Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Unforeseen Challenges

You would think that a person would feel so much more secure riding in a "fish bowl" called Grace.  However,  that has not been the case.  You see EVERYTHING from a totally different perspective!  This morning we ate breakfast and decided to head out since we didn't know what time check out was.  It was 10:30 when we left the camp grounds. I was grooving with everything and then........

I saw the tree lines and the narrowness of the path.  Getting OUT was what I would call one of those unforeseen challenges. The road (in my humble opinion was too narrow and the trees much

hahaha.......I'm laughing now, but I was not then!  Oh yeah, he was laughing at me scream about the tree that seem to narrowly miss the co-pilot mirror!

I was every so happy to be out of there and back on the road again...:-)

Right around 3:30 or so we were getting hungry again and decided to stop here for lunch.  They had a sign posted asking that you limit your stay to 8 hours.  It would have been nice, but we decided to keep moving after lunch since we needed to refill our water tank, get gas and propane.

It if had not been for those things, we could have boon docked there for a bit.....:-)

by the way, in case I failed to mention it, this is the model of our RV.

the closer we got to the coast, the more ominous the skies began to look.  But at least the mountains were still as majestic as ever....:-).

 Several mile later, we stopped and got the gas that we needed.  However, this business did not have any propane to be heard of.  We had to find some somewhere as the temperature was dropping and we knew we would be using the furnace tonight.

It was also a good time to get rid of all of the "bug matter" splattered on the windshield.

On the road again......please tell me that we are NOT going to try this one.......

He's going for it!!  YIKES!!  I'm closing my eye....(just one).

Whew!  that sure felt too small for us to be going over.........  And the skies are looking more and more ominous.

Well, we made it to the last stop of the night!  It seemed like a long day even though we didn't go that far.  We may have covered about 110 miles today.

 Anyway, we had heard of this place.  They have several resorts in the US, but this is the only one in Canada that we know of.  It is quite pricey for a yearly membership.  When we called, they offered us a free night to consider doing business with them.  We took them up on their offer arriving after closing time.  They were still there and directed us to our spot for the night with full hook ups.

Nice park with some of the residents being full timers and year rounders.....:-)

We traveled on until we over shot the spot and could NOT make the turn or turn around.


Soooo, now we have to dismount the Van from the dolly in order to back up the RV and the trailer.  If you look closely, you will see a small leg with a wheel right at the center of the tow bar.  Yeah, the wheel snapped while trying to back the rig up.

Fortunately, the Van had been moved out of the way so that the RV could back up.

We made it to our spot and the sky opened up on us.  We still had to set up.  Then we discovered a small leak in the gasket of the windshield.   I put a towel there for now.  Tomorrow we will either get the stuff we need to fix it or have someone do it for us.   For now,   I'm going to bed!

See you on the road!

Monday, April 20, 2015

The Long Mile (Kinda)

I have no idea how it is that we both woke up so early this morning.  Well, Chris went to bed early.  I think it was about 8:30.  I stayed up until about 11:00 pm watching a news documentary on line until my head nearly snapping off of my shoulders woke me up and said "GO TO BED!".

We had breakfast, packed up and headed toward we knew not where.  Then we discovered that there was a laundromat right around the corner, a bank and a Dollarama store.  Now, that sounds close by.  But when you have to drive around and find a spot that will accommodate about 16 feet of metal and steel, it just ain't that easy.  After scoping out the neighborhood, we found the perfect spot for "Grace the Pace Arrow".

The laundry didn't take too long.  Chris disappeared into the town taking pictures while I sat outside on a street bench trying to thaw out!  The place was freezing because they had the air conditioner on.  Can you believe that!  It was in the 40's last night...ha.  Only in Canada folks....ha.  

We figured when you get down to one package of fish minus any chips; it's time to do some shopping.  Besides that, neither of us know when we are actually going to make it back home again.  Although, we are shooting for.........well.......see! There you go!

