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.

Sunday, August 14, 2011


Yesterday was a huge day on the town. With our RV safely stowed at the Grandview Wal-Mart, we made our way to the train terminal to cruise into down town. From train to bus to other bus we made it into Stanley Park to visit the world famous Vancouver Aquarium. With intentions set on random acts of kindness- we brought along packs full of little treats to give to strangers. Gum, sweets and of course Goldfish Crackers (because seriously, what’s a better snack at the aquarium?)
We dished them out to families and tourist groups, and we generally got a positive response. We have come to realize that since in our world it is so unnatural to be nice to someone for no reason (which is what we wish to change if only slightly), there are things we can do to overcome the initial hesitation (or even sometimes opposition) and spawn good conversation, which at the end of the day is our true motive; to get people thinking. So after a day at the Aquarium, and when our packs were a little lighter, we departed Stanley Park and headed for downtown. We walked our way to the Olympic flame where we allowed a fellow tourist to take just an atrociously crooked photo of us and about ¾ of a Olympic monument (oh well).
Business continued as usual as we made our way to the Rogers Arena, Home of the Canucks. Unfortunately, John Legend was playing for a packed house which made our planned forced entry into the Vancouver dressing room more impossible than anticipated, none the less we did get a nice tour of the perimeter and good vibe of down town Vancouver. Beluga’s, dolphins and the sights of Vancouver made for a great day in the city. Then it was time to head back to our good friend Wally Martins place where we could set up lawn chairs and play some cards by the Coleman.

Cheers,The Boys

1 comment:

  1. Ok Jer, now that you have visited the Vancouver Aquarium and randomly acted kind, and have had a picture taken in front of a shark, I think the SHARK acronym is starting to look better! An eagle in flight and sea turtles in the same photo, top that world famous photojournalists!! Love your determination to not let people's reactions dissuade you from your mission, real sharks don't either! Peace, John Maguire