The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.

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05 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
02 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
30 May 2016 | Devil's Tower, Wyoming
26 May 2016 | Badlands and Black Hills, South Dakota, USA
21 May 2016 | Spruce Woods Provincial Park, Manitoba, Canada
16 May 2016 | Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
13 May 2016 | Jacksonville, Florida, USA
06 May 2016 | The Landing at Ortega River, Jacksonville, Florida
16 April 2016 | Green Turtle Cay, Abaco, Bahamas
31 March 2016 | Bahamas
03 March 2016 | Long Island, Bahamas
29 February 2016 | Abraham's Bay, Mayaguana, Bahamas
25 February 2016 | Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, TCI
23 February 2016 | Sapodilla Bay, Providenciales, TCI
22 February 2016 | Cockburn Harbour, South Caicos, TCi
19 February 2016 | Las Terrenas, SamanĂ 

Feathered Away

05 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
sunny and hot with a chance of feathers
We've had a few happenings lately, featuring a World of the Feathered Kind.

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During a recent hike, we were fortunate to catch sighting of the Barred Owl, perched high atop one of the Douglas Firs, quietly watching us as we navigated the trails below. My first sighting of an owl in the real world, and not behind zoo-type bars.

I firmly believe that it is always a special moment to see nature at its wildest. We gazed upwards and wondered what the Barred Owl thought of us, and as we got a little too close, perhaps encroaching on his territory in the hopes for that perfect photo, he flew away. Silent and with just a hint of whisper, he landed on the branches just a few trees away, totally obscured from our view, and then, just like that, the moment was gone.

The next day, we found ourselves attending the Rebecca Jewel (Artist and Anthropologist) "Soaring High Landing Hard" exhibit at the Alcheringa Gallery which features works of art of the feathered kind, some of the Extinct Kind to be exact.

The Gallery turned out to be quite an afternoon of interesting connections and unique experiences for us. For a wide variety of reasons.

It is always a proud moment, when momma sees her son working his first real job, in his chosen area of study. You give your children roots and wings, and it is always a heart moment when you see them soaring on their own.



This small gallery with its brightly lit and airy space turned out to be an absorbing place to spend some time. It embraced our souls and our minds, the walls adorned with various pieces that each begged a second or third look, and the shelves chock full of books of places and images that looked exotic, foreign, somewhat full of mystery. A world I knew nothing about but was eager to investigate.



The Alcheringa Gallery showcases indigenous art from Canada, Australia and Papua New Guinea to name but a few areas. In fact Alcheringa "is an Aboriginal Australian word for the Dreamtime, the mythical time of creation, when the world and all living creatures were sung into existence".

Rebecca's exhibition, using and showcasing feathers, is described as the "veneration and exploitation of birds", and we were fortunate to chat with her for a little while, gaining some insight into her words and her inspiration,



and as we explored her artistic works of the feathered kind, we found ourselves immersed in a world of her creating, the often poignantly descriptive words on the panels beside each piece, telling of a world that has been shaped and ultimately destroyed by man's flights .

We mingled and we chatted, as we let our eyes, our minds and our souls wander and wonder.

"Hello" said a kind voice near us, "My name is Kate, may I ask you a few questions...?" And that is how we got interviewed by professional art blogger Kate Cino,



and although we could not speak, or so we thought, to any particular Flights of Fancy that entertained our souls, we are all too familiar with the plight of Nature, and could in fact, speak about the endangered Sisserou Parrot, found on Dominica, one of our favourite Caribbean Islands.

"I can't imagine if that Barred Owl, that we saw the other day", I mused out loud, "were to have been the last owl of its kind, never to be seen with our eyes, ever again?"

We spent some time allowing our eyes to be dazzled by something totally unique, allowing our minds to be expanded by the reality of the different. We were totally feathered away towards new horizons, exploring a world that is somehow both familiar, and yet also new to us, something we experience when we Adventure, a Veneration of a Nature that needs Nurturing. A Nature that is disappearing.



If you have a chance, explore on that a way, nurture your soul and let yourself be feathered away. We sure were.

West Coast HomeComing

02 June 2016 | Victoria, British Columbia, Canada
Alex, sunny and hot with a chance of Family Love
"The Homecoming" a bronze sculpture by Nathan Scott on the picturesque Victoria waterfront, represents the symbolism of our last week perfectly.

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One of the aspects of this Adventuring Type of Lifestyle, as I've always commented on, and been challenged with, is being so far away from Family. I just recently read on Facebook (so it must be true, right?), that one of the most challenging times of being a parent, is actually when your kids grow up.

One of our reasons for going West was to visit our son and his partner, who just recently got posted here.

"With our new MoHo... " said Dave,
"Wait, what on Earth is a MoHo?" I asked.

Being of military background ourselves, we are well versed and accustomed to Military Speak, where anything and everything is Acronym-ized and Abbreviat-ized.

Dave quickly replied "Motor Home". Not that we've named our new to us MoHo, just yet,

"Perhaps a Blog Naming Challenge in the works?" my mind wondered and wandered, as I mused quietly whilst allowing the new word to just roll around.

And so life for the past few days has been spent reunion-izing here in Victoria (British Columbia). Here's some sights and sounds, that hopefully evoke a sense of what we've recently seen.

With our MoHo parked on one of the MV Spirit of British Columbia decks, for roughly $120 (that would be Canadian dollars !!!) for our 25 feet of size, we enjoyed the crossing from Tsawwassen (Vancouver) to Swartz Bay (Victoria), a beautiful passage of roughly 1 1/2 hours, that allowed us to inhale the scents and feel the motion of the ocean once again.







We've hiked the Galloping Goose trail, part of the 55 km rail trail (and part of the Trans Canada Trail), where we've officially inaugurated ourselves as Tree Huggers,



where we spotted the very quiet Barred Owl watching us (a first-time owl sighting for us both), as the sounds of the other birdspeak could be heard all around us, almost drowned out by the cascading waterfalls.



We explored and adventured, almost overtowered by the HighRise Douglas Firs.













with nature around us revealing some colourful hidden gems along the way.



A walk through Chinatown



even had the phone booths cooperating,



with the downtown core so vibrant and beautiful









This one last item we found, dangling on the great Douglas Fir Forest branches, sort of describes our Homecoming Adventurings perfectly.

Vessel Name: Banyan
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 40 Sun Odyssey
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: David & Alexandra
About:
Welcome Aboard. I'm Alexandra, and if I'm not out Adventuring with Camera in Hand, or cheffing up a storm in my galley, I'm looking to pirate some WiFi to upload our latest tales (with way too many photos) about our most recent adventures. [...]
Extra: CHART YOUR COURSE: Our destiny is shaped by our thoughts and actions. We cannot direct the wind but we can adjust the sails.
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The Adventures of Dave and Alexandra

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
We're always Somewhere South of Somewhere.

The Banyan Love is Growing.

http://www.hitwebcounter.com/htmltutorial.php
WebPage Visits

We're on Facebook

Sailing Banyan

but we're not Tweeting or Instagramming.

Should We #HashTag?

Our friends Paul and Sheryl Shard, of Distant Shores, are incredible producers of their very own TV Show.

If you haven't already, check them out.

Their DVD's are informative and fun to watch as they travel to all four corners of the world.

You might even find Banyan in some of them!!