We snagged a roasted chicken with some cole slaw and potato salad for lunch and found a city park to enjoy our meal.  It was a wide enough space to get into (and long enough) with no problems.
The water was a bit muddy, but it was nice to sit by the water in our new home....:-)

We both felt that it was time to find a place to stop and rest for the evening.  Preferably by the water, but time would tell if we could actually find that special place.  The scenary along the way was beautiful none the less....:-)

You do get the feeling of flying through the air in a giant fish bowl having near death experiences every time you come to a curve, but hey.....I survived it!  And this time without having to take an aspirin!....ha

We stopped at this place which would have been perfect for boon docking except that we only had cell phones and not satellite phones with us and decided it was far too remote to stay here for the night.  But, it was gorgeous....:-)

A few miles up the road their was a tiny little encampment.  We decided to stop and see about a vacancy that could accamodate our rig and van.  It was such a beautiful little place.....:-)

He is a shot of the road we drove up onto.  There is a building hiding behind all of that purple......:-)

And little tents scattered around the camp grounds.  And just as little was "Joe Old Guy" who was the owner and care taker of the place.  He told us that he had been there since 1981.  The name of the encampment was Shaw Springs RV Park.

Chris spoke to him about our staying the evening.  He was good with the idea, but had no hook ups for us and wanted twenty bucks.  Chris looked at me and said..."I think we'll keep going, baby."
Too bad because it was quite pretty....:-).  I mean, seriously....we can pull off to the side of the road and have the same amenities (NONE)......for FREE! ha

Just about 10 miles up the road, we found this place; Jade Springs RV Park.  The guy had one pull through slot in the whole encampment.  Not because the others were full; but because he had ONE.

TADA!  No water, but very pretty still.

Here is a look from the co-pilot side of Grace.

 After we got everything set up; jacks lowered, slides out, power hooked up, it was time to eat and relax.  Chris was going to whip up some left overs from lunch and call it dinner.....:-).  Works for me!

He's so sweet.....:-).  I know he was tired.  

Suddenly, there came a sound as of a mighty rushing wind and it SHOOK the house where we were sitting.   IT'S A TRAIN!!  What!??  A train???  Oh no........

It's going to be a LONGGGGGG....... night. Five trains have just passed by with what seemed to be about 50 cars...... at 20 minute or so intervals......There goes my sleep.

Well, I'll see you somewhere on the road with probably only one eye open!

Sunday, April 19, 2015

New Sets of Wheels!

Don't spank me!.....haha.  When I upload the following pics, you will see what we have been up to.

The days have been long, busy and stressful at times.  I don't know for sure, but I think I passed myself somewhere out there!  Our Infinity i30 that has served us faithfully for the past seven years started to give us a few problems.  We decided to sell it and purchase a newer, more reliable vehicle to travel in.  So, we settled on a 2013 Dodge Grand Caravan.  We had the scooters in mind when we purchased it.  We wanted to make sure that we could pull all three and also have something where all of the seats went into the floor for easy luggage packing.

did I neglect to mention that the 2001 Pace Arrow motor home followed two weeks later?....:-)
It has been a long awaited dream for Chris to have a motor home.  He had one a long time ago.  Long before my gorgeous self came along...:-).  And now we have this:

Here is a picture of us in the decision making process; doing a walk around and inspection of the interior as well.  After all, we plan to spend a lot of time in it!

closing the deal was a very pleasant experience.  The husband and wife that sold it to us were the second owners and had only taken it out once in 2 years.  The previous owner didn't take it out much either.  So, it only had 30,000 miles on it.....:-).  For a 2001, that ain't bad!

The next day after purchasing the motor home, we knew we had to find a car dolly to pull the van for us.  I drove the van for the first time that day and Chris drove the motor home.

We had been looking for weeks for something we both felt we could enjoy and live with; at least for now.  But this happened so suddenly that we were not even prepared for it!  I didn't even have dish soap!...haha.  We had to go to the store and pick up just a few things that could hold us until we made it home again.

As happy as we were about finally finding one, it left both of us emotionally exhausted....haha.  Wayyyy tooo much excitement for a twenty four hour period of time!

And away we went after spending one night at a very gracious Walmart Superstore, we headed for a camp ground so that we could plug in and learn how everything worked.

And here we are, folks.  We are here for the evening and should be headed back to our town tomorrow.  Or not.  What's the rush??

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