- Claude & Val Pauze/ Heathman
- Lee Creek, North Shuswap near Chase, B.C, Canada
- We went full-time Rving in October of 2005! We retired from full time to part-time as of the end of 2015. Our present "small but comfortable" Wagon is a 2008 Camper trailer(TravelAir Rustler), pulled by a 2008 Dodge Dakota, 4X4.l. Our home is now a Gated Community Park, in Oliver, British-Columbia, Canada. I retired in 2005 and my Life Companion, Valerie, retired October 1, 2006 from nursing. We invite you to follow and share our new adventures and mishaps. Life is but an adventure full of dreams yet to be fulfilled!
Monday, December 26, 2005
Routes to Nogales and San Carlos
#1= This is the approx location where we get our visa to visit Mexico and they check our insurance.
#2= San Carlos, about 20 miles North west of Guaymas, staying at Totonaka RV Resort
Hello again, well it was a fantastic Christmas day! We had a great dinner with good friends. There were 5 couples including us. Lots of laugh and good conversation. Christmas morning we went to Ron and Donna's place and had a Scandinavian breakfast consisting of cones, oysters, egg omelet, bacon, sausages and lots of different jams.
Today, I am staying home while the rrest of the crew went golfing. I woke upthismorning with a slight fever and a sore throat. I guess the flue has finally caught up with me. We will do a last wash later, load the clubs and get the 5er ready for the road. Tomorrow we head for our final destination with a stop in Nogales to do a last minute purchase of things we can't buy in Mexico including wine. Also going to pick up vehicle insurance and some pesos.
I am writing this now because we won't get access to the net until we get to Totonaka, San Carlos on the 29th. It will be nice to be stationary formore than a couple weeks. Looking forward to seeing everyone down there.
See you on the road,
Sunday, December 25, 2005
Friday, December 23, 2005
My golf game has not improved at all. I definitely need some refreshing lessons. We are going out again today. Have not taken any pictures yet as we've been here before and there are lots in our pictures of Mexico 04.
Heard from the Holder's and they are coming back sooner. We are meeting them in Sonoita, Arizona on the 27th and will be crossing on the 29th. Also heard from the kirkby's and they are anxious to see us all. Guess happy hours haven't been loud enough without the group there. Haven't heard from Craig and Cathy lately but I understand they should be there by mid January at the latest.
Saturday, December 17, 2005
2= Nellie Desert Cafe
3= Bud and Judith, south of Phoenix
We had a late start but then we only have 3 hours to drive. After packing and hooking up, we left around 11 a.m., took Hwy 95 to Quartzsite then took I-10. Stopped for lunch and arrived at Bud and Judith around 4 p.m. Sunny and warm. 62 F
Drove 150 miles,
Altitute 1100 feet.
From there, we went to Starbuck to bring our blog to date. Watched the final episode of "Survivors" then went to bed.
Monday the 12th, we took a drive to Parker Dam and Nellie Desert Bar. We drove on this gravel road for about 5 miles only to find out that the bar was closed so couldn't see anything. Apparently, this place is only open on week-end. Whished the lady at the tourist centre had said something when we asked about it. Oh well, it was an interesting drive and saw this big wooden cross in the middle of nowhere with a name on it.
Went to the Dam which was interesting but much smaller than Hoover. We were told that this dam is mainly to contain water for Californai, Arizona and Nevada. They pump the water up the mountain approx 900 feet then down canal to different location as far as San Diego. Half the power from the dam is used for the pumps. Amazing! We also saw a couple of small oasis along the river. Very picturesque.
The country side here is very rugged. You would think that the devil himself has let loose. The mountains are very craggy, volcanic with no rythm to them. The rock is black from the volcanic era and very little vegetation. It's really fascinating considering that the Colorado is right there.
Came back home and decided to go see Narnia at the movie theatre. Now Val is eager to read the whole book which she got from the kids
Tuesday the 13th was another sunny and warm day 65 F (17 C) The wind is blowing which makes it a bit cool. We took a ride to the casino on the California side which is located on a Indian Reserve. We had lunch and beer for $1.50 (a glass) The lake was placid so the ride was smooth. We didn't gamble although all the machines were pennies and nickels. Came home to enjoy the sun and watched the last episode of the "Amazing Race"
Wednesday the 14th turned out to be the most interesting of our visit here. We took a drive to Oatman about one hour drive from here and we were rewarded with wild burrows and an old western mining town with gun fighting to boot. Drove on Hwy 95 then took the famous and old route 66. A bit rough but fun to drive with all the curves and dips. We had a good time going in and out of all the neat little shop and even bought a souvenir. Val fed the burrows who kept nudging and following us for food. Every store sold bags of carrots to feed them. It was really neat and we took lots of pictures so make sure you visit our "my picture" link on the right. From here, we drove on route 66 up and over the mountain where we stopped for lunch and saw a wild burrow on top of one of the mountain. On the way down, we saw people mining on the side of the road. Not sure what they were looking for but they were equipped with picks and hammers.
In Kingman, we visited a route 66 museum which was fairly big and very interesting. It was free to boot. See the pictures.
Drove back home and arrived in the dark. Fueled up at $2.34/gal. Tomorrow, we move to Phoenix
Sunday, December 11, 2005
Averaged: 14mpg due to tail wind
Altitude: 865 feet
Dec 4 saw us leaving Pahrump at 10 a.m. and we arrived in Vegas at 11:30 a.m. A quick trip even though we travelled at 50 mph. It was only 50 miles and we averaged 13mpg. We stayed at the Oasis RV resort for a cost of $10/night with RPI It's a very nice park with trees. Very quiet too and we are only 15 minutes from the "Strip". That night, we went to a local casino for a buffet whcih cost $9.99 each. Saw a huge aquarium with lots of ocean fish and three show girls giving an underwater show. It was an interesting way of starting our week.
