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Monday, May 30, 2011

A recap of May!

 

as the month of May is now drawing to a close..it is filled with many birthdays and anniversaries..so Happy Birthday and Happy anniversary to everyone who celebrates this month!!

Doug’s birthday was first…he turned 52 at the beginning of the  month…

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then there was Mother’s Day..

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Ron’s birthday..57

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then there was mine…the big 52..

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the very next day?..my parent’s 55th anniversary..

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a couple of days later…my friend Robbie and her husband, Bob  celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary..both Doug and I can say ‘we were there, thirty years ago…where has the time gone???..(I stole this photo from her Facebook)

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today, May 30th our beloved first golden would have been 18 years old…

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and our ‘Rving friends, Paul and Mary are celebrating their 25th anniversary today…(another Facebook picture steal)

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as the month of May has only one more day..we are glad to flip the calendar on this one..hasn’t been an easy 31 days…onward to the month of June…it just has to be better!!..

Three years from tomorrow is the earliest date that could be my last day at work…..only 1095 more days to go!!..I can do it!!!..we are keeping an eye on the prize!!!

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Heading Home ….

 

Our first tent camping trip is in the books…we arrived home Sunday  afternoon..one day earlier than we had planned..why?…the one thing we couldn’t control was the weather?!…


 

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after spending a very  rainy night we decided to head home today…the forecast didn’t look that promising so we figured why pack up in the rain on Monday..…head out while there was no moisture falling from the sky…
So now for the recap on what we thought of our first ‘tent camping’ experience…
the tent..

 

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an Outbound six man Lakeside Long..roomy..nice vestibule…kept us dry…9/10

The sleeping pads..so worth the money we spent on these!!.
 
 
 

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3.5 inches thick..very comfortable…10/10
sleeping bags..

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warm and cozy..10/10
The only downside of the sleeping arrangements were the pillows..we should have brought one more each…


We even had a portable toilet so there was no leaving the tent in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom.. now that is a REAL  bonus!!!

And Doug had even bought a portable fan that ran on batteries..perfection!!!


The cooking and the meals?..was just fine..we ate well..never went hungry!..the old cooler worked well keeping the food and drinks at a good temperature..

Tucker was a good boy..slept well in the tent..yet another bonus!!

The camping experience on the whole went very well…we had a discussion today with regards to how difficult it is to know what it is like to have a ‘trailer’ and then to revert back to a tent..and sleeping low to the ground…( for those of you interested…the getting out of bed was  bit difficult but we managed)


But I, in turn said that even when we had  the trailer and  it rained?..sure we were dry but there was the feeling ‘of the walls closing in’ if we spent too much time indoors…and more than once we both had thought we need a bigger trailer???


After packing up, we realized that even with the trailer the time it took was about the same..


So basically the final score of this first trip?…with the weather being the only downside…I would say we would rate this first trip at 8.5/10..we may have been ‘roughing it’..but all in all it was a  success!!


So now the laundry awaits and drying out a few items..and we will be good to go again!!!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

going to new heights…

 

Saturday morning and the sun is out..with a few clouds…there is a threat of rain in forecast but the weather is one thing we cannot control..

breakfast was prepared by ‘moi’..scrambled egg with green onion, tomato, bacon and cream cheese with strawberries and orange juice on the side…

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no longer are we deemed trailer trash…we sat outside at the picnic table and ate our breakfast..no one has turned off the raging torrent as yet..the water keeps coming..along with it some debris are going for rides along the  rapids…..floating logs…a ‘blue ‘beach ball?’…just to name a few…

We spent the balance of the morning going to ‘new heights’…

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up to the top of Stemwinder Mountain…1430 meters? upwards of 6000 feet?..{sorry can’t look it up to for my American readers. my ‘google’ is not working here campsite #21…}

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yes, folks that ‘white stuff is snow’…1430 meters above sea level..middle of May and we hit some snow…

headed back down the mountain…

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we then headed for a surprise visit to the ‘birthday boy’!..Happy 57th birthday, Ron!!…their friend Rick was visiting from New Brunswick..via Kelowna, Nanaimo and Vancouver…IMG_6090

we first met Rick in 1985 when Carlie was just ‘wee baby’

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and then again about two years later before they headed to the Great White North…

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..there was also some ‘shopping’ done while we were at Ron and Karen’s…we were in need of a few items..one roll of paper towel, a few more garbage bags, firewood and a jug of water..thanks guys!..

on the way west again..the rain was coming down..oh no..there is no  tarp??..by the time we got back to the campsite…it was only drizzling a bit…things were  a bit wet but not a big deal…we dried things off and settled in for the afternoon…

That was until we discovered that the car charger for the cell phones didn’t work..back out again towards the town of  Princeton…one car charger and a drive down the Old Hedley Road…and a little mud on the tires…

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then Doug spotted this little marmot on a rock…he looks like he has a ‘snoring problem?’..is that not a ‘breathe right strip across his nose?’

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so that concludes our Saturday at Stemwinder..thanks for riding along..

I am signing out from my computer station at the picnic table..tomorrow there will be a hat on my head..I see a bad hair day in my not too distant future..oh well, that’s camping!!!

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dinner is now done..we have had a campfire..made a couple of s’mores for dessert  but the rain is coming down..we are huddled in the tent…with our chairs, and the crib board…now that the crib game is over ..Doug is playing ‘angry bird’ on his phone..Tucker is asleep on our bed…and so ends a rainy evening…we are hoping for sunny skies or at least a dry day tomorrow……hope the rain and raging river don’t keep us awake..!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

just call us crazy..

 

via the front seat of the jeep…this is being written…we are on the Hope Princeton Highway….we left home at 9:45..the jeep is stuffed to the roof and above..all secured and tied down..we head east towards our ‘campsite’..but not before a fill up of gas in Hope at $1.26 a litre… and McDonalds for lunch..

Our first stop on the highway was because of some pretty flashing lights and a laser gun..the nice gentleman wanted to give us a ‘lovely blue piece of paper’..the speed limit was 80 km an hour..and our ‘Freeway’ was enjoying feeling the wind a bit too much…the cost of this ‘little blue note’?..$113 if we pay within 30 days!…geesh, ‘Freeway’….the month of May continues to be a great one!!

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our usual ‘pit stop’…Tucker goes for a run in the doggy area at the Manning Park Lodge…as you can see by the look on his face..we have encroached on his back seat space with all our stuff!!..sorry ‘little buddy’ it will all be worth it!..

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we have arrived safely at Stemwinder Provincial Park..home for the next few days..Campsite #21..right along the Simillkemeen River..it is a raging torrent so Tucker much to his dismay will not be going swimming!..

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so as we sit here tonight quietly enjoy the sights and sounds of camping once again…the fire is going and the river is raging past…

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the land of no internet or cell service…but here I sit at the picnic table….on the laptop..using the much appreciated program..Live Writer…IMG_6058

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can we go to bed now!!.I am so tired!!!…this camping thing is hard work…