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!

Thursday, September 29, 2005


This is our last entry from this house. Tonight, we are sleeping in the 5th Wheel and tomorrow, the movers are coming to haul everything away. IT just seems so unreal.

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

3 DAYS to GO!!

Today is sunny after an evening of rain last night. I washed the truck which was loaded with bugs from our travels to the coast the past two week-ends. Also filled one empty propane tank on the 5er and loaded the kayaks and the fifth wheel hitch. Took the regular tailgate to Lynden along with some odds and ends. Everything is almost ready to go at this end. Val loaded the last of her clothes and toiletries. We are down to the basic in the house.

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

8 days to go!

WOW, time is flying by! 22nd Sept already. One day into autumn. Things have been quiet toi date. Today a few things transpired bringing us closer to our closing date.

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

Map of our RV Lot

I thought I would post a map of where our site is generally. It is about 45 minutes from Kamloops, in the Interior and about 20-30 minutes from Salmon Arm and Hwy 97 South

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Sept. 15/05....15 days to go

Not much to report today except that I added a counter on the blogger to keep track of how many hits I get.

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

20 days to go

Today we went to shop for a LCD TV. We saw some at Future Shop, Vision and finally, costco. Picked one up for $900. at Costco (27 inches) however when we got home, I set it up and we were very disappointed by the screen. Everyone on it seems to be squashed. Watched it for a while longer but I think it will go back for a refund! We also purchased a smaller TV with a build-in DVD player for the bedroom...guess Val is finally getting her wish after all!!?????

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

A day closer!!! Took the truck in to have an extra cooler put in for the tranny. More furniture sold and a couple more boxes packed. Saturday, we went to Chilliwack and dropped off a bed for the kids and tools that my son-in-law chose. Also dropped off the tower for my son Jeff. He's heavily into recording music so he needs the computers for digital recording. I don't understand the whole thing but it does sound good.

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

Tragedy in New-Orleans The misery and devastation going on down South is absolutely awful. We've been watching the news from here and our hearts go out to those poor people. What an awful situation. Our gas prices are going through the roof as they are south of here(U.S.). I have no doubt that we are being gouged by the "big boys".

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