Monday the 5th was cold but sunny Only got to 54 F (12 C) We went to see the Strip and left a message at the MGM for our friends Bob and Kitz. MGM was awsome. Big and beautiful Saw two guys in a glass cage playing with 4 lions (young ones) Apparently, they have 13 of them that they rotate on a daily basis. THey also had a huge aquarium with mantarays and other ocean fish. We drove the end of the strip. Coming back to our site, we drove at night which made the strip all the more glamorous.
On tuesday the 6th, we went to the hoover dam via Boulder, Nevada. Paid $7 for the tour which was not worth it. We walked then drove the dam It was really interesting.
Got a call form the Kirkbys. They drove on to Lake Havasue...we were hoping to see them but I guess they are in a rush to get to warmer climate.
On wednesday, we heard from Bob and Kitz and made arrangement to meet for lunch. We went to see MGM again, New York and the Brooklyn Birdge, had a beer and a bite to eat at the Irish pub, then on to Monte Carlo, Belagio with all kinds of X-Mas decorations and a polar bear made of real carnation flowers. From there it was on to the Ceasar Palace and lunch. It was absolutely AWSOME! Teh ceiling was painted blue with clouds and the lighting made it come alive. We even saw the light dim and the moon rise....SEE THE PICTURES, It's worth it. We saw a show with mechanical statues of Neptune and his daughter and son. Fire, steam and the works It was awsome. It's really amazing the amount of money that is involved in these places. I've never seen so much beauty and extravanganza in one place as this. We also saw the Flamingo, Harley cafe, Paris and Val got her picture taken with Elvis. She was all full of joy!!!
Came home tired but happy and full of awsome memories. It really was an incredible day.
Dec 8 we met Bob and Kitz for breakfast and had a wonderful visit. We spent the day together and made promises to see them in Wisconsin next year. we saw the Venetian Casino with them and gondola and Venice in a miniature decor. Absolutely wonderful. We left them around 4 p.m. and we came home to Tucker who was quite content to having stayed home but glad to see back all the same.
Friday the 9th, we stayed around home, caught up with laundry and got ready to leave tomorrow. We mailed X-Mas cards to the family and met some folks from Okanagan (full-timers also) Went to a local pub and that was the day!
Tomorrow, we leave for Lake Havasue.
Saturday, December 03, 2005
We have met a lot of wonderful people here. We even met old friends such as Rick and Carol from the Shuswap where we live and whom we had met in San Carlos last winter. Others are Stan and Irene in a 5er from Alberta, Don and Shirley in a Pacer motorhome from Michigan, David and Alcea from Wash, also in a 5er, Hubert and Ethel from OK Falls in the Okanagan and full-timing in a 5er, Roy and Linda from Red Deer, Alta.
On Thursday, we went out to the Nugget for dinner with Rick and Carol. A full buffet and drink for $8.99 for both of us. Very windy tonight.
Friday was cloudy and it looked like it was going to rain but didn't. Temp dropped to 60 F ( 15C). Went out to Terrible on the Lake for sinner and had a 12 oz. Prime Rib for $7.99 Worth every penny. That included free beer. Val a T-bone steak and brought the bone home for Tucker (you thought I was going to say "me", didn't you? ). He was in heaven.
Wednesday, November 30, 2005
Yesterday, we went to the China Ranch which is a date farm. We took HWY 373 to Shoshone and turned left instead of right as the last time. We then went on to Tocopah then on to the "old spanish trail road" to the turn off for the ranch. WOW! What a scene! As we went on to the ranch we started going down and entered this very narrow canyon. The walls of the canyon were almost on top of us. We saw holes in the walls of the canyon and an old tac mine which had collapsed and killed two miners in the early 1900. IT was shut down of course. We visited the ranch and the date farm; tall trees with the dates hanging down. They cover them to keep the frost from them. We had a date shake and bought a homemade date bread and some cookies.
From there, we took the old spanish trail road and ended up on Hwy 160 then home. A pretty drive and even got lost and saw more scenery. Afterwards, we went out to the Nugget Casino for dinner...All you can eat for $8. for the both of us! Can't beat that. But we wasted $20. gambling.
I have now downloaded all my pictures to date for your pleasure. Just push the link on the right column.
We are leaving this coming Sunday for Las Vegas
Tuesday, November 29, 2005
Well, we did go to Sherrie Ranch which is situated beside the "chicken ranch" (another brothel). I have to say right away that we were very impressed with the classy joint. It was decorated very tastefully and it seemed very discreet. We had a buffet there for lunch then we were given a tour of the whole place. We were shown rooms such as the "romantic room", the "Hot Tub room", the "S&M room" equipped with all the acroutment one could desire. There was a high back chair with chains and cuffs, chains on the wall to tie one person....very strange....even sat in the chair! Prices range from $500 for a simple coupling to $20 000. for a cabin and the girl, and also includes champagne, a small meal and all you can drink.
They also have a motel for those who just want to spent the night without any "extra". Didn't take any pictures except from the outside which I will post later as I haven't downloaded them from the camera. We were there for 3 hours and saw some of the girls....CUTE!!!!! And dressed candidly. WOW! My eyes were crooked by the time I got out of there. There were about 8 couples in our group from the resort. You can imagine the jokes that went on.
