Monday, October 19, 2015

The ‘final leg’..

October 15-19, 2015

Our last ‘travel day’ of our fall trip..

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..a morning sky filled with  jet streams over Skaha Lake..

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We have one ‘last leg’ before we settle in for ‘winter’..

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Doesn’t matter how far we have to travel..the preparation is the same..

Everything stowed away..hooked up, light check ,brake check..

We are good to go..

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..we had us a ‘convoy’..not with anyone we knew though..

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Destination Nk’mip Campground and Rv Park in Osoyoos..

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..a snowbird haven for 180 rv’ers..the park is full for the winter..

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..at least we won’t be alone?

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..We arrived just after 11:00 ..check in not till 1:00?..

..oh no..now what..

We were told no problem..as long as your site is empty you can go ahead..

We paid our first month’s rent..and we were on our way to C-44..

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Now normally, backing into a site is not  usually an issue but it seems that this time round it took us a bit….

We have an overly friendly neighbour who ‘messed’ with our routine..by the time we got parked and unhooked..

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We are ‘crooked’..Doug is not happy..

So the next morning we hooked up again and ‘fixed it’..now we are parallel to the cement..

We have been busy getting organized for ‘winter’..heated water hose, insulation etc..

The temperatures have been about 18 Celsius  during the day and about 5 Celsius over night so we know we have a bit of time still..

Hard to believe it has been more than a month since we left Monck Park..

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684 kilometers we travelled in the last six weeks..sure it’s not far..but far enough for now..

Tonight as I writing this ‘entry’ we are waiting on our daughter and her boyfriend to arrive from the coast..stay tuned for more…

Carlie and Adam arrived very late on Saturday night..they are staying at the Spirit Ridge Hotel located just on the hill above the campground..

They came by in the morning for a breakfast of French Toast and sausages..we ate outside at the picnic table but as per usual the ‘wasps’ made their presence known..

Our afternoon was filled with visiting a few wineries along the ‘golden mile’..Doug was a good sport and was the designated driver as we tasted our way through a few glasses of wine..

First stop was Hester Creek..

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..no tasting here..we just looked around..and took a few photos..

Next stop was the Burrowing Owl..

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Carlie and Adam were ‘good sports’ and let me ‘take their pictures a few times..

Black Hills was the next stop..

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..and then Jackson Triggs..

and no wine tasting tour is complete on the Golden Mile with out a visit for ice cream at Tickleberry’s in Okanagan Falls..

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….We all enjoyed our ice cream..never a disappointment..

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..the evening ended with Hamburger Soup and Chocolate Cake for ‘our birthday girl’..

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..Monday morning it was time for the two of them to head on home..they came by for lunch..and then it was time to say so long…

We were all a bit distracted this morning as  Tucker has not been feeling all that well for the last two days..at first we thought he had hurt his back leg?..he was not his usual rambunctious self….then he had some ‘bowel issues’..

did he hurt himself?..did he eat something..Sometimes ‘google’ can be a bad thing..we were both scared that there was something serious going on..

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this was as far as he would go in the trailer..

We made a trip to the vet in Penticton this afternoon and we were told he had some kind of gastro-intestinal problem..never mind the fact that he seemed fine once we got there…we were both relieved..$65 poorer but the ‘piece of mind’ is worth it..

So there you have our ‘first  four days’..stay tuned for more from Nk’mip..

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

‘Cruisin’ along?

 

October 8-14, 2015

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We are perched high on the hill above Skaha Lake..

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with a perfect view of the water..

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the wind has been ‘relentless’ for the last few days..

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with gusts of 29 kilometers an hour..IMG_1088

..there have been moments where if we look out the back window at a certain angle it looks like we are on the ocean..

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..an endless seascape and then with the wind, we are ‘rockin and rollin’..

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We wonder when we are going to get to ‘land?’

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Tucker, of course is enjoying this new ‘compound’ life…and the freedom to run on the Kettle Valley Trail that borders Skaha Lake..

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..at the end of the lake is the Penticton Airport so we are in direct ‘flight line’…

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Today we learned that the airport does helicopter training..

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..with gusts of winds and mountains on both sides, the pilots were practising getting the bucket into the lake..

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..they must have ‘nerves of steel’ to be riding around with the ‘door open’ too!

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para-sailor’s enjoying the wind too!!

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Are there some downsides to living in a ‘small space?’ Not really except for one small dilemma?

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That would be ‘our big boy’..as you all know he loves to swim..water is his ‘best friend’ but along with his love of the water comes one ‘small issue’

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No, it’s not the wet dog smell, we can deal with that..

Seems that the worst thing about having a dog that loves to swim on a daily basis is the ‘odor’ that permeates from his pores when he has ‘swam too much’..

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The only way I can  describe the ‘stench’ is to think of a combination of  ‘stinky cheese’ and ‘rotten feet’ and that would be our ‘boy’..the ‘Stink-meister’..

We have been told that is a normal ‘issue’ that comes from the oil in the dog’s skin not having enough time   to ‘rebuild’ because they spend so much time in the water..

So we searched on line for a proper ‘self dog washing’ place in Penticton..no luck..

The closest one was in West Kelowna, so we made the 40 minute trek to get Tucker ‘de-stink-ti-fied..

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..thank you Bosley’s for having a ‘dog washing station’..

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..”the shame of it all..really Momma, do you need to take a picture of me?”

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..the best $10 we ever spent..

Thanksgiving Sunday was a beautiful ‘blue day’..blue sky..blue water..

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..there was no ‘Turkey dinner’ but  I did make a ‘chicken’ in the crockpot….

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with all the ‘fixin’s’..not quite the same as Turkey but it filled the ‘void’..

..there was a ‘blue chore’ that needed doing..Flush the Hot Water Tank..

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We went for a drive to Osoyoos on Monday to visit with our friends, Brenda and Ken

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..they were heading home to Nelson from visiting family in Vancouver..so we made a plan to meet with them at the Tim Hortons..

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..nice to see their familiar faces and catch up for a short time..

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..drive safe, dear friends..see you again soon!!

Our final full day  at Wright’s Beach Rv Camp was yet another perfect day..

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..we will miss this view..

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and the ‘wild horses’ that come for breakfast?

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..but it’s time to ‘move on’ to our winter home-base....

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..only 60 kilometers to go before we ‘settle in’ for a ‘long winter’s nap?’

Settling in..

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