Nemo Equipment Victory Picnic Outdoor Blanket (XL Model)

I picked up a Nemo Equipment blanket with a waterproof underside and a soft felt-like top for outdoor concerts, lounging in a park or at the beach and perfect for car camping. It’s huge. It has corner loops that you can peg down to keep in one place. It rolls up nice. It’s 7 feet by 7 feet… but I’m going to measure it since it seems bigger since I’m 6″1′ and it seems like a 10 x 10 to me. It’s a great quality blanket.

I’m buying a van in a couple of weeks and I picked it up for the van to be an outdoor carpet as well as bringing to lounge on in the summer at parks or a campsite.

I picked it up for $149 down from $199.

I Interviewed Two Parents Hiking The PCT with 3 Small Kids!

Wow… I had the chance to interview Marketa and David Daley from California who is hiking northbound on the Pacific Crest Trail and they are approaching the 500-mile mark with their 3 kids. Sequoia is almost 5 and her two brothers are Joshua who is 3(1/2) and then little Standa who is almost 2 who Marketa carries in her Osprey carrier on her back.

It’s a long episode. I also interviewed her sister and her dad. What they are doing is crazy awesome. So so so difficult just the logistics with carrying everything and then food and water. The kids can’t really carry anything so they have found it really difficult dealing with the desert section that runs the first 700 miles. After that is the Sierra Nevada and that’s a whole different ballgame.

Marketa is on Instagram and since starting the PCT her followers have gone from 200-300 peeps to almost 9,000 people. Here photos of the kids are incredible and her write-ups are detailed on the pain and struggle.

You have to follow them on IG here.

What I did for the podcast episode is I got a friend to record the first 39 days of write up’s from Marketa. Cara that I worked with at Lufthansa helped me. I asked a friend in San Diego if she could record a 10 min walk with the wind blowing. I added the background sound to all of Cara’s commentary and then I took all the interview content and broke it into little segments to add in between all the daily recaps.

I’m really happy with how it turned out. I think if someone knows their story from following… this episode is a wild run showing that the impossible can be possible and listening to it is lots of ups and downs.

You can listen here at this link. Just pick Apple, Spotify, Google or free on different platforms.

I’m excited for the opportunity to record again with them.

Walter Mitty | The Quintessence Of Life

I watched a movie from 2013 that stars Ben Stiller as Walter who works for Life Magazine where he is thrown into Adventure. The movie didn’t make much of a splash. The movie is a beautiful piece of cinema. It was shot on film which was excellent. The lenses used work well with natural light. The narrative is Walter who has daydreams of adventure. He is thrown into the wrap-up of Life Magazine and he is in charge of the last image that will be used on the cover which is missing.

Understanding Walter is easy and his progression in the movie and how he changes as the movie progresses and he gets out of his shell and loses the person he was as he finds purpose.

He has issues with being “present”. Just loved this movie. Stiller directed the movie. Cheryl is sweet and she is on my crush list.

Gave it a 9/10

2025 JSDOITontheRoad | North American Roadtrip

With planning a 6-month hike with my Daughter for 2023… I needed something to do with my Son after he finishes High School… so I thought this would be a fun thing to plan for and save up for. We will launch a website and some socials for it over the next little while. I’m sure we will build it all inside Roadtrippers but have not paid the fee to allow us to expand our trips.

So right now we have some legs of the trip with the general direction here using the Road Trippers App.

We are building a website for our trip. You can click on the image below to jump over to it. It’s a work in progress as of March 2022

Explore Thailand + Vietnam | The Big Leap To Explore Something Way Different Than Canada

In 2014, I posted this Vimeo Staff Pick called “Somewhere in Vietnam” and that started it for me.  Follow that up with Casey’s video called “The Vietnam Notebook”  which he took with his son in 2012 to Vietnam to rent a motorcycle and travel the countryside.  That video made me want to rent motorcycles and travel the countryside and not get killed with my kids and have them expierence a way different culture, beautiful sweet friendly people and eat food that is outside their comfortzone of pasta with butter.

This trip was to happen in the summer of 2020, but with covid… it just fell to the dumpster till the future.  I would love to go soon but I have some saving to do with other trips… so will push it after two big epic trips happen in 2024 and 2025.