Today, the 29th, we are headed for more exploration of the surrounding area. Will let you know where we ended up
Sunday, November 27, 2005
Val did some shopping later and we just relaxed. We overlook the whole valley of Pahrump. We are at 2800 feet elevation and it's 70 degree (20 C)
Nov 26 was another sunny day and we decided to take a drive to Shoshone on Hwy 372(Nevada)/178(California). It was a very small place consisting of a couple buildings and an Inn/restaurant. From there we climbed to 3200' at Salsberry Pass then down to Ashford Ruins, about 500' . Took pictures of the ruins then drove north to Mormon Point at 260 feet BELOW sea level. The Hwy follows the dry bed lake which is covered with salt (tasted it and it is VERY salty). At Badwater Point, the lowest point in Death Valley at 282 feet below sea level, we took some pictures. From there we headed for the "Natural Bridge" where we hiked in with Tucker of course, and took a few pictures. The rock formation is quite fascinating. It's very much like sandstone and you can see the water erosion and what it does. One sure does'nt want to get caught here during a flash flood.
When we returned to the truck we had lunch. IT is getting very windy but still warm.
We drove on to Devil's Golf Course where the salt floor upheaves itself during water floods and it forms a unique landscape. Took pictures and then headed for the Artist Palette.
Now, there is a drive!!!! Words do not do justice to describe the beauty of the canyon. The rock formations were kinds of a pastel color. Blueish, yellow, turquoise, greenish. Absolutely mind-boggling. I think this was our highlight!
We then headed to Furnace Creek Ranch on hwy 190 where we bought a CD of the valley and had a beer. Then we headed home. Winds have now really picked up. We drove to hwy 127 where we turned right then left on Stateline Road for a direct drive back to Pahrump.
Arrived at 5 p.m to a windstorm, temp. dropped to 45 F and with the wind, it feel below zero. After fuelling up @2.65/gal., we got home to find our satellite blown over and cracked but still operational.
The whole night, it blew and it felt like the 5er was going to tear apart. Val was nervous.
We did a total of 314 km today (196 miles)
Nov 27: GREY CUP DAY!!! I should mention that fuel in California was $3.95/gal. It's now 2 p.m. and I am bringing this to date then will watch the game.
Still windy...gusting to 40 mph and it's only 55 degree F ( 12-13C)
Got e-mail from Lynden and Charlie with a picture of snow in Logan Lake Brrrrrrrrrr!
I am having problems downloading my pictures so will try again later. I have signed us up to go to Sherry Ranch tomorrow for lunch. It's a real brothel, they will give us a tour and I am wondering if they will allow samples!????? SMILE! JUST KIDDING!
After hooking up, Val wanted to do a wash so a while later, we found water leaking under. Upon checking, I realized I hadn't opened the bottom drain which created quite a mess. How BlOODY STUPID OF ME!!!!!! Got everything cleaned up and then had dinner and watched Survivors with our satellite hook-up. It was a balmy 70 degree F today. Shorts and short sleeve shirt again.
Friday, November 25, 2005
WE ARE in SHORTS AND SHORT SLEEVE SHIRT!!!!!!!! YIPPEEEEE!!! A balmy 64 F at 4 p.m.
Nov 23, we got up early and headed north to 95 to fuel as the local gas station had no diesel. Drove back to Beatty then took HWY 374 and headed up to an elevation of 4000 feet and a second pass at 2200 feet. Then it was down, down to minus 82 feet below sea level...Yes, below sea level! The scenery is absolutey awsome! Words are hard to describe this valley. Temperature is around 70 F. Very rugged country! Stopped along the hwy to read the historic placards, turned NorthWest onto hwy 190. Stopped at Titus Canyon where we drove up to above sea level and into a small parking lot where we got out and walked/hiked for a one hour into this canyon which allowed traffic one way only (we were headed the wrong way). We met 4 vehicles coming down from Beatty. The canyon twist and turn and the geoligical formation is absolutely fascinating. We went up about 500 to 800 feet than had a small break where we met people coming down and told us it was more of the same so decided to return to the truck. We were gone for 2 hours.
From there, we headed to Ubehebe Crater. An extinct volcano, we drove up to the rim than walked. Quite fascinating. From there we headed for "Scotty's Castle" on HWY 267. Anotehr beautiful and interesting site. It looked like a Mexican Oasis. Very Spanish and palm trees everywhere. Strange in the mist of a great desert environment. Val bought a hat here, very colorful.
Being 3 o'clock, we decided to head back the way except that instead of going to Beatty, we kept going on hwy 190 to hwy 373 and our camp site. Tomorrow, we move on to Pahrump Nevada.
We made 357 km visiting the desert.
Monday, November 21, 2005
The next day, we were up at 7 a.m.and left around 08:30 a.m. local time heading for Jackpot, Nevada. The drive was really interesting. We climbed slowly to over 6000 feet and stayed around that level most of the trip. Skys were sunny all the time and warm during the day. We stopped in Jackpot for a coffee at 10 a.m. We went from 3400 to 6100 feet. The truck had no problem handling it.. We went on south on Hwy 93 to Ely. The desert is a very desolate place yet very beautiful. Stopped a couple times to enjoy it and walk around. Tucker wasn't sure what to make of all this. We stayed mainly around 5800 feet and climbed again once we reached Wells at 6100 feet. The way to Ely was more of the same. Desolation intermix with beauty and ruggedness. It is absolutely incredible. We fuelled at each town we came to as we were burning between 9 to 10 MPG. We had a head wind most of the time...(my luck) and arrived in Ely at 2 p.m. local time. We climbed again to 6500 feet and entered the Humboldt National Forest. What a change and beauty. Climbed and climbed to 7200 feet and the truck had no problems. Went down to 6000' and drove on Hwy 6 to Tonopah where we arrived at 5;30 p.m. Went to the casino for dinner and tried our luck at making our fortune. They won, the bastards!!! Paid $15/night for camping with full hook-up.
Today, Nov. 21, we went exploring the town and look around. Took a drive to different places such as the airport where we saw Joshua trees and old hangars from the second world war still standing and being used. Also filled another tank of propane at $21. and fuelled up $2.79/gal.
