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!

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

June 25 to 30, 2009; Home

JUNE 25, Thursday, Lee Creek
We went to Scotch Creek today to shop for some groceries then to a little coffee shop where I am able to access the internet. I did some banking, updated our blog and downloaded our mail then we came home. We went for a walk around the park with Tucker, had dinner and I fixed a couple of little things in the trailer that needed attention. We watched a couple movies from Phil and Betty in the evening. I wrote a couple of e-mails

JUNE 26, Friday, Shopping in Salmon Arm
A beautiful day...sunny and warm! After breakfast, we drove to Salmon Arm for groceries, our mail and check our e-mail. We didn’t get back until 4 p.m. then Val cooked a Chinese dish for tonight. We went over to Ruth and Dennis once it was cooked. There were 7 couples invited, all neighbours. We sat around for a while to get acquainted then had dinner. It was quite a spread with rice cooked in almond, egg foo-yong(?) and rolls. After dinner, we sat around the fire and continued having fun. One of the neighbours, ED and Judy introduce a bottle of Newfoundland screech, powerful sweet liquor. It was emptied in a matter of an hour! Karen and Brook showed up later in the evening and sat with us to chat. He’s been away on business so it’s good to finally see him again. The party ended around 10:30 p.m. and we weaved or crawled home. (Just kidding) It was a good time for all and lots of fun.

JUNE 27, Saturday, Gateway
We got up late and spent the day walking and visiting our neighbours. Ron and Theresa, our neighbour up from us, arrived around noon with a “new” 2004 Corsair 5th-wheel. A beautiful trailer, 36 feet long, replacing their old one, a little 24 foot. They are very happy with their purchase and didn’t waste any time to settle in.
In the evening, we drove to Magna Bay, approx 10 miles north of here with Ron and Therese, Donna and Marcel and another couple to watch fireworks put on by the local fire hall and one of the Camping resort. It was quite a show! We got back home around 11 p.m.

JUNE 28, Sunday, Gateway
We, and two other neighbours, went to Donnas’ daughter’s place for Donna and Marcel’s 40th wedding anniversary. The whole family was there and we had a BBQ in the backyard. Afterwards, they presented them with cards and gifts, some which were comical. We had a marvellous time and we felt part of them...very nice people.
We came home around 8 p.m. and watched a movie.

JUNE 29, Monday, Visitors
Audrey (Val’s sister) and her husband Marcel arrived from Osoyoos where they bought an RV lot. Val was very happy to see her sister. We invited Marcel Lessard, our neighbour to meet them then we sat around until the beer ran out as which time the four of us went to the pub in Scotch Creek and had a few more beers and snacks then came home after buying beer and wine. We visited some more and caught to each other’s news. We went to bed around 11 p.m. not feeling any pain.

JUNE 30, Tuesday, Gateway
Marcel and Audrey left early for Olds Alberta, their home town. Later in the morning, Ruth came over and asked Val to see to her grand-son as he felt dizzy, tired and blurry vision. It was discovered that his blood sugar level was at a high of 26 on the scale. They took him to emergency as Val felt he could go into a coma. He was given insulin then his mom flew home to Calgary with him to get him to the hospital there.
We went to Scotch Creek to do some internet then came home and I printed forms that we received for Val’s nursing. In the evening, we went over to Donna and Marcel with Teresa and Ron and played “Sequence”. Of course, the guys won!

I calculated our expenditures and mileage since we left our lot in September of 2007. We were gone 19 months and averaged approx. $2,900 monthly expenditure. We travelled a total of 58,370 KM (36,481 Miles). The amount above excludes expenditures made on our lot. We have now seen all the States except South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Alaska. We have travelled through all the Provinces except Newfoundland and still have to see the Yukon and North-West Territories. In that 19 months, we have visited a total of 6 Mexican States and North and South Baja; 2 Canadian Provinces and 24 US States. WOW! When I put all this in this perspective, I am overwhelmed!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

June 20 to 24, 2009, Nanaimo and back home

JUNE 20, Saturday, to New-Westminster
We spent the morning with the kids then left for New-Westminster to see and visit with Jeffrey without Tucker who stayed with the girls. We got to his place around 3 p.m. and set up in his condo for the night. Jeffrey had to go out by 6 p.m. so Val and I went out to the local pub for dinner then spent the evening on our own watching a movie. We went to bed around 11 p.m.

