype this design with a piece of cheap MDF, tweak the dimensions as necessary, and the CNC the finished product. | Sprinter van conversion - induction cooktop

True Induction 2-burner mini-duo cooktop. | Sprinter van conversion - double sink

Ambassador Marine double sink. | Sprinter van conversion - kitchen galley layout

Side-by-side layout for the cooktop and sink.

Before we started physically on the van, we made an initial design using FreeCAD. As we confirm dimensions, Jonty changes the original model to match reality and then tweaks the design of each part. As an example, here’s what our galley counter should look like in the end! The fridge is already installed, and we are still on the hunt for a convection microwave oven (which may be mounted under the sink as shown). Even thought we work on the van and see these progressions in person, it’s still oddly satisfying to see our van as a 3D model! | Sprinter van conversion - 3D rendering

Pictures from the week of 20.May.2017:

The weather was not quite as bright and sunny this week, as was predicted, but we’ve still been out and about. We spent a lovely Friday afternoon meandering along Jericho beach, taking in all the sights and sounds. The boaters and kayakers and paddle-boarders were all out on the water, and people were desperately willing-on the May long-weekend sunshine. A grey day at the beach is still better than a day in the office, I say! 😉 | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC | Jericho Beach walk in Vancouver BC

Happy (long) weekend!

Foggy Days

One of my personal goals for my sabbatical is to work on improving my photography skills. I want to get into the habit of bringing along my “big girl” camera when I’m out and about. I do love playing around with it, and I thought today would be a good day to start. We’ve had some really foggy west-coast weather the past few days. Sometimes the fog breaks as the sun rises, other times it blankets us for the day.

These were some of the pictures I kind of liked today. I’m still a complete novice when it comes to setting a manual exposure, but I’m working on it! | Foggy morning walk in Kerrisdale, Vancouver BC | Foggy morning walk in Kerrisdale, Vancouver | Foggy morning walk in Kerrisdale, Vancouver | Frost on | Foggy morning walk in Kerrisdale, Vancouver | Foggy morning over downtown, Vancouver | Foggy morning over downtown, Vancouver | Jericho Sailing Club, Vancouver | Foggy morning at Jericho Sailing Club, Vancouver BC