Stories From the Road Digital Nomads Find Mental Clarity in Nature
When Brandon Royce moved to Canmore in October 2020, he knew what his dreams were but wasn’t sure how to achieve them.
“It felt like I’ve lived here my entire life. I always enjoyed the outdoors, but it wasn’t until I started exploring the mountains where I really fell in love. It was the perfect environment for me to stay fit and ultimately help me fight my depression and anxiety. Along with that, came a community of creatives, people who had the same goals, and same reasons to be here” – Brandon Royce
Once he met Chris Ronak, Cody Baker and Danielle Eagleson, everything began to fall into place. They realized how similar their goals were and discussed working together on a team; JRNY Media. Four months later, they would set out on their biggest adventure yet, a 7 day RV trip through the Canadian Rocky Mountains. JRNY Media was created with the goal to help others through telling powerful stories that bring vision, purpose, and inspiration; an RV trip connecting to each other and the outdoors was the perfect fit.
Once they had picked up the RV, JRNY set out to revisit the locations that make up their story, before creating memories in some new ones. The first stop? Abraham Lake; a place where Brandon, Cody and Danielle first connected. “Cody and I met at this exact spot and talked about our journeys. We realized how similar they were, and had a conversation about starting a production company called JRNY Media” – Brandon Royce. It wasn’t long after when Brandon met Chris on Ha Ling Peak in Canmore, and the four of them began adventuring together. The group continued on their journey out to Salmon Arm, Squamish, and the Fairmont Hot Springs in British Columbia. Along the way, they realized how important getting outside has been for their mental health.
“Getting outside and creating is the one time where I feel 100% like myself. There’s a sense of uninhibited possibility that’s difficult to find anywhere else, but Go RVing Canada changed that. Travelling in the RV with my team paralleled this feeling because we had the freedom to choose where we would end up every day, allowing us to spend more of our time exploring and shooting outside”. – Danielle Eagleson, JRNY
Typically RV Parks and campgrounds will line the outsides of the grounds with sites that are suited for pulling or backing in, which allows for a little more privacy during your RVing experience.
Alternatively to the back-in sites, you can opt for a pull-through site. These sites are much easier to maneuver if you’re new to driving an RV, or if you prefer having the camper right in the middle of the site! Either way, keep these in mind when booking or ask at the front desk for your preference.
Most RV Resorts and campgrounds will have Sani-Dump stations at the site or in the campground and you should always dump before heading out for 2 reasons:
An RV typically has a ton of storage as well as a full kitchen with a fridge and freezer, allowing for all kinds of meals and a nice upgrade from the typical camp stove or campfire dinner you may be used to. Creating a checklist will save a ton of stress and the feeling like you forgot something because you can go over it to make sure you have everything you need, whether it be for food or supplies.
Be mindful when packing. Although you have all that space, it can fill up quickly with unexpected things such as firewood, and adding to the weight of the RV will in turn end up costing you more on gas as you drive it around.
Not every site will have full power and water hookups, so be sure to look into that beforehand if you plan on having all the utilities available during your trip.
RV’s have plenty of space which also means plenty of spots to sleep, so bring a friend or a few! There really is nothing better than sharing an RV trip with your friends and having fun making memories along the way!
The philosophy of Wildhood is borne of the notion that we, as humans, have a fundamental desire to connect with one another, and connect with the natural world. We are curious. We are moved by wanderlust. Our most powerful memories are of moments we share with the ones we love, or of places that ﬁll us with awe and wonder. Preferably both at the same time. These are the moments of magic: big or small, they are the moments that enrich our lives. Wildhood is then, not a construct, but an expression of who we are and a recognition of what gives us joy.
Class C Motorhomes are easily recognizable by the over-the-cab area that is often an optional sleeping area. This type of RV is built on an automotive van frame with a wider body section attached to the original cab. Amenities are similar to those in conventional motorhomes with large kitchens, spacious living areas, large bathrooms, and a separate bedroom.FIND YOUR RV MATCH
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