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Road trip Vancouver to Nelson

We test the boys for the first time on the road, catch up with an old travel buddy and enjoy breathtaking views of the Kootenays.

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Matt and I love road trips. There's something truly exciting about hitting the road in search of new places and being the master (and mistress) of your own destiny. It's an accomplishment because you did it yourself. You decided to push on, to take that break, to take that road. This time though we were piling our two little boys in the car with us. Would it be as exciting? Or would it be hell on four wheels?

It certainly took some planning. Route, stops, food, entertainment, and much more. But anyone who knows us well will know that Matt and I are compulsive planners. The journey from Vancouver to Nelson is 660km, and Google told us it'd take 7.5 hours. With stops for lunch and to burn the kids out a bit, all up it took us 11.5 hrs. Yikes!

I wouldn't have thought it, but the journey was exceptional. Luckily with our kids, if they're fed they're happy. Food, glorious food, and we had a lot of it. Lewis was also kept busy with anything from I Spy (we do colours because he cant't spell yet) and sticker books, to creating makeshift cannons out of connector pens, playground pitstops and lakeside lunches. Then when we knew we were on the final approach, say hello to Paw Patrol and Lego City on the iPad. Alec was a champ too. He slept a fair bit and similarly if he was fed he was happy.

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It was a sincere open invite on an old friend's Facebook page that prompted us to consider visiting Nelson. We originally met Adrienne in Tibet while on our 2010/11 round the world trip and travelled with her for about two weeks. Now with her young son Jack, Adrienne showed us around her hometown of Slocan, Nelson and we even took a trip to Ainsworth Hot Springs. The whole region is surrounded by mountains, many still with snow on the tops, with their melt waters spilling into the giant Kootenay Lake. It was spectacular to say the least.

It was as important for the kids to stop and do regular things too. One day we went to the hot springs, the next we visited a local playground or park. We were also lucky enough to go along to Adrienne's playgroup and a local kids clothes swap and family meet up. It was great to do the types of things we would do at home.

Choices in accommodation and length of stay were as important. We lucked on a great AirBNB (our first). A two bed, self contained apartment was definitely the right choice as we could prepare our own meals and had room to spread out. Staying seven nights also gave the boys a bit of stability and a semblance of routine. Taking our time on this trip and giving ourselves space are things we aim to continue on this trip.

Overall, we are so grateful to you Adrienne for sharing your part of the world with us. We hope you can visit us in Brissy one day soon. Next stop, Banff, and another big road trip with the kids.

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Posted by netandmatt 20:26 Archived in Canada

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