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 …

The Jello Really Wiggled!

Our plan was to do a short drive today and stay in Florence, Oregon at the Port of Siuslaw RV Park. When we planned our trip south hubby found this RV Park and thought it would be nice to camp right on the ocean and as an added bonus we could walk to Old Town, which sounded like a nice way to spend an evening. When we arrived in Florence we realized the port was up the river, not on the ocean, and old town was nothing special, so we decided to carry on to our next stop.


We had fog once again this morning but it wasn’t that bad.

Humbug Mountain State Park was only a few more hours down the coast just south of Port Orford, Oregon. Once again we were disappointed, the park was on the other side of the highway from the ocean and didn’t look all that appealing, so we carried on. At that point we decided to carry on to Crescent City, California, which would give us an easy drive to today’s destination and we wanted to be there early anyways.

These pictures were taken at the Cooks Chasm Bridge Viewpoint which is home to the Spouting Horn.



The Spouting Horn is shooting up water on the left shore in this picture. The Spouting Horn is an ocean geyser, which is caused by incoming waves that funnel air and water into the cave below, building pressure until the water explodes into a geyser. When the water explodes it makes a sound just like a whale.

And the fog continues

But it did make for some interesting views.

Honestly we were not that disappointed to keep driving as the sun was making an appearance and the drive was just so pretty … not to mention the further south we go the warmer it gets 🙂

This is what I was hoping for, ocean pictures and sunny blue skies … I can live with the clouds as well ☺



With one last fill-up with cheaper diesel in Oregon we headed into expensive, but hopefully sunny and warm, California.

Not a great picture of these elk but what can you do when you suddenly spot them and you are going 55 mph!

Until next time …

Off to Newport, Oregon

And guess what … there was no fog! Lot’s of dark, and some low, clouds but no fog. Most of our drive was good but a half hour out of Newport, Oregon the rain started and by the time we got to the RV Park it was really coming down which made for a couple of drenched people doing our set-up 😦
This is our third attempt travelling down the Oregon coast, and one coming up the coast, in hopes of hitting nice weather but I just don’t think that is something that happens in the fall or spring.
I’m about ready to give up. It is a nice drive and we know we are safe from snow but it’s not a cheap trip. RV parks are expensive and we use more fuel climbing hills and fighting winds.Don’t get me wrong it is well worth the trip and the views are beautiful! If you do it, make the trip south rather than north, the road winds its way along the coast but we have never had a problem towing a thirty-five foot fifth wheel. All the viewpoints are accessible heading south only and travelling north the road is narrow because there are rock cliffs along many portions of the highway in California and southern Oregon. Also if you are big rig continue on Highway 101 in California; do not take Highway 1 along the California coast, it is not meant for big rigs!We will carry on down the coast and who knows maybe the sun will appear but even if it doesn’t, it is still a nice drive and way better than travelling I-5 🙂

There were a lot of boats in Tilamook Bay which is a popular fishing area for Dungeness Crab, Shiner Perch, Kelp Greenling, Coho and Chinook Salmon, Cockle, and Black Rockfish.

To add to the bad weather we were very disappointed in the Port of Newport RV Park! We have always stayed here because the location is great and we enjoy the views over the harbor. The price use to be $37.80 per night with full hook-ups and our Good Sam discount, which was pricey but not a lot more than the state park nearby, and we had full hook-ups plus a laundry room … and it was an easy walk to Rogue Brewing 🙂 They have now raised their prices to $50.09 with the Good Sam discount, that’s a $12.29 per night increase and it is just not worth that! So this will be our last stay. If we come back to Newport again we will stay at South Beach State Park, which is $31.00 for a site with electricity. We would have gone there but we really wanted to flush out our tanks so we needed full hook-up, and maybe we wanted one last walk over to Rogue Brewery.

Hubby had the Pumpkin Patch Ale on the right and I had the Gose and both were very good. The Gose uses sea salt that the brewing crew hand harvested from Yaquina Bay outside the brewery … I thought that was pretty cool!

After our visit to Rogue we had to go and fuel up the truck so we thought a visit to the Taphouse was also in order 🙂

I had the Cali Creamin Nitro from Mother Earth Brewery (on the left) and it was really good, hubby had the Wokau Blackberry Wheat from Wolf Tree and he enjoyed it as well.

