About Me

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, August 29, 2005

One more step closer!

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

Saturday already!!

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

So much for being here on Tuesday. Just too tired. Went to bed at 9:30 p.m. which is highly unusual for me.

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

Yesterday, I called some storage places to store whatever it is we don't sell. Also took "Big Bertha", our F350 Ford diesel to my mechanic and talked about installing another cooler for the transmission as the one there now doesn't seem to be doing the job. I have an appointment next week.
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

Yesterday, we filled out the necessary papers for selling the house and got our deposit. Now, we need to wait for the buyer to fax us those signed papers so we can take them to our notary in Kamloops. Haven't met him yet but he came reccommended by our friend Rick and Pat who have use him in the past.

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)