About Us

The Open Road Project exists to spread kindness and meet the needs of strangers. We travel in a 1979 GMC Vanguard named Lily. These are our stories.

Monday, April 25, 2011

trail blazin

As we were driving back from value, (all in our new tanks that we just traded some coins for) we were in jers car talking about the weather. I said, "man it's a really nice day out, we should go for a hike or something" without hesitation, Jer turned on his internal GPS and headed for the Niagara Gorge. No excuses and no debate. it was a good idea, so obviously we were going to do it.

We stopped at the Grantis residence for some snacks and after mentioning our excursion to Sue, she had us so loaded up with food. Our snack stash ended up being more of a hibernation worthy, long term survival pack. And i gotta say; Not hating it.

we drove down to the gorge and got on the trail, and then as quickly as we could, got off the trail. The "trail closed" sign, was more of a welcome than a warning and it only led us to some cooler spots:

we chilled in some neat caves...
then we encountered some danger...
Im no snake expert, but i think its pretty obvious that this snake that we found in southern ontario is part of the Black Mamba family. likely one of the most dangerous in the world due to its un-characteristic environment. Probably sustaining itself on tourists that come to visit the falls, I had my back turned to it can only imagine that it was likely about to strike, just as Jer caught it, saving me from certain danger and immediate paralysis.
the snake measured anywhere between: 2 and 20 ft! it was too squirmy to be exact.

then climbed out to some rapids...
And of course, again cheated certain death by not falling in.

Lastly, and most importantly, relating to the post previous, we found true happiness in unemployment.


  1. are you serious about the snake being poisonous?!

  2. haha no... probably not. actually almost positively not. but who are we to say with absolute certainty. instead we air on the side of caution and i allowed Jeremy to save my life.