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Sunday, August 21, 2016

The many ‘skies’ of Tunkwa..

August 7-22, 2016

The daily journal is no more…it has been more than two weeks since my last post and of course..the only thing I can say is ‘where has the time gone??

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..the ‘man in the moon?’

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Tucker enjoying one of the many sunsets..

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..the deer population has increased..

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..we have been busy working  and the days are just ‘running together’..it seems that the weekends fly by and before we know it the week is half way through again..

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..We had a visit from Ken and Julie..campers we met at Monck Provincial Park...this time they brought their trailer and stayed for the weekend…so nice to see their smiling faces again..

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We had  some time to visit with them so it was great to ‘catch up’ on their summer adventures..

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..a storm blew through this evening…dark ominous clouds..wind and rain..no satellite signal..and with it came some thunder and lightning..

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…35 years ago tonight was the ‘eve of our wedding’..

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..we were so young..now I am really thinking ‘where has the time gone?’..

Happy 35th Anniversary to us!!

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Where have we been?

July 16-August 6, 2016

July 16-18..

At the end of my last post..the topic was a mouse in the trailer…since then we have had two dead mice in the trap located in the furnace compartment…

We have placed a bar of Irish spring under the shower stall in the hopes that this will deter the ‘rodents’…Doug also built a ‘mouse trap’ for outside…

  • one bucket filled with water
  • an empty water bottle smeared with peanut butter
  • a dowel to suspend the bottle over the ‘swimming pool’..
  • and a ramp to help the mice into the ‘pool’..

This trap has caught eight mice in two days…better that they are outside rather than inside the trailer..

Some would say, ‘but they have a cat’..well the kitty lets us know when there is a mouse in the vicinity…but would he actually catch one and kill it?..not too sure about that…so we use the good old fashioned mouse trap and the ‘swimming pool trap’…one can only hope that this will alleviate the ‘mouse issue’..

July 19..

Two in the ‘pool’..zero in the trailer..

As we sit here at 3800 feet we are still waiting for summer to arrive?…oh where are you ‘heat wave?’..we are still wearing jeans and our fleece jackets..sure there has been days where shorts are the attire but not too often..

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I know that soon we will be saying..’geeze it’s hot outside’ but for now it would be nice to have some warm sunshine..

July 20..August 6, 2016

It has been three weeks since I opened the Live Writer program…We have been busy working…the days are long..the campers are great.. we are busy finding our way as the camping season progresses..

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Carlie and Adam came for  a surprise two night visit over the 013August Long weekend…so nice to see the two of them..it was a good distraction for us..the food was delicious and the company was even better…they were both such a  big help..

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Carlie helped me with the paper work in the evening..Adam helped Doug build the recycling table and he split some firewood as well…and of course, Fletcher came along and he kept Tucker busy!!

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A deer crossing early in the morning..bringing with her two fawns..

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the weeds are still winning the war…Doug and I pulled a pickup truck load of weeds from one campsite..

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there was no before picture but Doug took one after we were done..

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so as another Sunday is upon us tomorrow…the park is fairly quiet this weekend but everyone is behaving so that is a good thing…

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one last Saturday night sunset…

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..onwards to another week…stay tuned for more from Tunkwa…

Friday, July 15, 2016

Summer is flying by…

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Canada Day weekend is but a distant memory…those last three days just ‘flew by’..

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The park was a ‘sea of red and white’..

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lots of campers showing their Canadian Pride..

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Hugh had purchased a bucket of Canadian flags to hand out to all the campers…nice patriotic touch!!

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The Tunkwa side of the park was ‘busy’ but not full of the large groups that are normally here..we only had a few empty sites…

…Leighton side was a ‘ghost town’ so at least Doug was able to help me with the collecting and finding our ‘bearings’…a bit overwhelming in the beginning but we found the best way to deal with all the collecting was to just ‘deal with one camper at a time’…

speaking of the campers..we had a visit from Ken and Julie  Thompson..campers from last two seasons at Monck Park..so nice to see their smiling faces again!!!

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They had come by to visit Julie’s parents who were camping here at the park and of course, knew that we were here as well..they even stopped by to see Steve and Dianne, too!!

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We even had a few minutes to take Tucker for a swim on Saturday..

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By the time Sunday came..we had a mass exodus …it was all hands on deck and sites were all cleaned by the end of the afternoon…kudos to everyone!! ‘Many hands make light work’!!

Tucker is happy ‘Auntie Dianne and Uncle Steve’ are still here…he get’s lots of walks in..

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July 4th…

first off Happy 4th of July to all our American readers!!

Doug is heading into Kamloops this morning…he has a few errands to get done so that leaves me with the ‘morning duties’…

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I spent the first few hours of the day cleaning the bathrooms and a bit of collecting…

Doug returned just before lunch time..groceries put away ..we had lunch and then headed out together to clean a few sites..

