An Awesome Winter!

Our trip home yesterday was great; we were a little worried about hitting snow on the Coquihalla or the Connector but the only snow we saw was on the sides of the highway.

We hit wet roads from Langley to just north of Hope …

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But after that the roads were dry and the skies cleared …

2014-04-11 -02- ConnectorAnd then the snow disappeared …

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And finally we got our first view of Okanagan Lake☺

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And eventually we pulled into our daughter’s driveway and were welcomed by very happy and excited grandchildren and this sign on the door courtesy of our granddaughter!

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Well our first snowbird adventure has come to an end and we both enjoyed it immensely but it sure is nice to be home!

Over the five months (137 days) we were away:

• we covered 14,093 miles (22,680 km);

• spent $5,041.40 in fuel and $3,703.34 for RV Parks;

• averaged 12.74 miles to the gallon;

• spent $236.61 on oil changes and routine maintenance to the truck and Maxx;

• spent $49.50 in road tolls (mostly in Florida and a few in Houston)

• cell phone and internet cost us $685.19;

• hubby cleared just over $1,000 in winnings between Vegas and his latest win in Fort Langley;

• I took well over 3,000 pictures and saved only 864! Still friends and family that is 864 pictures you may be forced to sit down and watch☺;

• and the most important fact of all …. Hubby and I have survived in a 400 square foot home on wheels and are still speaking to each other!!

I won’t be posting a daily blog again until we hit the road next fall but I will post throughout the summer whenever we hit the road for trips around B.C., so stay tuned☺

Until next time …

Homeward Bound … And So Excited!!!

We had a great time visiting with family on the coast although we unfortunately missed hubby’s sister, but we will be back in this area in the not so distance future.

But not being able to hook up with his sister left us some time to fill … what should we do … duh, no brainer, we should get on the road and head home!

We are so excited to see all our family at home that we just couldn’t wait any longer. We are now on the road and will be set up in our daughter’s driveway before the grandkids go to bed … warm squeezy hugs here we come!

Until next time …

A Visit to Steveston, B.C.

Today hubby and I had lunch with his mom, made a visit to Ikea, and then spent some time driving around Richmond where I grew up before heading to Steveston to meet up with my cousin and her husband.

I wanted to go and visit the daffodil farms at the end of Westminister Highway because the daffodil’s are in bloom now, but as I suspected the fields have given away to new subdivisions☹  When my sister, and I were young we lived along the ocean in Richmond and spent many hours walking and riding up and down the dike between the daffodil farms and Steveston so it was disappointing, but of course expected, seeing all the growth in the area. Even though the daffodil’s were gone there were tons of geese grazing in the fields along the dike as well as the dike itself.

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They were so used to humans that the man in picture below walked through them and they didn’t even budge!

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Steveston has also changed a lot over the years … gone are the corner stores full of penny candies and the fish stores. Now the area is full of condos, tourist shops and restaurants, but at least the fishing boats are still there.

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And best of all the restaurant were we are having dinner has a great view of the marina and free Wi-fi so I was able to post this blog☺

View from the restaurant window☺

View from the restaurant window☺

 

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Until next time …

Welcome Back to Canada!

I guess Canada was happy to have us back because hubby and I went to the Fort Langley Pub for dinner last night and played the BC Lotto Pacific Holdem and won $372.00! We used to play it occasionally when we went out for dinner so we thought this would be a fitting welcome back to Canada, and it was! Of course it helped that hubby accidently spilt his beer (and yes it was his first☺) and the server gave him a new one. Up until then we won $6.00 so we reinvested that money to kill time while he finished his beer … and we won $372.00!

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We have wondered what has changed at home since we have been gone and with our big win yesterday we discovered that Canada has release new $10 and $5 dollar bills.

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Today we had a great lunch and visit with hubby’s mom and one of his brothers and sister-in-law and now we are headed over to his other brother and sister-in-law’s for dinner … it sure is nice to be back with family!

Until next time …

Vancouver 158 Miles Ahead!

It was so exciting to see that road sign, we are getting closer to home☺ Our plan was to stay in Anacortes, Washington tonight and cross back into Canada tomorrow but once we saw Vancouver on the road sign we both knew we wanted to cross over tonight. We made a stop in a Costco parking lot and pulled out our passports, Canadian money and credit cards and headed for the border at Lynden. There was no wait and we were through in less than two minutes!

