The Adventures of Alexandra and David

Who: David & Alexandra
Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
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20 October 2017
11 September 2017
02 September 2017 | Winkler, MB
20 June 2017 | Aa
13 June 2017
22 March 2017 | Eleuthera, Bahamas
14 March 2017 | Great Guana Cay and Oven Rock Cave, Exumas, Bahamas
07 March 2017 | Sampson Cay,
04 March 2017 | St Augustine, Florida
20 February 2017 | Hog Cay, Warderick Wells, Exuma Land and Sea Park
10 February 2017 | Exumas to Nassau to Exumas Bahamas
04 February 2017 | Black Point, Exumas, Bahamas
31 January 2017 | New Bight, Cat Island
29 January 2017 | New Bight, Cat Island
27 January 2017 | Cat Island

ONE MONTH ISH

20 October 2017
It's been one month. ISH.

One month(ish) since we attended the fun time that was the LTV Rally in Winkler, Manitoba. Which you can read all about HERE .

From Winkler we were going to drive back towards Halifax as the Capt'N was scheduled for a routine medical procedure. And we were going to explore and adventure and visit en route. But then we received an unexpected and most incredible invitation to happen sometime during the month of November, one that we tentatively accepted. And one that had us rethink our route and eventually change our plans. So we were not going to drive back to Halifax after all. Instead we decided to keep on driving on.

And it's been one month(ish) that, after two days of driving, one day in particularly dense smoky landscape that was forest fire induced, that we were thrilled to meet up with Jeff, who was on his annual motorcycle tour, with Jim. Where? At the West Entrance of Yellowstone National Park!! Funny how some of the most innocent places on Earth have becoming fantastic reunion with friends places.

Nothing like sharing some travel tales with friends over vino, right?



It's been one month(ish) ago since we bought our annual NPS Interagency Pass. And because of that little plastic card, it's been one month(ish) of incredibly amazing visits and explorations of (some) of the Great National Parks of the SouthWest. Where each National Park and place that we went to left us Gobsmakced. Breathless and speechless and wordless, and we didn't think for a minute that the next Place could be any better. But then, somehow, it was.

Without Words, here’s some snaps:

Yellowstone, WY





Grand Teton, WY



The Arches, Utah



Mesa Verde, Colorado







Winslow, AZ



Glen Canyon



Bryce (Utah)



Zion (Utah)



Hoover Dam (Nevada)



Grand Canyon North Rim & South Rim, where we discovered that we needed to add the Rim to Rim Hike to our future list of things to do. Don't you just love it when you get inspired. It leaves you... breathless.

And it's been one month's woth of words and photographs that will soon be coming together into sentences and paragraphs that will make up the stories that I'm pretty excited to write and have published. Stay tuned as I work with Leisure Travel Vans on this.

And then we arrived here.



Where we played in fancy places, lost a dollar or two as we pressed a button or two, but best of all? Met up with more friends!

Here is where we stored the MoHo and flew home. Where I'm grateful that all went well with the Capt’N’s medical procedure and we're enjoying family time in the beautiful colours that is Nova Scotia in the fall.

And as for that November invitation? We're in the midst of planning it all. It's just a little... detour... before we return to the MoHo. Stay tuned, it's a little biggie!

It's been one month(ish) since I started a small countdown. A countdown that ends tomorrow, because it all started... tomorrow.

In the wee early hours of the morning of the 21st of October, coincidentally enough it was in 1967 also a Saturday, I was welcomed into this world.

And tomorrow I will officially mark the turning of the last page. The last word of the last sentence before I add that exclamation mark! The turning of the page marks four decades full of chapters full of pages full of paragraphs and sentences that are my memories. Four decades! That's a lot of seconds and minutes and hours and days and weeks and months and years of living!!

I find myself quite eagerly and with much anticipation looking to turn to the blank page where I can begin my 5th decade. Pages that need filling with words and captions and exclamation marks and photographs and emoji faces that will create something! Plenty somethings that will become the memories that will be my life.

I'm excited!

Make Every Day Special

11 September 2017
The caption on the Anna Magazine that we were given in our gift bags on Day One of the Leisure Travel Van Rally reads: "Make Every Day Special". And that struck me as a great way to BE... to LIVE, oui? Especially these past few days, in the wake of so many Natural Disasters sweeping the planet, combined with today being Nine-Eleven.