We are in the casino pub writing this and watching people and listening to the clinging of the slot machines. As we are near "Area 51" and Val is really interested in UFO sighting, we plan on going out to the desert tonight and watch stars and look for ALIENS!!!!! Let you know the results!
Averaged 10 mpg and drove for 10 hours. We made 692 km (430 miles)
Map from Twin Falls, Idaho to Tonopah, Nevada
Friday, November 18, 2005
Had a marvellous ceasar salad for dinner with anchovie and chicken. Afterwards, we played mille born. It's now 11 p.m.
Tomorrow, we are leaving for Nevada. Don't know how far we will get.
Thursday, November 17, 2005
The girls went out for dinner with other girlfriends so Steve and I went to a local pub and had sinner there. The food was great and the price was quite cheap. Steve took me to a hill with green grass where people actually take blocks of ice up to the top then glide on it. WOW! Incredible. Even saw a couple with skis. On grass!??? You have to consider that all the hills around here are brown like in Kamloops. Very desert like!
Heard from Charlene, she is much better and it sounds like they will be leaving on Dec 1 and coming to Mexico. That's good news all around! Linda and Val called her tonight.
We are thinking of leaving either Saturday or Monday. Want to take advantage of this good weather while it last and also want to get south where it is warmer. The nights here are very ccccold!
Wednesday, November 16, 2005
Saturday, the 12th, we took Vanessa out for lunch at Boston Pizza then went shopping for her gift. She wanted books so she chose two and a CD. She was very pleased with that. I also bought a new printer for ourselves from Future shop. Last evening, we were at Rochelle for dinner ( roast beef and mash potatoes....delicious) and Vanessa B'day cake. We had a pleasant evening and got home around 10:30 p.m. after saying our goodby's to everyone. Lots of hugs and a few tears.
The next morning, Sunday the 13th, we got up around 8 a.m., had breakfast, packed and headed out by 11 a.m. We crossed the border at the Aldergrove/Lynden border which went very smooth even though there was a line up of cars. We had 4 burly guy searched the outside around the wheel wells and under but not inside. Didn't even ask us if we had booze...DARN!!!!!! and I left a whole case at Rochelle.
We arrived at Cedar Park, a Holiday Trail Resort in Ferndale, around 1p.m. and set up. Another free night. Met our neighbours Marilyn and Alfred who are also fulltimers and were waiting for some parts for their fridge. They are headed for Palm Spring. The truck averaged about 11MPG which is pretty good. Did 102 km.
Monday the 14th, we left around 9:30 a.m. and hit I-5. Sunny and a pleasant 8 to 10 degrees Celsius. Traffic was light going through Seattle and even lighter on the Hyway south. Went by Portland around 3:30 so traffic was picking up. Fueled at a Flying J truck stop and were going to spend the night there but it was full so we went on to Hood River for the night at a Walmart parking. Got there around 6 p.m. Another free night but noisy. We had a truck beside us and also two other mortorhome. Val made a nice stir-fry for dinner. YUMMY YUM!
Did 530 Km and averaged 10 MPG. @ 60 MPH
Tuesday the 15th, we left at 08:30 and headed east on hwy 84. Crossed the 45th parallel and arrived at Nampa, Idaho at 5 p.m. We had some snow on the side of the road in the passes by La Grande, Oregon but otherwise, it was sunny and fairly warm considering ( approx 3 or 4C) We changed our clock once in Idaho....one hour back.
We arrived at the Garrity camp site in Nampa, Idaho and paid $11. for the night, thanks to our membership with Passport. We called Steve and Linda and got direction for their place. Will see them in the morning. Had dinner then off to bed by 10 p.m. It's very cold outside (-4C or 26F)
Did 530 km and averaged 9 MPG due mainly ot the high passes we had to go over.
Nov 16/05 The water hose froze overnight so thank goodness I had water in the tank. We were able to have a shower in the morning. Sunny out in a.m. so by 10 a.m., the hose had thawed out Packed and moved on to the Holder's.
Had my first major incident. I went by the turn off we had to take so I had to make a U-turn. Forgot to move the slide back due to the short box on the truck so smashed my rear window. Phoned our insurance once at Steve and got the OK to get it fixed.
We are now at Steve and Linda and I am writing this from our 5er as they have wireless internet and I can hook up to it with my wireless hook-up. AHHHH Modern technology!!!
We had a wonderful visit and a friend of theirs from Denver showed up and we had BBQ Salmon for dinner and a cake that Linda baked. Also went for a long walk around their neighbourhood earlier. Tucker is happy to be staying put for a while and enjoying all this outdoor activity. Now it's time for bed. Tomorrow, we get the window fix.
We only did 30 miles today.
Friday, November 11, 2005
This week, we got ready for the trip. Picked up some US dollars and some cash for Rochelle to get our mail forwarded. Also got last minute groceries and boxed our booze that we cannot take across and store it at Rochelle. Today, Friday, we are having Lynden and Charlene and Phil and Betty for lunch. Then we will head to Rochelle for dinner and cake for Vanessa b'day as they will not be around on Monday. Saturday, we will take Vanessa for lunch and a shopping spree for her b'day. There will be a limit of course as to how much she can spend!!!!
Sunday, we will pack and move to Ferndale at a Holiday resort campsite and try it out for a day and see if it's worth it.
See you all on the road....can't wait!!!!!!!!
Tuesday, November 08, 2005
We are back from Vancouver Island. We had fair weather going over on the ferry (didn't rain). Cost $58. each way OUCH!!!!! Visited with Vals cousin, Gladys and her husband George, also aunts and uncles. Had a great time. Went to Jordan River along the coast, north of Sooke and watched surfers and kayakers. It wasn't warm and I thought they were brave souls to attempt that.
