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a classically trained chef taking holistic plant-based nutrition on a grand adventure through North America. When I’m not creating in our traveling kitchen, you can usually find me on my yoga mat or a hiking trail.

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I've learned part of the reason I travel is to know myself.  Who am I in different scenarios?  If I live a life that is spent consistently in one place, doing one thing, how can I really get to know myself?  How do I watch myself grow?  Maybe this is why I am always drawn to hit the road or jump on that flight.  I get to know other people, places and cultures but I also get to know myself in a new light.  To watch myself explore and work through things that are absent in daily home life.

 

One exciting part of our journey last year was also getting to know my husband in a similar manner.  We have traveled together before.  Pretty much right from the start.  When we began dating I had a three month trip planned to the south of France and he came to visit for almost three weeks.  Talk about getting to know someone well and fast.  We went from secretly dating to not seeing each other for a couple months to spending every moment with each other.

 

It is interesting to look at our relationship growth through the window of travel.  After spending 6 months together pretty much non-stop I can see how it has changed and blossomed into this amazing partnership.  Don't get me wrong, we definitely have our moments and don't always agree on how things are supposed to get done but for the most part it's pretty amazing.

 

Maybe this is a good test for every marriage to go through.  We learned a lot about conflict resolution, a lot about each other's strengths, also some weaknesses and how to just be together.

 

Now, onto this beautiful location...

 

It's been a beautiful journey and here is one small stop on that train: Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.

 

Cape Breton wasn't originally on our itinerary but after some recommendations we decided we must go.  It was just the two of us again.  We had dropped Walker off in Halifax and driven back northeast.  The only thing I would change is the scheduling.  I definitely think Cape Breton should have been done before Newfoundland. 

 

It was wonderful following the Cabot Trail and it was beautiful but after Newfoundland it did seem to lack a certain epicness.  If you are planning a trip to this area I would recommend doing the Cabot Trail before you board the ferry to Newfoundland.  It will be the perfect build up!

 

Thanks for following the journey,

Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Our final explorations in Newfoundland took us south to Blow Me Down.  Interesting name, I know.  It was nice to see the sun and feel some warmth after the chilliness of the Northern Peninsula.  We stayed right off of the Bay of Islands and were impressed by the diverse landscapes of this province.  We hiked to bays, waterfalls and overlooks, we had a silly photo shoot at dusk on a nearby beach and took lots of panoramic photos because the regular frame just wasn't doing the landscape justice.  These were the last few days Walker (one of my brother-in-laws) would be spending with us before we took the ferry back over to the mainland and he flew home from Nova Scotia.  It was so wonderful having the company and getting to share this amazing place with him.  

Adventure on,

Crystal

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Mar 21, 2017

 

Travel will always be a big part of who I am.  I’m not exactly sure where this drive came from but it is deeply rooted within me.  My daydreams take me to far away lands and I would spend every penny I had on the adventure of a lifetime (and I almost have many times). 

 

This latest exploration takes us to the northern tip of Newfoundland, where the locals live among moose, whales and polar bears, certain parts of the year. 

 

Even in the summer they get huge icebergs floating down from Greenland (the journey takes two years!!) where they get stuck and melt down to become part of the sea. 

 

It’s a mysterious place with the most welcoming people. 

On our arrival in St. Anthony’s one evening, we were stopped by a local couple who gave us a pin with the town crest on it and to welcome us to their home. 

 

The moose are lined up on the sides of the road at dusk and the minke and humpback whales are feeding along the coast. 

It’s not a place many people visit and taking a whale tour to meet the humpbacks up close and personal is like nothing I’ve ever experienced. The miles they travel every year is so impressive it makes our trip look inconsequential.  

 

For now, I think I should let the pictures tell the story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The adventure never ends,

Crystal

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