Back At The Park

We were both happy to pull back into the Camp Host spot at Bear Creek Provincial Park yesterday, and I was even more happy when I went out for my walk this morning.  It was nice to walk along the lake and visit with the ducks and geese 😎

There is only one loop of the campground open right now but I expect that will change on the weekend. It will definitely change next weekend, Easter is a popular camping weekend.

This is always one of the first sites to go when this loop is opened.

When we were down on the coast there were signs of spring everywhere but when we arrived home in Kelowna we didn’t see any. Once I started looking a little closer I spotted a few 🙂

That is one of the best parts of our life style, we get to enjoy spring in the desert, and then again as we start to head home, and then a final time once we finally get home.

Until next time …

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 …

Maxx’s Wheels Are A Turnin

Well our almost seven months at Bear Creek Provincial Park have come to an end and now Maxx has his nose into the wind heading to Abbotsford, British Columbia. In theory that sounds easy but he has to get over the “Highway Thru Hell” first!

I will end our time at the park with the last of my pictures from my many walks.

Our last few days at the park were busy. We are so fortunate to have good friends and family that want to squeeze visits into every last minute 🙂 On Saturday we had a visit from my cousin, and her husband and daughter. She was dropping off our Christmas present and for the life of me I couldn’t find theirs to give them. You would think that living in a small space would make it easy to find it but nope, and I looked high and low, but I just don’t know where I put it! That visit was followed by a visit from old friends and was enjoyed around the fire. They had no sooner left and my sister and brother-in-law arrived for Thanksgiving dinner. We had a great time sitting around the fire, enjoying turkey dinner followed by a few hours of Ramoli … a family tradition during holiday dinners 🙂 And for those of you who have wondered … yes you can make a full turkey dinner in an RV … tonight’s turkey was sixteen pounds, accompanied by all the trimmings, and was absolutely delicious.

On Sunday we headed over to our daughter’s place to drop off Christmas presents, drop off things that don’t go south with us, and pick up things that do go south with us. We had said goodbye to them last Sunday, and our daughter at lunch last Wednesday because they were in Edmonton this weekend visiting her brothers. The rest of Sunday was spent cleaning up our campsite, closing down the pamphlet rack, cleaning out planters, and putting everything away for the winter. Sunday night we enjoyed one last visit with the park manager and his wife and just like last year a we had lot of laughs!

Today we are all packed up and hoping that the Coquihalla Highway, know as the Highway Thru Hell, holds up and the snow stays on the sides of the roads so that we can get to hubby’s sisters place in Abbotsford.

I will end our time at the park with the last of my pictures from my many walks.

If we are successful we will spend two nights there and then Maxx will hold down the fort while we fly to Edmonton for a week long visit with our two son’s and their families.

And it just wouldn’t be right to end 2018 at the park without a picture of Furb and Phineas!

Until next time …

Kasugia Garden, Kelowna, B.C.

I thought I had posted this blog but I guess I forgot 😦 Kasugai Garden’s holds a soft spot in my heart from my working years. A friend/co-worker, I affectionately call Blondie, and I would often wander over to the gardens on our coffee breaks to enjoy the peace and tranquility.

In 1977 the BC Minister of Tourism suggested that Kelowna be considered a potential Sister City to Kasugai, Japan. Over the next few years, gifts and visits were exchanged and in 1981 a Sister City Agreement was signed to promote and enhance the relationship between Kelowna, British Columbia and Kasugai, Aichi, Japan.

This is what the gardens look like today … the large structure in the background is a parking garage.

But through the miracle of photo editing I am able to show you what it looked like when I spent time in the park. I like this photo much better than the first but my daughter prefers the first picture because it shows the big town Kelowna has become ☺

In 1983, in Kasugai, Japan, Kelowna Boulevard was dedicated to the growing friendship. It was complete with a replica of the Kelowna Sails, the most icon landmark in Kelowna. Hubby and I were fortunate to visit Kelowna Boulevard in Kasugai, Japan almost fourteen years ago and it really was cool to be so far from home and see the Sails. Unfortunately that trip was before I took digital pictures and all our photo albums are in storage so I can’t share my picture of Kelowna Boulevard.

In 1994 a site behind Kelowna City Hall, and across the street from the Federal Building where I worked, was dedicated as Kasugai Gardens. The Gardens, completed in 1987, symbolize the friendship between the cities, providing residents and visitors with a pleasant and relaxing place to enjoy their time. I am going to leave you with no more words but hopefully you will have a feeling of tranquility after viewing the rest of my garden photo’s 🙂

Until next time …

Another Blogger Meeting :-)

Last Wednesday we came home, after looking after our grandchildren for the evening, to find a pleasant surprise sitting on the table outside Maxx.