Photo Credit: LTV/Triple E Marketing Group

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This Spring, we were somewhere in one of the many islands that are the Bahamas, on our sailboat SV Banyan, when we noticed that it was the right date, although not the right time according to the clock that hung on our wall, to register for the Annual Leisure Travel Van Rally to be held in Winkler, Manitoba early September.

Last year we were too late in registering and the Rally was Sold Out when we tried. We were disappointed as we had just picked up our Unity IB, which you can read about HERE

"Did you still want to go?" asked Dave, as I prepped our coffee and he patiently waited for the registration screen to load. Patience is definitely an asset without Fast and Furious WiFi at your Fingertips.

"Well, of course, but who knows where we are going to be in September" I replied, "but sure would be fun, wouldn't it? And we could arrange our travel plans around those days, I'm sure"

We watched the hands on the clock slowly Tick Tock their way ahead, and as we poured our second cup of java, the preset alarm beeped, Time Time!! We logged in and quickly proceeded through the question boxes, one at a time, trying to be speedy and also desperately hoping and watching the irregular WiFi signal hoping we wouldn't get disconnected, until finally and just in time the page loaded with a Thank You for Registering message.

We later came to learn that this year's Rally had sold out in a record setting 20-30 minutes, whoa!

Fast forward to Today: The Day after the Rally.

And, as with all events in life, all we have left are our Memories. Read On as we share Ours with you.

The Wednesday Arrival:

The Rally was held at the Winkler Bible Camp, just mere minutes out of the city of Winkler.



We arrived sometime after the designated noon o'clock start, and were greeted by Don. We chatted for a moment or three, and then he quickly affixed a large blue circle with the number 52 on our window as the line up behind us started to grow, as he said, "Just pull up ahead and wait there for the golf cart, he'll guide you to your spot".

Moments later, having followed the golf cart onto the large grassy field to our designated spot, we were soon backing in and then satisfied that we were level and with enough space on both sides for incoming, we plugged into the power lines. The Bible Camp has a central water and dump accessible to all at the entrance, but we had dumped and filled up prior to our arrival so we were ready to just Park'N'Play. All sites had access to electrical (approx 8 amps) however we were asked to run fridges and hot water on propane, with no AC or heaters (unless you run your generators), please and thank you. This is a No Pets Camp, however a generous exception was made for the Rally as so many travel with their furry friends. We met some pretty awesome furried friends!



But the real pests were the swarms of hornets flying abuzz, not to mention the biting ladybugs!

The 80+ parking spots were slowly starting to fill up and pretty soon the many Units were lined all in a row, like soldiers standing at attention.



The energy and vibe was infectious as everyone, once settled and level and plugged in, gathered outside for introductory smiles and handshakes. We met some people who'd been coming for years and years but most of the people were Newbies, just like us. We took a quick walk around and noticed a wide array of Provinces and States in the 'hood. Nova Scotia was well represented with two of us parked side by side. And the best part of that walk? Hearing "Hey, are you Banyan?"

We turned with the largest grin every, and replied "We Sure Are!". It's always a humbling moment to meet our followers and virtual friends, and it wasn't long before we were friends For Real. Throughout the Rally we were happy to have our "boat cards" with us, and it sure was an advantage to share those around as quick exchange of email or phone or social media details for later reference, or when memory fails, whichever comes first.

Registration time allowed for a mix and mingle type of lineup. It was a simultaneous exchange as we got our names crossed off the Attendee List, whilst at the same time being presented with green Rally Name Tags and a Gift Bag complete with Goodies.



We barely had time to put all that away when it was time for ice cream! Charley B Grill



Catered us all to some of the best ice cream we've ever had. Standing in the shade, we chatted with many: there's a reason they call it "Ice Cream Social" right?

The Large Dining Hall at the Bible Camp is new, and it was truly spacious and gorgeous, with open views of all the LTVs parked outside. All tables were numbered, and you could pick your table and seats. We always try to never sit at the same table twice: it's a practice that really allows you to meet and mingle. And sometimed as hard as it is to do, we are all creatures of habit after all, it is so rewarding to meet people from all woks of life! And don't we all have great tales to share?

An introduction to the Rally, followed by a Blessing, followed by supper. The Rally fee of included all the meals for the duration. The tables were called up random number style for a cafeteria style servings. The food over the three days was tasty, with plenty of it, although perhaps it would have been nice to see a few more options for each meal for those with dietary restrictions, or just to have a choice. During our three days we chatted with the lovely young'uns that were serving. They were smiling and kind with plenty stories about themselves, or the food they were serving, and when asked, due to our low-carbing it, were kind enough to double serve some portions when we omitted others. We also learned a lot about the Mennonite dishes that were offered up.

