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 31, 2009

August 29 to 31, 2009 Gateway

AUG. 29, Saturday, Gateway
Val went to work this morning and I took the garbage out and the empty bottles to the recycling depot in Scotch Creek. I visited with Ron and Theresa for a while and when Val got home, we all went over to Marcel and Donna for happy hour. Everyone came over to our place and we BBQ’ed everyone's dinner and had it inside our place as the wasps were terrible.
In the evening, we sat by the fire and enjoyed a smoky time (The air is full of smoke from all the fires surrounding us in the mountains. There are now 4 major fire.)

AUG 30, Sunday, Gateway
A very quiet day at home, Val went to work; this is her last shift unless they call her in again. I was a bit hung over from last night so I had a snooze in the afternoon. My grand-daughter, Vanessa, called to announce her official Engagement to her beau, then later, we got a call from Don and Joanne inviting us over to their cottage in Scotch Creek for dinner so we went over. We had a very nice dinner and pleasant visit. We talked about our mutual plans for the coming year. Theirs sounded more interesting...they are going to Australia for 3-4 months amd plan on renting an RV and doing some travelling while there.
We came home around 9 p.m. and watched an episode of SHIELD!

AUG. 31, Monday, Gateway
Another month gone by! Time is just a flying by! The air is very smoky this morning and the sun appears red through the smoke. We definitely need a couple days of rain. We got a call this morning from South Thompson...our new rig is ready for pick-up so we made arrangement to do it tomorrow. We spent the rest of the day unloading stuff we could leave here, filled 3 boxes of stuff so that will be less stuff to transfer over. I also took down all the pictures and hooks we had up.
We went over to Theresa and Ron for happy hour then came home and BBQ chicken for dinner. Watched SHIELD in the evening

Saturday, August 29, 2009

August 25 to 28, 2009 Gateway and new 5th=Wheel

AUG. 25, Tuesday, Gateway
We heard on the radio this morning that Sorrento is on “Standby” for evacuation due to the fire on the mountain behind them. It is growing fast and the fire fighters are having a hard time putting it out due to the steep terrain. Sorrento is across the lake from us so this is getting serious.
I took out and re-covered the shelve above the washing machine which had been wrecked due to spilled javex a while back. Collins, the owner of South Thompson, came over and assessed the rig and the damaged to the slide then went back to his shop. An hour later, he called to say he accepts our deal minus $2000 so we accepted. I guess we are tentatively the proud owner of a new 2008 Forest River 33’ Silverback! I just hope we are not making another mistake like we did with this QUANTUM trailer from FLEETWOOD.

AUG 26, Wednesday, to Kamloops
We went back to South Thompson to get the papers in order for our new rig and to take some pictures of the rig, inside and out (SEE FOLDER # 43 in PICASA Link on the left column). We also went over the rig and made a list of everything we could find that needed attention. From here, we drove to Salmon Arm and picked up our mail and filled up the car then came home. We went to Marcel and Donna and showed them the pictures we took then it was time for dinner and a relaxing evening at home

AUG. 27, Thursday, Gateway
Sure can tell that we are coming to the end of the summer; it was only 45*F overnight although it is sunny now and will go up to mid 70’s, had to turn the furnace on this morning. We took all our ornaments off the wall, replaced the front window to its original glass, replaced the mirror on the wall in the kitchen and a few other odds and ends; getting ready for the transfer over to the new 5th-Wheel.
I went to Chase to our storage locker and got a couple of empty box to help with the move between the two trailers then I got Season 4 of SHIELD and stopped at the bank. I got a most pleasant surprise while at the storage unit; I found a box with CD and some of my programs and went I checked them at home, found all my pictures from 2005 to 2006. What a lucky find!
I went over to Marcel and helped him put his gazebo together later in the afternoon and Val helped Donna with dinner as we had it together.
After dinner we watched another episode of Shield.

AUG. 28, Friday, shopping.
I went to our storage in Chase to pick up the king size mattress from the Quantum and disposed of it then came home and picked up Val and Tucker for shopping day. We went to Salmon Arm where we picked up our mail and mailed a package to my brother Johnny. We had a quick lunch at the Java Jive coffee shop, stopped to fill the car using the accumulated points and some groceries then came home. There was a big accident on Hwy one near Chase this morning and I had to use the back roads to make it to Chase. When we left for Salmon Arm, the traffic was backed up for approx. 5-6 KM in the opposite direction but was cleared by the time we got back. Probably someone going too fast or texting!?
When we returned, I went over to Marcel’s place to help him with his gazebo. We finally got the top canopy on so now all he has to do is put up the side curtains. It was a complicated job, especially since the instructions were not very clear. We are having some very serious problems with wasps this year and they are quite aggressive. We have laid out traps everywhere
We went to the pub for fish and chip with Donna and Marcel and Ron & Sharon joined us. When we returned, we could see the flames on the mountain top from the fire behind Sorrento.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

