Getting Outside

All the gear we use and the places we go to get outside.

Chevy Bolt
Durable Goods

I Bought a Chevy Bolt

In May of this year I decided to buy a Chevy Bolt. So I went to Carter GM in Burnaby and met with Howard the car sales guy and without ever driving a Bolt – I put a fully refundable deposit on a Metallic Ghost Grey Chevy Bolt. And then last Friday, Howard called to […]

Kumsheen Rafting
Getting Outside

Kumsheen Rafting on the Thompson River

In mid-July one of my kids and I went to Lytton and spent a half day on the Thompson River with the good folks from Kumsheen Rafting. And we we had an absolute blast. It is incredible seeing the river landscape from on the river rather than looking at it from the highway. And it […]

Durable Goods

Buying a Replacement Vehicle for my Toyota Echo

Well, seeing as my Toyota Echo now has more than 300,000 kilometers on it, I have decided it is time to start looking for a new replacement vehicle. With the price of gas going through the roof, I thought the logical thong to do is to buy an electric car. But then I did some […]

Tesla Model S
Durable Goods

Tesla Model S Test Drive

I recently had the opportunity to go for an extended test drive in a Tesla Model S. In case you don’t know, the Model S is the Tesla sedan. It is a four door car that reminded me of an old school Crown Victoria. It felt big, heavy, and secure on the road. The Model […]

Lytton
Getting Outside

Lytton Strong

Well, once again the tiny community of Lytton is taking a full frontal assault from nature. Remember in the summer when the Lytton Creek Wildfire destroyed virtually all of the Village of Lytton? And then continued to burn thousands of acres of land around the village? Now it is the opposite of the Heat Dome […]

Ford Maverick
Durable Goods

Ford Maverick Follow Up

Shortly after I posted about the new “compact” Ford Maverick pick up truck, the comments began to roll in. Why get a small truck when you can get a full size truck that can haul massive loads – you know, what if you need to move a huge trailer? Well, over the last 15 years […]

Durable Goods, Getting Outside

Another 5 Dads Go Wild Trip Completed

That’s another year of #5DadsGoWild in the books. Yes, in case you missed the social media buzz created around our annual writers/creators retreat, from Thursday October 14th to Sunday the 17th we were camping in Manning Park, living what can only be described as our best life. While in the past we have had a […]

Black Tusk Knife
Getting Outside

House of Knives to the Rescue

Kids and I are home from a wild weekend at the cabin. Lots of time outdoors. Sunday morning we went for a walk to have a quick visit with our neighbours. On the walk back we encountered a mother bear and two cubs. We yelled and waved our arms in the air, we stood close […]

The Town Square
Getting Outside

Follow up on the Lytton Creek Wildfire

This is the tale of two distinctly different motorcycle rides. Both a lot of fun, both uniquely different! As you probably know, my hometown of Lytton burned. Yeah, the entire community burned in about 20 minutes. They say 90% of it burned but, the reality is, the village is decimated. That has really bothered me. […]

Fraser and Thompson Rivers
Getting Outside

Lytton Creek Wildfire

As some of you know, I grew up near Lytton BC. And as you probably also know, last week the village of Lytton burned to the ground. You may or may not know that in 2014 the house I grew up in near Lytton, along with all the outbuildings – like the workshop, chicken coops, […]