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Friday, June 17, 2016

Workin’ hard or hardly workin’?

June 13-17, 2016

Monday morning we were up at our usual time..We had a ‘shopping plan’ in place..or rather a list ready to go..

Doug went and cleaned the bathrooms for me while I tidied up and got ready to go..

We were on our way just before 9:00 am..and in Kamloops 45 minutes later…

Our stops included

  • dollar store
  • walmart
  • andrew sheret
  • home depot
  • cobs
  • staples
  • canadian tire
  • costco

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The plan came together and we got everything on our list and were heading back to the park by 1230..

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Our work day began later than normal but the campground is not too busy …cleaned a couple of sites..mowed…bathrooms again..collecting…dug out a few fire pits and buried them a bit deeper so the campers can’t move them..

It was a very windy afternoon…

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We were back at the trailer by 5..made some dinner and we went over to visit Steve and Dianne for a bit….one quick check over at Leighton..one new camper but he was in bed already..we will get his money in the morning..

June 14

Today is the last day for the discounted senior rate…some  of the seniors will be vacating their campsites and head on home..it will be double the price tomorrow..but the discounted rate will return again after Labour Day..

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Our two little campgrounds are fairly empty so we busied ourselves with ‘digging in the firepits’..it seems that here at this park the campers take it upon themselves to move the pit if it is not in the ‘perfect spot’..

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some of the fire rings are well used and the bottom crossbars are burnt right off..

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Doug found this large boulder as were digging..I told him it was our ‘gold’!! but he tossed it away!!

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there you have the completed job..nicely buried in the hole and hopefully the campers won’t move it again..

There are a lot of memorial benches in the park..a new one was put in over the weekend…

It has a lovely view of Tunkwa Lake..

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One of the great things about this job is the wonderful people you meet..this is Mr and Mrs Cronk..

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They gave us our first ‘gift’of the season.…two hot dog/ marshmallow sticks handmade by Mr Cronk..the metal is from old park signs..

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The male is for hot dogs and the female is for marshmallows..enlarge the picture and you will see what I mean..

What a thoughtful gift!! thank you so much!!

Dinner tonight was one of Doug’s favorties…Ribs and Greek salad..

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June 15..

We are keeping busy…today was mowing, weed-wacking, site cleaning and painting out houses..

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if everyday seems the same to you imagine how it is for us..we do like to ‘mix things up’ just to give us something different to do each day…so we added the painting…amazing how a fresh coat of paint freshens up those ‘beautiful bathrooms’..

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While Doug was mowing he ran over a mole? I thought he was dead..so Doug nudged him with the shovel and he tottled off…probably wondering what the heck happened?

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The weather was a mixed bag today..from wind and sun to rain and hail…it seemed to change every five minutes..

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June 16..

It was cold this morning when I got up at 5…-3.8 celcius outside and only 9 celcius inside the trailer..needless to say I turned the furnace on and went back to bed till it warmed up!!

The Canada geese were ‘commuting’ this morning?

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Our day was filled with painting, mowing and collecting..the sites are slowly filling up..we have some large groups here through the weekend…

a fly fishing group from Bend, Oregon..this is just the beginning of the arrivals..most are going to stay at least nine days…there will be 13 rigs and 19 people just in this group..

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and a ATV group from North Vancouver, the Bishops are in charge of this collection of rigs, but I have yet to get a  photo of their group..they will be here for ten days as well..

June 17..

When we worked on the coast we spent a fair part of our day commuting to our ‘jobs’…now of course we live where we work so the commute is minimal…

the only traffic we usually see is the ‘animals’..and the campers coming and going..

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The other morning Doug spotted a doe with two fawns..but of course he had no camera with him..

but today we spotted this deer, not too sure if she is the same one?

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tonight as I finish this post..another weekend is upon us…

Father’s Day Weekend 2016…I want to wish my Dad, my husband, my brother and brother-in-laws all a very happy Father’s Day…

Any man can be a Father but it takes a special one to be a DAD….

Sunday, June 12, 2016

Changing of the ‘guard?’

June 7-June 12, 2016

Another work week is upon us..filled with bathrooms, weeding, cleaning sites and firepits and a meeting with our contractor..

There will be some changes happening over the next few days..Starting on Thursday we will be taking over the responsibility of Leighton/North Leighton campground..this also means we will be on salary..no more hourly rate for us and also no more ‘day’s off’  until after Thanksgiving once Thursday arrives..

We will be responsible for the bathrooms, maintenance, site cleaning and the biggest thing is the collecting…this also involves keeping the attendance and balancing the Mcbees..

