Category: Journey

  • Downtown Qualicum Beach

    Downtown Qualicum Beach

    A couple of edited snaps from a slightly rainy afternoon on the downtown streets outside a skateboard art gallery event opening. Qualicum Beach is home to one of Canada’s oldest and most infamous skateboard shops, Skull Skates, and the town is in the process of building a new skateboard park.

  • Spotted: Defender at Solwezi airport

    Spotted: Defender at Solwezi airport

    A year 2000 with relatively low mileage and still working every day, this Defender 110 emergency fire response vehicle at the Solwezi airport has a pickup cab and carries a heavy duty fire pump, tools, and a smaller hose of its own. Bonus sighting of a Zambian Air Force Harbin Y-12.

  • Spotted: Ninety in Windermere

    Spotted: Ninety in Windermere

    Roving reporters spotted a classy old Ninety (pre-defender, 1984-1989) with an updated roof and wheels, sidesteps/sliders, rear work lights, snow cowls and chequerplate on the wings. Note the hinged windscreen brackets and tail light configuration. Bonus sighting of a decades-newer puma variant somewhere near Windermere, note the bump in the bonnet and lack of functioning…

  • Spotted: a blacksmith’s 110

    Spotted: a blacksmith’s 110

    Roving reporters racking up bonus points for combining blacksmiths and land rovers! A mean looking cargo style 110 puma with galvanized roof rack and ladder, front winch bumper and recovery points, NAS rear step bumper, plenty of chequerplate on the bonnet and wings, stylish alloy wheels, offroad underbody protection, and custom graphics. Steve Hicks may…

  • Spotted: Range Rover classic in Japan

    Spotted: Range Rover classic in Japan

    A lovely looking Range Rover classic sitting outside a sushi restaurant in a small town. Four door, V8, all black, with some driving lights on the front bumper, and fairly tidy looking. These are a rare sight in Japan.

  • Spotted: Land Cruiser in Japan

    Spotted: Land Cruiser in Japan

    A pretty classic looking leaf sprung Toyota Land Cruiser sitting outside a cafe in the countryside. In very reasonable looking shape with a bit of rust here and there, which is hard to avoid in Japan. No other info but there is a skateboard sticker on the back end.

  • Spotted: 4wd of Japan

    Spotted: 4wd of Japan

    A digest post documenting a few of the interesting 4wd type vehicle sightings in Japan. Kei cars are a lightweight category under 600cc and are often used a local runabouts and farming or working vehicles. They can be distinguished by yellow coloured license plates and are dwarfed by regular sized mini-vans and suv. Seen below…

  • Spotted: cars of Japan

    Spotted: cars of Japan

    A catch-all post documenting a few of the other interesting vehicle sightings in Japan. Kei cars are a lightweight category under 600cc and are often used a local runabouts and farming or working vehicles. They can be distinguished by yellow coloured license plates. Seen below are Tocot, Lapin, Daihatsu, Honda, Toyota Roomy, Suzuki Hustler, a…

  • Spotted: working trucks of Japan

    Spotted: working trucks of Japan

    A long post documenting a few of the interesting sightings in Japan. Kei-tora (kei trucks) are in a lightweight category under 600cc and are often used a local runabouts and farming or working vehicles. They can be distinguished by yellow coloured license plates. Also seen below are a fire rescue from Osaka, a highly customized…

  • Spotted: Series 1 88″

    Spotted: Series 1 88″

    An afternoon drive on the back roads reveals a Series 1 rover resting in a little-known location under its blanket of moss, dappled by the sunlight reaching the deep forest floor.

  • Sushi & surf

    Sushi & surf

    It was so windy that the local windsurfers were out on their lunch break tackling the breakers rolling in. A lovely view, a takeout meal from Sam’s Sushi, and the rover providing a sheltered place to enjoy it all. Gratitude for the small moments and opportunities to connect with those around us.

  • Spotted: Series 3 in Lusaka

    Spotted: Series 3 in Lusaka

    Still going strong at 40 or 50 years old, this series 3 has been outfitted with reflector strips, a towing hook with emergency lights and hand winch, rear headache rack with side bars, and bush bar with driving light bar. It could use a few more wheel lugs though! Plated as EV-53, this is possibly…

  • Blue sky, sunshine, green trees

    Blue sky, sunshine, green trees

    As work in the forge slows down, the anvil is colder each morning, and the water bucket is freezing over, the days of sunshine and warmth are appreciated. On a Sunday drive a lovely bright spot framed with blackberry bushes turning colour and evergreens against the blue sky was cause for pause. After a while…

  • Autumn leaves

    Autumn leaves

    The leaves are beginning to turn in some places, sunny days are great days for enjoying the light and the colour of this season. The red leaves on the trees of this one particular street always remind us of the time of year we first drove to this area where almost everything was new and…

  • The calm before the storm

    The calm before the storm

    The winter storms are not far off and every dry sunny moment becomes more precious as the day approaches. Still water, calm skies, and uncrowded places characterize this time of year here. Take a moment to reflect on where you have come from and where you aim to go…