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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.

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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, Samanà
14 February 2016 | Paraiso Caño Hondo, Los Haitises National Park
12 February 2016 | The Bridge to Nowhere, Samanà, Dominican Republic
08 February 2016 | Los Haitises National Park, Bahìa Samanà, D.R.
07 February 2016 | Los Haitises National Park, Bahìa Samanà, D.R.
06 February 2016 | Los Haitises National Park, Bahia Samanà, D.R.

They Built It

16 May 2016 | Winkler, Manitoba, Canada
Remember how we said "If they Build it, We will Come?"

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Well, they built it. And we Came.

We ordered our Unity through Terry at Atlantic RV in Halifax back in September, sailed Northwards, hauled Banyan out and stored her for a wee bit, and flown into Winnipeg (Manitoba) on the 14th of May. One of the perks of the deal was that Triple E would come to the airport on the day of our arrival to greet us, and drive us, one hour, to Winkler for RV pick up. How fantastic is that?

We had, quite efficiently we thought, planned our timings to arrive on Saturday night, spend the day Sunday doing some preparatory shopping, and be totally ready for Monday morning pickup. Except for one tiny little detail.

Sunday shopping in Winkler? Not so much. Which was probably just as well, as given the last few weeks of boat prep work, we were pretty tired. So we enjoyed the Sunday in Winkler, the pool at the hotel, a little anxious but with lots of time for a good rest.

Monday morning had us giddy with excitement as we walked towards the main office for our 09:00 a.m. appointment. Wanda, the Receptionist at the Front Desk, noticed our gleeful excitement, and smiled as she welcomed us and remarked,

"You must be here to pick up your new van? Someone will be right with you" she said as she picked up the phone.

Willy arrived within minutes and we walked both the longest, and shortest, walk across the street, and to the Bay that housed our LTV Unity IB.

The doors opened, and there she was !!



Our eyes opened wide, our jaws popped open, "Whoa and Wow" might've been uttered, and we were both rendered speechless simultaneously.

Now you remember we have never stepped foot in one of these. We had no idea what to expect. All we had to base our ideas and dreams and purchase on were virtual cyberspace blogs, photos and videos.

Our first impressions? She was taller and grander and somehow more majestic "live" than we ever could have imagined her to be. It really is hard to imagine what 10'6" tall feels like when you're standing on the ground beside her. Or just how much room 7'10" across actually is when you're inside and facing your ordered 25 feet of living space. Just how much stuff can you pile into 68 cubic feet of exterior storage space? Or what kind of feel does real wood Chestnut Cherry cabinetry, UltraLeather Fog Coloured Seats with Mirage Decor provide?



We spent the morning with Willy, who provided us with a one-on-one tour and inspection of our new home. Cabinet by Compartment, Closet by Cupboard, Every Electrical Plug to every On/Off Switch was revealed.

From undercarriage to rooftop,



inside





and out. To say we were overwhelmed was an understatement. But beyond that? We were right impressed!

"There you go" Willy said, as he handed us the keys. The unit comes with a full tank of everything (diesel, propane, water).

It's a total gobsmack type of moment when you first sit (in the very comfortable seats), adjust your mirrors, figure out the what's what of the buttons, look at each other, knowing that this, this is the moment you've spent the last year, working towards and dreaming of and then look out your front window and not know what to do. With a laugh and a giggle, we put the key in the ignition, and started 'er up.

Hot Damn !!

And as much as we wanted to take her out for a long road trip right to some scenic photo-op picture perfect lcoation, we had to look at the time and know we only had one hour before we had to be back, so we took her out for a short road trip around a few blocks and then stopped for our free lunch (compliments of Triple E) at the Gingerwood Cafe.

We were scheduled for a Factory Tour right after lunch. Mark took the group of us and walked us through the parking lot of many Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter Chassis waiting to be built up, and talked and walked us through thr build process, step by step, and building by building.





Where we were shown in great detail, everything we could possibly ever want to know. There's an impressive amount of wiring that's hidden somewhere in our van,





One thing that we both walked away with is just how organized, neat and efficient every single department is.





We visited each and every building, and saw first hand how everything was created, made and finished, by hand.





Fine details such as extra padding and a layer of styrofoam under the slanted shower floor,



and undercarriage foam spray that expands and shields holes from unwanted critters and noise etc.



"I can't even imagine having to tape this thing to have the 5 coats of paint applied.





Overwhelmed with information, we returned to the Customer Care Parking, faced our home head on,



climbed inside,



and sat back in true luxurious comfort, with the biggest grin on our face that you could ever possibly imagine.

We're so glad they built it, and we're so glad that we came!

Season Premiere Wheel me This !!

15 May 2016
From Sailling to Steering, we'll be Wheeling Around this H-Season.

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When I took a Journalism class way back when, we were taught to thoroughly investigate the Five W's when researching and submitting all of our written words.

And the reason I didn't continue to be a Journalist? My work was constantly and consistently returned with half of the wordage crossed out and noted as unneeded and unnecessary. My creative ingenuity got forcibly squashed for that semester and I passed the class with the Professor's words echoing in my ears: "My work was great, but I was way too wordy".

