It all started with the purchase of a 1960 Land Rover, the need for adventure, and the very last retro night at the Paragon in Halifax…
Although that might not make sense to all of you, to us that sentence can easily define the next big chapter in our lives.When we first met, Drew had described over drinks a Land Rover that he had just bought from his friend’s dad. After a few thorough Google searches about Land Rovers on my part, a few more jam sessions that turned into performances at local open mics, and many more date nights spent laughing over drinks, the following Christmas we had figured out what adventure would come next for us: we were going to take a road trip in the Land Rover.
Both of us were born and raised in the beautiful province of Nova Scotia. Growing up by the ocean, immersed in a love for music at an early age, we knew that any travels we would pursue would have to somehow include both of these things. So became the plan to explore music along the East Coast, with no major destination but south. We want to visit the places that bred the music played by many of the great artists like B.B King, Muddy Waters, and Eric Clapton, including my favorite, Bonnie Raitt, and Drew’s favorite, Levon Helm.
We have both just graduated from university in May 2012, and hope to include both of our passions in this trip. Drew graduated from Dalhousie University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering (how else could we travel in a 52 year-old Land Rover?!) with a special interest in renewable energy. I graduated from the University of King’s College with a combined honours degree in Journalism and French, focusing on documentary film. Coming with us is our new “home sweet home”- a 1976 boler camper – our musical instruments, a limited supply of personal belongings (this was not easy for my wardrobe!), and Tyler.
Our good friend Tyler Leblanc is also coming along with us for the beginning of the trip. Tyler is a professional traveler, with lots of experience and wisdom to help us on our way. He has assumed the roles of navigator and chef, as well as accompanying us with his musical talents!
We have created this blog in the hopes that anyone reading it can enjoy this trip as much as we are. To our friends and family back home: you all have reserved rights to a bunk in the boler, no matter when or where. When we miss you the most, we’ll remember that if we put our feet in the Atlantic Ocean, we could be pretty much standing in the same place. To our future friends that we will encounter along these travels: we can’t wait to meet you. A big part of this adventure is making new friends in new places, and we welcome you as a part of this journey.
We have also posted our own music to this blog! Check out the “music” page to see what’s new. Feel free to join us in our stories and pictures, and let us know of any places we should explore!
Thanks for all your support,
Danielle and Drew