A Beautiful Fall Day

When we left Chelan, WA at 8:30 this morning it was 16C (60.8F) and sunny, we couldn’t have asked for better weather on our first day in the states.

It was so nice outside this morning that I wandered around with my coffee and played with the squirrels.

We headed down the west side of the Okanagan River toward Wenatchee.

This tunnel always freaks me out! Even though I know it is high enough for Maxx I still duck my head 🙂

But the view as you come out is very pretty.

We took Eastmont Avenue instead of Highway 28 through East Wenatchee. We remember when they built the new section of Eastmont and always wondered where it went, but never did take a drive and check it out when we were in Wenatchee without the RV. Hubby checked out google maps before we left and found out that it bypasses all the stop and go on Highway 28 through East Wenatchee and it turned out to be a great, and very pretty, route.

Wenatchee, Washington

We eventually joined back up with Highway 28, headed over toward Quincy, WA and then down to I90, turned onto I82 and headed through Yakima, WA. We prefer this route as it avoids Blewett Pass, takes the same amount of time, and we have never crossed the pass without hitting snow.

The snow is pretty on the mountain and that’s were we hope it stays!

We had great weather and roads for our entire trip today and had to stop at a rest stop to change from our sweaters to short sleeves because the temperatures we in the mid 70F (24C)

We spent the night near Rufus, OR at a COE Park just below the John Day Dam. It was a great free location and will become a regular stop when we travel this route in the future.

This was our view at the first place we stopped and while it was entertaining we decided it was a little too windy.

So we moved over to this little bay and it was perfect. This is our view from our chairs outside our front door … you can’t beat this for a free nights stay!

Until next time …

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And Another Snowbird Year Begins :-)

We left Kelowna in the cold drizzle with hints of fresh snow on the tops of the surrounding hills … but I’m still in flip flops. I had on jeans, a sweater, and a warm winter jacket, but I still had my flip flops on … not sure how long the flip flops will last but I’m making the effort 🙂

Goodbye Kelowna, we will miss you!

Our border crossing was easy peasy. We were asked the usual questions about alcohol, drugs, tobacco, firearms, and money. Then he asked if we had any “fruits or vegetables” to which I responded I had frozen mangos and frozen peas and, as I expected, he had no problem with those.

Goodbye fall colours, you are pretty but we are heading toward greener pastures 🙂

We were then sent through for our agricultural inspection where she looked through the fridge, as usual (and the eggs were no problem), but after that she checked all the other cupboards and also went into the bathroom … they have never checked the bathroom before. With a compliment on the layout of our bathroom she was off and running to the next RV.

There wasn’t much traffic on the highway.

I’m not sure if it because we have done this for the past seven winters, or if luck was on our side, but this seemed to be our easiest crossing yet and it took less than twenty minutes. We were quick at the border and both our cell phones started up right away when I put in our US sim cards. And suspending my Canadian cell phone went relatively well also, other than being transferred back to the same department a few times, but since the rest went so easy (and cheaply) I’m willing to overlook that!

Penticton, BC

Our plan was to spend the night in Omak, WA but we got away earlier than planned so we continued on to Chelan, WA, which will bring today’s long drive (four hours) down to a more manageable three hours 😀

We had to empty our garbage can before we crossed the border because I had dumped some vegetables in last night, so we stopped at Vaseux Provincial Park. This is a very small park right on the lake and also right on the highway, but honestly I couldn’t have asked for a nicer final picture of Canada before we crossed into the states!

Until next time …

2018/2019 Snowbird Wrap-Up

Our year south started off with rainy, foggy weather.

We have been home for four weeks and have had fun catching up with family and friends, made a trip to Edmonton to visit our two sons and family, done numerous loads of laundry, and lot’s of little chores. In the next few weeks we will start washing Maxx both inside and out, and clean out cupboards and storage bays.

But after a few days the weather cleared up and we had a nice drive down the Washington and Oregon coasts.

Without a doubt the highlight of this winter’s travel was our trip to the Cook Islands! Hubby and I had so much fun and can’t say enough good things about the islands and the people. While tourism is a big economic driver to their economy the thing that impressed us the most is how little that affected island life. The locals made us feel very welcome but they were not going to build massive resorts, restaurants, and gift shops to cater to tourists … and we loved that! The island is so laid back and relaxing, definitely worth a visit.

Happy hour views don’t get much better than this!

Coming in for a landing over Aitutaki, Cook Islands.

Over the past six months:

  • We only travelled through five states (Washington, Oregon, California, Arizona, and Nevada), way down from the thirteen states we hit last year!
  • We covered 7,504 mi (12,077 km), which is down 2,731mi (4,395 km) from 2017/2018 when we travelled 10,235 mi (16,430 km). In fact this was the least distance we have travelled since we hit the road five years ago.
  • We spent $2,152 on fuel compared to $2,719.54 2017/2018; $2,150.60 in 2016/2017; $1,526.24 in 2015/2016; $2,350.54 in 2014/2015; and $5,041.40 in 2013/2014.
  • On average we paid $3.252 a gallon for diesel; up significantly from $2.598 in 2017/2018, $2.514 in 2016/2017, $2.096 in 2015/2016, and $3.128 in 2014/2015, but down from $3.813 in 2013/2014.
  • The most expensive diesel was $4.249 per gallon in Rio Dell, California (California is always our most expensive fuel), last year our highest price was $3.589 per gallon in Lodi, California; our cheapest diesel was $2.459 per gallon in Yuma, Arizona, which is up from last year when our cheapest diesel was $2.259 also in Yuma, and can you believe in 2016 we only paid $1.559 per gallon in Yuma, AZ!