This evening we were invited to Steve and Dianne’s for dinner..she prepared a delicious lasagana, cesar salad, garlic bread

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… and of course  there was wine, and this very yummy vodka flavoured espresso…now I am not a coffee drinker but this was vodka was pretty darn ‘smooth’…a little too smooth if you get my drift…

June 8…

Our last offical day off until we leave the park in the middle of October…

I made a bacon, eggs and hashbrowns breakfast..

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Doug went fishing with Steve…the two of them had a great time on the lake..Steve catching six fish and Doug caught five…not bad for five hours of fishing!!

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Dianne and I went  into the big town of Logan Lake, while the men were out on the lake…

we had a few stops to make..

post office

grocery store

liquor store

and the bank…

We were back at the park within a couple of hours..Dianne came over in the afternoon, bringing with her, her laptop..she was hoping she could download ‘The Outlander’ series of books onto my ipad..but after spending most of the afternoon trying to get the two computers to communicate she had no luck…I may just have to purchase the books myself..

The men returned from the day of fishng at about 3 and we headed back over to the Colibaba’s campsite for a campfire,

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and hotdogs…

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and s’mores for dessert..

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a great ‘last official day off’…thanks for the company today!!!

June 9…

Today is our first full day of being responsible for Leighton/ North Leighton Campgrounds…34 sites..not that large, we know but it is ‘famous’ for having very large groups camping together..as in ‘circle the wagons’ kinds of groups..

I will admit that the two of us were a bit ‘uptight’ this morning…but by the time we got going everything seemed to fall into place..

It was chilly today…Doug had to  dig out the small heater again..and of course the kitty thinks it’s a fireplace..

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We did the usual work related duties..and this afternoon we painted the inside of one of the outhouses…only 7 more to go..

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..and we also did the collecting….it wasn’t too bad for our first day…we wound up listening to the hockey game on the radio while we waited for campers to be ready for us to come and collect…too bad Pittsburgh lost tonight..

The osprey were busy fishing tonight!!..

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..the McBee’s are balanced, attendance done and the cleaning  list for tomorrow is ready to go…

June 10..

It was a mixed bag of weather today..filled with our usual duties..

Steve and Dianne came by at lunch time to pick up Tucker for his walk..so nice to have our own personal ‘dog walker/kitty sitter’..

Dianne is also a ‘computer whiz’..she assisted me with loading the excel program on the computer…A much needed item for filling out the ‘online forms’ that the contractor wants us to do..

I will still do it the way Sherry showed me how with pen and paper but this ‘computer stuff’ is an added task that needs to  be completed at the end of every month..

We cleaned a few sites today and I discovered a ‘petrified frog?’

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Wonder if he was a ‘senior frog’..shocked into ‘petrified form’  by the price increase for seniors beginning on June 15?

When we are out collecting in the evening, we park ourselves at the ATV offload area over at North Leighton..it gives us a good vantage point of both campgrounds..we can  see who is coming in and it makes the colllecting a bit easier..not a bad view from our ‘office’…

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The marmots kept us company..and entertained too…

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..just another day at work…with views like this it’s pretty hard to think of this as a ‘place of work?’

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..so as our McBee fills up…the day is done at just before 9 pm..anyone else that comes in after that  we will collect from them tomorrow..

June 11..

We are starting to notice that Saturdays seem to be a quieter day..all the campers have settled in for the weekend and most of them have also paid until Sunday..

There is a new ‘horse area’ being built over at Tunkwa..the beginning of the process is the removal of some of the fencing..

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the ‘golden bums’ are getting bigger..

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Steve and Dianne came by for a visit and there just happened to be fresh made cinnamon buns just out of the oven…Dianne took Tucker for a walk later in the afternoon…she has a fit-bit gadget that is keeping her motivated..Tucker doesn’t quite grasp the concept of getting 10,000 steps in one day..but she is trying to convince him to do a couple laps around the campground…but he has his days where all he wants to do is ‘come back home’…

June 12..

Tail light Sunday …mass exodus…

We woke to no power, water or internet this morning..it was really of no surprise though..we were warned this was going to happen today…

This ‘roughing it’ was short lived though..by 7:45 we were back ON!..heater going, Keurig machine running and the internet back on..’dry camping is tough’..

On our way to Leighton this morning..we spotted  a deer at the side of the road..

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zoom in …there she is..

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just before lunch time we spotted this ‘ lady dressed in pink’…

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‘nice dog!!’…enjoy your walk Tucker and Auntie Dianne!!

and that’s it for the last five days…Sunday night dinner was barbecued hamburgers…hockey game on the TV…one more round of collecting and the work day is done…

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We all know how hard it is to keep a blog interesting when we are  parked in one place and of course, to me it seems that everyday is the same…so I just want to say thank you for continuing to read along..

Congrats to the Pittsburgh Penguins!!