Tuesday, May 20, 2014

‘Dry-camping?’

  For those of you who have been following us for a while, you know how much we appreciate all the amenities that a ‘full service’ RV park has to offer..

Water, sewer, 30 amp power, cable TV and of course the much needed Wifi and Cell service..

But then there are the times when it’s fun to go ‘off the grid’, so to speak and give ‘dry-camping’ or ‘boon-docking’ and try..

The busiest camping weekend of the season is the May long weekend..time for all the weekend warriors to blow the dust of the tents, campers and trailers and venture into the wilds of British Columbia..

And yes, we were crazy enough to join them all..without reservations too..
Now that is just plain ‘crazy talk’…but we did it!

Our extra long weekend began last Thursday..we headed to Keremeos after work to gather our little home on wheels..it was time for it to feel the wind again and free it from the confines of the ‘gates of Riverside Orchard’..

Our original plan was to head out bright and early on Friday morning in the hopes of getting a campsite ahead of everyone else?

We had some issues that needed to be dealt with so leaving early was not going to happen..

with our problems resolved with a quick phone call at 8:00 am we were on our way in less than 15 minutes..only two hours behind schedule..

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Our first choice for a campsite was Kentucky/Alleyne Provincial Park..about two hours from Keremeos on Highway 5A..

We had stayed here last year the weekend after the May long weekend in 2013 and we were hopeful that we would get a site on the lake..

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It was not to be though..it seemed that the Kentucky Lake side  was full by Thursday night..

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We ventured to the other camping area and we scored a site on the shore of Alleyne Lake..not perfect but the choices were limited..

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We were just happy to be parked and set up..no Plan B or C this time round..

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..see that small turn around area at the end of the road?..well, that could be an issue when we leave, but we weren’t going to worry about it until Monday..

Tucker got to go for a few swims in the lake..

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Hot or cold weather, he doesn’t care..never mind the fact the we are sitting at 3400 feet and the temperature in the mornings hovered around 2 degrees celcius..

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We had time for walks..

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Barbecued dinners for two..

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..campfires..

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..our signature drinks..

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..wildlife sightings..

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..and there was time for a few fishing expeditions..

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..and we utilized the ‘generator hours’..

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and there was time to do some knitting..

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We drove to Monck Park in Merritt on Sunday morning to visit our friends, Doug and Toni..

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‘our site’ had just emptied when we got there..too bad our trailer was parked elsewhere..

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We had a quick visit with them, a busy weekend for the ‘park operators’..not too much ‘down time’..but it was nice to chat for a while!

Back at our campground, we have made some new friends, and fellow bloggers..they are the park facility operators at Kentucky/ Alleyne..

Derek, Teresa and Cassia and ‘Rufus’

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Their blog is called ‘A  life made simple’ .. and well worth a look at..

Monday morning we hooked up and ‘backed ourselves’ out of the ‘tight spot’ we were in..

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and once we were heading in the right direction, Keremeos was our destination..

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our ‘extra long weekend’ was coming to an end but not before we got the trailer backed into it’s ‘home spot’, did the laundry and cleaned up..and then there was some time to celebrate a birthday.. Doug’s brother turns 60 on Wednesday so we had a pizza dinner and of course some chocolate cake to ‘mark the special occasion!’

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Tuesday morning we headed for home..IMG_3533..so as our ‘dry camping’ comes to an end..we are counting down the days until we can ‘venture out again’..

Thanks for reading along with Bigdawg and Freeway, stay tuned, there will be more adventures to come!!

 

Sunday, May 4, 2014

Bloomin’ great?

 

Since both of us work full time Monday to Friday, the weekends are looked forward to, usually starting on Monday morning..We both count down the days until those two glorious days off have arrived…

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Sure we  live and work for the weekends, especially those weekends when we are  off to our ‘happy place’..

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Yes, we just made a ‘super long weekend’ a few weeks back but it seems that when we have more time, there is always more stuff to get done..and before we know it the ‘super long weekend’ is done and we  can’t believe how fast the time has gone..

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So this weekend, may have a been a ‘super short one’ but we made the most of the time we had..

Sure the time went quickly but we still had some time to just ‘relax’..

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The quails were plentiful..

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The horses were busy ‘trimming the willow tree’..

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The bees were busy too..

IMG_3445IMG_3447 Tucker spent some time ‘guarding his ball’…

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..and his frisbee..

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from Frankie the cat..who seemed to think we were his ‘new family?’..

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he even decided he would try out Tucker’s bed in the back of the truck..brave kitty?

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the cherry trees are blooming..

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and so were the pear trees..

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..We even took the time to go for short walk through the orchard..every season is different..

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and the lilacs were blooming too..

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so, of course I snipped a few blooms and found a ‘plastic coffee container’ that I used as a vase..fragrant lilac blooms on the table in the trailer…so pretty!

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Late Saturday afternoon, we sat in the sunshine and before long we were back inside the trailer..a nice quiet day….

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Saturday was also Doug’s birthday..and we had a dinner date in the town of Osoyoos. We went to a small restaurant called the Wildfire Grill…the food was delicious and reasonably priced..

A perfect end to a nice day!and then of course there was birthday cake when we returned from dinner..

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..so as our ‘bloomin’ great weekend draws to a close, we are counting down the days until our next trip..only 11 more days!

Something to look forward to, the ‘white box’ will be escaping the confines of Riverside ‘prison’ and we will be spending the May long weekend ‘camping’ along the shores of a lake!

Stay tuned for the next adventure!

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