One of my favourite things about this adventure is that we are travelling during offseason, the sweetest season really, with many empty parking lots, shorter lines and endless wide open spaces in the parks. Stopping at Cape Cod National Park, the first National Park on our list, was as peaceful as could be and enjoying the miles of sandy shores all to ourselves made it extra special. The park was so epic and a groovy place to be.
A snowstorm was expected to blow in a few hours after we arrived in the park, bringing forth darker clouds and a very moody vibe to the beach. We stopped in the visitor centre at the entrance of the park and were surprised with free admission, (because of offseason, yay) and a bunch of interesting information from some pretty cool park rangers (I love the rangers!). We spent some time talking with them on the history of Cape Cod, best places to photograph, and what we should see that day. The two employees who helped us out were so passionate about their jobs and the space they represented, leaving me feeling very excited and happy to be exploring somewhere that was so loved. I always feel very inspired after speaking to someone who has a passion for what they do, it fills me up with a bunch of good feelings and makes me want to put more into what I love and inspire others to do the same.
Passionate people will always remind me of the time I stumbled upon this incredible place on the Eastern Shore of Nova Scotia that I hadn't explore before, only to find a fantastic set of greenhouses filled to the brim with beautiful flowers and plants of all varieties and all run by an older gentleman named Austin. He was someone who loved to share his knowledge of gardening to others and excitedly took me on a tour of the grounds while teaching me a thing or two about seeds and the proper way to begin growing anything. What I remember most from that visit was the story he had shared about a severe stroke he suffered not too long ago, leaving him almost entirely immobile and without his speech. This life-changing event tore him away from his passion of creating life in the dirt. He talked to me that day about how he overcame this hurdle in his life and how his desire to get back to what he loved helped fuel his fire. It was a long process, but he told me that he always saw that goal at the end of the road, and kept putting his best foot forward. Austin talked so very highly of passion, and how it is the crucial ingredient to a fulfilled life. "Without it," he said, "there would be no point to life at all." I truly believe that loving something so much helps to energize your life, adding that dash of sweetest into our every day, while also adding purpose to our souls and a fire to our hearts.
You don't have to travel far to find inspiration, and it could be in your backyard or at your local market. But the best part about life is that it always keeps you on your toes, and I've found that in many adventures it's located in the places that you never expect.
We left the park that day just as the snow was beginning to fall, it was quickly starting to get colder, and I was feeling extra hungry from walking for most of the day. Remembering once I got back to the parking lot that my home was right there (yaaay), and I could make whatever I pleased... and then take a nap! So I made us up a fried egg sandwich and a big cup of hot Tetley tea- the best kind of tea for cold stormy days. Living only with just the things I need in my life is a passion of mine, and it's one of the lessons that I've learned living on the road, that I don't need a lot of things to be extremely happy. Van life has been super dope so far, and I can't wait to see where else it will take me and who else I will get to meet!