It’s nice to be home and plant our gardens.

And once again we had a great winter and are looking forward to a great summer at the park. Hubby and I have now spent five and a half years living full time in Maxx and we still love the life, and each other 🙂

Hubby found this stump the first year we arrived, I call it my pants stump …I think it looks like a butt with two legs 🙂

Until next time …

That Darn Jello Won’t Stop Wiggling :-)

So the weather was crappy when we woke up, still windy and rainy, and that didn’t sound like nice weather to hike around Anacortes so we packed up and left. Or really lets face it, we were so close to being back in British Columbia that we decided we should just head home, or at least to hubby’s sisters place in Abbotsford 🙂

This is why I leave the bedroom blinds open, if they were closed I may have missed the beautiful sunrise this morning. I took this picture through the bedroom window.

Our border crossing was easy, we were asked how much we were bringing back, how much alcohol (and we didn’t have to pay duty for our extra bottle of wine), any repairs done on the vehicle or trailer, and that was it. Yahoo, Canada let’s us back in 🙂

As soon as we crossed the border the sun came out, it didn’t last long but it was a nice welcome.

We will hang out on the coast for awhile and hopefully one day next week the weather will allow us to cross over the Coquihalla and Connector safely and we will make our way home to Kelowna.

Until next time …

We Made It Through Seattle

We were pretty happy yesterday when we had an easy trip through Portland, we took the truck bypass and it was awesome, but we thought that didn’t bode well for Seattle. You can’t make it through two big cities easily, can you?

Coming into Seattle, traffic is backed up but it’s not bad.

Well it turns out you can’t 😦 We crawled along at 13km, 8m, an hour all the way through Seattle, and hubby had to put up with cars cutting in and out of lanes on either side of us. We would rather drive through Los Angeles than Seattle! But we made it through safely and really that’s all that counts 🙂

Well that’s unfortunate, the one time we were able to take the express lane it was wonderful, we were through the city in no time.

I wish we could do 30 miles an hour!

We are spending two nights in Anacortes, Washington at the Swinomish Casino & Lodge. They have a nice RV park right along the water and full hook-up for only $30.00 a night. Since we couldn’t check in until 2:00 p.m. and we arrived in the area just after 11:00 a.m., hubby thought he would be nice to me and he let me loose in the outlet mall in Burlington.  While I was shopping hubby replaced our shower taps … yup he can always find something to keep himself busy, even in a parking lot!

We have a nice view, if only the weather was nicer. It is very windy here today, yes windier than it has ever been in Yuma!

When we were at the campsite last summer I thought our shower didn’t have as much water pressure as it use to but we figured that was due to the water pressure in the campsite. Then when we headed south for the winter and got to hubby’s sister’s place, where we use our pump, we had no water pressure at all in the shower. As we started travelling we had water pressure when hooked up but not when we were using the pump. It was only a problem with the shower, everything else worked fine. Since we were travelling we decided not to worry about it until we got to Yuma and hubby had some time to figure out what was wrong. Of course once we got to Yuma and were hooked up everything worked fine and life went on. About a month ago I went to have a shower, while in Yuma hooked up to water, and we had no water pressure at all. Hubby took the taps apart, did what he could to fix them, and put them back in the shower. Everything worked fine for a week and then it happened again, so hubby repeated the procedure … and on, and on, this went. He figured we needed new taps so that was the main reason we wanted to stay in Eugene, Oregon, so that we could go to Camping World and get new taps. We did pick them up but didn’t have time to replace them until today. As soon as we got set-up at the Casino I jumped in the shower and the new taps are AWESOME! I didn’t realize how little water pressure we had until now, and the new taps are much nicer than the old ones.

This is what our old taps looked like and I hate them because water would get inside the tap covers and mold would grow. I was constantly pulling them apart and cleaning them.

These new taps are much better and will stay cleaner.

Until next time …

 

A Late Start

I like to leave the blinds in the bedroom open at night so I can see the sun come up as I drink my coffee. Last night it started raining and when it got light out this morning I could see damp trees with the sound of light rain on the roof and it just reminded me so much of being at home. We are now one state away from being back in BC and that always feels good. We love our winters in the warmth of the southern US but it sure is comforting to be so close to home 🙂

The only sad part about the rain was that I had to ditch my flip flops and put on my boots 😦 Since we only had a three hour drive today there was no need to get on the road early. We enjoyed our coffee and some reading time before we headed out.

We spent the first part of our day driving through farmland along I-5 in Oregon. It was pretty even though it was damp.

We made a stop in Wilsonville, Oregon at Fry’s Electronics so that hubby could do some techie tax free shopping, but he was very disappointed, he didn’t find a thing and feels the store is on it’s last legs.

It took me two days but I finally got a picture of the wild daffodils that we see whenever we drive up I-5 in Oregon in the spring.

Tonight we are in the parking lot at Cabela’s in Lacey, Washington. We found Cabela’s on our way south this fall, when we decided the Walmart we usually stay at had become to sketchy, and it has become a favorite place to stay.  Even better, the weather has improved and the flip flops are back on!

Once we were set-up we enjoyed a walk through the store, it is always fun looking at their taxidermy displays and the aquarium.

This ones for you keka ☺

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.

I-5

It would lift for awhile ….

I-5

WA 707

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 …