I just finished a week long vacation with my dad. I wanted to keep the footprint of my holiday as small as possible without limiting myself to sitting at home with the heat and lights off, reading by candle light under a pile of blankets. My dad made the three day journey from Ontario with VIA Rail to join me for some almost carbon neutral fun.
- The train trip was less carbon intensive that air travel. (approx 0.6 tonnes vs 0.8 tonnes)
- We only made four car trips, including the taxi to and from the train station.
- We made numerous trips to Home Depot with Bob trailers to fetch odds and ends (including concrete blocks & a shop trolley!) for the house and garden.
- We made it up to Grouse Mountain to go skiing and boarding using public transit alone (see pics below).
- We built the cedar fence I had been hoping to create for the last year from locally harvested wood.
- We assembled the fence using the Stil electric chainsaw (no smelly 2 stroke engine) Lisa got me for Christmas.
- I found 7 of the 10 concrete blocks I needed for the fence in the blackberry bushes accross the street. Free and recycled!
- I learned how to get around the lower mainland via transit much more efficiently.
- Lisa tested and purchased a new three wheel recumbant for our almost carbon neutral honeymoon bike tour of BC.
- We turned all compost into the garden, planted peas, lettuce and spinach.
- I offset 2 tonnes of CO2 with offsetters.ca for $40 CDN
- We made four car trips, I had hoped for zero.
- It’s really difficult to not make any garbage when you take a holiday to fix everything around the house and garden.
Photo journey to Grouse Mountain using Public Transit
|Total trip time each was about 2 hours each way. Take the #50, to sea bus, to #136 to Grouse Mountain gondala.|
Chris with our gear trolley
|Chris on 50 bus to Waterfront Station
Chris & I on the Seabus
Chris on the Gondola Skyride up to Grouse
Broken Wheelchair Lift on the Bus on the way Home.
[tags]Carbon Neutral Vacation[/tags]