A Late Afternoon Stroll

The rain finally let up enough for us to take a walk around the park. I always like stopping on the bridge and watching the water flow down Lambley Creek. It brings back memories of our children playing in the creek and finding forts in the bushes along the edges 🙂

 It was also nice to finally see some signs of spring!

The Wild Rose Bushes are showing signs of life. I can’t wait for them to bloom 🙂

There are some leaves beginning to peak out on the trees around our site.

And some flowers! It has been so cold around here that even the dandelions haven’t shown their faces 😦

Tonight we are off to Edmonton, Alberta to see our two son’s and their families!

Until next time …

Pretty or a Nuisance?

I enjoyed watching the antics of the Canada Geese during my morning walk.

Canada Geese are often considered a nuisance in our town. They flock to the beaches and leave their dropping everywhere! I was pleasantly surprised to see the population at the park down this year … hopefully it will stay that way all summer.

Where did my buddy go?

Here I am! Did I scare you?

They were still buddies and flew away together 😊

Until next time …

New Digs :-)

We are very fortunate to be able to spend our summers in our daughter and son-in-law’s driveway, where we are also fortunate to have full hook-ups! The benefits of this arrangement far outweigh the few disadvantages. We love being so close to the grandkids and enjoy hearing them play in the yard and having their little knuckles knock on the door for a visit 🙂  We have enjoyed this set-up for the past three summers but this year we have a new adventure in store for us. Yesterday we left this view …

View from our living room window while parked in the driveway, not a great view but we can look out the window and see the grandkids playing :-).

And twenty minutes later we had this view …

The new view from our living room window, and it will only get better once the trees grow leaves!

We are now camped at Bear Creek Provincial Park on Okanagan Lake near Kelowna, British Columbia. During his short life Maxx has spent a fair amount of time at this Provincial Park but this is the first time he has ever had full hook-ups here! Most BC Provincial Parks have no services so normally when we camp here it is dry camping, but for the next five months hubby and I are the Camp Hosts at Bear Creek PP which means we get the one site that has full hook-ups 🙂

Our site before we pulled in and hubby cleaned up the site.

We applied for this position around the beginning of February and were surprised to be offered the job a week later. This is one of the most popular parks in BC and it is always fully booked, well in advance, from mid May through early September. Since it is so close to Kelowna, and right on the lake, we thought it would be a popular choice for camp hosts and we normally see the same people in the position year after year. So we consider ourselves very lucky to have been offered the position this year!

Our duties are pretty simple, one of us needs to be available twenty to thirty hours a week to answer questions from campers and keep the pamphlet rack stocked, and that’s it! There are other things we can do to help out if we want and even some paid hours if we are interested, but at this point we were told to get ourselves comfortable, set up the site however we want, and just enjoy ourselves. On Thursday we are flying to Edmonton, Alberta to visit our two sons’ and their families and we won’t be back until the end of April so we will start our volunteer position then.

So to sum it up … we are able to spend the summer in a campground on the shores of Okanagan Lake, minutes from Kelowna and our family and friends, in a location our children spent weeks at a time every summer, and where you now need to make reservations long in advance and can only stay for a max of fourteen days, … yup it was a no brainer and we jumped at the chance!

Mostly set up, there are still a few things we want to do but that will wait until we are back from Edmonton.

Until next time …

2016/2017 Snowbird Wrap-Up

We really enjoyed the scenery on our drive out to Mittry Lake near Yuma, Arizona.

We have been home for a week and have had fun catching up with family and friends, done numerous loads of laundry, and lot’s of little chores. In the next few days we will start washing Maxx both inside and out, and clean out cupboards and storage bays.

We enjoyed some of the most amazing sunsets this year!