Sunday, the 6th, we visited Val's friend Tony and had dinner at Tony's daughter Willow. The next day, we took the ferry at Mill Bay ($16.) to save time and fuel cost but I am not sure we gained anything. We barely made the 9 o'clock ferry back to the mainland. At least we had a sunny day, finally!!!
After picking up the 5er at O'Connor, we came back to Camperland and set up camp. We had the shower fixed (O'Connor paid for that) and had some cover for the vents moved and new ones installed. Now, all the vents on the roof are protected.
Monday evening, we went to watch Vanessa play. A very important game for them and they won both matches. What a game...lots of excitement. My voice is raw today. Her dad and Graeme(brother) made an intro video of the team and they showed it that night. What a wonderful thing. The girls were really proud and excited. The fact that they won also helped.
Today, Tuesday the 7th, I took the truck over to the garage as I had an appointment and am getting the rear brakes fix. Learned that the calibers need replacing and the rotors turned. Will also replace two rear pads so that everything is new back there. That should be it for repair. Knock on wood!!!!
Our plans now are to leave next Sunday as the kids are not going to be home Monday the 14th so no sense of us hanging around for nothing. We will stop in Ferndale for the night to check it out than onwards to Boise, Idaho.
By the way, I've updated the album "our kids" and made a new one call " Claude & Val family" at our pictures at Picture trail so check out the link on the right and click on "my pictures".
catch you all later
Monday, October 31, 2005
So far, we are enjoying ourselves here. The site is good and we have easy access to Chilliwack and Vancouver. The weather has been somewhat cooperative although we've had some heavy rains. We've also a fair share of sunshine so although I love complaining about Chilliwack weather, it hasn't been all that bad.
This past week-end was busy. The girls, Hayley and Vanessa, were playing in voleyball tournament so of course, we were attending most of them. Hayley was playing in Chilliwack and Vanessa was in Abbotsford, 30 miles(50km) away. It was fun and they played well. On Sunday, we went to Vancouver to visit Val's daughter Joanne and her husband John and of course, Jenaya. She is now in the terrible two. What an active bundle of joy. She is so cute but of course, we are not prejudice at all.
This coming week, Nov 2, we are headed to Sooke on Vancouver Island to visit some of Val's relatives. We will return on Monday Nov.7. We will be dropping off our fifth wheel at O'Connor to get a leak fix in the shower and pick it up on the way back from the Island.
We also returned our little dehumidifier that we had purchased at O'Connor as it wasn't doing the job. We bought another one at Sears and it's doing a great job, although with the furnace, the TV and that machine, it makes for a noisy environment. However in this weather, it is a blessing in disguise as it does keep the humidity at a manageable level.
Going through a fair amount of propane. Had to refill one tank Sunday after filling both before we came down here.
That's it for now. By the way, we had heavy rain last night and it is cloudy right now at a comfortable 9 degrees Celsius (48 Farenheit)
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Well, we did leave for Chilliwack where I am writing this. We left at 10:30 a.m. and arrived in Chilliwack around 4 p.m., just before the rain. Got settled after a little argument about how many weeks we can stay.
Average about 9 mpg which is not too bad considering we went over the Coquihalla which is quite a climb.
Caught up with all the laundry and some chores. Visited with the kids and will be going to Vancouver Island next week.
Found a leak in the 5er which I suspect is coming from the shower. While on the Island, O'Connor RV will look it over. Will also get another canopy installed to cover the opening above the shower.
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
New friends we met at our site, George and Paulette with Tucker. Not a very complimentary picture of Paulette but we were ALL under the influence by the end of the evening when this was taken. Sorry Paulette!
They are also full-timer from Alberta and travel in their motorhome. The bought a site around the corner from where we are.
Monday, October 24, 2005
It's been a while since I've written. The one thing I find hard is where can we find connection with enough time to do everything without having to rush!?
Anyway, Monday, the 17th came and we got the shed delivered. We also got our satellite TV connected but after he left, I noticed that it wasn't connected properly within my system so will have to fix that on a rainy day. In the mean time, we do have reception on the main TV, Val has to do without in the bedroom! :-)
Got the shed put together by the end of the week then we went to Logan Lake where we stayed for the night at Pat and Rick. Good to see everyone again. Got all our meds for the trip while up there too. We also got our travel medical insurance for the States and Mexico. I will get insurance for the vehicles when we get to Nogales, Arizona.
We are settling into a routine at our site and have met very nice people. It doesn't look like we will have our driveway though by the time we leave. Too bad! Talking about paving, our drive way will be paved, we decided and will have a paved little canal between our pad and the side of our neighbor's site as it drains right down onto ours which creates quite a mess right now.
We also got most of stuff left at Lynden and Charlene's place down to our site and stored into the shed. Next spring, we will get the table and chairs and shelves from Rick
See picture of our new shed below
Saturday, October 15, 2005
This is Val's replacement. Debbie will do great according to Val, she has the "right stuff"
Val and her boss Donna. Val is wearing an apron given to her as a reminder of a great place where she once worked. The picture was taken on the patio where she works.
Here's one of Val with one of the resident. I gather every one is upset to see her go.
We purchased the shed, a 8X8 vinyl shed from Home Depot which is being delivered on Monday the 17th. We are also getting our TV satellite installed with Shaw cable. Decided to stick with a canadian company. Will try it for a while anyway.
We are presently in Chilliwack at my daughter's house to celebrate my grand-son's birthday. 16 Years Old!!! Makes you feel like you are aging!!!! This is where I am bringing this site to date.
It's been raining quite a bit at our site and that's one of the reasons why paving hasn't been done yet. A few more sites have been sold since we've been there.
Looking forward to moving to Chilliwack on the 25th of this month.
