|Endless rainforest for tDog to get lost in (can you spot her?).|
The bus is nestled RIGHT in the forest.
|Rivers to play in with friends: human and canine.|
This one runs right along the property the bus is on
|This river is a 10 mins bike ride away|
|And this one is about a 15 mins bike ride away|
|tDog and my favourite lake to swim is a |
45 mins hike away from the bus
|Or do you prefer the Pacific Ocean? A 15 min drive away...|
|...where you can attend a yoga class (with your dog!)|
right along the ocean with a view of the mountains
|We are also a 15 mins drive away from many |
world-known rock climbing crags...
|and bouldering sites. This one is a 7 mins bike ride away|
|And world class mountain biking trails? From the bus? |
You can be on one in about 10 mins.
|Drive 40 mins and you arrive at one of the |
best (or THE best) mountain biking parks in the world!
|Or ski that mountain in the winter... |
that doubles up as a top ski resort
|Into XC skiing? Drive 35 mins to get here...|
It was good enough for the Olympics
|If you are into hiking, there are plenty |
of hikes to many mountain tops
So where am I going with all this? Well. I guess we definitely got what we were seeking in moving here. And for a long while, we really thought that we had it all. We were happy and content small town peeps. We play in nature all the time. We have direct access (i.e. our neighbours) to locally grown organic (and bio-dynamic) food and we never have trouble finding parking in town.
If you live in the forest when you are still plugged in, that is, not living off grid and wanting to be a hermit (us) then it turns out that you have to DRIVE to the grocery store, to the yoga studio, to work, to your friend's... everywhere... everywhere...! And if you want to be a part of a pottery studio or go to a bookstore or attend a university course (me) or do a certain type of martial arts or go to the climbing gym on a rainy day (tBoy) then you have to go to the city. Wait a sec, didn't we just leave the city?!
So move back to the city, right? Well, no. Although we miss aspects of what a big city has to offer, we haven't forgotten about the things that drive us batty: the crowded streets (people and cars), the pollution, the lack of nature, the noise...
So for now, we are still here. And at least the drive to the city is incredibly beautiful:
|The highway runs along the ocean between the mountains|
(it is on the right side of this photo)