About Maxxtrails

Hubby and I retired in 2013 and started our life as full time RVers in the fall of 2013. We hope you enjoy the stories of our travels.

And The Veggie Field Was …

Two people guessed what the veggie field below was.

Kudos to Dave from the blog Our Awesome View From Here and my sister, who both guessed that the above field was cauliflower.

We always have a hard time trying to determine which is cauliflower and which is broccoli. This cauliflower field was harvested just before I took this picture, but there are always some veggies that are left behind because they don’t make the grade.

Our park is surrounded by vegetable fields and you may think it would be no problem to walk up to them to check out the veggies, or help yourself to whatever is left behind after picking, but you would be wrong! If an unauthorized person or animal enters a vegetable field the farmer is prohibited from harvesting a specific area around the space that was entered. Entering a vegetable field is a public health hazard and is illegal and I am told the fines are pretty high. All the pictures I take of veggie fields are taken with my telephoto lens and I am a long way away from the field.

This is a cauliflower field being harvested.

Until next time …

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Top Ten Pictures of 2018

Here are our choices for the top pictures of 2018, and believe me it was a tough choice … we finally had to close our eyes and randomly hit the delete button to get rid of the last four pictures! We would love your votes, on the poll at the end of the blog, to help us choose the best picture of 2018 🙂

And just in case you haven’t voted for previous years and would like to, here are the links.

Top Ten Pictures of 2017

Top Ten Pictures of 2016

Top Ten Pictures Of 2015

Top Ten Pictures Of 2014

Top Ten Pictures Of 2013

Now off to 2018 …

Sunrise, Cocopah RV Resort, Yuma, Arizona. Picture taken 23 January 2018.

Ferb the Great Horned Owl, Bear Creek Provincial Park, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 26 May 2018.

Water Lilies, Kasugai Gardens, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 25 July 2018.

Kettle Valley Railroad Trestles, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 27 August 2018.

SR 101, near Newport, Oregon. Picture taken 23 October 2018.

Avenue of the Giants, California. Picture taken 25 October 2018.

Mattole Road, Avenue of the Giants, California. Picture taken 26 October 2018.

Redwood Forest, Avenue of the Giants, California. Picture taken 26 October 2018.

Sunset, Caliente Springs RV Resort, Desert Hot Springs, California. Picture taken 1 November 2018.

Outdoor Skating Rink, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 26 December 2018.

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Until next time …

Vegetable Field Update #2

Three months ago I posted pictures of three veggie fields around our RV Resort. I then posted updates at the beginning of December and the beginning of January, now less than a month later I have another update … but you won’t see many veggies!

Field one

Photo taken November 6, 2018

Photo taken December 5, 2018

Photo taken January 9, 2019

Photo taken January 30, 2019, probably a day after the field was harvested.

Field two

Photo taken November 6, 2018

Photo taken December 5, 2018.

Photo taken January 9, 2019

Photo taken January 30, 2019. The field was harvest while we were away on our holiday and is now being prepared for a new planting.

Field three

Photo taken November 6, 2018

Photo taken December 5, 2018

Photo taken January 9, 2019

Photo taken January 30, 2019. This field is still growing, although I expect it will be harvested anytime now.

I hope you enjoyed watching veggies grow 🙂

And I thought it might be fun to end this blog with a little vegetable skill testing question, what do you think is growing in this field? Please give me your guess in the comments section and I will post the results and the answer in a few days.

Until next time …

Super Bowl Sunday

We have had kind of a crummy week 😦 We were both exhausted after our long flight and drive home from the Cook Islands, hubby ended up with a bad cold, and we have some stuff going on at home that we are worried about. We had been invited to a Super Bowl party last night and we almost bailed, but we didn’t, and it turned out be exactly what we needed.

It doesn’t matter if you have a small place you can still hold a big party! Everyone accepts that they will be outside so they bring warm clothes, and blankets if necessary. We all bring our own chairs and usually our own dishes, but our host kindly provided eating utensils for this party 🙂

It doesn’t matter if you don’t like, or understand, football it is more about the social aspect. Everyone visited, those that wanted to, watch the game, some of us women played three gripping games of Left, Right, Centre, we all ate a lot of food, and just generally had a good time. Yes it was exactly what we needed 🙂

I hope you all had a great weekend as well.

Until next time …

We Are Home 🙂

I have to say we are very impressed with Air New Zealand. Sure the whole gate/boarding at LAX was different, but from our first interaction, while obtaining our boarding passes and checking our bags, to our on board crew, we were treated with the upmost respect and politeness.