Friday, we went to Logan Lake to pick up some of our stuff at our friends place and ended up at the pub for a meal and a few drinks. It's a long drive to our site...an hour and half.
Tomorrow, we are going back to the Shuswap's.
I thought I would post a couple pictures of our 5er on its brand new pad. The little fireplace was a go-away present from our friends in Logan Lake. It was awfully kind of them as we didn't expect anything. There is still work to be done. Hope to have the shed on it by the end of next week. It will go in the first image's lower corner.
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Well, the transition over to "full-time" has been smooth so far. On Friday, the 30th, the movers came over and we loaded everything and transported it to our storage in Kamloops. The whole process took just a little over 4.5 hours and now the storage is full to the brim. After that, we went to our lawyer to finalize the papers on the purchase of our RV lot and followed that with a celebration consisting of a beer and lunch. Friday evening, we met the "gang" at the Black Bull Pub. Everyone was there; Lynden and Charleene, Rick and Pat, Dennis and Zillah, Mrs Tate and our good friend Diane, missing were Don and Joanne who were away for the week-end. They gave us some "funny" presents and a few touching cards and after all that, we were presented with our go-away present consisting of an outside cast iron fireplace. What a nice touch! What a great bunch of people. ( We tried it out on Monday evening)
Saturday morning, we got up, showered and got everything ready. We pulled out at 11 a.m. under some grey clouds and arrived at our site on the North Shuswap under cloudy but also sunny skies. Got everything ready just in time as it stated to rain. Met our neighbors, a young couple from Abbotsford, who, like us, bought the lot as an investment for future purposes. We also met another couple who are from Alberta and have been living full-time in their motorhome for the last two years. They also bought for future purposes.
The rest of the week-end was spent enjoying our new surrounding and exploring. On Monday, we went to town in Salmon Arms to explore and look for a shed. Tuesday, I took the truck to my mechanic only to find out that not only did I need an oil change and lube, but also required two new ball-joints, a new bearing and a new steering rod. $1200 later and I was on my way. I sure hope this is not a sign of things to come!?
Thursday was my grand-son Graeme's birthday. 16 Years Old! WOW! Time sure flies by...it seems like yesterday, I was baby-sitting him in his crib. Anyway, today, I bought black ground covering to put under the gravel on our lot to keep the weeds down and the contractor had our driveway packed down and readied to be paved.
Friday morning, we left for Alberta and arrived under extreme conditions...Big black clouds and a hail storm ending in 2 inches of snow....Great!!! We only have summer tires under the car.
We have decided to wait until we return from Mexico before we get satellite TV. We will have cable while in Chilliwack and at the camp site in Mexico so not worth it for now. The one thing I am finding with using other people's computer is the difficulties in downloading and uploading files and materials. I sure would like to find a WI-FI location near Salmon Arm or Chase and use my laptop; anyway, enough whining... time to say good night! See you all soon.
By the way, if you have any questions on our life style and anything else, do not hesitate to leave a comment on our web and we will respond
Claude, Val and Tucker
Thursday, September 29, 2005
Last night, we went to dinner to our neighbours' house. We had a great evening and lots of laughs. Tonight, we met other neighbours at the local pub and had a wonderful chat. They are thinking of going full-time also.
Today was very busy. Got up at 7 a.m. and been on the go ever since. Packed the last of the items, did the wash ( yes I am domesticated!) and packed that, washed the garbage cans so we can store them, loaded all the stuff from our house's fridge to the 5er's fridge, loaded the truck with boxes (food mainly, going to storage), took the bed and kitchen table apart and placed the mattress into plastic covers. The only thing left now, is the freezer food and that will be going to a friend's place. The other thing that needed to be done today was my wine. I had to bottle that and damn if I know where I will store it!? Probably our storage locker which is heated by the way. Cost for that will be $88. a month + GST which makes it bloody expensive!!!!!
Anyway, moved the TV to the 5er and got that working and secured. So this is it!!!! Time for bed and get ready for tomorrow. Next time I write on this website, it will be form our new site and probably form a public Internet service such as a coffee shop or the local library.
Good night all and see on the road next!!!!
The house really feels empty now. In a few minutes, I will be going to the 5er to bed and not my regular bed. It will definitely be strange.
Tuesday, September 27, 2005
This house is turned upside down! Boxes everywhere. We've been using dishes and cooking pots from the 5er for the last 2 days. Tonight will be our last meal here. Tomorrow, we've been invited for dinner at our neighbours next door, Thusday, we are meeting other neighbours to discuss our plans (they want to pick our brains as they are thinking of doing the same) and Friday, the "gang" is meeting us at "the Bull" for a farewell dinner and drinks.
This past Sunday, we drove to Vancouver and after stopping in Chiliwack to drop off Charlene at her parents, we went on to take the Big Screen TV to my son Jeff, had lunch with him then came back home the same day after stopping in Chilliwack to drop off some stuff at my daughter.
The last two week-end have been this busy and I admit that all this driving is getting to me. It's not enjoyable...too rushed, if you know what I mean.
The forecast is for sunshine this coming Friday and Saturday and that's suits us just fine. Val had a bout of "what the hell are we doing" yesterday and I admit that it does feel strange to let go of everything. We got an e-mail from friends in the US and they are wondering what they will do if the price of gas continues going up the way it is. IT does worry me too.
Today, I went to get my blood test and set up an appointment with my doctor for next week. I will also get the last of our meds to take with us in the US and Mexico.
Val has 8 days of work left.
Thursday, September 22, 2005
This morning, my friends Lynden and Rick came over and help me move two small love seats and a computer desk over to the second hand store where I've been selling a lot of our stuff on consignment. Within 15 minutes, one sofa was sold!! It may be a bit expensive but it sure saves a lot of headaches. I just take the stuff over there and Lyn, the owner, sets a price negotiated between her and I, and voila! No hassles or headaches of setting up a garage or yard sale, no hassles of having umpteen dozen people walking through the house or having to price everything right. The commission is 30% but I think it's worth it.
