Into the Great White North

Well, we’re here.  6 years of convincing, 18 months of beurocracy & 2 months of homelessness all culminated this last weekend as we rolled into our new hometown: Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada.  In case you’re unfamiliar with the major metropolitan areas of Canada, here is a map of our journey for your reference:

The drive up was pretty good, considering.  I rented a U-Haul trailer which was only supposed to go 45 mph, but I drove 75 anyway.  At that speed, I had to keep the wheel pretty steady or the trailer would start fishtailing, but it helped keep me awake and alert.  I had Porter with me most of the way, but he just watched his Scooby-Doo in the back seat and took care of himself.  Karli had to have Walker (2 yr) & Luke (6 mo) with her, so she didn’t have the quiet ride I did.  Luckily, her cousin Jenna came along for the ride and took care of the kids.  We drove for about 13 hours Saturday and had to stop for a while at the border to export and import our vehicles.  We stayed the night in Lethbridge, AB, got up early Sunday and drove another 13 hours, through Banff & Jasper parks.  I was getting pretty drowsy not having anyone to talk with, but I found that chewing sunflower seeds kept me awake.  I also picked up a hitchiker in Jasper and he rode with me about 3 hours to Prince George.  He was a funny old guy from Slovakia on his way to Alaska.  I got to speak some Russian with him, which was fun.  We finally rolled into Vanderhoof about 7pm.

Vanderhoof is where my wife, Karli, is from, and where most of her family still lives, so she is happy to finally be home after 10 years of living in the States.  I’m excited to be here, too, not least of all because we actually have a home to live in again, after 2 months of staying in my parents’ basement.  I’m also looking forward to our kids having lots of cousins their age to play with and lots of wide open spaces to run around in.  The town is only about 5,000 people, or so, and there are a lot of farms and forests to get lost in.

We haven’t actually moved into our new home yet, but I’ve been working in the basement this week.  Karli’s brother, Kyle, is living here now, but they are moving next door and we’re moving in later this week.  Karli’s parents own both sides of this twin home and we will be renting from them until we find a place to buy or build our own home.  Ideally, I’d like to buy some land on one of the lakes around here, or at least on the river that runs through town.  Then I can start my own polar bear club.  All those times jumping into the Provo river in November have just been training excercises for living here.

Ever since I read the 4 Hour Workweek I’ve been trying to set myself up to be able to work remotely from anywhere in the world.  The first stage was getting my own office in Springville.  This is stage 2, working from home in rural Canada.  Stage 3 is moving to Fiji for a few months next summer and working on the beach.  So far, so good!

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One Response

  1. Ya good luck on the Fiji thing… I am still trying to figure out how to be a stay at home MOM in Fiji (remotely)

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