Saturday, April 15, 2017

Making a ‘valiant effort’

April 3-April 15, 2017

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


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..


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..

winter stuff out spring stuff in

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

banana bread

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..

dougs homestead

We left a ‘few dollars’ 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..

k mountain

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

rainy days and fridays

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

yellow blanket

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

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

hopeprinceton 1

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..


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

allison pass summit

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..


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

cascade casino hotel

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 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!!

uncle bucks

….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..

april 15 1

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

april 15 2

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 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..

hamilton hill april 15

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….

park arrival april 15

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..


  1. A nice recap! Glad you made it safely...see you next month! xo

  2. Glad you made it through another winter and that you're back to Blogging. Hoping to read more of your upcoming events.
    I know how time consuming a daily Blog can be but if you post every few days or every week it becomes much easier and your recollection is sharper.
    Be Safe and Enjoy!

    It's about time.

  3. Nice to hear from you again. What are you knitting. I like the stitch

  4. I know how that sitting still can be. We sat most of the winter as well but soon we will be able to get the wheels moving.

    I'm sure your "cold" season last a bit longer but its about over and those campers will be arriving soon.

    Glad your blogging!! I'm trying too. I don't blog as often as I used to....maybe once a week.

    Take care!!

  5. I am so glad you got to travel on dry roads to the coast and back! Beautiful pattern in your latest knitting project. What will it be? Good luck on

  6. (Don't know why my message sent!) Part II: Good luck with the camping season at the Provincial Park.
    We are envious of anybody seeing sun. Biggest debate in Bandon, Oregon:how much rain did we receive since 10/1/2016: over 60' or over 80"?!! :) Kathy


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