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!

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

SEPT 28, Monday, Visiting in Chilliwack
Val got a phone call from the doctor this morning. She has to go see him on Thursday afternoon to have a lump removed. She learned that it is cancerous but NOT malignant so that’s good news I guess but she will have a scar around her right eye which we will fix when we return next April.
Everyone is at work or school so we spent the day shopping and doing laundry. For dinner, Rochelle and Val cooked a delicious Pork Roast. Unfortunately, Graeme couldn’t stay for dinner nor could Vanessa as she had to work so we said our goodbyes to them before they left. In the evening, we sat in the living room and socialized.

SEPT 29, Tuesday, back to Gateway

It rained overnight! Actually, the weather man says there could be snow on the Coquihalla pass!?
We said goodbye to Hayley as she left for school then we got ready to leave. Kevin’s mom came over to help Vanessa paint her room so we chatted for a few minutes then it was time to go. After saying goodbye to everyone, we went to Rochelle’s work and said our goodbyes. We stopped for a Tim Horton coffee then drove east on Hwy 1. It was cold over the pass and snow could be seen at the 5 000 feet level ( the pass is at almost 4000). We stopped in Merritt for lunch then it was straight to Gateway. We got here around 4 p.m., put everything away and relaxed.

SEPT 30, Wednesday, Rig to Kamloops for minor warranty work
Val went to work today and I took the rig to South Thompson in Kamloops. There was a water leak that I had to get fixed so I got them to do other little things that needed attention; nothing serious! I was there all day and got back around 3:30 p.m. I stopped at Flying J and fuelled up at .889/L and I weight the rig and truck. I actually have 1600 lbs to spare on the trailer axle which is excellent. Even the truck notices an easement on pulling “the Bear”.
It was raining when I left this morning but it cleared later and was sunny most of the day but it’s back to clouds now and much, much cooler; it only got to 60*F today.

Monday, September 28, 2009

September 24 to 27, 2009; visit with kids & grand-kids

SEPT 24, Thursday, to Chilliwack
We left Gateway around 11 a.m. and drove to Kamloops where we stopped at TIM HORTON for brunch. We decided to come to the Coast via Hwy 1 for something different. It is at least an hour longer but the scenery is worth it. We hadn’t driven on this road for at least 4-5 years and notice that not much had changed. I was surprise to see the road was well kept though especially with the Coquihalla as a shorter route!
We arrived in Chilliwack around 5 p.m. and were met by Hayley. Mom and Dad are gone to Leavenworth, Wash. Vanessa and Garret came over a little later and we all went to Boston Pizza for dinner. It was fun having the grand-kids all to ourselves and we had a pleasant and lively conversation. Vanessa showed us her engagement ring, very nice! We came home and watched Survivor with Hayley; Vanessa and Garret went out.

SEPT 25, Friday, RV SHOW and to South Surrey
Sometime during the night, Graeme came home and we saw him briefly this morning. He is looking after the business while everyone is out playing. We called Phil and Betty to meet and since they are also going to the RV show, we made arrangements to meet them there.
We also called Val’s daughter, Joanne, to confirm our plans to meet this week-end. We left the house, after locking it, around 11 a.m. and drove to Abbotsford to the RV show.
We met Phil and Betty while there and went through the whole show; visited some great looking 5th-wheel and motorhome but resisted buying a new one Terry and Glenda! (SMILE). We got a couple of freebies for camping in California but there really weren’t that much to choose from. We listened to Terry and Mike Church give a presentation on the Baja and Western USA and bought their new book on the Baja and got them to sign it.
We finally left at 5 p.m. after saying goodbye to Phil and Betty and giving them back their movies which we had borrowed the last time we saw them. We drove to my son’s place and saw their new house for the first time. They, Jeff and Crystal, purchased this about a month ago. What a beautiful place set in a cul-de-sac in South Surrey. There is a park nearby. The house is two levels with 3 bedrooms, a den, dining room, living room with wood floor and a double garage. We took a few pictures and will post them soon. They are very proud of their purchase and so they should be!
Jeff actually cooked us a steak dinner on his new BBQ and then we had a nice visit.

