It all started with a Fishing Mission…
Setting out on another excursion of the season, we were equipped a little differently this time. This time we had an inflatable camouflage raft, but that’s another story for another time…
Back on track, we rafted and dipped our lines in a few areas down the Thames River with only a mere few catches. After what seemed to be minutes, hours flew and our bellies grew hollow with growls. Luckily we discovered a sandwich deli up the street we seen on our way to our fishing spot. Turns out they make AMAZING homemade food, including the buns they serve the sandwiches on with huge fresh pieces of meat.
After our satisfaction of full stomachs, we decided to check out the shops in the area, discovering a cute tucked in little Giant Tiger. For those not familiar, GT is a Canadian store that sells mostly Canadian products much reminding me of a smaller chain of Wal Mart or K-Mart of the sorts.
We had already had an idea to find some blackout curtains. When it comes to diy you go through trial and errors of ideas and how to do them most efficiently. Our first thought was maybe a shower curtain or bamboo rod of sorts. We already knew we wanted black out panels, and there they were, AND on sale for $15.00 a pop!
OK! PANELS..CHECK! Then it dawned on us, well dawned on Craig, to use a curtain extender rod! It wasn’t something we had seen a lot in doing our research of van conversions, so this one was kind of us going in blinded with a mere idea. A mere idea, that with that one genius and simple factor in the equation, we had concocted the perfect mix. Also might I add another great steal from Giant Tiger for $8!
Excited to set up, we did so right there in the GT parking lot.
Our vision of the location of the rod wasn’t exactly what we had thought but we found the perfect fit eventually. We did a quick and easy install, threw away the garbage, and proceeded to hop in and close all the doors to see how it works….
It’s important to keep in mind that renovating anything, doing anything DIY, or homemade can be a series of trial and error. Practice literally does makes perfect. Keep in mind it’s a process and you have to figure out what’s best for you and try not to let it become frustrating. This is meant to be a fun project and when it becomes stressful it’s a good idea to take a breather.
The blackout curtains literally black everything out. With the sun visor sheild in, you literally could not even tell it was the middle of a beautiful sunny summer day. All in all I am above and beyond satisfied with this little van project and would recommend to anyone, especially for us that aren’t exactly a huge fan of the mornings.
With the giddy feeling of accomplishment and satisfaction we decided to stake out a body of water to end the perfect day. And the perfect day it was.
We ended up finding this gorgeous place in Woodstock called Pittock Lake. There lies an intake dam with a bridge that goes from one side to another. One side of the bridge has a lake and the other side lies a river.
It was a beautiful place to watch the sunset and appreciate all our little blessings just in that one day.
It just goes to show that you will never know what will happen or what you will find when you get yourself out there and go for an Adventure!
AND on that note, STAY TUNED for the next upcoming story, the Inflatable Raft! Cause let’s face it, it can not be Summer without an inflatable!