Until next time …

Fort Stevens State Park

I could start this blog with another rant about the fog, but I won’t make you suffer through that … but we did wake up to fog once again and this time it stayed all day … such is life on the Oregon coast … okay I did rant!
We have really enjoyed our time at Fort Stevens State Park in Astoria, Oregon. Fort Stevens was an American military facility that guarded the mouth of the Columbia River from the Civil War through World War II. It was named after Issac Stevens, a slain Civil War general and former Washington Territory governor and was an active fort from 1863 to 1947.

Coffenbury Lake a picnic and swim area within the park … just in case you don’t want to swim in the ocean ☺

Sunday night we took a walk along the ocean during low tide. And yesterday morning we took a walk during high tide, the weather was not nearly as nice but still reasonably warm. In 1906 the sailing ship Peter Iredale ran aground on Clatsop Spit and the crew took refuge at Fort Stevens. Part of the wreck still lies on the beach today.

Low tide

High tide

On June 21, 1942 a Japanese submarine surfaced off Fort Stevens and fired seventeen shells, making Fort Stevens the only military installation in the continental United States to come under enemy fire during World War II.

Since there were no submarines to take pictures of, you will have to make do with a picture of a very big freighter near the mouth of the Columbia River. I’m sure you can use your imagination to pretend this ship is a sub 🙂

Between 1885 and 1895 long, rocky jetties were built to protect the mouth of the Columbia River. The jetties narrowed the current to help flush out sediment and keep beach sand from clogging the river mouth.

Today it makes a great place to fish during high tide but this fisherman was getting wet from the waves!

Apparently it is also a great place to surf!

Off the south jetty is a walkway to Trestle Bay where there is a wildlife bunker set up.We didn’t see any wildlife at the bunker but there was a lot to see through out the park!

We saw lots of Elk but usually I didn’t have the camera handy, but this guy was very cooperative. He had a friend with him but his friend was being rude and wouldn’t look up so I’m not going to share his picture ☺

Until next time …

Another Foggy Start :-(

We left Cabelas yesterday morning in a sea of fog, so dense that I wasn’t able to take a picture as the camera had nothing to focus on. Fortunately it did ease up a bit but it was still pretty yucky.

Interstate 5

It would lift for awhile ….

Interstate 5

WA 107

But then it would come right back in 😦When I read the weather advisory it said the fog would start to lift at 10:00 a.m. and sure enough at 10:08 a.m. just after we turned onto SR 101 it disappeared 🙂
Shortly before noon we crossed over the Astoria/Megler bridge … Unfortunately the fog rolled back in but it is still an impressive bridge! I wrote about it when we crossed last year so check out this blog if you want more information and pictures.And not long after that we arrived at Fort Stevens State Park where we are settled for the next two nights. We need to do a Costco trip and some other grocery shopping to fill the fridge, and we have a few sites we want to see around this area.

Until next time …

The Clock Jumped Forward And So Did We!

We jumped north one more state, we are now in Washington and that always makes me happy because Washington shares the US/Canada border with British Columbia and that means we are so close to home now!

Even though we lost an hour with the time change we were still on the road by 8:30 a.m. for our three and a half hour drive to Long Beach, Washington.

There was a slight mist off the ocean, which played some havoc with my pictures, but I did get a few.

Before long we only had the occasional glimpse of the ocean but the views were still very pretty!

 

You can tell how wet it is in this area from all the moss growing on the tree limbs.

At the northern end of Oregon we crossed over the Astoria-Megler Bridge, which spans the lower Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon, and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington. The bridge opened in 1966 and is the longest continuous truss bridge in North America.

Located 14 miles (23 km) from the mouth of the river at the Pacific Ocean, the bridge is 4.067 miles (6.55 km) in length, and was the final segment of SR101 to be completed between Olympia, Washington and Los Angeles, California.

If you are heading north, the entrance onto the bridge takes you under what used to be the toll plaza located at the end of a 2,130-foot (650 m) inclined ramp, which goes through a full 360° loop while gaining elevation to clear the channel over land. The picture below, which I borrowed from Google, shows the end section of the loop.

