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James in his Jeep Getting Java – Deep Cove

In this episode of James in his Jeep getting Java, I took a road trip to Deep Cove. It’s unseasonably warm (+8C when I was there, +11C in some parts as I drove home) and very misty in the mountains. A song of note that played on the radio was “Magic” by the Cars, the only song that played that I listened to in its entirety. (See video at end of blog post.)

One of the things I keep in mind when going on a road trip, is that the destination is not what is important. Truth is, I had a much different trip planned for today, but due to circumstances I had to change those plans. Change is good. Change is okay. After all, what makes a good road trip are the places you see along the way. Where you go is just a place to point your vehicle, it is not the most important part of the trip.

First, Deep Cove. This is a great place if you like mountain trails and hiking, which I do not. It is quite scenic just walking along the shore, even on a day like today when the fog has rolled in over much of the view. I enjoy leisure, and walks that don’t require a lot of work where my focus becomes, “Oh my word, I have to do this intense trail AGAIN to get out of here.” Thankfully, I have friends who do enjoy that sort of thing so I get to enjoy the photos of the places they venture to see.

The way I like to travel is this:

I walked out onto the dock to get a good shot of the view, and was told by a family that there were jellyfish in the water. I attempted to get a picture of them, but they were so clear that they never showed up in any of the shots I took.

So, this is Deep Cove. Incidentally, this is where the TV series Cedar Cove is filmed. It’s an amazing place, so I can see why they chose it.

Here we have a view of the street, and the cafe that I sat in for part of my morning. It was very, very busy both inside and out. I assumed that doughnuts were their specialty, so I had a chocolate one with my cappuccino. The doughnut was okay, but it was the drink that was exceptional. There was no wi-fi so I wound up writing in my notebook – not such a bad thing. The conversations around me varied from languages I couldn’t understand, to tourists discussing everything they’d seen, to local moms comparing babytime programs. (I came close to suggesting they make the trip to Richmond Public Library for our babytime. I didn’t.)

This was a great day, but being that it was so misty I didn’t feel much up to walking about any more than I had. of course, as I drove off, the fog began to lift. This gave me an opportunity to check out a park I had passed on the way there, Cates Park.


I loved this place more than I did Deep Cove. As I meandered about along the beach, I thought about how great it would be to take my nephew here for swimming the next time he visits, or meet my Scooby Gang here for a picnic (but we’re adults, with adult schedules, so that’s unlikely to happen), or in the spring when it warms up to bring Conan here for a walk.

I spent a good portion of my morning sitting on a bench, enjoying the water and sun and people and Nature RX.

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Best of all, come summer time, there’s even a burger place at this beach to check out! All in all, this was an amazing road trip – though it was not the one I had planned. But as people¬†sometimes say, though it was not the one I had planned it turned out to be the one I needed.


And in case you want to hear the theme song for this trip, here it is:


Road Trips

I’m certainly no stranger to the road trip. In 1997 (still can’t believe it was 11 years ago), I took a road trip in a ’68 Beetle from Vancouver to Kelowna, then over to Banff, up to Jasper, across to Edmonton, then down to Calgary through Drumheller, and over to Winnipeg.

The entire way I slept in a tent, and ate food that I cooked over an open fire. (I had a Coleman stove, but couldn’t ever get it to work.) It was the best time I ever had, and probably the most adventurous thing I’d ever done.

Back then, my goal was to inspire myself as a budding writer. I wanted to find my creative spark, and to get in touch with my creativity so that I could one day be an author. Though my friends and family thought that was a little far-fetched, I did it anyway.

Here I am, 11 years later, with three books published – one that’s going into reprint and a fourth due out this Christmas. Life is pretty awesome. The best part – I’m planning another road trip! Granted, there will be some changes this time around. First, I won’t be going on it alone. kc dyer, friend and fellow scribe, will be sharing the experience with me! Second, I won’t be sleeping on the hard ground in a tent. Comfort all the way!

The best part of this trip is that we have destinations planned. Stops in Kelowna, Salmon Arm, Banff, Cochrane, Calgary and Red Deer. We may even have one more to completely fill our itinerary.

Another difference from that first trip is that Comic Life will be along for the ride! kc dyer and I will be blogging our trip through comic, using this easy and fantastic program. (It’s what I used to create my book video, and many of my past posts.) Comic Life has agreed to let us give away a copy of its program to each of our stops – not a bad value for those who come out to our events! Hear two popular authors, eat some chocolate, and be in a draw to leave with a free copy of Comic Life!¬†