The only questions we were asked where:

• Where do you live?

• How long were you away? And when hubby said five months she asked with some surprise in her voice “And you haven’t been back at all”?

• Total value of goods brought back?

• Any alcohol?

• Any repairs to the truck or trailer? To which hubby advised we had an oil change and some warranty work done on both.

And then she told us to have a good day and we were on our way! Wow, way to easy☺

We are now camped at Fort Camping at Brae Island Regional Park in Fort Langley. We plan to spend some time visiting with hubby’s family and my cousin before we head back to the Okanagan to get all those warm squeezy hugs from the little people waiting for us!

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Until next time …

A Trip To The Mother Ship☺

Well our plan to make some big purchases in Oregon to save the sales tax did not really work out☹ Aside from the fact that we couldn’t find some of the things we were looking for, it turns out that while Oregon doesn’t have sales tax they do increase the price of the product to match what you pay in other states with sales tax. At least that was the case with the items we were looking for.

Today Maxx went back to the Mother Ship (the Forest River Factory in Dallas, Oregon) to get some warranty work completed (a chair, a blind, and the TV were replaced and a few other minor items were attended to). About six weeks ago we started having a problem with one of the front stabilizer jacks, it wouldn’t go down during the auto level process but we forgot to mention this to Forest River when we arranged the other servicing. Today when we took Maxx in we mentioned it and they quickly went to work to try and fix it but it turned out they needed a part that they didn’t have it site. It appeared we would have to wait until we were back home and have our local dealer order the part in and then we would have to take Maxx up to the dealer to have the part installed. Unbeknownst to us, Aaron at Forest River was working behind the scenes to try and find a better solution for us, and he did … once all the other work was done on Maxx they sent us over to the Lippert factory, who prepare the frames and leveling systems for Forest River RV’s before they are sent over to the main factory for the rest of the build. After a 20-mile drive the stabilizer was quickly replaced and we were on our way … and not a cent out of pocket!

Hubby has been dealing with Jodi at the factory for the last few months making all the arrangements for our arrival and it was great to finally meet her. We honestly can’t say enough about the service we received and how friendly and accommodating everyone we dealt with was, they all went above and beyond! Jodi even gave us a tour of the factory and it was interesting watching a trailer being built from start to finish. We were able to see some of the new layouts and I was happy that I didn’t see anything I liked as much as Maxx, although this years model comes with LED lights which I wish we had because it is very expensive to replace the old lights with LED … but seriously that was the only thing I wish we had that we don’t! The new models also have a nice LED rope light under the awning and an LED outside light and Jodi did try and get those added to our RV but the holes and wiring just didn’t line up, but wow thanks for trying!

Since Maxx was done earlier than we thought we decided to hit the road and head north and we have now settled down for the night at a city owned RV Park in Chehalis, Washington after effortlessly auto leveling Maxx☺. The park is nice with full-service and only $15.00 a night. The blinds are all open, the new chair is holding hubby comfortably and the TV sound is much better without the static! Life is good☺

Until next time …

Polk County Fairgrounds

Several months ago we made arrangements with Forest River to stop at their factory in Dallas, Oregon to have some warranty work done on Maxx. One of his chairs has broken arms and needs to be replaced, a cord on one of the small blinds frayed and we can no longer open that blind, and the TV has static which is very annoying. Our warranty rep, Jodie, was fantastic and she now has everything ready for us to pull into the factory tomorrow and get fixed up.

Since we want an early start in the morning we tried to find an RV Park close to the factory and the only one we could come up with was the Polk County Fairgrounds. For $17.00 a night we are in basically a gravel parking lot but we do have power and water (there is also a dump station but no septic at your site) and we are parked along the fields at the back so the view is beautiful … and since it is not an event weekend there are hardly any other units here so we have lots of space.

View from Maxx’s front window.

View from Maxx’s front window.

Even though it is drizzling outside hubby is out washing all of the Yuma dust off Maxx’s roof, so he will be a happy camper today☺

Maxx at Polk County Fairgrounds - with all the dust washed off☺

Maxx at Polk County Fairgrounds – with all the dust washed off☺

After lunch we plan to head into Salem, which is only 15 minutes away, and pick up a few things that we have been putting on hold until we arrive in a state with no sales tax.

Until next time …