Its been about a month since stay at Wheaton Labs. I didn't leave alone. While living in the community I unexpectedly fell in love with a Boot. Taylor and I have been inseparable since our first couple weeks at the farm. We traveled together back to my home town in Saskatoon and we have been busy with our latest project, which we work on at my fathers farm.
Let me backtrack a bit.. Back in Montana we brainstormed and discussed at length how we were going to pull off a permaculture inspired life together while being from different countries. Taylor's brother Zach decided to go home back East to be with family and to help them integrate permaculture into their lives. We decided to go West. But first we would travel North back to my home where we tentatively planned to convert an old van into a camper. We decided on this in order to facilitate a more nomadic lifestyle while we figure out where we want to live and how to pull this off.
We hit the ground running as soon as we got to Canada, as Taylor is only permitted in Canada for 2 months. If all the paper work we have submitted to immigration get processed smoothly we will have more time in Canada and travel west. If not then we will have the flexibility to head South to the States.
The van build has been nothing short of interesting. This old van has required much love and attention to getting it running well. My mechanic skills have vastly improved over the last month. We have made health our #1 priority and in doing so we are renovating the van using non-toxic material options. We are keeping it safe and light for long-distance travel while still making it comfortable. Over the next couple of weeks the van build should be wrapping up.
During my time spent at Wheaton Labs I was fortunate enough to meet others who had or have struggled with Lyme disease. Since my departure I have taken much of their advice and each day my health improves. My #1 priority in my life has now become my health and I'm very appreciative of all who have helped me get here.
I could go on forever, however all I can say is that Taylor and I are doing well. We have lots to share and have started a blog. On there we will be posting about our adventures and our permaculture projects. Feedback is always welcome!
Cheers from the great white north,
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