Doug repaired some the clips on the tables as we went around the park…more collecting and a visit with Steve and Dianne…

That pretty much sums up our day…the park is pretty empty and the clouds have rolled in along with a bit of wind..just another Monday…

July 5…

More rain this morning…Two truck loads of garbage to the local transfer station  …the trucks and gas cans will get filled with fuel in Logan Lake..

I cleaned all the bathrooms this morning and then had to make a trip into Logan Lake as well…a  quick stop at the local Bargain Shop..the bank..and the gas station..

This afternoon we continued with our ‘replace the broken clip’ project and by 3 pm the rain was coming down again so we headed home and tackled some the paper work that needed doing..

We were invited to Steve and Dianne’s for dinner tonight..a  delicious pork tenderloin, salad and roasted red potatoes..ice cream for dessert…

Doug went out on his own and did the evening collecting…too bad we had another dump of rain while he was doing the rounds….I was warm and cozy inside the Colibaba’s trailer visiting..sorry, dear!!

July 6-9..

The last three days are just a blurr…the usual duties filled the hours and now here it is Saturday afternoon and the park is quiet..we only have a few campers in Tunkwa and Leighton is bit busier ..…there was a rain this morning and the weather didn’t look too promising..but now the sky is blue and the rain has  stopped…sure seems that if the weather is not desirable?..wait five minutes and it will change..

The wild ‘flowers’ are blooming….

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..the road heading out of the day use is lined with yellow ‘flowers’…

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Steve and Dianne took Tucker for a walk to the ‘bench’ on the hill..good thing Dianne wears a bright pink top…easy to spot!!

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Tucker is sure going to miss the ‘daily walks’…

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..those will be ending on Monday..time for the Colibaba wheels to be rolling again…hard to believe how fast the time has gone..

They were kind enough to give us a ‘gift card’ for Montana’s to say thank you for all the ‘ campground service’ we provided..what a nice surprise and most certainly not necessary..

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We will be sure to use it in the Fall…once our work camping is complete…

July 10-11..

I have said it before and will say it again..one of the best things about this lifestyle is the people you meet along the way..but one of the hardest things is ‘saying so long’…

We had our ‘last supper’ together on Sunday night..burgers on the grill and salad…

This morning it was time for Steve and Dianne to  leave..six weeks sure went quickly…

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with hugs and ‘see you next times’…they were ‘rolling’..site #50 is now vacant…

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We worked most the day but took some time this afternoon to take Tucker for  a walk…He led the way down the familar path..

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yes..we hiked up to the ‘bench’…

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great views from this vantage point…we can see the whole campground from here…

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within an hour we were back at the trailer..time to go back to work…

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July 12..

another morning trip to Kamloops…we had a quite a few stops to make on this trip..most were for ‘park business’

  • Peavey’s
  • Praire Coast
  • Home Hardware
  • Brandywine office
  • Ferguson’s
  • Canadian Tire

and then finally we went to Walmart and Costco for our groceries..

all those stops and we were  home by 1:00..…back in our uniforms and out in the park working again by 2:00…all in a ‘day’s work’…

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July 13…another one of those days where we had a mixed bag of weather..just the usual stuff…bathrooms, collecting, weeding..we came home in the afternoon for a while…there was housework and dinner planning to do..

Doug took Tucker for  a walk while I did the ‘chores’…it seems to be Golden Retriever week at the park….there are six  golden retrievers camping in the park this evening…and one of them is named ‘Tucker’…what are the chances? ..there is a Max, Sadie, Tucker, Teak, Aspen and Cobie..

July 14-15..

Well if the last couple days were a post of it’s own..it would read..

‘We have a mouse in the house!’

Yes, this morning I woke to the house in a ‘mess’..it seems we have a little gray mouse who was hiding out…One would think that the cat would be a good mouser?..NOT..he stood guard for a while and then lost interest…somehow the mouse wound up behind the dog bed..with the dog on the bed…

Doug finally got  him..but not before the little rodent was hiding in the back of my chair..we tipped the chair..banged on it and finally Doug had him cornered..got him trapped in a box and took him outside..the plan was to drown him in the water bucket but he managed to escape…

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We set a couple of traps and this morning we had success…one dead mouse in the trap…Lord only knows how the mouse is getting inside but it seems that Dave and Sherry had a ‘visitor as well’…so at least we aren’t alone in this…

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The weather also was creating some ‘havoc’..we had a thunderstorm warning for the area…the clouds, wind and rain arrived but no thunderstorm for us..

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so there you have the first 15 days of July…thanks for reading along with us…hopefully the next 16 days will be ‘rodent free’!