A selection of beer all the way from Ontario ☺

We were puzzled as to who had left us this nice little surprise but fortunately the beer did come with a note … a rather wet note since it had rained all evening. It turns out the beer was left for us by Adventure Dawgs a blogger from Ontario. I have followed her blog, which is all about her travels with her three dogs, for many years now and really enjoy it. She was in BC for a visit and decided to stop at our park for the night. We were able to have a quick visit the next morning and I really hope our paths cross again.

Hubby is in full prep mode for our trip south this winter and spent a day last week waxing the rear of Maxx, and it looks awesome!

I forgot to take a before picture but you can see how bad it was in the section he hasn’t completed yet.

All done, and the ladder even got a coat of paint!

Until next time …

Fall Is In The Air

The arrival of fall is bittersweet. On the one hand I love how quiet the campsite gets, watching the leaves change color, and looking forward to our winter adventures, but on the other hand we will soon be packing up and leaving our family and friends … yes very bittersweet.

Nice sunrise this morning and no smoke in the air … that is suppose to change today ☹

Yesterday there was a mass exodus from the park, families heading home and getting ready for school today. As much as I love summer I do look forward to less people around 🙂 This morning less than half the sites where full, although this will change over the weekends … especially if the weather is nice.

And a few weeks ago Furb arrived back in the park … okay I don’t know for sure that it is Furb but that’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

He is all grown up now … I think he missed us so he came back for a visit 🙂

Until next time …

A Bike Ride Along The Kettle Valley Rail Trail

Last Monday hubby, one of our grandsons (ten years old), and I headed up to Myra Canyon to spend a few hours riding along the Kettle Valley Rail Trail. The drive up to Myra Canyon takes you through orchards and vineyards with beautiful views of Kelowna.

The last seven kilometres is up a windy, gravel road but is easily traversable by any type of vehicle. There is a large parking lot at the Myra Station entrance and you can also rent bikes there if need be.   Once we had unloaded our bikes we were off … this is an easy ride for all ages, as the grades never exceed 2.2%.

The City of Kelowna lies down in the valley. The Kettle Valley Railroad did not serve Kelowna directly. Passengers connected with the line by stage coach.

The Kettle Valley Rail Line was built between 1910 and 1915 after silver was discovered near Nelson, located in the Kootenay area of British Columbia. The steam trains of the time were a vital connection to transport silver and people from the Kootenay’s to the coast of British Columbia. The last trains passed through in the early ’80’s and by 1990 the last of the railway line was abandoned.

One of the most scenic sections to cycle is the eleven kilometre section from South East Kelowna through Myra Canyon to Ruth Station. This portion of the Kettle Valley Railway (KVR) runs along a steep-walled canyon. Originally built by hand at the turn of the last century, this impressive landmark is highlighted by two tunnels and eighteen trestle bridges that are truly spectacular. In 2002 this section was designated a National Historic Site of Canada.

In 2003 a massive forest fire burnt twelve of the trestles and blackened over 20,000 hectares. Through the efforts of the Myra Canyon Trestle Restoration Society, private individuals and several layers of government, funding was secured and the trestles were rebuilt and reopened in 2008.

The Kettle Valley Rail Trail and the Columbia & Western Rail Trail is the longest rail trail network in British Columbia extending from Hope to Castlegar. Once a comprehensive railroad system, the decommissioned tracks are now home to an extensive recreational trail providing almost 650 km (400 mi) of connected pathways throughout the region. Hubby and I have ridden many sections of the KVR and hope to continue riding other sections of this awesome trail.

In 1930-1931 this wooden trestle was replaced with a steel structure. The steel trestle was built around the wooden trestle to avoid any interruptions to the trains.

This is the largest trestle in Myra Canyon. Its 200 metres (726 feet), and 55 metres (180 feet) high.

While some of the trestles along the route are a 1,000 metres in the air, don’t let that worry you, there are solid railings, planks along the center of the trestles, and the trails are smooth and easy to ride.

With a lunch break (we packed a lunch as there are no food facilities along the trail) it took us about three hours to ride the twenty-two kilometre return trip section (13.67 miles) … of course that included many stops for pictures 🙂

This trestle was saved from burning by the heroic efforts of firefighters in the 2003 forest fires.

Until next time …