SEPT 26, Saturday, @ Jeffrey and Crystal’s house
Jeffrey and Crystal had to go pick up a freezer in town so we went shopping on our own. Didn’t buy anything but sure noticed how much Surrey and Newton area has grown. Afterwards, I helped Jeff run some speaker wire through the walls to hook-up his system while the girls went hot tubing. We had vegetable and chicken stir-fry for dinner (Crystal is vegetarian). In the evening, we watched hockey then it was bed time.

SEPT 27, Sunday, visit with grand-daughter Jenaya
We had the morning with Jeff and Crystal then we left around noon for Joanne and John’s house in Coquitlam for a visit with Valerie grand-daughter.
We had a marvellous visit with them. We went for a walk around the park then we ordered Chinese food for dinner and Jenaya insisted on playing one of her games after dinner so we obliged. We said our goodbyes around 8 p.m. after I won the game and drove back to Chilliwack.
We arrived around 9 p.m. and caught up to news with Rochelle and Kevin. We went to bed early as they have to work tomorrow.

Thursday, September 24, 2009

September 20 to 23, 2009; saying our goodbyes before leaving

SEPT 20, Sunday, farewell BBQ
Val went with Donna and Marcel in the morning to visit their son. She wanted to see the kennel their son and wife owned. On her return, Val made a potato salad for the BBQ later this afternoon. Since a lot of us will be leaving for winter grounds in the next while, we decided to get together with everyone left in the park and have a pot luck BBQ. There were 8 full-timers couples in total and we had a very nice time by the campfire. The dinner was a success too.

SEPT 21, Monday, Gateway
10 more days to our departure! I washed the truck and loaded the bikes on the back and covered them. Put most of the garden stuff away. The next few days are going to be busy so trying to do as much as possible as the free time is available. It was a nice day today but one definitely feels the fall air coming on.

SEPT 22, Tuesday; to Logan Lake, saying goodbyes to friends.
We left around 11 a.m. for Logan Lake but first we stopped in Chase to drop off our movies. We then drove to Kamloops to South Thompson to see if our parts were in which were not so we continued on to Logan Lake.
We visited with the Kirkby’s for the rest of the day. We learned that the Tate’s were on Vancouver Island and Joanne and Don were down at the lake so we didn’t see them. We had a nice lunch with Charlene and Lynden then for dinner, we went to the Black Bull so I could have my fix on their ribs. While at the pub we ran into Morgan Tate and she told us that Rick and Pat were returning this evening. We dropped off the Kirkby’s after saying our farewell then dropped in at the Tate’s to see if they were home which they were so we had a quick visit then left. We hope to see them on the road down south.
We came home around 9:30 p.m. and went to bed. A full day!

SEPT 23, Wednesday, wash day.
We went to Chase to do our laundry today and while Val was doing that, I had an oil & Lube done on the car. On our return to the house, I called Cartmell Insurance in Chilliwack, 604-795-7267 and got our medical insurance which cost us $470 each. I had received 4 other quotes which were from 700 to 1100 dollars so quite a saving. Cartmell has always been a good bargain for Insurance so we have no problems recommending them; Garry is super friendly too.
We called the kids tonight to make arrangements for going down tomorrow so we can catch the RV show in Abbotsford on Friday.

Sunday, September 20, 2009



September 16 to 19, 2009; Routine and doctor's appointments

SEPT 16, Wednesday, Gateway
A quiet day at home, we went to Chase and Sorrento for some business but otherwise, we stayed around here most of the day,

SEPT 17, Thursday, Salmon Arm for doctor’s appointments
It rained overnight but now the sun is shining in between clouds. We went to Salmon Arm to see our doctor and renew our prescriptions for 7 months to cover our time away. We picked up our mail then came back to Sorrento to drop off our prescriptions and get them filled. From here we went to Chase and returned our movies.
We came home and stopped at Jack and Mim’s lot for Happy Hour. Judy, George and Paulette were also there. For dinner, Val made a quick mixture with Hamburger helper then we relaxed at home.