The house is really looking empty now. As a matter of fact, I am writing this on my laptop which is sitting on a small side tray in this big empty room that use dto be the computer/office room.
Tomorrow, Friday, we have an appointment with our notary to sign the final papers on the sale of the house.
Sunday, we will be going to Vancouver again to take the big screen TV over to my son along with a office chair. That will be the last major move to the coast.
The plan right now, is to pack everything on Monday then use the kitchen items from the 5th wheel (5er) to do our cooking but will sleep here in the house until Friday morning.
We still haven't seen our "finished" site in the North Shuswap yet so I really hope all is well on that front or we are in big trouble.
Even Tucker knows something is amiss. He's been kind of nostagic the last couple days, but right now, he's got his toy beside me and wants me to throw for him (his favorite thing)
I sent an e-mail to everyone today advising them of our move, our new e-mail address and the address to this website. It kind of brings things into its final stage.
It was cloudy this morning but the forecast is for sunshine for the week-end which will make it easier to move the big screen tv.
Monday, September 19, 2005
Thursday, September 15, 2005
Everything is packed now except for a few items in the kitchen, some clothes in our bedroom and a few entertainment items in the living room such as our tv and stereo. Speaking of TV, we took back the LCD TV that we had purchased at Costco and bought a 27" Toshiba LCD. Much, much better!! What a difference in image quality. WOW!!!
It's raining today and my mood is matching the lousy day. I got up this morning with all kinds of feelings of doom. I have read somewhere that this is quite normal and that we will go through all kinds of doubts but today was especially strong. I keep asking myself if we have done the right thing? I think of gas prices and wonder if this will affect our travelling? And on and on it goes.....
Things that remain to be done is getting the truck checked over befroe leaving for Mexico, get our prescriptions updated from the doctor and good for 7 months.
Got a call from Gateway about our site and finalizing with lawyers. I am told that the pad is now poured and the wiring and sewer are hooked up and ready to be used. I'll be glad when all this is over and we are settled in. I am sure the emotions will settle then.
Going to Chilliwack and Vancouver again this week-end to take the last of things to the kids. Still not tsure what to do with the car yet. Thinking of storing in Chilliwack at my daughter's place. Decisions, decisions!!!!!!
Saturday, September 10, 2005
We also met the purchaser of our house today. A very nice fellow. Showed him around and he seemed impressed with the place which is good considering he bought sight unseen!?
Took more stuff to the local second hand store and also took the TV and a cabinet down to Kamloops to a co-worker of Val which was sold to her.
Since the 6th, it's been much of the same. More packing and organizing. Friday, Val was home so we went through everything and decided what we wanted to keep and what was to be sold or thrown out. Man, what a job but what a feeling of relief. This "clean-up" should have done ages ago. We have so far packed andgiven away 4 big bags of clothing, shoes and boots to the local charity. Amazing how much clothing we had and never or seldom used.
Incidentally, I am getting to like doing this blog. It will definitely be interesting to look back a year or two down the road and see what we did on a particular day.
For historical purposes, I have 3 log book that I have kept over the years. It all began when I was sailing and a log was obligatory. When I bought the first motorhome, I kept it up ( logging that is) and now it is kind of fun to do it on a regular basis and particularly being able to share with friends and family.
Tuesday, September 06, 2005
Did a bunch of phoning this morning re: change of address. Amazing the amount of people one has to notify after just a few years.
Tomorrow, I will have to take a trip to the dump because all the garbage can are full already. Also sold all my books to the local book store. He got a steal even with all his whining.
Went for a walk tonight. A nice evening. Not too cold, not too warm. And Tucker got to smell new grounds and make his mark everywhere. Got more stuff pascked into the 5er. I am scared that we will overload that beast!?? The food is not even in there yet.
Saturday, September 03, 2005
I just noticed that the last time I wrote was Monday Aug 29th! Time flies when you are busy. We have sold a lot of stuff this week. We also started packing as I got a call from the buyer and he wants to move the completion date to Sept. 30. We've accepted the change of date so... our date to destiny is now closer. It's panic mode!!!
We've made final arrangement with our financial advisor, Andrew, from Bershire Investment. I am now writing this from my laptop as the desktop computer is packed and going to my son, Jeffrey.
We have gone through our clothes and packed what we want to keep, boxing what we keeping but not taking with us and are sending the rest to a local charity in town. I went through all my books (can't believe how many I had) and will be selling those (except for a few I just cannot part with) to the local library and book store.
I am adding pictures of our RV site for posperity sake. Keep in mind that it is still under construction.
It is hard to picture how pretty it will be when completed but Val can and that's all that counts.
The lot is 35 feet by 60 feet deep. It will be cover with two loads of gravel and have a 20X30 cement pad (all part of the price). We want something that will be as maintenance free as possible. The picture was taken from what will be a pave road, eventually.
Yesterday, I called Garry at Gateway and told him of our new expected date of completion. He assures us that the pad will be ready by then so that we can we can move in.
Today, we went to town and priced some sheds for our site so we can store our patio furnitures.
Val and I are really getting excited about the prospect of this project and what it will entail. Our minds are running wild with adventure
Monday, August 29, 2005
Saturday, we took the gran-kids, and their parents of course, over to our new site in the North Shuswap. We took some pictures and talk to Garry, our salesman. We also received procedures on getting our power hooked-up but that won't happen until October. Also told him to go ahead and cash the down payment cheque; our 7 days grace period is now over and being there a third time made me feel a little more comfortable. We also talked to some neighbors about their feelings about the place and they were positive.
