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One week, three Sero Stories and a Westy! A recipe for happiness! It was exactly what that week was shaping up to be. John and I were far too excited for a taste of road life. We packed the van for a week of adventures and hit the road as soon as Greg Harris of Harris Hawk Media met up with us. Greg the talented videographer. Greg the awesome friend that would help us put together our crowd funding video. Hop in the van away we went!

Greg Harris arrives at the Brose Farm.

Greg Harris arrives at the Brose Farm.

First stop, Eganville Ontario, where farming seems far more common than dirt jumps. Well, not at the Brose Farm. We spent two incredible days with a great family around which a lot of interesting and fun people want to gravitate. Josh and his friends had a blast hitting the jumps for the camera and were kind enough to let us spend the weekend with them. We tasted a bit of the Brose Farm vibe, the fresh and calm waters of Golden Lake, the warmth of the family house and the generosity of Josh sharing his story with us. We cannot wait to share it with you.

The Brose Farm as seen from the road.

The Brose Farm as seen from the road.

After these two full days we headed out to Beachburgh in the Ottawa Valley. Matt Hamilton and Robyn Butler were kind, as always, to let us park the Westy in their driveway and let us use their house as basecamp for the week. It was late and we were exhausted by the time we got there. The good night sleep was more than welcomed. We even managed to sleep in a bit. We took the next day slower and enjoyed a good cup of coffee and a loaded omelette. John and Greg spent some time editing and responding to emails. We had a sneak peek of the photos from the Brose Farm and they are stunning. It is such a motivation to continue. As for myself, I spent part of the day cleaning up the information we had from the weekend and getting ready for that night’s meeting with SUP extraordinaire Courtney Sinclair.

John Rathwell shows Courtney Sinclair the photos after the session.

John Rathwell shows Courtney Sinclair the photos after the session.

The meeting with Courtney went smoothly. As we arrived on site at the Marchand Bridge in Fort Coulonge, a storm rolled in. Although timing was not great, it seemed that it could be a short one so we decided to set up in the van for the interview, hoping to be able to do the photos after the storm had passed. We had time to discuss Courtney’s inspiring journey and understand how she changed her life around in order to live happier. As planned, the storm was over by the time we finished our babbling to allow John and Greg to work their magic. You’re going to like the result I promise! As for the story, It’s not written yet but I will try to convey Courtney’s passion and how inspiring she is.

The following day was kept free of Sero Stories as we needed time to film content for our crowdfunding video. It was our time to be interviewed in the Westy. The day was blazing hot and so we decided to make the best of the Ottawa Valley and spent most of the afternoon soaked in water.

On Wednesday, we had planned to meet our last Sero Story of the week. Kalob Grady was willing to meet us for an interview and a sunset kayak session for the photoshoot. Everything went as planned and Kalob’s generosity is only surpassed by his kayaking skills! Although the next morning’s sunrise session was ridiculously early and did not turn out as good as planned, we have enough amazing photos to make you want to take on whitewater kayaking…maybe.

Greg Harris and Tracy Guenard watch Kalob Grady on the Ottawa River.

Greg Harris and Tracy Guenard watch Kalob Grady on the Ottawa River.

I am at a loss of words to explain how grateful I am to these people to want to share their stories with us, want to inspire others. John and I have only one hope, that by sharing these, we can help inspire others to take on a life of happiness. As for us, Searching for Sero is our happiness search. I hope we will find it. I think the team is right, the mean is right, the time is right. I feel right. #FoundSero

It was too hot to ride, so why not slip n' slide

It was too hot to ride, so why not slip n’ slide

Greg Harris of Harris Hawk Media flies his drone over the river.

Greg Harris of Harris Hawk Media flies his drone over the river.

John Rathwell prepares to shoot Courtney Sinclair for SFS.

John Rathwell prepares to shoot Courtney Sinclair for SFS.

John Rathwell shoots Courtney Sinclair for SFS.

John Rathwell shoots Courtney Sinclair for SFS.

Greg Harris and RainDog get the shot!

Greg Harris and RainDog get the shot!

Greg Harris, rock-star videographer.

Greg Harris, rock-star videographer.

Interviews going down in the van!

Interviews going down in the van!

Watching some kayaking on Garb

Watching some kayaking on Garb

Greg Harris mans his Red Cam on the edge of the Ottawa River.

Greg Harris mans his Red Cam on the edge of the Ottawa River.

Greg Harris captures Kalob Grady on the Ottawa River.

Greg Harris captures Kalob Grady on the Ottawa River.

John Rathwell captures Kalob Grady kayaking on the Ottawa River.

John Rathwell captures Kalob Grady kayaking on the Ottawa River.

We have have been Snapchatting a lot of behind the scenes content! Check out our story from the day and don’t forget to follow us on the app at Searching4Sero

2 comments

  1. Richard Burley Reply August 6, 2015 at 2:59 pm

    Loved to read this and see the project developing.

    • John Reply August 7, 2015 at 9:28 am

      Thanks Richard! It is followers like you that keep us excited to get on the road and make Searching For Sero happen!

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