August 20 to 24, 2009 Looking for a new rig

AUG. 20, Thursday, Gateway
Got up in a better mood this morning. I went to Chase to exchange our movies then came home, made a few phone calls, vacuumed Marcel and Donna’s trailer and took the bed sheet back to our place to wash them. Another hot one today, 36*C (94*F) I made a few calls including one to O’Connor’s RV in Chilliwack and also phoned the computer guy in Logan Lake about the hard drive and told him to retrieve the other half of the drive.
We had a nice dinner then we got a call from our friends Glenda and Terry. We discussed our situation with the Quantum then after hanging up; we watched season two, episode 1 & 2 of SHIELD. It rained late in the evening but the temperature didn’t really cool off that much

AUG 21, Friday, Gateway
It’s going to be another hot day, already 70*F at 7:30 a.m.! I went to Chase, picked up some materials, came home and fixed the step going to the bedroom. It had fallen apart from the weight and this time, I reinforced the whole thing by putting some support on it.
We went to Donna and Marcel for a drink then we went to Scotch Creek for fish & chips at the local pub. We came home and started watching Season two of Shields.

AUG. 22, Saturday, to Kelowna
After breakfast, we drove to Kelowna to “Country RV” and looked over the 32’ Montana Mountaineer and the 3400 which was really beautiful but quite heavy and as long as the one we have now so it would defeat the purpose of trading.
We came home after getting some pamphlets. We had a quick turn-around at our house then picked up Donna and Marcel and went to Salmon Arm golf club for dinner for which we had reservations. We had BBQ pork, salad potatoes and dessert for $15. There were 6 of us and we had a good time. On the way home, Marcel mentioned a couple who had been asking about us and said they knew us so we stopped at their place and it turned out to be our RV friends, Carol & Rick, whom we had previously met on the road. We had a wonderful reunion but unfortunately it was time to come home.

AUG 23, Sunday, Gateway
Now we ponder over what to do about our rig. Val did laundry in the morning and I finished fixing the step to our bedroom. The air is really smoky today; there is a big fire two mountains back from us and we could see the flames when we drove from Salmon Arm yesterday.
We went to Chase to pick up some groceries then had happy hour with Donna and Marcel

AUG. 24, Monday, Kamloops
We went to Kamloops to look at some rigs and made a stop at Costco. First we stopped at South Thompson RV and looked at a 33’ Cedar Creek ’08 and 30’ Silverback ‘09. We also looked at others but always came back to these two. We left and went to Country RV on the Yellow Head Highway and looked at 34’ Montana ’09. They were willing to bargain our trade for 25K difference. We drove away to think all this over and stopped at Costco where Val picked up her eye contacts. We drove back to South Thompson RV and after looking at the two rigs again, we made an offer on the 33’ Cedar Creek with a difference of 14K and they accepted the deal pending a review of our rig. We gave a deposit to hold the rig.
We came home and had another call from our friends Glenda and Terry. We had called them earlier but hadn't had a connection. We told them of our news and chatted for a while. We had a glass of wine with Donna and Marcel then I BBQed hamburgers for dinner. Afterwards, Ron and Sharon called us to come over to their place for a drink so we went for about an hour then came home and watched more of SHIELD

Thursday, August 20, 2009

August 16 to 19, 2009, Quantum saga

AUG 16, Sunday, Gateway
We spent the day packing our stuff for the next 3 days and putting everything away. Tomorrow, “Q” is going to the garage to get the main slide roof fixed. We took our stuff three doors down to Marcel and Donna’s trailer. They have generously offered the use of their trailer while ours is in the garage.
Val made a big beef stew for dinner with lots of left over for tomorrow night. We are watching a new series call “SHIELD” about a corrupt cop. So far, it’s pretty good.

AUG. 17, Monday, to Salmon Arm for repairs on the Quantum
I got up with at 6:30 and took more stuff to our new “home” then dumped the tanks, hooked up “Q” and left for Country Camping to get the slide roof fix.
I came back home an hour later and took the garbage out then took our empties to the recycling depot.
On my return, I stopped at Gateway office only to find out the workers are gone for a few days to Vernon to another project. What a disappointment. I had made arrangement two weeks ago about this but as usual, plans with these guys are not to be trusted. They were to fill the back of our lot while the rig was gone!! DAMN!!! It will be done but when...anyone’s guess and will mean moving the rig again, not that’s a big deal but it is a hassle!
We had our first dinner in our “temporary house”...left-over stew, then we watched another episode of “SHIELD” It was a really warm evening.