The bridge was built to withstand 150 mph (240 km/h) wind gusts and river water speeds of 9 mph (14 km/h). As you cross the bridge you can see the many freighter that have crossed under the high span and are making the long trek up the Columbia River to Portland, Oregon.

Since most of the northern portion of the bridge is over shallow, non-navigable water, it is low to the water.

Near the end of the bridge we crossed into Washington and made the short drive into Long Beach for the night.

And the best part of the day … I received a text from our oldest son wishing me Happy Mother’s Day 🙂 If you are confused don’t worry, so was I, but it is Mother’s Day in London, England and that is were he is working for the next week … and honestly I will take two Mother’s Day in 2018!

Until next time …

Driving SR101 :-)

I wasn’t going to write about this because I’m not comfortable giving people advice on what roads to travel … it’s all relative to your own comfort level and experience … but I have had some questions so I decided to give a few more details about the things we have learned. Please do your own research as well.

First off all of my comments are about SR101 not SR1. SR1 is not recommend for RV’s so we have never driven it.

Unlike what you may have heard we did not see any signs stating RVs could not travel SR101. You will need to watch where you plan to enter or exit SR101 as many of the access highways have signs stating rigs can not be more than 30 feet from kingpin to rear axel. On SR101 the only signs we saw restricted the combine length to 65 feet for most of the route however one section was 60 feet combined length.

There are some areas that are two lanes and windy, but not that many and we didn’t have any trouble towing Maxx (we are 54 feet combined). There are many areas were the route is four lanes as well. I think I mentioned this before but, there are almost no rest areas that you can access when traveling north as they are all on the other side of the highway. When traveling south there are lots of places to pull over but of course it will depend on the amount of people stopped as to whether there is room to pull in an RV.

Generally we fill up once we have set up for the night and don’t have Maxx along, but there were gas stations along the way that you could easily pull into with an RV.

Finding a place to stay was never a problem, although we usually know where we are stopping ahead of time, but most of the RV and state parks we saw along the way had vacancies … this would definitely not be the case if you took this route in the summer.

I hope this information helps you if you are planning to take this route … and I do recommend it if you are comfortable with your research … it truly is a beautiful drive!

We spent our time yesterday walking and driving around Newport enjoying the sights. I will let the pictures tell the story.

We drank our morning coffee and watched the fishing boats go out, and then the fishermen cleaning their fish upon their return.

We enjoyed some time in the Nye Beach area of Newport.

And then we drove over to Newport Harbor and wandered around.

The area is full of trendy shops and restaurants

With seaside businesses mixed in.

Until next time …

More Amazing Views :-)

It was good news when we woke up yesterday morning and we hadn’t floated away in the Walmart parking lot … that was some rainstorm we had, but by morning the skies had cleared.

Our normal travel day’s range in the area of three to three and a half hours, but lately we having been putting in much longer days. If we were heading south down the Oregon coast we would definitely plan to drive no more than three hours to our next destination because there are so many pullouts to stop and admire the views along the way.

We were happy to be using the bridge to cross Coos Bay. The last time we came this way the bridge was closed and we had to drive through narrow, twisty, residential roads around the bay … it was not a fun trip!

The first hour of our day was through tree lined highway.

On this trip, where we are heading north, we are treated to amazing views but there are only a few pullouts that you can access from the northbound lane and most of those have not been big enough for us.

And then the sun started to peak through the clouds and the ocean appeared!

And the rest of our two and a quarter hour drive was completed with ocean views.

The other reason we have pulled some longer travel days was to gain a few extra days to spend in state parks along the coast, and the first one was to be our stop for last night and tonight.  When we pulled into South Beach State Park there was only one section open for first come first serve and those sites were all to small for us so we went on to plan B. Instead of the state park we are spending a few days back at the Port of Newport Marina, a favorite of ours 🙂

From now on our travel days will only be a few hours and hopefully the weather cooperates and we can enjoy the extra time at our destinations.

And the weather did cooperate last night when we enjoyed a nice walk along the beach watching the sunset.  Unfortunately I didn’t bring my camera but I got some okay pictures with my cell phone.