With what is happening in the world with the Pandemic virus, it would be wise to push this trip and keep saving for it since I’m planning the following:

– 2023 – Trip to Vancouver, BC to hike for two weeks as a larger PCT Shake Down Hike

– 2024 – 6 Month Thru-Hike of the Pacific Crest Trail with my daughter

– 2025 – 4-6 Month North America Road Trip with my son

So maybe in 2026 can be a month of Vietnam and Thailand. I’m excited to start saving for this trip.

The yummy street food of Hanoi

I thought it would be fun to fly into the old formerly named city of Siagon, which is now called Ho Chi Minh City (map) (Kara & Nate Vlog) and sleep off some jetlag and venture out and see the busy city sights and taste some yummy food. This city is in the south of Vietnam and I thought it would be fun to travel up the coast to Hanoi in the North. We would have to do a sleeper bus for fun and also by train (YouTube Video) & more videos to watch. There are some beach cities along the way to stop and explore. By the time we get to Hanoi in the North, the kids will be a little more settled with the food. Before going on this trip, we need to dine at a Vietnamese and Thai restaurant in Toronto and sample some food and I don’t mean taking a bite. I mean eating 25% of four different dishes and we will do this about 5 times. I’m not going to force them to eat bugs and things on a stick that looks like they are still thinking inside. If you want to watch Kara & Nate’s Vlogs in Vietnam… you can find them here.

So travelling north along to the coast to Hanoi would be fun. Hoi Ann & Hue are two nice spots to explore. In the North, I would like to Hike in the mountains near Sapa before making our way to beautiful Halong Bay for a little cruise and explore the incredible bay and islands.

Vietnam Sleeper Train
Halong Bay above

In Halong Bay, you have to do a little 3-day cruise and visit some of the floating villages in the bay and do some kayaking. Boats will shuttle you to beaches and also take you to some places you can hike and climb up the cliffs on paths to the top to see the views of the bay. I decided to post two Kara & Nate’s Vlogs showing the cruise they took in the Bay to give you an idea of Halong Bay.

Halong Bay, Vietnam

Then move to Thailand to rent some motorcycles and do a loop in the northern part of Thailand.

We would then fly over to Thailand which is right beside Vietnam to the West. In the North in Chiang Mai. We will rent two motorcycles. Chantal will have one and Noah will be on the back of mine. We will buy and strap a pillow to make it comfortable for Noah. If he is sleepy like he was on our Europe trip then I will tie him to me so he doesn’t fall asleep and fall off.

The hardest part of renting motorcycles is finding our way out of the city and dealing with the crazy traffic which is like the start of a marathon when you get a red light.
If it’s safe for 62 fishy’s and a family of 6 on one… then the 3 of use should be fine on two bikes.
Northern Thailand is not that crazy to ride a bike and this loop should be fine once we are out of the city.

The Mae Hong Son Loop can be done in about 4 days. This trip in total we would need about 3 weeks to do all the things we want to do. Flying there is the most expensive part. Vietnam and Thailand are super affordable for logging, eating and visiting things. After northern Thailand, we will fly down to Bangkok in the south and explore the city before going south to the incredible Thai beaches down near Phuket. Maybe I and the kids should have not watched this movie together. Hopefully, the kids don’t remember the opening scene of the movie (The Impossible from 2012)

After southern Thailand, it would be to fly home through Vietnam or maybe when booking we could come home via Bangkok back to Toronto. All I know is that it would be a wild trip and after taking the kids to Europe for 19 days last August… a trip like this to the other side of the world would be crazy fun and such a great experience for them and myself. I already have a Trip Planning Book all set for this trip to fill with ideas and information.

If you want to watch Kara & Nates Travel Vlogs filmed in Thailand… you can view them here.

In Progress | 35 of 101 | Knock My Movie List Down to 300 Titles & Review 700 Movies | Flicks w/ Chips + Dips

As of March 2022 my Watch List on IMDB has a total of 471 movies and the total movies rated on IMDB is 492.

This is the first task in my 101 Things To Do In A 1001 Days which I have over two years left to complete to get my list down to 300 titles.  I will do this one.  My goal is a movie every 2-3 days.  My list grows as I add titles and sometimes I take a couple away if I’ve gone completely cold on a title and would never click to watch it online.

Just wanted to have a spot where I could list some of the movies that I want to see. I like to ask people for some recommendations and I stick them in Evernote to keep track of. I will have to set it up better and bring some to the top and focus on those first.

Here is a list that will grow of some of the movies that I want to watch.

To see my FULL WATCHLIST on IDMb, you can visit it here.

 

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