Saturday Snippets: 17.February.2018

With this past Monday being a long weekend in BC, and Valentine’s Day falling mid-week, and a few site visits thrown into the mix, it’s felt like a really short week! No complaints here, though. To the rest of Canada, we hope you enjoy your Family Day long weekend this coming Monday! Next year we’ll finally join in on the same day 😉

Here’s what caught our eye online in the world of climbing, eating, cycling and repeating. Saturday Snippets for 17.February.2018.

On Climbing, Eating, Cycling and Repeating:

On Moby News (aka Sprinter van conversion):

Last week I had to spend a day over in Nanaimo for work, so we took the opportunity to bring the van over and stay on the island for some of the long weekend. The big highlight of the trip? After almost two years, Moby got his first bath finally! His favourite part? A little scrub behind the wheels 🙂 It was the best $12 we’ve spent on him!

The other bonus of the weekend was that we were able to gather some data from our second-alternator charging system. All week, we let the batteries run down, and by Saturday morning, we had about 30% charge left. So on the drive from Nanaimo to Victoria, Jonty hooked his laptop up to our Mastervolt controller via USB, and gathered data from the system. I’m hoping he will do a proper post here, because we’ve had some interest from the Instagram community!

We’re the very first customers to use the Mastervolt charge-control system in conjunction with the Nations high-amp alternator and, as far as we’re aware, no other group is able look at their charging data in real-time. It’s kind of exciting! Here are a few graphs showing a very small subset of some data we’re able to look at. In very (very) general terms, we obtain real-time information on alternator temperature, battery voltages and currents, charging rates, etc.

In less than 2 hours of driving time, we were able to completely charge up our batteries, and we didn’t even tax the system to its full potential. So from now on, our off-grid / off-road travels will really only be limited to our fresh water supply!

Weekly progress report:

We’re definitely getting toward the end of this van conversion. Until we figure out the grey water tanks, our weekly updates are going to be a lot of little finishing-up projects. This project this week was installing a slide-out garbage and recycling tray under the sink.

After nearly 2 years of having to custom-fabricate virtually every component in the van, we finally purchased something that required almost no additional work! Ikea, we thank you for selling something that is shorter than the standard household cupboard depth 🙂 The rollers and tray were UTRUSTA, and the bins (with lids) were VARIERA. All Jonty had to do was to make a mount to attach the rollers to the L-track in the floor! Hallelujah, a quick project!

Pictures from the week of 17.February.2018:

Like I mentioned, we spent last weekend on Vancouver Island. We stayed in Nanaimo for one night in Nanaimo and the second night in Victoria.

While Jonty was washing up the breakfast dishes, I snapped a few pictures of the morning light in the Nanaimo harbour. These were the views we woke up to in the morning – not too shabby, hey? I’m a sucker for a good water reflection 🙂

And our ride back to Vancouver!

Happy Weekend!

January Photo Challenge – TYPOGRAPHY Recap

All good things must come to an end. January was my last month of doing my Monthly Photo Challenge word (at least for the time being). The end of January marked two full years of me trying this, and while I definitely enjoyed doing it, I somehow feel like it’s time to try something different. I’m not sure what the different photo challenge will be, but I’ll let you know once the creative ideas start flowing.

January was my month of TYPOGRAPHY and I spent the month looking for cool fonts and fun sayings.

So here’s my TYPOGRAPHY recap for you.

The January Photo Challenge took me from …

… Large wall murals to small napkin details.

… Street signs and sidewalk sayings.

… Bike locking posts and climbing training walls.

… Rainy walks on the beaches of Vancouver to sun-filled walks on the beaches of California.

… Coffee dates and words of wisdom.

… Family trips to Disneyland and Moby the Big Grey Van.

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Thank you so much to everyone who joined in with me over the past 2 years – I’ve loved every single one of your pictures! Here’s to my next photography challenge, whatever that might be 🙂

Keep taking pictures!

January 2018 Monthly Word: TYPOGRAPHY

Happy New Year! Did you have fun ringing in 2018? We were social for a bit and had a few drinks at the local craft breweries. Then we headed back to the van, made pizza, watched a movie, and just made it to midnight. Success! 🙂 December, full of buildings and structures and unique design, was My Month of Architecture and has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

January Month of TYPOGRAPHY

This month might mark my last monthly photo challenge. By the end of the month, I will have done two full years of these monthly photo spreads, and I’m wondering about switching things up again. We’ll see how I feel by the end of the month! I’ve been thinking about trying out this prompt for quite a while, so I’m excited to start snapping pictures. Looking for the neat fonts, quirky signs and sayings, even the graffiti on walls might be part of my monthly typography pictures.

So, I’ll be dedicating January to my month of TYPOGRAPHY 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 #MyMonthOfTypography and #MyMonthOfJanuary.

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Here’s to a month of TYPOGRAPHY!

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!

December 2017 Monthly Word: ARCHITECTURE

We’ve officially hit the last month of 2017! While the stores and media adverts have been reminding us of the upcoming season since October, we’ve held out on getting too Christmas-y until today. Come December 1st, the Advent calendar is making its appearance, we can’t wait to see all the festive lights, and it’s only a matter of time until our favourite gingersnap cookies are made. November was a gloomy-weather month and My Month of Black and White has come to an end. I’ll share the full photo round-up in a few days time.

December Month of ARCHITECTURE

This might not be the most festive of words (unlike my December 2016 word), but I’m looking forward to it, none-the-less. I’ve focused on the word Buildings before, but I think ARCHITECTURE has the potential to include so much more! I’m thinking buildings, bridges, art work, design… Basically any man-made structure that catches my eye is going to be fair game.

So, I’ll be dedicating December to my month of ARCHITECTURE 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 #MyMonthOfArchitecture and #MyMonthOfDecember.

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Here’s to a month of ARCHITECTURE!