Until next time …

Through The Redwoods

So let me digress a little … I have used the word “travelling” in many blogs, now I always spell it with two L’s and Microsoft Word is okay with that, but WordPress is not. WordPress would like me to use one L. Sometimes I go along with WordPress, other times I stick to my guns and use two L’s. So after I posted my blog yesterday morning I decided to look up the correct spelling and what did I find out? Well both spellings are correct Travelling (with two L’s) is the preferred spelling in British English and Traveling (with one L) is the preferred spelling in American English. Since Canadian English follows along the lines of British English, I will continue to use two L’s. And that is your English lesson for the day 🙂

As soon as we turned onto SR101 yesterday we could see the fog rolling in.

It was pretty thick for the first ten miles and then we came out of it, but that set the tone for the rest of our day … in and out of fog and rain ranging from light to heavy.

Shortly after we left Piercy, California there was a particularly narrow section with a massive redwood tree right beside the road, it was so close there were chunks missing from the side of the tree!

We really debated driving through Avenue of the Giants again, but it was raining and I was having a hard time getting any pictures, so we decided against it. We did that drive early on a Tuesday afternoon in October 2014, when there was little traffic. We had no problem driving it with Maxx along, but you do have to watch as many of the massive redwoods are near the road and some of their limbs hang low. If you are interest in our experience, you can read about it here.

So we continued on SR101 and did the section we missed when we took Avenue of the Giants and I have to say it was a pretty boring four-lane section. Well okay maybe boring is a little too harsh as the road followed along the Eel River and then through a forested area. You will have to take my word on this as there were low clouds and rain so I couldn’t get any pictures 😦

Yup this is all we saw out the front window!

The view was better out my side window but I got wet every time I put my window down ☺

As most Snowbirds know the best part of having jello solid plans is the ability for the jello to wiggle, and it wiggled once again yesterday. Our plan had been to stop for the night at a Passport America Park in Crescent City, California but, because the weather was so crappy, we decided to continue driving and stop in Gold Beach, Oregon for the night … but as we got closer to Gold Beach hubby decided he wanted to continue on to Coos Bay, Oregon, so that’s what we did. The best part of that plan was that fuel prices are much cheaper in Oregon than California … lets face it everything is cheaper in Oregon than California … so we were able to fill the truck up for todays travel with much cheaper fuel 🙂

We made the decision to carry on as we were entering Eureka, California, by the time we left Eureka the weather started to clear!

I was so excited when we finally rounded a corner and was reunited with the Pacific Ocean!

Until I was 13 I lived in Richmond, British Columbia where our house was on the shores of the Pacific Ocean … I never get tired of looking at it!

And then we were back to winding through the redwoods with more than the occasional view of the ocean … an awesome drive and one that never fails to amaze us! It was a long driving day but really today was all about the drive and the views so it was worth it 🙂

Until next time …

Top Ten Pictures of 2015

Get ready for animals and flowers as they seem to dominate 2015 😀 It was also nice to see that half of our top ten pictures this year were from our home province of British Columbia, where beauty knows no bounds!

Surreal sunset at Picacho State Park, Picacho, Arizona. Picture taken 27 February 2014.

Spring blossoms, Carson City, Nevada. Picture taken 20 March 2015.

Marmots, Tunkwa Lake Provincial Park, Logan Lake, British Columbia. Picture taken 22 May 2015.

Chipmunk, Kettle River Provincial Park, Rock Creek, British Columbia. Picture taken 5 June 2015.

Cherries on our daughter’s tree, Kelowna, British Columbia. Picture taken 24 June 2015.

Biking through Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia. Picture taken 21 July 2015.

Sunflower, Nakusp, British Columbia. Picture taken 12 September 2015

Highway 20 near Sisters, Oregon. Picture taken 20 October 2015.

Walker Creek, Highway 395, California. Picture taken 31 October 2015.

And a great way to spend Halloween … soaking in a natural tub at Whitmore Hotsprings near Bishop, California. Picture taken 31 October 2015.

I appreciate the input of those that voted on their favorite pictures from 2013 and 2014, it sure helped us in picking the favorite for those years. I would love your input on your favorite 2015 photo 🙂

Until next time …