Wednesday, July 31, 2013

July..part deux

July 16-31, 2013

Day 197: 'the lifestyles of the rich and famous?'..not me.. I feel more like Cinderella..anyone have a chimney they want me to clean?


Day 198: 'clear the decks'..condo living at it's note from the strata stating that the decks will be cleaned and painted?..when?..some time in the next three days?


Day 199: 'one load in the 'borrowed' shopping cart ready to go to the trailer'..vacation time is upon us!!


Day 200: first day of summer vacation..home for the next 5 days, Nehalem Bay State Park


Day 201: our beach from the viewpoint along Highway 101


Day 202: a lazy Sunday walk on the beach


Day 203: Paw prints in the sandIMG_1824

Day 204: Tucker and his new ‘girlfriend’ Molly, from Bandon, Oregon.


Day 205: The many shapes of sand IMG_1869

Day 206: ‘reflection on travel day’


Day 207: Highway 20 through North Cascades National Park in Washington.


Day 208: you were warned 'yellow jackets'..we are now armed with a 'wasp-0-minium'..the door is open but then it slams shut!!


Day 209: Happy hour..'red solo cup, I fill you up, let's have a party...'


Day 210: an early morning visitor to our campsite on the banks of the Methow River


Day 211: Twin Lake..Winthrop, Washington..'Bart' looks tired and is more than likely thinking..'oh my gawd, HE is swimming yet again???


Day 212: last morning coffee at Riverbend RV Park, Twisp, Washington


..and so ends yet another month..our summer vacation is winding down as the month of July draws to a close..

thanks for reading along, your continued support is greatly appreciated..

Back to the land of ‘red and white’

July 31st, 2013

Our last morning looking at the Methow River, while we had our morning ‘coffee’..


Today was a travel day..third leg of our 2013 summer vacation..224 kilometers to our  next destination.


We were all loaded up and popped down by 9:30..just a short drive today..

as we climbed to the top of Loup Loup last look at the Methow Valley..


..and then I noticed we had ‘hitchhiker’..


..a spider had joined us for the journey, using Bart as a landing pad for his ‘spider web’..

Once we arrived at the top of Loup Loup..4020 feet..


..we ‘kicked the spider ‘ to the curb …IMG_2179

We arrived in Omak, Washington about an hour later and stopped at the last USA Walmart, purchasing some of our groceries for our next stop..

A gas fill up in Oroville and we were crossing the border back to the land of red and white..

Thanks for the hospitality, USA..we enjoyed our stay..


A quick stop in Osoyoos for some fresh produce and lunch and we headed up Richter Pass and down the other side into the Similkameen Valley..


By late afternoon we had arrived at our next ‘home’ ..Riverhaven RV park on Highway 3, just west of the small town of Hedley, BC..

IMG_2196 dinner time we were all settled in our new spot..number 8


..this is our view..


..not too shabby..we could get use to this..


Tucker went for a swim..


Doug went fishing..caught one..IMG_2192


..the park is pretty empty at the moment but since it a ‘long weekend’ in BC we know it will be full by Friday..

more to come from Riverhaven..stay tuned..

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why does ice-cream make you thirsty?

July 30th, 2013

Our last full day at Riverbend RV park..we really had nothing planned..


Doug went fishing not once but twice..he went to the same beach we were at yesterday for a few hours this morning with no luck..


and then he went this afternoon just down the river and managed to snag two little ones..


We took Tucker to his favourite swimming hole for one last swim..


I spent the afternoon knitting..same pattern as before with some new white and blue with some accent colours thrown in..


..and we went into the town of Winthrop for a stroll..


..and some Ice-cream..

2013_07_302..Doug had Methow Mud and I had Moose Tracks..

Tucker got a ‘baby cone’..hopefully he never noticed it was called that…it was gone in one gulp anyway..


..late this afternoon we got some new neighbours from Kelowna, British Columbia and they had a four month old chocolate lab cute..


..hard to imagine that Tucker was ever that young..

We had our dinner and then started packing things up for  our next move..tomorrow..

I thought we were going to have a hitchhiker though..


..a fine looking specimen..


..good thing he did not have his passport..or the big town of Hedley, British Columbia would be in his future..

Monday, July 29, 2013

A ‘balancing act?’

July 29th, 2013

Truth be told some vacation days are better than others..and today was one of those days where we tried to ‘balance things out’..

We had a ‘visitor’ first thing this morning..

2013_07_29 hot air balloon rode right on past our little campsite..

I can remember seeing them the last time we stayed here but don’t remember it being this close..

Today we had no real plans…just the usual vacation stuff..

shower, laundry..take Tucker swimming at Twin Lake..

and then we went to the big town of Winthrop..


We perused a few of the shops..Doug bought a few flies, an ‘orange frisbee’ for Tucker and a walking stick for himself..

…after we were kind enough to improve the economy of Winthrop we headed towards the Smoke Jumper Base…


..we had been on a tour before and found it very interesting so if you are ever in the area this is a ‘must see’..

Next stop was the  Twisp River..


..Doug will be trying his hand at fishing here tomorrow..



Tucker got to play in the water too..


..a wildlife sighting..’oh deer’


….once back at camp, Tucker,  was in need of a may laugh, but this dog would go and go and never stop..kind of like a hyperactive  3 year old..


We had lunch and then Doug went fishing at the river in front of our campsite (he caught two small fish)..his walking stick came in handy..those rocks can be slippery and then there is the fast moving current just to make life interesting..need stay ‘balanced’..wouldn’t want to go for  a ride down the rapids!!


This afternoon I noticed someone had been busy ‘balancing rocks’..


Our day ended visiting with a new camper..Len from Pennsylvania..he is riding his bicycle from Seattle to Spokane..interesting man…will have to get his picture tomorrow..

The wind and the rain returned this evening, cutting our conversation short..

We are once again inside, the wind is blowing and the rain is coming down..

Maybe tomorrow the sun will be out?…that would be a perfectly ‘balanced day!’

Aww nuts…

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