A Blog for Modern Traditionalists

Month: March 2013

Treats You Can Make With Cadbury Creme Eggs

Treats You Can Make With Cadbury Creme Eggs

As Easter is fast approaching, I’ve noticed a TON of recipes popping up on Facebook, Pinterest, et al. that are either inspired by or actually incorporate entire Cadbury Creme Eggs. Cadbury Creme Eggs are amongst my favourite store-bought treats and so I am thinking of […]

With a Spring in My Step

With a Spring in My Step

In Victoria, March means spring. There’s an earthy perfume on the breeze that you didn’t know you were missing until it came back. The cherry blossoms rain down like confetti. The song of the lawnmower somehow sounds melodious. And people are suddenly all aflutter about […]

Retro Road Trip: One Year Ago

Retro Road Trip: One Year Ago

One year ago today, Billy and I packed up our car, pulled out of our driveway in Ontario and began the “Retro Road Trip.” 

Obviously, the main goal of the trip was to get us across the country, back to Victoria where we’d begin to put down some roots. But it also afforded me the chance to make a statement about something I care deeply about: the loss of local character.

So instead of stopping at predictable chain restaurants and cookie-cutter hotels, Billy and I drove from Toronto to Victoria 1950′s style. We didn’t eat in a single Tim Hortons, McDonalds or Burger King. We did not sleep  at familiar hotels and motels. Instead, we sought out those longstanding institutions – the places where townsfolk have been coming for decades. Often, this approach resulted in delightful surprises. Other times, it led us straight to dodgy/pain-inducing food. But either way, we got to see the places that truly give a town character, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

We also skirted the major cities, opting instead to park our car and our dollars at lesser-known places like Wawa, Portage-la-Prairie and Revelstoke.

So, on this anniversary of the Retro Road Trip, I invite you to drive down memory highway with me. You can click on any of the icons to see my original blog posts, or use the interactive map.

And the next time you need to pull off a highway for a bite or a snooze, I suggest you avoid anything recognizable. Venture deeper into the wilds of local culture – that’s what travel is all about!


View Reb Stevenson’s Retro Road Trip in a larger map