Today, I faxed over the drawing for where we want the cement pad and asked to have it double in size. I just remembered that I should call them and ask for two loads of gravel for the site ( a free service)
Saturday, August 27, 2005
On Thursday, I went to the bank to augment the limit on our Line of Credit. Also bought an ignition cut off security device, then came home. Went for "Happy Hour" with the "gang" which consist of Lynden and Charlie, Rick and Pat and Zhilla and Dennis.
Friday, I went back to Kamloops to have the alarm installed and also bought and installed a CB radio. I think the truck is just about all ready now. By the way, having that second cooler seems to make a difference on the transmission.
Friday evening, went to the local pub for dinner and the gran-kids arrived later that evening. It's going to be a busy week-end. See you Monday
Wednesday, August 24, 2005
We arrived back from Alberta after stopping in Lee Creek, North Shuswap lake around 7 p.m. We put an offer on a RV lot, #61, in Gateway RV Estate. This will be our home base and serve as our permanent address in B.C. for medical insurance purposes. We looked at a few and decided on this one because it backs onto trees and will give us afternoon shade. It is also close to the gate and not many turns, away from most noises, we hope, and it is a nice location. We are excited and nervous all at once. Came home and phone everyone to let them know of our crazy adventures.
Yesterday, Tuesday, I took the truck to have the extra transmission cooler installed. Made some phone calls regarding storage and insurance and full-time insurance. Got a quote from Barton & Blake for $719. which seems to be a good price when compared with others.
Today, I took the purchase papers for our site to a lawyer to get them checked out and make sure there is no problems. Also checked Better Business Bureau for any discrepancy and none were found. Renewed our membership to BCAA for another year and purchased their electronic anti-theft device which will be installed on Friday. Went to the bank to set up financing for the lot. I was surprised to find out Royal bank doesn't do mortgage on deeded lots but they will set up a line of credit to accommodate. Will check out other options too. Also purchased a CB radio for the truck for the road. If we are going to be doing a lot of travel, I think this will be a good option to have. I was also looking at booster for cell phone and not sure if I need that. I find that in most of our travels, I've little problems reaching out, but in Canada, it might be a good option. Will sleep on it. Came home and cut the grass...will be glad not to have to do that any more although, I admit to enjoy it at times.
My daughter and family are coming out this week-end to look at what they would be interested in. Looking forward to seeing them and especially the grand-kids.
That's all for now.
Thursday, August 18, 2005
Call a call from the Keremeos RV Co-Op resort that we have been put on the stand-by list. That's great news!
Also received confirmation that the house has been accepted so that is sold. We have to be out of here by October 14. Less than 2 months! WOW! Panic time.
It was cold last night. Woke up to frost this morning! For those of you who don't know about Logan Lake, it is a small village of 2500 people nestled in the Interior Mountains at 3800 feet. It is lovely place which we will miss. We are half way between Kamloops and Merrit or 4 hours from Vancouver.
Today, I took the papers for the sell to our notary in Kamloops and deposited the deposit for the sale in the bank. Our friends Pat and Rick were at the house tonight looking at furniture they want to buy. Got rid of a few things :-)
Tomorrow, we are headed for Olds, Alberta to see Val's sisters Audrey and Dorie. Will be back Monday so won't be making any entries until then. We are also going to stop in Scotch Creek on the Shushwap to investigate that other RV resort.
That's it for now, see you next Tuesday
Tuesday, August 16, 2005
We also had friends come over and shoose what they wanted to buy. The folding threadmill was picked up today by a very nice couple. One less thing to sell.
Today, I got all our moving boxes out of the storage shed (sometimes it pays to be a pack-rat). Packing will be starting soon. Does it sound like I am eager to move and get on the road!!??? Also phoned the newspapers and cancelled the ad for selling the house.
Also made some phone call to another outfit on the Sushwap North for RV property. It's a new development and they have both the RV lot and the park model. Apparently, it has everything we need such as sewer hook-up, electricity, phone, gas/propane and they'll build a parking pad as part of the deal. We are going down this coming Friday so stay tune. We are looking at this as an investment for our money. Being on the Sushwap lakes, it can do nothing but increase in value. Land is already at a prime. Here is a link to them: http://www.gatewayfallsestates.com/
Monday, August 15, 2005
I've been reading other people blog and since I like being on the computer, I thought I would try this out. I don't know how long it will last or how often I;ll be able to enter narratives but we will give it a go.
This is mainly to allow an avenue for our family and friends to follow us while on the road and keep in touch (sort of).
We've been talking about doing full-time rving for about a year now and our trip to Mexico in the winter of '04/'05 was the deciding factor for both Val and I. We enjoyed it a lot and met wonderful people.
When we got back in April, we both had our minds set. In June, we traded our 34' Bounder for a fifth-wheel and truck. We got a F350 diesel, 7.3 liter and a 34' Medallion, McKenzie (So much for downsizing). We tried it out a couple times and even went to Coeur D'Alene, Idaho for a week.
In July, we made a list of what we wanted to keep and talked to our kids about they wanted from the house. We also went to Chilliwack and listened to the sale pitch for Holiday Trail RV resort. After a week of thinking about it, we bought into it. We also went to Kelowna and Keremeos to check out some RV lot for sale. The one in Kelowna ( http://www.sweetlife.com/ ) has RV lots from $24,000. cdn and the one in Keremeos is a co-op which has some attractive features for me however Val is leaning towards Kelowna. We'll see where we end up.
In August, we listed the house and it sold within a week! WOW! We didn't expect that! Reality and anxiety is setting in. Possession date is October 14! Good grief. But within our goal of November first. Val is now saying she will quit her job as of that date.
So this is our beginning! I am sure it will be filled with fun and good people/friends (new and old)