AUG 18, Tuesday, Gateway
Cloudy periods today but very warm; 73*F by 10 a.m. and the forecast is for 80-85*F by the afternoon. I went to Chase and picked up more sachets for the sewer tank, enough to last until next spring.
I washed the pad and raked the leafs while the rig is out of there and I brought our fan back to Marcel and Donna’s trailer as they have none. In the afternoon, I got a call from Country Camping asking me about the brakes and while on the phone I asked about the slide only to find out that they hadn’t started on it yet and upon further conversation, found out that the parts were not even in yet. To say I was fuming is putting it mildly. I told them to stop all work and that I would be in tomorrow

AUG. 19, Wednesday, the Quantum saga continues
I got up early and drove to Salmon Arm. Sure enough, it was confirmed that the parts were not in. I demanded a full refund of the deposit I had made 3 weeks ago and let them have a piece of my mind for all the good it did.
I hooked up and drove to TRI-CROWN RV down the road. The guy there told me they could fix it but that the major problem was the frame (LIPPERT) which was slightly bending because of the slide weight. He told me that this was quite common with LIPPERT Frames and that there were a lot of lawsuits presently against them. He advised that I dump it! He said that it would cost a fair amount to have the frame strengthen, probably in the neighbourhood of $6-7 grand. He told me of a dealer in Kelowna who was quite reasonable if I wanted to trade in.
I drove to Kelowna, an hour away, to Country RV (NOT RELATED TO COUNTRY CAMPING) and talked to sales rep there who showed me a 2010 32’ Mountaineer 5th-Wheel made by Keystone. They had a good deal for me and I told him I would be back Saturday with Val. I then drove to Jubilee RV in Kamloops to get an estimate on the repairs. He said it would take a week to fix it and would e-mail me an estimate. I looked at a CITATION while there but the offer they made was ridiculous so I left and came home. Set up and relaxed for the rest of the evening. All this is really stressing me out and I feel overwhelmed by all the bad luck we’ve been having with this trailer.

Sunday, August 16, 2009

August 10 to 15, 2009; North Shuswap

AUG. 10, Monday, Gateway
Well, it rained today, sort of! It was more like a small drizzle but it has cooled things down to a comfortable 70*F. Val is at work so I cooked my famous Shepherd Pie for dinner tonight. I also made an appointment for the truck to get some maintenance done and check the brakes.

AUG. 11, Tuesday, Gateway
It rained overnight but it is sunny now with cloudy periods. Val went to work today so I did the laundry and prepared dinner. A quiet day at home! Yesterday, we heard that 3 guys were seen and chased from our resort. One of them was carrying a big bag. I guess it was bound to happen sooner or later, especially with no security and different area where people can just walk in without being checked. At least at our end of the park, there are 4 of us living here full-time so we are keeping an eye out.
We watched the last DVD on “WIRE”; what an excellent series that was.

AUG. 12, Wednesday, to Salmon Arm
Val took the truck to work this morning and left me the car. I took the DVD back to the video shop in chase then drove to Salmon Arm. I picked up our mail and had a bite to eat at the coffee shop. At 1 p.m. I met the guys from “IQ GRAPHICS” at a body shop where they installed tinted film on the all the back windows of the car. They didn’t want to install any on the driver and passenger side as they are illegal in BC but they did cut and readied two of them for me. I was back home by 2:30 p.m. What a difference it makes on cutting the rays of the sun coming in the car!

AUG. 13, Thursday, truck maintenance
I took the truck in to Sorrento early this morning to have the radiator and transmission flushed. They also checked the brakes which still have 60% left. Thank goodness for that good old exhaust brake! I was out of there after 2.5 hours. I went to Chase afterwards and bottled and brought back our homemade wine as it was ready. 36 bottles should last us a couple days, I would think!?
I BBQ’ed pork chop for dinner

AUG. 14, Friday, Gateway
It is cloudy and cool this morning with rain in the forecast. Val had to work again today, an extra shift! I fixed a couple of little things inside the trailer than cleaned the patio.
We had happy hour with Donna and Marcel then we all went out to the pub in Scotch Creek for dinner. Being Friday, fish and chips was the special.

AUG 15, Saturday, shopping day
We went to Salmon Arm today and picked up our mail and did some grocery shopping. It was cloudy most of the day and cool but comfortable. We picked up a present for Jenaya (Val’s grand-daughter) and some new wipers for the car.
We came home after stopping in Chase for a couple movies and put everything away. We went over to Donna and Marcel for happy hour then came home for dinner. We had bought a pre-cooked chicken at the grocery store so we had that for dinner.
In the evening, we watched the movies we rented. We are becoming addicted to that!