The end of Day One promised Bingo, but somehow, we missed it that evening as we were out and about mingling and meeting.

Thursday Day Two

The Second Day was a Full On experience for many and after breakfast everyone quickly dispersed to their respective locations or buses. Not only were there Factory Tours happening (wear running shoes!), but also on the list were Artisan Tours, and the start of a few days of back and forth as people were getting their vans serviced. For us, we had our MoHo serviced before the rally, so we'd signed up for the Mercedes-Benz Seminar, LTV Seminar and the Dometic Seminar. Our head was spinning after all that!

There was a scheduled Group Photo Shoot just before Lunch, some drone flying happening instead of an afternoon siesta, and just as the hunger pangs were starting to hit, the call to supper. The Beach Mingle that evening allowed for some good ole fashioned S'mores over the campfire, listen to the music playing softly in the background. The friendships formed as the sun set over the pond creating a calm and inviting ambiance, which allowed the stars to emerge in the darkening evening skies and twinkle overhead.



For three days the weather totally cooperated with shining sun and perfectly blue skies and although the nights were cold, it sure made for great sleeping.

Friday was Day Three...

... and for us consisted of FUN. But not without first chatting with LTV Staff who were busy outside baking us our breakfast of homemade waffles.



Some people signed up for a golf game. More Factory Tours on the go, and since we'd done one last year we were free to clamber in the limousine style bus complete with mirrors on the ceiling as we enjoyed a comprehensive and in depth tour of Winkler. George, the Driver, and Walter, an ex-Triple E employee was informative and took his time touring us about with many stories to share of an incredbly vibrant Community.



That afternoon we toured Thresherman's Museum complete with people in period costume and tractors too old to count running around the fields of a maze in maize.



The cooking demonstration by Anna Magazine resulted in many delicious tastings and it was a treat to meet her, her infectious zest for her work, and her gifts of jam a wonderful parting present.



That evening, being "Canadian and all, eh?" we attended the Winkler Flyers hockey game and afterwards were given a guided backstage tour of the facilities and a chance to meet some of the young lads vying for their spot into this very competitive group.



What we missed by doing that was an evening of music at the Chapel, which we later heard was quite lovely.

For three days we basked in the glow and love that is the very heart and core of this company. It was a pleasure for Dave and I, as Leisure Explorers, to meet the Marketing Guys, which had previously been just names on emails. Dean, who appears in all the LTV videos, brought in many different LTV makes and models to tour about in, and we enjoyed lots of laughs in his company. And of course, to put a face to the name that is Brad , who was the recipient of a few email queries from us.

For three days we were totally comfortable and kept well informed of updates & news. LTV/TRIPLE E planned, and in our opinion, succeeded in a successful Rally, making us feel like they've known us forever, like we totally belonged, that we were part of their... family.

Aha, Family! There you have it. We listened to many who insisted that this company needs to grow and expand to reduce the 9 month waiting period, to produce more, make more.. etc. We humbly disagree. We too suffered a 9 month waiting time period, but we seriously believe that would they grow too fast, produce too many RV's too quickly, they would lose the very thing that makes them so successful! This Family atmosphere would be nixed in a too large too frenzied type of setting. We have, a few times over, experienced their bend over backwards Customer Service, and we have to say, in each and every single instance, it was superior, top notch and professional. They're all Crazy Busy, but they pay attention to each and every little detail and to each and every member: That's family. That's LTV/Triple E



There was nothing scheduled for the last morning except a good long breakfast before everyone planned for departure. There were many handshakes and hugs and we were, in true Banyan fashion, the last to leave the great dining hall.

Every Day of the LTV Rally was Special, thanks to Triple E/LTV staff. Thanks to the Bible Camp staff. Thanks to the Presenters and seminar hosts. Thanks to Every Single One of the participants we had the pleasure to meet.

We are thrilled to be part of the Leisure Travel Van family. And our new mantra: Make Every Day Special!

Join us as we drive, OnOn.
Vessel Name: Banyan
Vessel Make/Model: Jeanneau 40 Sun Odyssey
Hailing Port: Halifax, Nova Scotia
Crew: David & Alexandra
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The Adventures of Alexandra and David

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

Instagram: #banyantravels

but we're not Tweeting.

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!!