JUNE 21, Sunday, to Nanaimo, Vancouver Island
We got up at 7 a.m. and headed out to the ferry after having showering and readying ourselves. Unfortunately, I misread the itinerary and we were 15 minutes late so we had to wait 2 hours for the next ferry. Wilf, my previous father-in-law, picked us up on the Island side and we went to a little English pub for lunch. While there, friends of his showed up so they joined us. We had a very nice visit then we drove to Wilf’s place where we showed him pictures and tried to catch up to the all the news for the past 15 years. Vera, his wife, passed away last September so he is having a real rough time especially since his daughter(my wife) and son also died over 20 years ago. I cannot imagine what he is going through. We were as supportive as we could and told him that he could call us anytime he wanted.
Unfortunately time just went by too fast and it was time to catch the 7 p.m. ferry. He drove us back and before boarding we had dinner together, said our goodbyes and promised to see each other again.
We walked back on the ferry, crossed to Vancouver, picked up our car at the parking lot and drove back to Jeff. We visited with him for a while then it was time for bed.
It was a great day and I am happy to have re-joined with Wilf...he is a great man!

JUNE 22, Monday, back to Gateway Resort via Chilliwack.
We got up around 8 a.m. and left after showering and getting dress. Jeff had already left. We drove to Chilliwack where we picked up Tucker, said goodbye to everyone then headed to Phil and Betty’s place for a two hour visit before driving home to Lee Creek. It rained over the Pass but sunny on the north side. We stopped for dinner at Harold in Kamloops then finally arrived home around 8 p.m. Phil loaned us two sets of movie to watch; one is call TAKEN and the other is DEADWOOD. Each has 6 CD so that should entertain us for a while.

JUNE 23, Tuesday, Lee Creek
Val did laundry this morning and I went to town to do some business. ICBC had called me last week saying they had received two packages for my Mexico trip and I suspected that the girl at the Insurance office in Chase had screwed up and sure enough she had. She sent the papers to ICBC instead of the private insurance so I had to give them a new package.
In the evening, we watched two episodes of TAKEN

JUNE 24, Wednesday, Lee Creek
Cloudy with occasional drizzles today; windy too! Val did the last of her wash and we watched a CD from DEADWOOD serie.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

June 15 to 19, 2009 Home and back to Lower Mainland

JUNE 15, Monday, Salmon Arm for some shopping.
We went to Salmon Arm to pick up our mail and a few other thing. I got on the internet and updated our blog and did some banking. I also stopped at “Country Camper RV” to see about my slide. They’ll come over to our place next week to look at it and see what kind of repair and parts they will need to order. We came home and cooked dinner then I went over to the compound to start the car. It started OK but once I got it to our place, it wouldn’t start again; so I checked the battery and found the cells very poor, showing in the red in the tester. I guess after almost 2 years of sitting in the shed, I can’t be surprised!?

June 16, Tuesday, to Kamloops
We went to Kamloops today (60 KM) to update my account at BCAA and to purchase insurance and plates for the car. We also took a look at Costco for a battery but they didn’t have it so we went to “Canadian Tire” and got one there. We dropped off Val’s application for a Passport renewal at the Federal Government office then came home.
I installed the battery and all is working fine. I washed it as it needed it and Dennis offered his air compressor to put air in the tires as they were all low. When I finished it was time for Happy Hour and dinner.

JUNE 17, Wednesday, Lee Creek North Shuswap.
It is raining this morning, just a small drizzle but enough to get everything wet. I went to Scotch Creek, approx. 11 km from here, to a small coffee shop where they have WI-FI. I downloaded our mail, did some banking then came home. We went to Ruth and Dennis for happy hour and met another neighbour. We came home and had dinner then watch a movie that I got from Scotch Creek. The sun came out in the late afternoon.