The flowers in Aitutaki where just as beautiful as those on Rarotonga 🙂

I mentioned in a blog at the beginning of our trip that our seats where changed to middle seats when I did the on-line check-in.  When we checked in at the airport the friendly agent changed us back to a window/middle seat and upgraded us. We were upgraded to Economy Skycouch seats, which turned out to be pretty darn nice. There are three seats, all of which are wider, recline, and have footrests. The foot rests pull out and can be raised to the same level as the seats, and the armrests between the seats can be raised. We were provided with a mattress pad, pillows, and blankets and there is enough room for two people to lie across the seats and sleep … I know it sounds strange but it really was comfortable (and of course the third seat is left empty otherwise you might have to sleep with a stranger 🙂 ) When we booked our trip seven months ago we tried to get seats in Business Class (first class was way to expensive!) but they were already booked, so we were pretty happy to be upgraded to the Economy Skycouch seats and we think they were just as good as Business class.

Once we were up in the air we were provided with a great meal. Hubby and I chose chicken pasta with a bun, crackers and cheese, a salad, and a cheesecake desert … and it came with free wine! I had two glasses of Prosecco and hubby had two glasses of white wine. We followed dinner up with decaf coffee and then settled down for the night.

Breakfast was served a few hours before landing in Rarotonga and Los Angeles. We had cheese omelets, fruit, yogurt, and a mimosa.

On arrival back at LAX we went through the same routine in reverse … I still don’t get the arriving on the tarmac and being bused in, but it went much faster on our return than on our departure!

Of course our luggage was the last to come off the plane, and yes I truly mean the last piece of luggage! This was very strange because we were the second people to check into our flight and drop off our luggage in Rarotonga and the couple who were first, the ones from Calgary, Alberta who we had dinner with before we all checked in, got their luggage as soon as we arrived at LAX … there is no rhyme or reason as to how luggage comes off a plane!

By noon we had cleared customs, pick up our truck from the parkade, and headed out into the Los Angeles traffic. We thought, being a weekend, the traffic would be light but we were wrong … so very wrong! We had stop and go traffic until we cleared San Diego, California 😦

As we were passing through Oceanside, California and we were treated to views of some Naval exercises.

Shortly after we passed Oceanside, California we turned onto I-8 and we finally finished the last little bit of I-8 that we have never done before.

Bumper to bumper traffic 😦

We arrived home at 7:30 p.m. and we were both ready for bed! We brought in our luggage, dumped it in the living room and went to bed … that is a really a big deal for me not to unpack and clean up before I go to bed, but we were both exhausted and needed to sleep!

I noticed a big difference when you go away for a vacation and you live in a house and when you go on a vacation and you live in an RV in an RV Park. When you live in a house your neighbours may miss you but probably not, but when you come back to an RV park after an absence everyone misses you! We hadn’t been back for a day and people were asking how our trip was and welcoming us back. Yes the life of a full time RVer is truly gratifying and so different than living in a sticks and bricks house 🙂

Now that we are back home I won’t post everyday but I will post whenever something interesting happens in our lives.  Thank you for following along on our travels 🙂

Until next time …

Goodbye Aitutaki, Cook Islands

Well the day has come and it’s was time to pack our bags and wave goodbye to Aitutaki 😦

Our flight to Rarotonga didn’t leave until 2:00 p.m. and we had to be out of our room at 10:00 a.m. so we spent some time sitting around the pool, not a bad way to spend four hours.

It was very warm out, and we would have time to kill in Rarotonga as well so we decided to leave our bathing suits on for the short flight. I thought it would feel weird to fly in my bathing suit and swim cover-up but we fit right in with the rest of the passengers!

It’s a pretty small airport.

When we landed in Rarotonga the weather had cooled down a bit so we changed into clothes and headed across the street to a funky little hotel for a few drinks and dinner with a nice couple from Calgary. We had a lot of fun and it was a great way to spend the time before our flight back to Los Angeles.

I will leave you with a picture I forgot to post earlier. This is mass transportation in the Cook Islands 🙂

Until next time …

A Cook Island Storm, Aitutaki, CI

We spent our last full day in Aitutaki doing what we did most other days, walking around the island, swimming, reading, and relaxing. As a final send off the island treated us to a tropical storm which really was pretty interesting!

But I’ll start the picture tour with a walk around the island 🙂

This is how a new coconut tree starts.

I rolled one over to show you the roots.

These two are very firmly established, I couldn’t move them!

It really looked a lot darker out than it was and it was still very, very, warm.

The vegetation is very lush and grows quickly which means the resort staff have to trim the path around the island every few days.

We followed our walk with a few swims and relaxing on the beach, but by late afternoon the rain started. It came down heavy and we even had some thunder and lighting!

The storm was so bad that it knocked out cell and Wi-Fi service for a couple hours. And do you remember that outdoor shower we have? Yup it is was raining so hard that we really didn’t even have to turn on the water. I have to admit it was a different experience showering outside in the rain.

I will leave with you with pictures of the most amazing sunset we had the night before … this will definitely be a sunset we will remember for the rests of our lives!

Until next time …