Island Earthship Build: Getting there-Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

Blog logo ,for'My Survivor Island Earthship', journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds,image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

‘My Survivor, Island Earthship’ Build with Michael Reynolds

In BC, Canada

A 5 Week Photo Journal by Monica Holy

Boarding the first Ferry, for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

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Getting to this remote Island location is enough to discourage most people, but we Earthship Volunteer Interns tend to made of hardy stuff. Once in Vancouver, I needed to figure out how I would get myself, and my stuff to the end destination, with everything intact. Planning a camping trip of this magnitude required some serious planning. Using my bike as a mule, hopeful that my return trip would be lighter was the only thing that kept me pushing that load onto the first Ferry. Five weeks camping in the bush with no Island amenities, you do the math as to how many contingencies I had to plan for. Thank goodness Nikki was able to help me by getting my 60 lbs pack on board.

Last Ferry to BC Gulf Island Earthship build, for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

After thankfully hitching a car ride by a fellow Volunteer Intern, we drove to our next point of transfer, to board the last connecting Ferry. Less conventional than most. After nabbing the sought after boarding passes, we parked ourselves on the dock while the crew had the Ferry engine repaired before heading out again. Good idea.

Stowing your own gear on the last Ferry,  for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home Less conventional means stowing your own gear. I watched everything including the kitchen sink get jammed into the luggage rack to make it’s way to the island.

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Unconventional Ferry transit, for'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

Unconventional Ferry also means you put your stuff where it will fit. You pay the Ferry Man when he comes ’round, and the boat party begins when you leave the dock. It reminded me of all those House Boat parties in through Ontario’s Trent Waterway system, use your imagination for the bits I leave out. The difference however was the relaxed atmosphere of the locals and Island Life, and of course…

Ferry view, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

… the view!

Made it to our Island destination, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

I made it! Almost. Now it was time to transfer to the Local Transit to get to my final resting place for the next 5 weeks.

Local Gulf Island transit, for 'My Survivor Island Earthship', a 5 week journal of the Green Construction of a Sustainable Rammed Earth Tire Home off BC's Gulf Coast with Michael Reynolds, image by Monica Holy for Middle Earth Home

The only thing missing was the Chickens. Seriously. However I was not to be disappointed , there were chickens, but  not in the place you’d expect. More on that in a future post.

I’ve arrived, after a 12 hour journey. Now I get to set up my ‘house’ for the next 5 weeks. Just when I thought the day was done and I’d get to relax!

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Image Credits: Monica Holy

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4 comments on “Island Earthship Build: Getting there-Planes, Trains, and Automobiles

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  2. Carolyn Long on said:

    You go girl!!!Have fun.

  3. Glen Kinney on said:

    Hi Monica,
    I was the guy with the hat on the Lone Butte build.
    Glad to hear you made it in on this build, sounds like it filled up very fast. I wanted to get in on it with my son but my procrastination skills are awesome and I was too late.

    Hopefully you are getting reasonable weather for construction (the pics look warm and dry) here in the sub artic (Calgary) it is 6 degrees C and pissing down rain for the past few days.

    Have you made it back out to the Lone Butte build? I have been wondering how they are doing.

    Keep on blogging, its as close as I can get to being there.
    Thx
    Glen Kinney

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