I was just reading a blog about how important this “about you” or “get to know me” page is…interesting read, maybe I just don’t feel like self promotion is the best thing at times, happy having the reader make their own assumptions through our work and travel blog perhaps. We’re not chest pounders but I suppose it is fair enough if you are going to take the time to read this and peruse the page you can know something about us;)
I don’t think we were ever quite “quote unquote…normal” whatever normal is. We come from adventurous families full of wonderfully strange and pioneering types. I was born in Vancouver, raised by my somewhat, OK, just plain crazy mother with my siblings on a sailboat sailing around the world for most of my youth. Our Dad in our early years, before our mother ran off with us, gave us a wonderful grounding, something my mother couldn’t, my brother and I took away from him a sense of doing something, right, the first time if it needs to be done. Mike was born and raised on a farm in Ontario, after his parents migrated from Germany. He embraced nature from an early age and had a love for astronomy from the very beginning.
We met at a carburetor shop in San Diego while he was going to University and I had returned from several years in the Indian Ocean on a small French Island but those are other chapters. He had with his ’69 Camaro, I had my ’65 Vette…true love pretty much right off the bat:) We both love Monty Python and the X Files so what could go wrong? We eventually moved back to his home town of Ontario to take over his father’s farm and that changed after his parent’s death from sheep to building an equestrian center over the years. We met so many a wonderful people and horses, sometimes the horses were nicer than their owners but hey, or is that hay, that was the adventure right?;) and that is the reason we come back to this corner of the woods every spring and summer now. But I regress, we were doing this until things weirdly progressed in our lives and…
We threw caution to the wind, sold our home and equestrian center in Canada and moved to a ranch in Northern Baja, Mexico to the darkest sky area we could find…the Sierra de San Pedro Mártir. Home to Mexico’s National Observatory and some of the finest seeing in the Northern hemisphere. I had promised Mike if he helped me with my passion for a few years, I would follow him on his…what was I thinking, I should have added stipulations;)
It was an amazing journey, another chapter. We built an adobe home, observatories and cabins, learning a myriad of skills we never thought possible, but we just never got to do what we set out to do, educate and amaze as many people as possible with a look through that eyepiece at a piece of our universe. Mexico fear factor, perhaps, or just too remote, great for the outstanding astronomy conditions but not the crowds.
So the ranch is on the market and we have been on the open road… looking for dark skies to explore and other travelers to share it with. So far, it is a lifestyle we plan to continue, for a long time!
The 18″ Dobsonian telescope is tucked in the right cargo bay of the fifth wheel trailer with the help of ramps, the solar scope in the left side:)
We have the vehicle now to do the job, a Dodge Ram 3500 diesel, lot’s of power there and after observing and asking questions of other full-timers out there we found our perfect fifth wheel trailer, a 2012 DRV 36 something,something, something, way too many numbers and letters:)
Mike has his telescopes and I have my camera in hand and our mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life and new civilizations…wait a minute…too many Star Trek reruns…to boldly go where no geeks have gone before? I’ll keep you posted…
We are not alone..uhmmm…thanks Mulder…we started out with our three old boys and sadly two have gone to the catnip fields, but the last old guy Beezil aka Prince Puffy remains with his trusty new sidekick Groot, the tree climbing kitten from a dairy barn in Lanark County..never a dull moment:)
Sorry if this went on for too long, It was supposed to be brief but a few more things;)
We love excellent wine and fine craft beer and good food
We love horses and cats and yes, even some dogs;) oh, I forgot, donkeys as well;) I guess pretty much most animals…except mosquitos;)
We hate politics and all the crap that goes with it, hatred, racism and self-important asses
We love nature in all her glory
Geez, this list could really go on…if you want to meet us, walk right up, take a look through one of the telescopes, we’re really rather easy-going;)
This is our life! Hope you can join us from time to time as we share our adventures on and off the road and through the night skies!
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