SEPT 18, Friday, Routine stuff
We went to Sorrento to pick up our prescriptions then went to Chase to the bank to deposit a cheque I received for cancelling the Quantum’s insurance. Val got her last pay cheque today so that goes towards the trip and for paying the pricey prescriptions for the next 7 months.
We went to the pub for fish and chips with Jack and Mim and Marcel and Donna. We had a nice time then came home and called it a night

SEPT 19, Saturday, Gateway
It was raining this morning but cleared up in the afternoon and windy. Not much to report, it was a quiet day at home; we read and then went over to Donna and Marcel for happy hour. We watched a movie in the evening after having a fire outside with our neighbours, Dan and Laurie and Donna and Marcel.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

September 10 to 15, 2006, Routine stuff

SEPT 10, Thursday, Organizing day
A beautiful day, sunny and warm! I took everything out of the storage shed, organized and packed what we will need for our travels in the basement lockers. Then I put up more hooks and decorations on the walls inside for Val. I washed the car and cleaned inside. At 3 p.m., I went to Chase to bottle our wine then came home and relaxed. Val spent the day vacuuming and washing the inside of the rig, getting rid of wood dust from the manufacture. In the evening, we watched a movie that Dennis had loaned us

SEPT 11, Friday, Wash day
After breakfast, I washed the roof and the outside walls of the rig. I put protective “DICOR” on the roof after washing it. That took most of the day; 34 feet is still a lot of feet to wash and dry!
Jack and Mim came over and looked over the “Bear” and a visit. When they left, I had a shower then, for dinner, we went over to the pub with Jack and Mim; Donna and Marcel were supposed to join us but never showed. We came home, dropped them off after a nice visit and dinner and came home to watch an episode of the last series of Shield.

SEPT 12, Saturday, more chores
Another nice day; spent doing chores around the place, painting the truck’s tailgate and other odds and ends, sorting and storing more stuff for our trip and putting the kayak rack on the truck’s roof.

SEPT 13, Sunday, a relaxing day
The morning was spent watching the last of SHIELD then I got my papers in order and ready to be mailed for getting my Mexico papers in order. After selling the Quantum, I have to return the 10 years sticker for Mexico back to the Mexican government and getting it cancelled otherwise I won’t be able to go back with this new trailer. I found a form on the net which I filled out and sent it registered. Hopefully, that’s all I’ll require!
We went over to Donna and Marcel for happy hour but didn’t stay long as the wasps are absolutely horrible and plentiful.
We phoned our kids at dinner time and made arrangement to visit them on the week-end of the 26. We also learned that my grand-daughter, Vanessa, has set a date for their wedding which is August 20, 2010, WOW!!! What news! The newlyweds are planning on living in the basement of Kevin and Rochelle while they complete their University Studies so Kevin is renovating the basement into a suite. Wonderful parents those two are, if I may say so myself.

SEPT 14, Monday, Kamloops
We went back to Kamloops after stopping in Chase and mailing the papers to get my Mexican permit cancel. Hopefully it will be accepted and legalized us again. We went to Costco in Kamloops and Zellers to return the cabinet doors that were oversized and other items that didn’t fit. We went to a local pub for a beer than came home after stopping for gas.
I BBQ’ed chicken for dinner than we went for a walk around the park and to the beach to digest all that food. It is 8 p.m. and still very warm. Indian summer???

SEPT 15, Tuesday, routine stuff
We went to Chase to do laundry and picked up some groceries. We came home and put everything away then we read and Val watched OPRAH doing an interview with Whitney Houston. We had Chinese chicken stir-fry for dinner then watched a comedy movie in the evening.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

September 5 to 9, 2009 routine at Gateway

SEPT 5, Saturday, Gateway
We, all the owners, had an annual meeting with the developer and the property management outfit. Most of it was good but our issues as owners were not really addressed, so the saga continues.
I spent the rest of the day putting up shelves, taking the fireplace out for more storage, put up the coat rack, shoe rack and a few other things. When Val got home from work, we went over to Brook and Karen for happy hour and dinner. Another couple was there and Karen served some delicious appetizers with our drinks. Dinner was absolutely marvellous; BBQ pork steaks, rice and vegetables, a real chef-d’oeuvre! We had a good time and as usual, all good things come to an end and since Val has to work tomorrow, we had to leave. We said our good nights and came home.