It sure is nice to be back in our daughter’s driveway but that will change on Monday … stay tuned 🙂

I enjoyed photographing many pretty flowers this year 🙂

Over the past five months:

  • We covered 9,527 mi (15,522 km), up from 8,085 mi (13,012 km) in 2015/2016 and 9,451 mi (15,211 km) in 2014/2015; but down from 14,093 mi (22,680 km) in 2013/2014.
  • We spent $2,150.60 on fuel compared to $1,526.24 in 2015/2016, $2,350.54 in 2014/2015 and $5,041.40 in 2013/2014.
  • On average we paid $2.514 a gallon for diesel, up from $2.096 in 2015/2016 but down from $3.128 in 2014/2015 and $3.813 in 2013/2014!
  • The most expensive diesel was $2.959 per gallon in Alturas, CA; our cheapest diesel was $2.199 per gallon in Yuma, AZ, which is up from last year where we paid $1.559 per gallon in Yuma, AZ. This past season fuel costs made up 14.59% of our budget, up considerably from 2015/2016 where fuel costs only made up 8.68% of our budget … and that is directly attributed to the higher fuel prices and more miles, not because we spent more on other line items 🙂
  • RV parks made up 15.84% of our budget, down from 2015/2016 where we spent 20% of our budget on RV parks, mostly because we did more boondocking this year. In total we spent 57 nights boondocking or 43% of our snowbird year!

It was a toss up as to which was our best boondocking location this year, Lake Mead, Nevada or Ajo, Arizona!

Our stay at Lake Mead gave us the opportunity to drive through Valley of Fire State Park, which was so beautiful!

And once again we had a great winter. Hubby and I have now spent three and a half years living full time in Maxx and we still love it, and each other 🙂

Driving home with snow on the hills in the distance was still a beautiful site.

Until next time …

We Are Home :-)

Our original plan was to spend two nights in Omak, WA and take a trip out to Winthrop yesterday, but the weather wasn’t cooperating. We woke up to heavy rain and decided we just wanted to get home, even though that meant arriving on a school day and perhaps interrupting schedules, but our daughter was okay with that.

Since it was raining hard yesterday and that makes for lousy pictures, I will give you a picture of the baby chicks I took at North 40 Outfitters the day before 🙂

I love stopping and chatting with the chicks on our way home every year 🙂

 Yesterday was the first travel day we have had in a long time were we didn’t need to set the GPS. In fact I think Maxx was pushing his truck buddy home as fast as he could!

We had a quick stop at the border with less than the usual questions, which we have heard was the case for several snowbirds who returned ahead of us.

  • How long have you been away?
  • Total value of goods you are bringing back?
  • Did you do any repairs to the RV?

Two hours later we were pulling into our daughter’s driveway and are now enjoying warm squeezy hugs and little fists knocking on Maxx’s door … yes we lead a good life!

Now that we are home I won’t be posting every day but I will try and do a blog every week. I will post our wrap up blog in the next few days and stay tune for a location change for us after Easter 🙂

Thanks for following along! 

Until next time …

Merry Christmas

For three days now I have been tossing around ideas for a Christmas blog and nothing has worked for me. I sat in church last night and listen to the homily, which was about the meaning of Christmas and how some of our traditions came about, and I thought perhaps I should write about that. As I sat down to write the blog I still couldn’t come up with the right words. I thought about how I love the spirituality of Christmas, the time with our family and friends, and just how happy everyone is at this time of the year. And then I thought about the people I know who are having a rough time this Christmas and my prayers went out to them. At that point I realized I just wasn’t able to come up with the words to express what I wanted to say.

Our daughter posted a quote from How The Grinch Stole Christmas on Facebook and it reminded me of watching the movie year after year with our three young children … so, thanks to Dr. Seuss, I thought I would share this quote with you instead of writing anything more 🙂

“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.”

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Hubby and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and thank you for following us during our travels …

This Groundhog Saw Her Shadow :-)

groundhogWhich means there is sun in our future because I received the go ahead to travel from my specialist this morning!! The rest of the day was spent running last minute errands and packing up Maxx for his travels. Really packing Maxx takes no time at all, we just add the Christmas decorations (that we store in our daughters shed for the summer), empty the fridge and we are good to go. Oh, and I did take advantage of free laundry to wash all the bedding and towels 🙂

Tomorrow we will hook up Maxx and park him at the mall while we meet up with our regular Tuesday coffee group, and then we will head south. Our planned route looks good and so far no snow, but keep your fingers crossed because we are getting a lot of rain at home … and you know what happens to rain at higher elevations 😦  But seriously, hubby’s route has us at some of the lowest elevations possible, so I think we will be good.

Our next post, the Wi-Fi gods willing, will be from Camp Walmart in Ephrata, Washington.

 Until next time …