It might sound cheesy, but the most important thing about this entire trip was our time together. Time that many people don’t get to spend with the people in their lives at our age. There aren’t any pictures or stories from our last day, because our intention was to give this day as much time as we could in complete appreciation. We visited 3 national parks, drove thousands of miles, stayed in almost thirty different places, cooked hundreds of meals, and did it all right beside each other. We have come so far, have learned so much, and will forever cherish this time we have been blessed with.
I’m not exactly sure how a blog “ends” or is “supposed to run” and to be honest I’m not even sure if I’ve done what a blog requires. But sharing our journey for others to read has shown me how connected we can be. Reflecting on each day of a trip can give you a much deeper appreciation of adventure, and provide others with inspiration to take that leap. We are all more alike than we realize, and I will forever love traveling for this very reason. I will be sharing some product information and other notes about additional details of this trip to wrap it up soon, but until then, all of our love…
Canadians are just the nicest. We arrived to the ferry dock at 6 in the morning and asked the ticket guy how he was, “Nothing short of amazing!” was his cheerful reply. We’ve made conversation with almost everyone, and they are all genuine and kind. We waited in line to drive aboard the Chicheemaun while drank our shakes and enjoyed our tizzies. It was our first ferry ride and we had no idea what we were doing. Best first experience ever. The ship was massive and nice and felt like an airport. I had no problem taking a little snooze. They had a cafeteria where we ate a (second) breakfast of a true Canadian bacon breakfast sandwich and coffee. It was delicious and we felt like the shakes we had earlier that morning evened out the grease.
We drove off the ferry all fueled up and ready to see what our next free campsite would look like. The beauty of camping for free is that, good or bad, the next destination is always a surprise. The free campsite app has worked out really well so far, but only gives you a location and a little information, so we are really never sure! The back country roads were full of cow fields and open marsh lands. We listened to Chris Stapleton radio the whole way. We stopped for some groceries and filled our cooler with all of the much needed veggies. When we arrived to our next site next to the beach of Lake Huron we decided to make veggie sandwiches and head over the railroad track to the beach. The water was freezing so not much swimming, but we enjoyed spending the late afternoon reading beneath the shaded trees with our fancy mint lemon cucumber water. After lunch we tried out our outdoor shower for the first time and it worked! We left it on top of the truck to heat up in the sun and it was actually so hot we had to fill it with cold water. It’s just a bag with a shower nozzle and it’s been working great to wash dishes as well.
We cooked a healthy dinner and then introduced ourselves to the couple camping in the same lot. They were an older couple from a town near Toronto and were also using the free campsite app on their road trip to a festival in Thunder Bay! They gave us a glass of wine and we chatted for a bit. We ended the night with a sunset walk on the beach, and then hurried to the truck to escape the bugs. We need net suits.
I definitely cried as soon as we got to Bennington. This place is just pure magic to me and always will be. We had shakes for breakfast that morning, listened to Johnny Cash, and stopped for ice cream on the way there. That night we stayed at one of very best friends’ house in Wilmington. She took us a too a bier garden in Brattleboro where we watched the most adorable tug boat go by and had smoked trout and crackers, poutine and of course, beer.
The next morning I took Jake to Dot’s diner for breakfast and ate what is pictured below, as well as a very berry pancake to start because we love food. After breakfast we walked in the rain to the country store and bought cheese, pickled garlic, and Italian seasoning. We stayed for an hour and talked with the owner, who ironically told us over and over again that need to get married. He first told us that he could tell we weren’t married because we weren’t fighting. Good timing, is what I told him. He also told us that “15-55 are your golden years” and “Your life right now is not practice” We listened.
We then made our way over the mountain, stopped in rainy Stratton village to get a chai. We walked around the snow making pond, still in the rain, and enjoyed the stillness of the water. One of the most beautiful things about Vermont is its’ stillness.
Best part of the day? Cilantro, obviously. Best burrito I’ve ever had. After we were done with our life changing burrito lunch, we got gas and went to the grocery store for baby wipes, beef, avocado, taco seasoning, apples, bananas and beer. The basics. We made it to our campsite on the battenkill and celebrated. We were right next to the river and we were the only people there.Aside from the bugs, it was a dream. A friend from the area came to the campsite for dinner and I got so caught up talking about Arbonne things, typical, that I forgot to take a picture of our delicious tacos. Clearly it was a Mexican themed day but we’re not complaining about it.
Packing for this trip did not happen in one week. Or even one month. We had been keeping an eye out for things a little bit at a time, because we knew that if we waited we would just order things we didn’t need in a panic. Living in Costa Rica taught me a lot about living simply. It allows you to focus on what’s really important, and I feel like there’s no better time to practice this habit than when traveling. So when we packed up all of our kitchen supplies and camping gear, we made sure to only have one of everything. One spoon, one fork, one cup for all the drinks…etc. This theme played out into our clothing as well. We made sure that we brought clothes that were practical, multi use, and dark. To be honest, we’re a week in and I have worn the same two outfits multiple times because it’s my favorite. I’m sure we can all say the same things about our closets full of things we never wear. Minimalism is freedom, it doesn’t necessarily mean you are only allowed to have one spoon. It’s the detachment from things, and the experience of living without them.
Nothing is more important, than reconnecting with your bliss.
Welcome to all things car camping, love, honesty, travel, and adventure. Preparing for this blog has already been an adventure of it’s own. Navigating the wonderful world of social media platforms, or technology alone, has never been my forte. However, I think this road trip serves as an opportunity to try new things, and share along the way.
Jake and I will be traveling for a little over 5 weeks. Stopping in Vermont, and then heading up to Canada to make our way West to Banff and Glacier National Park. Camping out of our fully equipped truck and enjoying every minute in nature. Subscribe below to get notified when I post new updates! (That felt pretty cool)