SEPT 6, Sunday, Gateway

The day was spent working on placing more stuff inside and organizing the basement storage. I took out the fireplace and Ron & Theresa bought it. Now I have to make a trip to Rona or Home Depot to get doors for it and install them. It rained on and off most of the day but the sun did come out in between. Brook came over and I gave him the “grand tour”. Val had to work until 7 p.m. today as someone injured herself so they had to split a shift. I had left over for dinner and we watched the last episode of SHIELD series 5.

SEPT 7, Monday, Gateway
Today was a relax day. I didn’t feel good all day; not sure if I am coming down with something!? I laid down and slept for almost 3 hours but I did feel better afterwards. Val visited our neighbours while I slept. Teresa and Ron left today and later on, so did Donna and Marcel. The park was pretty quiet after dinner, most everyone had left. We got a surprise call from friends Glenda and Terry and they told us about the flooding and damage in San Carlos, Mexico where we go most often. We checked out the website, VivaSanCarlos and saw all the pictures posted on the hurricane that went through there in August. It is heart wrenching to see all that damage, including TOTONAKA where we usually stay. Our neighbour Dennis loaned us a couple movies so we watched one of them in the evening.

SEPT 8, Tuesday, laundry day
As part of the trade between the Quantum and Silver Back, we lost our washing machine so this morning, we joined the poor sobs who go to the Laundromat to do their laundry and became one of them. Actually it was kind of fun and didn’t take so long to dry the clothes. We did some shopping while in Chase and looked for doors to close in where the fireplace used to be.
It rained most of the day so this was an “in” day

SEPT 9, Wednesday, Kamloops
I went for some blood test this morning then we went to Kamloops to shop for doors and a few other things. We bought doors at Home Depot but it turned out that my measurement were reverse so the doors we bought didn’t fit of course. We had a late lunch at the local pub then did a couple more stores and came home.
It is kind of lonely here at Gateway now. Everyone has left except two other couples. Even the workers are not around. We have 3 weeks left to our departure!

Saturday, September 05, 2009

September 1 to 4, 2006 New 5th-Wheel

SEPT 1, Tuesday, to Kamloops to pick our new home
We left Gateway around 8:30 a.m for Thompson RV in Kamloops, approx 55 km from here. We stopped for breakfast then continued on to finalize our new purchase. After signing our life’s away and our bank accounts, we began transferring all our stuff over to our new 2008 Silverback 33, by Forest River. It took us the whole day to move all our stuff over. They placed the rigs side by side with the doors facing each other and provided us a board to place between each door so that we could transfer our stuff easily and without having to go up and down on the steps. We finally left around 6 p.m. and it began to rain. We stopped for dinner in Chase then went home, parked and began the process of placing everything in its rightful place. The clothes hanger in the closet fell down, just like it did when we purchased the Quantum. I hope this is NOT a sign of things to come...but let’s keep positive here!!! We went to bed early, very tired.

SEPT. 2, Wednesday, setting up
Val was called to work so I went away putting some stuff away and putting brackets up, setting up the TV and other things. When Val got home, we had dinner then went over to John and Marlene for a drink as they are leaving tomorrow. We came home and watched an episode of Shield then it was bed time

SEPT. 3, Thursday, back to Kamloops
Val had a doctor’s appointment and I took the rig back to South Thompson to get the hitch for the bikes put on and get the closet clothes hanger fix. They also fixed a couple of other little things that we had noticed. They are providing us with excellent service and are being very friendly with us; mind you this is the second time we deal with these guys and we know them well too. I drove back home and set up again then we had our first dinner in this rig.

SEPT 4, Friday, Gateway
In front of the trailer there is a bear so Val decided to baptize our rig “THE BEAR”. We continued setting up and sorting some stuff for storage or give away. I helped move Ron and Theresa’s rig to Salmon Arm as they don’t have a truck and they have some work to get done on it; came back home two hours later.
We went for dinner at the pub tonight, compliment of Ron and Theresa.