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The Grad Finale – Part II

The day after the wedding my sister hosted a brunch for us and all of our guests. It was another lovely day where we hung out in a much more relaxed atmosphere than the prior day. We ended the day swimming ocean side at Christine’s Aunt Marg’s cottage. The cottage is an amazing place that Christine and now Dave love. A great end to a great weekend!

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

Chilling out the morning after the wedding

An easy afternoon by the water

An easy afternoon by the water

A very cool place to relax and swim

A very cool place to relax and swim

On Monday all the Moore’s packed into their rental cars and headed to Prince Edward Island. It took a couple of hours to get to the ferry and then a few hours on the other side to get to the White Sands Cabins. We expected the pristine and well manicured property that is PEI but instead got the leftovers after a huge music festival that happened over the weekend. However we made the best of it and the bright side was there were no other guests!

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Hanging out with the Moores on PEI

Our short time on PEI was filled with exploring the National Park and beaches, checking out Anne of Green Gables and eating and drinking in abundance. Lots of lobster, steak, scallops, Cow’s ice cream, along with some beverages in front of a camp fire. A great time was had by all!

We made it back to Halifax and then the departures of our family began. It was sad to see everyone leave and know that our Halifax wedding festivities were drawing to an end. However we did have more wedding celebrations to look forward to back in Melbourne! We had many departure dinners and lots of goodbyes (of course we missed some people!) before flying out on July 14.

At the airport, all ready to go

At the airport, all ready to go

We arrived in Melbourne and got geared up for our party on Saturday night. Christine and Dave even had friends fly in from Perth and Vietnam to help us celebrate! The party was at Agent 284 which is a cool bar/restaurant downtown in Melbourne. We had a private area and our own bar and we think everyone had a really good time! The wedding planners for this party were Dave’s parents and they did a super duper job.

Party time in Melbourne

Party time in Melbourne

Good times

Good times

with good friends

with good friends

The last week in Melbourne was filled with dinners, meet ups and lots of food and drink. We got to visit with lots of friends and family and even managed a winter bike ride on the rail trails. This made it very obvious that we need to get back in to the hiking and biking and a bit less of the eating and drinking!

Making pizza bases together

Making pizza bases together

Out biking with the parents - who left us in their dust

Out biking with the parents – who left us in their dust

Lovely family dinners

Lovely family dinners at home

And dinners out!

and dinners out!

and more dinners with good friends

and more dinners with good friends

and  their adorable kids

and their adorable kids

Exploring around Torquay

Exploring around Torquay

Loving a blue sky day

Loving a blue sky day

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

Beer and bubbly in the hot tub

We wish to thank everyone who participated and helped us celebrate our wedding, our big grand finale to our trip. It was a very fitting way to end such a great year and we were so happy to be able to share it with everyone. A special thanks to our parents, Marg, our sisters and brothers who are so important to us everyday but especially on our big day. We couldn’t have imagined the day without any of them. Your help, generosity and time over the last month is greatly appreciated.

We are currently back in Singapore and trying to come to grips with the end of our amazing year and a half of travel and fun. It has been a wonderful adventure full of awesome experiences. And most importantly, we shared an incredible time in our lives together that we will always remember. People have told us that if we can survive in our little van for a year we can survive anything! Well bring it on!

Enjoying the delights of Singapore  - chilli crab - YUM

Enjoying the delights of Singapore – chilli crab – YUM

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

Getting our apartment and belongings sorted

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Checking out the new sights of Singapore

Checking out the new sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

The great sights of Singapore

We are now gearing up for our next adventure – DUBAI!!! Let the next adventure begin! This one however involves working and getting back to the 9-5 routine. It also involves getting paid which is a necessity after such a wonderful year.

Thanks for reading our blog and following us on this great journey. We hope to do it again sometime. We’ll keep you posted…

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Made it Coast to Coast!

We left Calgary and headed towards the Rockies. We finished the short drive to Banff before all the campgrounds filled up. It was beautiful and hot so we took advantage by doing lots of biking for the two days we were there. Some more technical bike trails too, which Dave thrived at and I mostly walked. We also managed a soak in the Banff Hot Springs before heading on to Lake Louise.

Heading into the great views of the Rockies

Christine checking out the cliff top view

Enjoying marshmallows around the fire in Banff

Dave checking out the technical bike trails around Banff

Heading out for dinner in Banff town

After our refreshing soak at the hot springs

In Lake Louise we went to see our friends Shauna and Julian, who hooked us up in the village with their driveway for the night. While they were working we hopped on our bikes and slowly climbed steadily up to Lake Louise. It was teeming with tourists. The walk around the lake was lovely. We luckily had perfect timing on our return before the huge hail balls started! We took shelter in the Chateau Lake Louise but saw that many others weren’t so lucky.

Ginger on the way to Lake Louise

In the Rockies

Biking around Lake Louise

At Lake Louise

Torrential hail at Lake Louise

We waited out the storm and then had to get back down the hill, flying through all the new mud and puddles. It was messy business with dirt everywhere, eyes and mouth included. Thank goodness we had a nice warm shower waiting and got cleaned up and even had the luxury of a washing machine for our disgusting clothes. A special thanks to Shauna and Julian for being great hosts!

A happy muddy Christine

A happy muddy Dave

The new trend in Canada – mud tanning!

Dave and Julian

We started for the mountains and what we thought would be our biggest climb – over Roger’s Pass. Ginger Lee did great, though we did have to pull over to let the ol’ girl cool down! We made it, a new province and another hour gained. We spent the night at Illecillewaet Campground in the National Park and even managed to do a nice hike up the valley, the Great Glacier.

Christine climbing on the great glacier hike

The great glacier hike from Rogers pass

Another shorter driving day took us to Kamloops where we stayed at Dave’s friends, Kerri and Tyler’s driveway. Dave’s Australian friend H was visiting them too. We were treated to a delicious mexican feast with a few beers too. This lead to some intense competition on the Wii, with Christine proving her Canadian heritage by kicking Dave’s arse on the ski jumping and canoeing. The next morning was a slow start, but much enjoyed with home made pancakes. We all packed into their car and headed to Sun Peaks Mountain and got the ski lift up to the top and then did a hike to the ‘Top of the World’.

Hiking at Sun Peaks ski field

At the top of the world! Higher than Everest Base Camp which was only 5000m…

The beautiful village at Sun Peaks

We got Ginger back on the road late in the day and eventually made it to Pemberton. It was a short distance, but long drive with lots of switchbacks and high ascents followed by huge descents. A total of 1300m climbed followed by a very quick 1300m drop. We had to pull off at one point to cool Ginger off, but she happily kept going with no problem.

We made it to the Pacific Ocean on Thursday! We took the Sea to Sky highway into Vancouver and out to Maple Ridge where we dropped off the van at my friend Krista’s house before we got dropped off downtown. We are currently in Vancouver hanging out with Dave’s friends as we had planned. We’ve had a great couple of days of eating and drinking and seeing the sights around town and wandering the streets of Vancouver.

A great dinner with friends in Vancouver

Pub Jenga! Great fun!

Tree huggin’ in Stanley Park

Great view over Vancouver

Unfortunately tomorrow it’s back to the van and we will resume our life on the road.

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