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  • Well hello there! Glad you've stumbled upon Wandering Footsteps, the travel journal of a nomadic couple on a slow overland trip around the world. With thirty years of travel experience between us and a round-the-world trip already under the belt of our trusty 1988 Toyota-cum-camper van, this journey is bound to be interesting! Join us in our global wanderings - we've saved an extra seat just for you!

    - Brittany and Bruno

Of all the wildlife encounters I’ve had (and there have been many!), spotting whales has always been one of my favourite. It was no surprise, then, that when I learned that we could see beluga whales in Quebec’s Fjord du Saguenay, or any of thirteen species of whale in the Saint Lawrence River, I was in!

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  • Auntie Freya - Brittany and Bruno, Keep the blogs coming. I so enjoy them.
    Love, FreyaReplyCancel

I have been to twenty African countries; I’ve slept on deserted islands in the South Pacific; and I have trekked in jungles in Asia and South America. After almost two months in this country, I can safely say that never have I ever experienced a wilderness so wild as in Canada.

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  • Louise Jones-Takata - W O W! This one’s not for me! I do love your photos and the telling of your experiences in the Canadian wilderness. Needless to say, I do hope that it wasn’t’t Lyme, Babesiosis or Erlichio. You were absolutely correct in seeking help and ANTIBIOTICS.

    Hugs, Louise
    P.S. I had not rad your latest blog and I learned about your tick bite from Freya as we just spent the weekend at my place doing city stuff.ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I’m sure we will both be waiting for news from Freya’s June cruise to the Great Lakes to see what her impressions on the Canadian wilderness were!ReplyCancel

  • Freya Gnerre - Hi Brittany and Bruno, Keep those blogs and great pictures coming! After reading this one, I’m starting to wonder about the cruise I have booked for next June around all the great lakes – leaving from Toronto and ending in Chicago. We are making stops at many wilderness places, but, now I don’t know if I’ll be getting off the ship. Since it is a small cruise ship, they can go into places other ships can’t and then they use small boats to take people ashore. I hate bug bites! I hope you continue to feel better and not have lyme disease pr worse. Hope our paths meet soon.
    Love, FreyaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Freya!

      Your cruise sounds very nice and I definitely don’t want to worry you with my post! It’ll definitely be chilly and buggy up around Lake Superior but *hopefully* it won’t be too bad at the other lakes. I do have a feeling bugs will be a reality, so best to cover yourself with clothes and bug spray! At least none of the bugs can kill you, right? :)

      You’ll have to let me know how things went, in any case. We can compare notes!

      B & BReplyCancel

It’s a good year to do a road trip across Canada.  It’s the sesquicentennial, the 150th birthday of the country.  In fact, today is Canada Day! As we crossed through three Canadian provinces this month, we witnessed evidence of Canada’s special birthday as we got to know new corners of the country. Happy Canada Day! 

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  • rcs - Big Blue continues to add more useful features…looking like a real RV. You continue to look very happy discovering new places and seeing old friends.ReplyCancel

  • Freya Gnerre - Dear Brittany,
    A very happy belated birthday. Hi to Bruno.
    Keep the blogs coming – I love them.
    Much love to you both, FreyaReplyCancel

Who knew the world was so large? I sure didn’t. Up until a few months ago, all I knew was a placed called Phoenix. Now, I’ve seen canyons and mountains and forests and prairies and lakes and more animals than I ever knew existed. Now, I have a family. A new job. Now, I have a second chance at life.

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  • Rachel - This is the cutest “Getting a second chance in life” story I’ve ever read!! Our “vehicules” really do take on a life of their own beeing such an important part of our journeys…I agree that our JÉDI felt as excited as us to discover all these new places on our way to Panama! :-)ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Ooooh, we would love to see your vehicle! Can’t find any photos of it on your blog… maybe you can help us find the right place…? Hope you’ll travel with Jedi again in the near future! :)ReplyCancel

  • Mashoud Janjua - Cher Brittany,

    Sounds like a bit of an anomaly…Freightliner with a Thor body and a 5.9 litre Cummins. As you know, Freightliners are generally big beasts with Volvo or Caterpillar diesels.
    However, for a change, some engineer had the smarts to use a 5.9 litre Cummins which can literally run on ghee and last for a million miles as long as the injectors keep working. It is akin to a 5 cylinder Mercedes diesel from the old 300 SD days.

    My rig is a Ram 3500 Crew Cab 4×4 dually with…guess what ? 5.9 litre Cummins chosen specially for dirty diesel and carrying an Arctic Fox 1150 Aluminum structure with all the goodies an old guy and gal need for off the beaten path.