JUNE 18, Thursday, Lee Creek
A sunny morning greeted us so I washed the truck and vacuumed both the car and the truck and put the tag on the plates for the car. We took the movie back and stopped at a laundry place to wash Tucker’s blanket for the truck, the seat covers and a couple of other big items. We had an ice cream at the store while we waited which we haven’t done in ages then came home to hang the stuff to dry. We called the Kirkby’s about my hard drive; no news yet but I got the guy’s phone number where it is being checked. Val called her sister Audrey to chat and catch up on family news.

JUNE 19, Friday, to Chilliwack
After locking everything up, we left around 12:30 p.m. and went to Salmon Arm to pick up our mail then headed for Chilliwack. We stopped in Kamloops for a TIM HORTIN coffee and chilli then it was over the Coquihalla Pass and down to Hope then Chilliwack. We got there around 5 p.m., visited with the kids then headed for the school theatre where Hayley had her dance recital. What a show! There were numerous dances Jazz, Acrobatics, Contemporary and Rock & Roll. The kids were absolutely marvellous and so was Hayley. She absolutely shined on the dance floor. She had two numbers of Jazz and Lyrical dances to perform with her group. CHECK OUT the new pictures in folder #43.
We came home and had a pizza then watched a bit of TV then to bed.

Monday, June 15, 2009

June 11 to 14, 2009, Chilliwack to Home via Logan Lake

JUNE 11, Thursday, to Logan Lake
Rochelle and Kevin went to work but the girls are here so we visited with them after loading and hooking up. We reluctantly said our goodbyes and left around 10:45 a.m. We headed East on Hwy 1 to hope where I stopped to dump the tanks then we headed north on Hwy 5. In Merritt, we headed north on Hwy 97C to Logan Lake and got caught up in a rain storm for a few miles then the sun came out again. We arrived there around 2:30 p.m. and parked in the Kirkby’s yard. Marie Tate was driving by so she stopped to say hi. Lynden and Charlene are in town so we headed to the Rick and Pat’s house but no one was there either so to the Bull pub we go for their “FAMOUS BULL RIBS”. Yum! Yummm! Life is good! I was having a withdrawal!
We went back to the house and waited for Lyn and Charlie. They arrived around 4p.m. and we had a nice chat then dinner and proceeded to get drunk! What a life! We all went to bed around midnight.

We travelled 228 Km (140 miles) in 3.5 hours at an average speed of 47 MPH
N 50* 29’ 54”
W 120* 48’ 56”
Alt: 3712 feet

JUNE 12, Friday, Logan Lake
Sunny in the morning and thunder storm in the afternoon. Val and Charlene went bird counting near the Copper mine so Lynden and I went golfing.
At 5:30 p.m. we all went to the Tates for a get together; Terry and Glenda, Don and Joanne, Ian and Patsy were also there. Pat had a beautiful table set up and we caught up to all the news, old and new. We had lots of fun and the food was delicious. We came home around 11 p.m.

JUNE 13, Saturday, That little black cloud again! HOME at our LOT, FINALLY!
We got up to a very nice sunshine and warm weather. Lynden cooked a delicious breakfast of pancakes, sausages and fruits. We washed the dishes, packed and when Val retracted the big slide, it wouldn’t come in all the way at the top. Upon investigation, we found the outside rubber seal ripped and also the roof rubber top. Another bloody thing to have fix. GOD, WILL IT EVER END!?????
We said our goodbyes and left around 11 a.m. We drove north on Hwy 5 to Kamloops, stopped for fuel then continued on Hwy 1 to Lee Creek and our home site in Gateway Lakeview Resort.
We unpacked and put our stuff away, Donna and Marcel came over to welcome us back and so did Ruth and Dennis, our neighbours across the way. After dinner, Karen showed up with a friend, so we chatted for a while...It’s good to be here!

We travelled 135 KM (84 miles) in 2.5 hours at an average speed of 47 MPH with a stop for fuel East of Kamloops.

N 50* 54’ 19”
W 119* 33’ 12”
Alt: 1189 feet

JUNE 14, Sunday, Home
Spent the day setting up our lot and unpacking the truck. IT was relaxing time. BBQ’ed steaks for dinner. It’s been sunny hot and humid all day

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

June 8 to 10, 2009, Chilliwack

JUNE 8, Monday, Chilliwack.
A quiet day after a busy week-end! We went to town and dropped off our bedspread to a dry-cleaner then went looking for replacement bags for my shop-vac but had no success. Came home and Val finished the laundry while I finished off a couple of little jobs. We had dinner then watched a movie...Valkyrie...pretty good!

