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Vancouver to Ottawa: Finding adventure at every turn

The task was simple: move from Ottawa to Vancouver in five days. With those instructions, it would have been easy to think of it as nothing more than A to B, and a 5500 km straight shot across the continent. And why not? A new job, a new city, and a new life were waiting out west. It could have been little more than one long ride.

Five days of the driver seat and the fast lane. An endless number of billboards, truck stops, and little white lines, blurred together by the vision of a single destination. But it also could have been a lifetime worth of opportunity, slipping through our fingers with each kilometer traveled. A world of adventure, passing by as fast as the road we traveled over.

See, if there’s one thing I’ve come to believe, it’s that the greatest experiences are not exclusive to the grandest plans. The moments we so deeply long to live are in no way reserved for only the most exotic trips. They are held for those who search for them, who step out of the everyday routine, and who take them. It was this simple belief that made those five days so much more than a long drive. It transformed them into an opportunity to explore, adventure, and connect with a world we then knew nothing about. It turned a car ride into a road trip, and turned the kilometers into opportunities to seek the unknown. The journey became a destination in and of itself.

Because of that simple shift, I don’t have to tell you what I think it could have been. I can show you.

It was taking moments to get back to the things that matter most:

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

and chance after chance to embrace the unknown.

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

It was taking time to make new friends:

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

and learning lessons in history, without stepping into a classroom.

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

It was places that looked like different planets,

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Mammoth Hotsprings, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming

peace signs and paper maps,

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Highway 401, Ontario

falling asleep in the passenger seat,

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Snowed out I-90, South Dakota

and waking up on the side of a mountain.

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Route 16, Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming

It was choosing to take the long route

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Somewhere along a detour, Wyoming

knowing full well it would likely lead us astray.

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Somewhere along a detour, Wyoming

It was landscapes that left us looking at this world differently

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

and moments we still can’t find the words to describe.

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

It was a reminder that some of the best things are not on the well-travelled path

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Mount Rushmore, South Dakota

and that sometimes you have to go where there is no path at all.

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Side of the road, Highway 401, Ontario

It was side-of-the-road coffee stops

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Badlands National Park, South Dakota

And coffee just about anywhere we could get our hands on it.

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Wall, South Dakota

It was snowstorms in the evening

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Side of the road, I-90, South Dakota

And deserts by day break.

Middle of the road, Tensleep, Wyoming

It was a reminder that the “little moments” really aren’t so little.

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Pine Creek, Montana

And that we should spend just a little more time kicking back and taking it in.

Butte, Montana

It was spontaneity

Badlands National Park, South Dakota

and it was therapy.

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Road to Yellowstone North Entrance, Montana

Unforgettable stories

Big Horn National Forest, Wyoming, Route 16

And life-long memories.

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Overlooking the Columbia River, Washington State, I-90

It was Ottawa, Toronto, Detroit, Chicago, Milwaukee, Madison, Minnesota, Badlands, Rushmore, Black Hills, Big Horn, Yellowstone, Butte, Columbia, Seattle, home and everything in between.

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Overlooking the Columbia River, Washington State, I-90

We saw things we didn’t know existed and learned things we didn’t know were there to learn. Felt emotions we didn’t know we could feel and created memories that will change the way we live our lives.

It was anything but A to B.

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Home – Vancouver, BC

This post was submitted by Julian DeSchutter from Chasing Sunrise. You can keep up with Julian on Instagram

Julian DeShutter
Julian DeSchutter

A believer in Chasing Sunrise and in making a choice to get up and get after it each day.