AUG 17 to 21; Work week
Well the week started busy and stayed that way until Friday. We’ve been working in Chehalis outside of Harrison Mill, replacing broken windows and glass and it’s been a hot week to make it worse. Thursday was my usual pick-ups/delivery day and it was a short one but I did managed to put in 7.5 hrs. As far as house hunting, we have now withdrawn all offers until we get our mortgage finances in order. Native land is definitely out for the time being; just too much hassles with mortgage approvals and age restriction. Friday was half day for me then I stopped at MTNVIEW and once again: promises, promises but no goodies.
AUG 22, SATURDAY; to OLIVER
We left at 7:45 am, stopped at McD for coffee then Shell for gas and hit the highway. We went over the Coquihalla then the Connector to Kelowna and down to OLIVER. We arrived at 11:30 and stopped for lunch at “THE FIREMAN BISTRO”. A neat place and the food was good. We met Brad, a Real Estate Agent who showed us a park model listed at $124,000. We liked it very much except for the rosy carpet. After he left, we met Val’s sister, AUDREY, at the local pub (Marcel had company from Alberta). We took her back to the Park to show her the Park Model we were interested in and walked over to the small lake where we met a lady that lives in the Park and told some horror story about the Park owner who lives in Surrey. We decided then and there to back out of this deal. Audrey told us about another Park nearby so we went to see it and Val called the listed Agent, Jaimed, and he came over and showed us two park models and a house, all listed for less than $70,000! WOW!!! And we were impressed with all of them. He also told us about two more places in Gallagher Lake, north of town. We drove Audrey back to her jeep and said our goodbyes then we drove to see these two places and found that one had a SOLD sign on it but the second one was still available. Jaimed is to send us spec sheets on those and pictures. We drove back home via Hwy 3 which was shorter mileage wise but much longer time-wise. We got home at 10:30 pm after leaving Oliver at 5:30 pm. It was a long day but productive and we have renewed hope to buy something. As a footnote, we arrived in Oliver under sunny and clear sky and we could see smoke from the fires up the mountain but by mid-afternoon, the whole area was covered in smoke which made it uncomfortable to breath and hard on the eyes, especially driving all day.
AUG 23, SUNDAY; Relaxing Day and BIG DECISION!
We went to look at a rancher in Chilliwack central but found it too small. We spoke with Marcel and Audrey too and we’ve decided to put everything on hold until we return from our winter trip. I think it doesn’t makes sense to pay for mortgage, maintenance, pad rental and heat only to be away for 4-5 months. We will look more in Oliver once we return from our winter adventures as we will be able to camp there for a few days and really look and be more serious about it all. Oufffff, I feel relief!!! Val did laundry then went for a walk with her friend on the Rotary Trail. I worked on the blog, dumped the tanks, washed the windows on the cars and just puttered around.