JUNE 9, Tuesday, to Coquitlam
We went to Coquitlam today to visit Val’s daughter and family before we head out on Thursday. We first stopped at the BCAA office in Chilliwack to drop off my papers for reimbursement on the Mexico trip then we headed out.
We had a nice visit with them and even went to see Jenaya’s swimming lesson; she is quite good for a 5 years old. We had dinner out on the back-porch then we showed Joanne and John the pictures of the grad. I called my son earlier telling him that we would see him next week-end as we ran out of time. We came home around midnight.

JUNE 10, Wednesday, packing day.
A sunny day! Val met a friend whom she hadn’t seen in a few years and they spent a few hours together. In the meantime, I did a few errands, loaded the bikes and kayaks and the rest of the stuff, put together the BBQ we had bought a while back and threw the old one away. I picked up Val around 3 p.m. and we bought a few groceries for dinner as Val is cooking tonight for the gang... Danish Meatballs, mashed potatoes and green beans. It was a success of course and we kept some for Vanessa as she is working. After dinner, we all went out to rent a movie then to Dairy Queen where Vanessa works and we had an ice cream. Came home and watched the movie, James Bond :”Solace in the sun” We all went to bed afterwards after saying goodbye to everyone that is working in the morning.
We are leaving tomorrow for Logan Lake.

Monday, June 08, 2009

June 5 to 7, 2009; Graduation Ceremony

JUNE 5, Friday, Graduation Dinner
Sunny and warm again but not complaining! I cut the lawn this morning, washed the truck and Rochelle’s car as Vanessa and her “Beau”Garrette, are driving it to the Grad dinner tonight and the ceremony on Sunday; grand-dad just couldn’t let them take a dusty car now! Could he?
Rochelle had a few mothers over for tea and sandwich this afternoon so Tucker & Spony and I were ban from the house. I just barely had time to take my shower after all that hard work.
I relaxed for a while as my back is bugging me. At 4 p.m. Garrette’s parents and grand-parents came over for a photo shoot then we all headed to the school gym while Vanessa and Garrette went to town to meet the other Grads. The Grads arrived around 6:15 p.m. and it was a photo-shoot frenzy! We all went in and took our seat then the Grads came in. They were all so beautiful and handsome with their new dresses and suits. We had dinner then the show began. The grads sang, did a couple skits then the teachers roasted them. There was a student designated as their historian and she recited meaningful and funny events that have happened to them since they first met in grade one. Keep in mind this is a private Christian school. The whole evening was a success and all of us were very proud of Vanessa. At our table were mom and dad, us, Sid and Vera (Kevin’s parents) and Doreen and Gord (Rochelle’s mom). We had a very delicious meal served to us.
After the grads left, we all helped in putting everything away and take down the decorations then came home to bed for a well deserved sleep.

JUNE 6, Saturday, relax day
Just that...a relaxing day! Vanessa got home around 6 this morning after partying all night (chaperoned of course) They had all kinds of things planned for them and now she is sleeping the day away.
I cut a CD of the pictures I took for them then we went into town to look for tables we were asked to purchased but don’t seem to be able to find them anymore. We went to the local pub for lunch and saw our favourite waitress, Jody, whom we hadn’t seen in over 3 years. It was great seeing her and catching up to old news. We went to Sears to return a package and ended it up buying a 32” flat screen TV, a “Sony Bavaria” at a very good price so couldn’t pass it up.
We watched TV in the evening in our rig as the kids were out with friends for the evening.

