Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Settling in..

April 16-26, 2017

The past ten days have gone by very quickly..

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We got settled in the compound within a couple of

days…

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The tent survived the winter..sort of..seems that it collapsed with the weight of the snow..so it wil be a bit ‘wonky’ for a while…

The spot next to us is ‘waiting on our ‘co workers’..

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We unloaded the truck and stored the bins we brought with us on the shelves in the cabin..

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We hope to have some time to go through the items and hopefully we will be purging some of ‘stuff so it will be a lighter load when we head back to Keremeos..

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The washing machine and dryer are up and running..

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The lakes are still ‘iced over’ so the park is closed for now..

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The Canada geese are enjoying their very own skating rink..

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Our days are filled with the park clean up..

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Tucker has free run of the park for now anyway..

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He enjoys his ‘table top photo op’ and riding around the park

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The bathrooms are clean, garbage is picked up…and the signs are hanging  and gates are unlocked..It’s time!!!

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..the campers slowly started arriving last week…

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..a few familiar faces came  to stay for a couple of days..

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Ross and Deb and Mike and Louise..our last gathering till next winter!!

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As I write this..the ice is now off the lake and the fishing has begun!!

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..and the campers have started rolling in…

So for now we will enjoy the calm before the ‘storm’..

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Saturday, April 15, 2017

Making a ‘valiant effort’

April 3-April 15, 2017

After 151 days parked in one spot..it was our day ‘to get rolling’..

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We were hitched up and ready to head out just before 9 am…It was going to be a ‘long travel day’…

Some long, arduous miles were ahead of us…the sun was shining but the wind was blowing from the west…our direction of course..bucking a head wind….the travel day went very quickly and by 10 am we were at our destination?..

Fooled you all…yes only 58 kilometers..

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We are parked in our usual spring time spot in Keremeos…it is here we will wait until it’s time to head back to work..hoping for April 15th but the fourteen day forecast doesn’t look to promising..

that darn white stuff seems to be relentless and follows us where ever we go..

our fingers are crossed that the weather will improve before it’s time to head back to Tunkwa Provincial Park..

So for now we will enjoy the family time…there is a list  to chores to do on the farm and we have some ‘work to do as well’..

This is our transistion time …winter gear is packed away and we sort through our ‘summer’ stuff’..and get that organized and ready to go for the ‘work phase’ of the next six months.

the sorting is complete…we even donated a few items..

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winter items back into the  big bin till next season..and the ‘park stuff’ is all ready to go..

I am going to try and make a ‘valiant effort’ to post a bit more frequently than I did over the winter…

you know of course the days will all run together but I will try my darndest to keep up to date..I do have a ‘journal’ that I write in daily..recording the weather and what we ‘actually do’ all day long…most days are not all that interesting but it is fun to have a new way of recording things..

I made some banana bread..now for those who know me..I don’t like bananas but banana bread?..well that’s a completely different story..

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One of our ‘must go to places’ when we are in Keremeos is to visit Doug’s Homestead, just west of the town of Hedley…home of the best pepperoni and the bacon?, well there is none like it at the grocery store..

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We left a ‘few dollars’ behind..next stop was Penticton to get a few groceries and then on the way back we stopped at the dog park  so Tucker could have a run…a perfect view of a cloud covered K-mountain..

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the rains have arrived today…grey skies and that ‘wet stuff’ is falling from the sky..just another indoor day..

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I started another knitting project a few days ago..I have used this yellow yarn before but that project got ‘ripped out’..now I am hoping this one will make it to the ‘finish line’..

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thanks for the pattern Brenda…this one is a ‘new favorite’

We made the ‘familiar trek’ down the the coast for a few days..it was time for Doctor appointments and more family time..

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the roads were clear and the drive was an uneventful one..Tucker had to have one ‘last romp in the snow?..he was going to have his own fun..staying at the very familar Uptown Dawg Daycare for a few days..his home away from home..

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Allison Pass had a bit of snow on the sides of the highway..

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We stopped and had lunch with my parents, in Coquitlam  and by mid afternoon we were checked into our hotel..The Cascades Hotel and Casino, in downtown Langley..only a few blocks from Carlie and Adam..

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a convenient location for our visit…and we had a nice room with a view of the parking lot..

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The two days went very quickly filled with visiting, dinners, wine, shopping and spending some quality time with our dear daughter and her boyfriend..

We also  stopped for a quick visit with Steve and Dianne..they are staying at Peace Arch RV park..only about 20 minutes from us..it was nice to see the two of them again…hadn’t seen them since last September, but soon we will all be together again…

yes, we also made the trek to the Tswassen Mills mall again..we had lunch at Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl Restaurant..not a real big fan of the mall but lunch was good!!

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….it was nice to visit our ‘former’ home but even better to be back to the ‘small town’ life…that ‘traffic is pretty hard to take’..

So we are glad to be back home again…only a few more days and we will be rolling again…almost time to go to ‘work’…

Moving day again..April 15, 2017..

We were packed up, the boys were loaded and we were pulling out of our ‘home parking space’ just after 9:00 am..

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The driveway is a bit ‘soft’ but Doug managed to get back onto the gravel with no trouble..

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With big hugs and ‘see you in October’ we left the confines of Riverside Orchard..thanks for the hospitality, yet again, Ron and Karen….our first stop before we make the 220 km drive to the park is the Keremeos sani-dump..and we also made a final stop at Doug’s Homestead..got to get the pepperoni and bacon, one last time…the store won’t be open when we return this way in the fall..

Our drive was uneventful and not much traffic, just the way we like it..a quick pit stop at the crest of Hamilton Hill..

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and one more quick stop for some gas just on the outskirts of Merritt…only 60 kms to go and we were pulling into the park…Hugh met us at the gate..he has been the ‘keeper of the keys’ for the last few days….

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So as the 2017 camping season is upon us..we are looking forward to settling in and ‘getting to work’..but first we need to set up and get organized…

stay tuned for more from Tunkwa Provincial Park..

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