"Can you believe that?" I asked of Dave, who simply raised his eyebrow, and shrugged his response, not quite knowing what to say to all those words!

However, the need to delve deeply into the 5 W's remains with me to this day. The 5W's are: The Who, What, Where, When and Why of any story, especially ones with Spoiler Alerts and Teasers.

All our Adventures thus far have been chronicled in these blogs that you have been hopefully enjoying, and all culminating to the last few hair-raising and much anticipated Spoiler Alerts, Teasers 1-5.

"Did anyone get the Driving to do Something Different" hint asked Dave?
"I'm not sure" I replied. "Or even the red herring I planted with all that "up the creek without a paddle" wordage?"

And with that being said, we'd first and foremost like to take a moment to thank all our friends, fans and followers !! For patiently sticking with us and for playing along. We've simply LOVED your support, arising in every single comment, message, e-mail that we've received from you. Without further Ado, here's our Season Premiere.

Allow me to briefly recap the 5W's of our New Wheels.

WHAT

When we were back home in Canada last summer, and driving along the highways en route to visit family and friends, we were zoom-zooming along in our rental car, totally minding our own business, when...

We both immediately turned, pointed, gasped, and said:
"Whoa, what was that?"

"A Leisure Travel Van!" we both exclaimed.



WHEN

Back in Nova Scotia, on a lazy afternoon with nothing better to do, we went to visit Autho Wheels in Motion/Atlantic RV/Boat, the sole LTV dealer in the Atlantic Region, which is where we met Terry.

She told us a bit more about this strange and small Travel Van, and was as helpful as she could be, responding to our many questions. Especially hard to do when you're an LTV dealer, and don't have one on the lot. As much as we looked, there was not-a-one that we could find and see with our very own greedy eyes.

It being summertime, the few LTV owners who lived in the area were out and about enjoying the short summer season, and phone calls for possible viewing went unreturned.

"It just wasn't meant to be" we told each other as we sat on the return flight back to Grenada, yet, our curiosity remained piqued. We just couldn't get the whole idea out of our minds.

What followed was weeks and weeks of online-based research. We questioned our future cruising plans, revisited our list of things we needed DO, which was quickly followed with a list of things we wanted to DO.

Hence our Bucket O'Dreams.

Given all of our answers to the above, we chose to morph ourselves into a Snowbird routine, and to buy a brand new unit, direct from the factory.

And that's where the: "If they build it, we will come" originated.



With that we were faced with one large looming detail, one helluva snafu.

"If you purchase it now-ish" said Terry, "there's a chance that you might have it by end of May".
"What?" we both exclaimed in surprise. "But it's only September?" we said.

Which is where Yoda came in, and reminded us to either " Do, or Do Not, There is No Try". We had to decide, and we had to decide now.

The daily dinging of incoming email answers to our questions, and ensuing chaotic frenzy of a multitude of open websites on our laptops heated up Banyan's cockpit as we hemmed and hawed and painstakingly agonized over both the interior and exterior features.

"It's hard to choose a colour, or fabric swatch when all you have are online photos" I complained over morning coffee.
"And do we really need an exterior ladder?" asked Dave, "And how about a Diesel Generator for Boondocking?"

And that's where the Out on a Limb came from. Our option was to buy one of these Sight Totally Unseen.

We sailed Northwards in excited anticipation, waiting patiently for that moment, in that anchorage, when the email finally dinged its arrival announcing the date we'd been waiting for : May 16th.

WHERE

Where did we first see it? On the Corner of,



in Winkler (Manitoba). That's in Canada, eh?



WHAT

What is it? An LTV Unity, IB. A Touring Coach. A cottage on wheels?

She's 25.1 feet long, 10'6" high and 7'10" wide, and sits on a Mercedes-Benz 3500 Sprinter Chassis, with a 3L V6 BlueTEC Turbo Diesel engine.

We didn't want sliders. We did go with the Diesel Generator, and 2 solar panels on the roof. A/C is ducted in, as is a heater. Fridge/Freezer and Microwave/Convection Oven. The only thing missing? A watermaker !!

You can read all about her here : Leisure Travel Van, Unity, Island Bed

WHO



The Tripe E Recreational Vehicle Company. The more we researched what they stood for, the more we liked what we saw. You can check them out here.

WHY

To keep Exploring.To stay faithful and loyal to our "See you Somewhere South of Somewhere" moniker. To explore our own country, something we've always wanted to do. To visit our family and friends without being on a limited timeframe in a rental car. To have our very own Cottage. To live life in Canadian dollars for a bit. To do some TLC work on Banyan and live in the comfort of our Coach while doing so. To do something Different this H season.

Six Wheels, AND a Keel. We be Sailling, and now we be Steering.

Adventure, On On !!


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Note: Special thanks to our friends Liz and Gwen, who helped with some of the wordage in this blog. You guys rock!
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 photos and tales about what we do and where we've been. [...]
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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!!