Back to Warmer Weather!

All though really it’s not a whole lot warmer, it was 0C (32F) when we flew out of Edmonton and 8C (46F) when we landed in Kelowna. Of course the wind died and the temperatures rose considerably on the day we left Edmonton, but it did feel much warmer when we landed in Kelowna than we experienced this past week.

We believe this picture shows the Battle River which runs in front of our friends ranch in Camrose, Alberta … we think he lives right on the bend in the river but it’s hard to tell from the air 🙂

As we flew over the north end of Kalamalka Lake, on our approach into Kelowna, you could see how much snow is still sitting in the hills.

The Okanagan Valley, where Kelowna is located, is sitting at 152% of normal snowpack right now. Last year our snowpack level was 105% of normal and we had some major flooding … I’m a little scared of what is going to happen this year!

Our approach into Kelowna was a little unusual as we came in from the south. I have flown many, many, many times in and out of Kelowna and I can only remember landing from the south a handful of times.

The wooded area on the point in the middle of this picture is Bear Creek Provincial Park where we spend our summers.

But it was nice to come in over the city from the south rather than the north and get a different view from the air. I was able to get some good shots of the city and had a lot of fun identifying locations and zooming in on some areas 🙂

The Floating Bridge crossing Okanagan Lake into Kelowna. At the north end of the lake sits Vernon, British Columbia, Kelowna sits in the middle, and at the south end of the lake sits Penticton … it is one massive lake and you are only seeing part of the northern end in this photo!

For those that live in the area, the building surrounded by green space is Okanagan College.

This is a picture of my sister’s place from the air, can you see her house? 😉

We arrived home shortly after noon and had time to do some pruning after unpacking. It is nice to be home but I am missing all those smiling faces we left behind in Edmonton!

Until next time …

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Brrr … Cold

Last Wednesday we packed up all our warm clothes, I put on my warm winter boots and borrowed winter coat, and we headed to the airport for our flight to Edmonton, Alberta.

Taking off from the Kelowna Airport

Kelowna along the shores of Okanagan Lake

Why would we do this???? Well a visit with our two sons’ and their families was enough to make us brave the very cold weather Edmonton is still having. It is not unusual for Edmonton to still have a lot of snow this time of year but it is never this cold when we come out in the spring 😦

Taking off from Vancouver, British Columbia … we got a really cheap flight but we had to make a brief stop in Vancouver on our way to Edmonton … trust me the flight was so cheap ($236.00 total, return, for the two of us!) that is was worth a stop in Vancouver 🙂

We haven’t really done a lot while we are here, other than visit and spend time with our two grandchildren, but in all honesty there is nothing wrong with that. Hopefully when we return in the fall we will be able to get outside, but we will have time outside with the grandchildren when they visit us next month in Kelowna, B.C..

Arriving in Edmonton. It has been so cold in Edmonton this year that they barely have any snow!

Until next time …

We Are Home!

Since home is where we park it, and Maxx is parked in Yuma, and now we are in Yuma we must be home.  It was a very fun ten days in Edmonton and Kelowna but it sure was nice to walk out of the airport last night and be greeted by warmth.

The best sunset this year 🙂 Also a great sunset because we watched it from the plane leaving Edmonton, Alberta and we were finally on our way back to Phoenix.

Now I’m off to bed 🙂

Happy New Year, safe travels, and all the best for 2018 …

What A Trip!

First off … Happy New Year … here is what I had planned on saying today 🙂

As 2018 starts we look forward to many more miles, more beautiful sights to see, family and friends to visit, and fellow bloggers to meet.

So to our family, friends, and fellow bloggers thanks for traveling along with us.  We wish you all the best for 2018 and are so happy you are a part of our lives!

So here is the new part …

First off a little background …

As you probably know we are full time RVers who call Kelowna, B.C. home. We have no sticks and bricks home in Kelowna since we live in Maxx. Right now Maxx is chillin in warm, sunny Yuma, Arizona keeping an eye on our shed and our neighbours … okay lets be fair, our neighbours are actually looking after Maxx and our shed but they have told us they are both behaving, so all is good.

Now I am getting to some confusing parts here so hopefully I give you a good synopsis of life the last week.

On December 23rd we flew from Phoenix to Edmonton to spend Christmas with our son’s. As I mention yesterday on December 29th we had a bonus stop over in Kelowna to see our daughter and family and were to fly back to Phoenix on December 30th. This made Kelowna a connection point on our flight … keep the connection part in mind. Due to weather in Calgary we were unable to get from Kelowna to Phoenix on the 30th.

Now airlines will not cover your accommodations, meals, and taxi if your flight is cancelled because of weather. Most of the people our flight from Kelowna to Phoenix were from Kelowna and could go back to their homes, but of course our house is in Yuma right now. So it occurred to me, as we were standing in line at the airport waiting for WestJet to rebook us, that we were actually at a connection point and in that case the airline does have to pay your costs. Now we knew this may not work since we have a Kelowna address but we thought it was worth a try. We also thought that WestJet would work harder to get us on a flight quickly if they were paying for our stay in Kelowna, and we are now tired of the snow and want to go back to the sun 😀

The other thing that came into play was the fact that our daughter has a bad cold and we knew it would be better for her to rest and get well and that wouldn’t happen if we were at their house. Lucky us we were given a hotel voucher, dinner and breakfast vouchers, and taxi vouchers to the hotel and back to the airport. We were also told that it would probably be better if we phoned into WestJet from the comfort of our hotel room and rebook our flights, so that’s what we did. After an hour and a half on the phone Saturday evening I was able to get us a flight to Vancouver and then onto Phoenix on Tuesday.