Monday, August 10, 2009

August 5 to 9, 2009 North Shuswap and Vancouver

AUG. 5, Wednesday, Gateway
It was cooler and partially cloudy most of the day; I think the heat wave is finally over and we will be back to normal temperature.
I took the boat out of the water and washed it down then I put the cover on it readying it for its trip back to Vancouver this Friday.
We got a call from Val’s sister Audrey that Ken’s daughter, a close friend of the family, died this morning. She was a young 29 years old. She had a condition where all blood vessels kept developing aneurism and she died while going for an MIR at the hospital. A very sad day for all of us indeed as she was such a neat kid, full of life and happiness.
We had a quiet evening.

AUG 6, Thursday, Gateway
While Val was at work, I went to Chase to get some groceries and return the movie series “WIRE” that we’ve been watching and picked up the fifth and last series. That is an excellent series if you can get past all the swearing. While at the groceries store I ran into an old acquaintance of mine from my sailing days, Mike Skulsky. Being lunch time, we went to a local restaurant and had lunch and caught up to each other’s news. He had to go back to work (at Lake Adams) so we said our goodbyes. Funny to run into him here!
I came back home and got dinner ready for tonight.
By the way, I have now recovered 2500 pictures from the disk that Glen from Logan Lake gave me. I am quite pleased and hopefully the second half of the disk will yield more pictures.
In the evening, Donna and her friend came over for a visit for a little while. It’s been cloudy today but the sun did poke through in the afternoon and the temperature climbed to 85*F.
Donna and I went half on the cost for a TELUS Wireless Internet “stick” so now we have internet hook-up any time we want it.

AUG. 7, Friday, to the Lower Mainland
We left around 11 am for Vancouver. We stopped in Kamloops for breakfast at Tim Horton then went on. The day was warm and sunny but as we got to the top of the Coquihalla it got colder and cloudier. We stopped at the top for a quick bathroom break and for Tucker to walk a bit and do his thing. We stopped again in Chilliwack to take on fuel then went on to Port Moody where we met Jeffrey. We put the boat in the water and switch the trailer to his truck then went to a local pub for dinner. We had a nice visit and it ended by us going to his place for the night and him going to meet his friends at Gibson by boat.

AUG 8, Saturday, to Chilliwack,
We got up early, showered and called Joanne but there was no one home so we left for Chilliwack after stopping for breakfast at McDonald. Rochelle wanted to go shopping so off to
the mall we went. I took a couple of pictures of Kevin and his new bike after which he went for a ride with a buddy of his.
For dinner, we went to a Greek restaurant with the girls and mom and dad of course. Graham was in Abbotsford with his friends so we never saw him all week-end. In the evening we watched a movie then it was beddy-bye.

AUG, 9, Sunday, back to North Shuswap
After a visit with the kids, we left to go back home. Val has to work tomorrow so we didn’t want to be late getting home. It was a very nice sunny drive. I topped up before leaving and again in Chase. We stopped in Merritt and Kamloops at the Walmart store to look for a pair of shoes for Val’s work. She found a pair in Kamloops. We got home at 4 p.m., put everything away then went for a quick drink with Donna and Marcel. After dinner, we watched another episode of “WIRE”

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

August 1 to 4, 2009, North Shuswap

AUG. 1, Saturday, Gateway
After a nice breakfast which I cooked, we went boating once again. We motored to an Island up the lake where young people like to climb on a rock high up and jump or dive in the lake. We didn’t try it but went for a swim and enjoyed the show. Jeff wanted to show us the boat he would like to buy so we drove to the marina at Sorrento and looked it over, a RENKER, 27 foot long. Very nice boat! We went to the little Shuswap via the connecting river and had another swim over there then it was time to come home. BBQ hamburger for dinner with Chilliwack Jubilee corn; yum, yum! The heat wave is still with us with temp. of 36*C today and there seems to be no relief in sight. The A/C was on until about 9 p.m.

AUG. 2, Sunday, Gateway
Another hot day! Jeff decided to go home early as he had too many things on the go at home and wanted to get to them. We said our goodbyes and made plans to bring the boat back to him next Friday. After he left, we went on the lake again for a dip. In the evening, we went over to our neighbour, Ron and Theresa, as it was his birthday. We had a nice BBQ and a few laughs which made it for a nice day.

AUG. 3, Monday, Gateway
Another lazy and hot day! Val did some laundry in the morning and we went for a boat ride and a dip in the afternoon. I’ll be glad when this heat wave is over.

AUG. 4, Tuesday, Gateway
Well, my wish sort of came through...it was cloudy today and a bit cooler. It only went up to 85*F, still fairly warm but not as hot as what it has been. The forecast is for rain by Thursday!? Val went to work to work and she likes it because it’s A/C