    Am I an overlander? I have to chuckle at this because with the advent of the digital age, everyone seems to be writing about this rather new found phenomenon when chaps like me probably pioneered it and yet no one ever knew. I am referring to 1963… from East Africa to Sweden in a Hillman ..22 countries. Mind you, the world was pretty virginal then…friendlier, raw, innocent and devoid of violence . You could crisscross North Africa, Freely pass through the Khyber, have fun in Iran and share kebabs in Afghanistan. Of course, until the Americans and their buddies started to piss on the tranquility of cultures for nothing else but oil and hegemony.

    I think I have gone too far. Stop by in Eastern Ontario when you come home. An hour from Montreal. Other than that, maybe Guatemala in the fall.ReplyCancel

  • Leslie Brown - I wonder if Toyotia is missing you?? Hope you got my B.D. wishes
    Love, GrampaReplyCancel

    • Brittany - I think she is! She’s still stuck in Dallas, because the new owner hasn’t had a chance, yet, to drive her all the way to Boston. I hope she made a few friends to pass the time until her next adventures!ReplyCancel

  • Sharon Socia - Brittany You are such a gifted writer and I so love reading your blog Love this one from Big Blues perspective. We just returned from what I.m calling our”Sizzling Rocks” trip Put 1660 miles on the bike in 6 days Very hot and did we see alot of rocks! Take care Happy BirthdayReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Hi Sharon and thank you for the compliment! I’m blushing! :)

      Where did you guys go on your trip? I love the name you picked – from the sounds of it, you must have stayed in the south! Can you send some of that heat to Canada please? :)


  • Auntie Freya - Dear Brittany and Bruno,
    I loved your adventures from the bus’s point of view. Very touching. I’m still awaiting an email from you.
    I’m glad Louise is back in NY. She had a good time with your brother and girl friend. I’ll be spending time with her at her place in July – doing the city things.
    I hope all is well – which it sounds like.
    Much love,

    • Brittany - Hi Auntie Freya, thanks for saying hi. I really appreciate hearing from my readers so I know I’m not just writing out to cyberspace!

      It’s been tough to keep up on my correspondence this year, and somehow hasn’t gotten easier since we hit the road. I think we’re driving a lot more than we usually do, partly because North America is so huge, and partly because we have a trip planned with family and so a concrete date pushing us ever-forward.

      Say hi to Louise for me!! :) And thanks for saying hi!!ReplyCancel

  • Micheline - J’adore l’histoire de ce grand bleu… Je me réjouis de faire bientôt sa connaissance.
    Big bisous à b&b&bbReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Merci Mimi!! Ca me fait plaisir de savoir que tu nous lis. Ca fait trop longtemps qu’on s’est pas parle – mais bon, tout ca va changer tres bientot!! Trois semaines avant votre grand depart, n’est-ce pas? Est-ce que vous pouvez amenez un peu de chaleur d’ete avec vous s’il te plait?!?!?!? Gros bisous et a bientot – on est en route nous aussi. :)ReplyCancel

  • Elizabeth S. - Love reading the travels from the perspective of Big Blue. You really should write a book for children!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - If I could get Nicole Legault on board!!ReplyCancel

  • Mashoud Janjua - Really wise move to convert Big Blue into living quarters because it seems it is built so much sturdier than a conventional factory A class RV. They are put together for aesthetics but held together with bubble gum and staples.
    Got to comment on the stove…my! my ! made for a snobby French chef.

    I was wondering though . Is Big Blue diesel powered and if so, what pusher?

    Thanks for sharing and keep on trucking.


    • Brittany - Hi Mashoud and thanks for saying hi! We were especially wanting to convert our own vehicle so we could choose a design that worked for us. All the ready-made RVs have standard designs that we don’t find super practical – especially because they have tiny kitchens! You probably guessed it, but I love to cook! And I am loving my stove!! :)

      Big Blue is indeed diesel (a must-have for Bruno) and it’s a Freighliner with a Thor body. The engine is a 5.9 Cummins, which have a great reputation and should last a good long while.

      Are you an overlander?ReplyCancel

  • Nikos&Georgia - We love the last picture! Awesome!
    The bus tale is so sweet!

    So, when are you changing your front picture in the website?

    Safe travels from the bottom of our heart!ReplyCancel

    • Brittany - Thanks for saying hello again, friends! We just looked at your latest post about your home-made frisbee. You guys are keeping busy with lots of great projects! Great job!

      That picture of Totoyaya….. I think we will keep it for a while, still. In fact, Bruno just printed off 500 more business cards with the Totoyaya shot on the front. Even though we are quickly loving Big Blue, Totoyaya still feels very much a part of us! Can’t let her go just yet… :)ReplyCancel