Now we only had vouchers for Saturday night so Sunday morning we took our free taxi back to the airport to get vouchers for our next two nights in Kelowna. Our hope was to go back to our daughters for New Years Eve if she was feeling better but since we had to be at the airport at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday morning we figured it would be easier to stay in the hotel Monday night.

Have I lost you yet? Hopefully I’m making sense 🙂

Anyway back to the airport on Sunday morning. Once the WestJet agent realized they were going to have to pay our expenses for two more nights they were all of the sudden able to get us on a flight back to Phoenix on Monday, but here is the kicker … we are going back to Edmonton and then onto Phoenix!

So to sum it up, for the price of a return ticket from Phoenix to Edmonton we were able to spend six days over Christmas with our son’s; four days in Kelowna were we had a great visit with our daughter and family, were able to see my sister and family, and also were able to have lunch with our best friends, all the while being put up at a hotel with meals provided by WestJet; today we will fly back to Edmonton and hopefully spend only two hours in the Edmonton Airport before getting on our return flight to Phoenix. It seems like a really roundabout way to spend Christmas in Edmonton but it really worked out for us … or at least it will if all our flights work out today.

We hope you all had a safe New Years Eve and we wish you nothing but happiness for 2018.

Until next time …

Until next time …

Merry Christmas

Hubby liked the quote from my last year Christmas blog so much that he asked me to post it again, so here it is …

“And the Grinch, with his Grinch-feet ice cold in the snow, stood puzzling and puzzling, how could it be so? It came without ribbons. It came without tags. It came without packages, boxes or bags. And he puzzled and puzzled ’till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before. What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more.”

I also love that quote because Christmas is so much more than presents and I think you feel that more and more as you get older. We no longer need physical things but we love family time. Yes I do get excited about decorations and Christmas baking but that is because they all bring back memories for me of when our children were young and how much fun Christmas was. Now that they are out on their own they are forming new traditions with their husbands, wives, and little ones and it is so neat to watch that. However the traditions that tug at my heart are the ones that they grew up with and still continue 🙂

I am spending the early hours of Christmas morning snuggling with my five month old granddaughter who is teething and not sleeping well … and I am one happy grandma.

From hubby and I we wish you all a very Merry Christmas!

Until next time …

Two States and One Province In One Day!

And still 1,000 km from home but that’s okay because we are in Edmonton, Alberta where we will spend Christmas with our two son’s and their families 🙂

So maybe I was a little excited to head home for Christmas, and maybe I had us on the road a little … okay a lot … earlier than we needed to be 😆 But I think hubby was also excited because he didn’t argue and he was awake long before I was!

With our coffee in travel mugs, we loaded our suitcases in the truck and headed to the airport in Phoenix. The quickest route is to head directly to I-8 and that means a very brief visit to California as we crossed over the Colorado River and exited onto the interstate. Our visit in California lasted all of two minutes before we crossed back over the Colorado River into Arizona. We had a quick stop at the Border Patrol station and then it was clear sailing to the parking garage.

This pic is for my Kelowna grandsons who love watching Border Wars … Border Patrol Checkpoint on I-8 near Yuma. The dog took a little sniff and we were sent on our way.

We were treated to a beautiful sunrise!

Driving down I-8 west of Gila Bend, AZ

Washroom stop at McDonalds in Gila Bend, AZ

It looks like the sky is on fire!

By 8:30 a.m. the truck was tucked into its space at Sundance Airport Parking (only $37.00 for the week) and we were on the shuttle to the airport.

Once our bags were checked we cleared security and enjoyed a nice breakfast before boarding our flight. It was nice to fly out earlier in the day and we really enjoyed the view from the plane.

Leaving Phoenix

The Grand Canyon

Sunny skies above the clouds just before Edmonton

And we broke through the clouds to see snow! Yipee, you really need snow for Christmas ☺

After clearing customs in Edmonton, Alberta we headed outside to meet our son and the rest of the evening has been spent visiting and snuggling with little grandbabies 🙂

Until next time …

Safely Home

We arrived home safely after an almost eleven-hour drive but it was worth it to spend time with our cute, snuggly Edmonton grandchildren 🙂

She is so cute and such a good baby!

Our grandson telling his dog “See Jack grandma and grandpa are leaving to go to Costco, but they will be back soon.” Okay he is only sixteen months so maybe he wasn’t saying that, but he was watching for us to come home 🙂

One afternoon we all went RV browsing and came across this neat retro unit.

It was an early start today, although not as early as the picture below makes it appear!

I was trying to get a picture of the sunrise through the back driver’s side window but the tinting on the window was making it difficult, so hubby pulled over and I quickly jumped out and grabbed a picture.

A slight fog and the sunrise made for some beautiful scenery along Highway 2 between Edmonton and Calgary … even after an almost, what would have probably been very serious, collision with a big fat deer! Unlike deer in BC who feed on grass and trees, Alberta and Saskatchewan deer feed on grain so they are very big and fat.

  Almost as soon as we crossed back into BC the smoke from forest fires filled the skies, and the drive through Glacier National Park was filled with smoke so thick, it was hard to see and hard to breath!

It was nice to have almost a week away from smoke filled air. Hopefully the Okanagan gets the rain predicted for this weekend, it will help with the forest fires and knock down the smoke.

We were about an hour from home and I was just thinking I could put the camera away instead of holding it on my lap when we came across this semi accident. I sure hope the driver was okay!

Shortly after the accident we came across a forest fire that had just started along Highway 97A near Larkin Cross Road 😦

At time of posting this fire has grown to 2.5 hectares in size and homes have been placed on evacuation alert.

So now it’s back to our regular routine for the next six weeks and then we start our travels south.

Until next time …