JUNE 7, Sunny, Graduation Ceremony
Cloud and sun greeted us today and comfortable temperature. Val helped Rochelle prepared the food for tonight’s family get-together and I downloaded some music file for Val’s MP3 player which Graeme helped me set up and showed me a free site to download from.
Jeffrey and his friend, Elaine, showed up from New-Westminster. We chatted for a while then we had to change and get ready for the Graduation Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. We headed out to the school for 6 p.m. and got our seats and the ceremony began on time. There were numerous awards given and Vanessa got a few bursaries from the IOOF and a couple of other places. She was also named to the All Star Teams at both the Fraser Valley Championship and the Provincial Championships and received the “Female Senior Secondary Coach’s Award”. Quite an achievement!
One of their classmates, Angie Maccan, gave a beautiful and very personal speech as the official “Class Valedictorian”.
Their Youth Pastor also gave them quite a send-off then the Diploma Presentation took place.

The ceremony ended at 9:30 p.m. Coffee and cake were served but we didn’t stay for that; we came back to the house and got the food ready for the crowd that was coming over. All the family members, friends, Garrette’s parents and grand-parents and a couple of graduates and their parents also showed up. A big crowd indeed! The whole thing wrapped up by 10:30 p.m. and we cleaned up the house then went to bed all very much satisfied and happy.
Vanessa got $2800 in tuitions fees. She also received numerous donations from her grand-parents, parents, uncles to help her offset the College fees (she already got a bill from the college). She begins her new learning’s in September.
We are all so proud of our grand-daughter, daughter, niece: Vanessa!

Friday, June 05, 2009

June 1 to 4, 2009; Chilliwack

JUNE 1, Monday, truck repair
We had a late morning and I made a few calls and got an appointment with VALLEY INJECTION for 1 p.m. so I drove to Langley first to pick up my laptop which had the system re-loaded (free of charge) then went back to Abbotsford for my appointment. After two hours of more diagnostics and prodding, they finally agreed with me that it is the Jake causing my problem so they changed their circuit breaker and control box, updated the system to an all electronic one, re-wired the whole thing and my problems became history. I finally left after 4.5 hours of waiting while they repaired it at no cost to me. They credited me the time spent searching last Friday.
I drove back home and had dinner with my little family. Afterwards, Rochelle, Kevin and us went to the school to work on the GRAD decorations. We cut, painted the whole set with 3 other set of parents there and finally called it quit around 9 p.m.

JUNE 2, Tuesday, Chilliwack
Another lazy day, sunny and very hot! I re-loaded my programs and uploaded my files & pictures that I had carefully and diligently saved on a disc (double checked it this time). We did some shopping then we went to visit friends we had met in San Blas, Mexico. Rudiger prepared a wonderful meal for us while Charlotte visited with us. It really was delicious and superb! We then enjoyed a few laughs and each other’s company on the balcony with a wonderful view of the Chilliwack Valley and the city. They live on a local mountain known as Promontory Mountain. We got home around 11 p.m. and went straight to bed as we have to get up early.

JUNE 3, Wednesday, Quantum repair
We reluctantly got up at 6 a.m. to get the rig to Langley by 8 a.m. to have the springs and suspension repaired once again. After dropping it we went looking for a couple things and stopped at Works World Wearhouse to buy jeans and new shorts. We got a call from the garage saying that the “moor-ride” needed new parts and was quite worn-out. They suggested going to a “RYDER” suspension system which we approved. It is a better system and will better meet our demands on the trailer. The parts for the Moor-Ride had to come from Indiana so it would have meant a return trip here after a lengthy wait. We decided to bite the bullet and go for the change. This move had actually been suggested to me back in Quebec last year so I don’t feel uncomfortable doing the repair. I will try to re-coup some of the money from our extended warranty if possible and will also write to Fleetwood although I don’t hold my breath on that one.
We came back to Chilliwack without the trailer and went out for dinner with Val’s cousin here in Chilliwack as it is his Birthday. We had a very nice visit. Their daughter and son were also there. We made it an early night. It was a very hot day...98*F, 36*C

JUNE 4, Thursday, Chilliwack.
I went to Langley to pick up the Quantum while Val went to visit her cousin’s wife here in Chilliwack. The trailer was ready by 2 p.m. I paid the bill, stopped at a rest area to dump and came home to reset everything. We cooked dinner for the kids as mom and dad were busy at the school setting up the grad’s stage. They finally got home around 8 p.m., tired but happy that everything is done. We had cooked enough for them so it was just a matter of warming it up.
It’s been another very hot day...95*F (33*C)