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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our other wheels. When we are not vacationing check in for updates, although less frequent, about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Monday, July 1, 2019

Duck Duck Goose

Or in Alberta lately Fire Fire Rain

First we dealt with the smoke from massive fires across northern Alberta. Then we dealt with rain, which the fire areas did not get enough of. And we never really had to deal with heat.

We had a fishing trip planned to Calling Lake, but cancelled it due to weather.

We still seemed to fill the month with some other sunshine. We watched more lacrosse, one day at sport ball which was soccer, had a great dinner out with Clifford and Cheryl, took an anniversary trip to Jasper for lunch (a few days late - remember that weather), and hung out with friends.

I didn't mention at the end of the last post that we celebrated our 39th wedding anniversary. It does seem like yesterday!

But we also said goodbye to some people. Our good friend Darrell passed away. This is a photo of us from Las Vegas in 2009. We didn't have any fun.

Also Don's cousin Doug passed away. Both men were too young, and we only hope they have found comfort. We attended Doug's memorial in Rocky Mountain House and although a sad occasion, also as always at these events, a chance to visit with family.

The July weekend is approaching and we have a few ideas of what we might do, so stay tuned.

Monday, June 3, 2019

May - In Like A Lion

Now I know this typically refers to the weather, but I felt it was our life! After spending 10 weeks by ourselves, or in the company of other like minded retired relaxed adults, coming home to all the activity and volunteer work is a bit overwhelming. I have a lot of work to get out of the way, for which I am thankful as I enjoy it, but we also had a lot of catching up to do with family and friends.

For some time we have been wanting to update the kids piling on grandpa photo for our photo wall, and finally had the opportunity. The second one is the last time.

May has two birthdays in our family - Blake and Lindsay. We fit in a family dinner at Red Robin for Blake's, and for Lindsay's Jeremy treated us to a delicious fish and chips dinner with his own fish! Mmm

Before we knew it, Mother's Day was here. Don's mom came form Tisdale to visit! She was actually here in time to come to Lindsay's birthday dinner.

We kept her busy for a week with dinners with the family, trips to watch Lacrosse and swimming and a bit of shopping. Then we packed the trailer rand headed to the Stecyk cabin for the weekend. This was the first weekend since Blake was born that we weren't taking a family and extended friends trips to a campground. The Camerons were in Red Deer for a Lacrosse tournament, the Scotts were at their lake lot, and I can't even remember what the others were up to! So it was us and the Paskos at the Stecyks.

We had a wonderful weekend, and were so pleased with how much Mom enjoyed camping, quadding and side by side riding! We missed getting photos of that for some reason, but this one at least tells you how exhausting the whole thing was.

The next step of mom's visit was a trip to Penticton. What a beautiful break it was! Since coming back to Canada the weather was horrid and we needed some warmth and sunshine. I don't think everyone in Penticton would have described the weather that way, as it was seasonally cold, but we appreciated no snow.

While mom visited with her brother Frank and his wife Gwen, Don and I took the opportunity for a couple of wine tours, a visit with life long friends Keith and Marcia and family in Falkland and Roberta and Ken West Kelowna. There is nothing like the friends you rarely see where your conversation starts form the last time you visited and you just don't want to leave!

Mom returned home after a busy two weeks, and May finished for us. I'm not sure what is up in June but I will let you know after it's over!

Sunday, April 28, 2019

Settled in at Home

Our trip home was uneventful (good thing) and we did take in some lovely sites on the way, as well as an overnight at a Home Depot which actually provided some greenery and trees.

Did you know Home Depot has free wifi? It's too bad many Walmarts are saying no to overnight campers - they lose our grocery income, as well as the incidentals typically purchased, and the restaurants in them such as Subway or McDonalds.  I understand many in populated tourist areas say there is too much trash left behind, and I have seen some examples of small amounts, but overall I think it is a loss for both sides.

Anyhow, Home Depots, and in Canada Home Hardware, are still welcoming, hence in Ontario, Oregon we overnighted at Home Depot.

Our last destination on our way home was Farragut State Park. Although we will be back this summer when we visit Silverwood with the family, it's such a perfect stop location on the way home we couldn't resist. We relaxed a bit, toured a bit, and visited the lovely waterfront at Coeur d'Alene.

One of the greatest experiences RV'ing is meeting other like minded folks. Our last night in Farragut we met an RV couple from New Zealand. We shared an evening of beverages and stories, and as always no matter where you are from geographically, lives are quite parallel when you are retired grandparents seeing the world!

We were home for a few days (thankfully) when this happened!!

That is all I can say for now - I am cold and disgusted. LOL

Friday, April 19, 2019

Casino Camping

As the days get a bit colder and the nights too, it doesn’t take much for us to revert to campground parking. We had picked out the Fallon Fairgrounds to stay at, but yuck. Dirty, unlevel, supposedly reserved after Wednesday (note that we checked every day while there and there was no more than 3 campers) and generally very unappealing. We knew the Bonanza Casino also had a few sites, and ended  up staying there. Right in town, but so was the fairgrounds. It was a bit noisy, but when you are used to being out in the desert the town noises are amplified anywhere you park. Free Wi-Fi and full services for $18!
Anyhow – the point pf this stop was to visit Reno and the surrounding areas, which included Lake Tahoe, Virginia City and the Reno River Walk. We had hoped for 2 things that didn’t work out – the Ponderosa Ranch from the show Bonanza and seeing some memorabilia about Mark Twain. The Ponderosa Ranch as a tourist location closed around 2005, and although Mark Twain lived in Virginia City and started his writing career there, only plaques remain to commemorate that.
I must add that the Reno Riverwalk is far superior to the reviews we have read. It’s wider and longer in length than San Antonia, and not nearly as commercial. What a great stop!
The photos below are in that order, so enjoy.
This is our last “touristy” stop on our vacation. It was great and everything was new to us, which doesn’t happen as often now that we have spent years touring the northwest.
Our plans heading home are a stop over in the Cambridge ID area, and the weekend in Farragut State Park, which you should recognize as one of our long time favorites. Once we get home you won’t hear from me as often, but I will try to check in once in a while!

Monday, April 15, 2019

Some Interesting Stops

Even if you are a fan of the more structured and serviced RV parks, when you are just stopping for the evening there’s noting like a convenient off the highway boondocking spot. We found Miller’s Rest Area just north of Tonopah, and decided to make it our home for one night. We set up so early we had time for a drive, and it was just great. First we happened upon the only Lithium Mine in North America. Yes the same lithium used in batteries! It was pretty cool. Then I FINALLY saw fields of wild burros. The signs have been everywhere, but not the furry creatures.
Then we drove around the old mining town of Tonopah, and checked out the buildings and equipment. Keep in mind in those photos that they are still operating.
The day was finished off with dinner and beers at the Tonopah Brewing Company. We have this little rule of thumb when trying to decide where to eat – if there are a lot of vehicles it should be good. This parking lot wasn’t that full, but when we walked in and had to look for a table, we knew it would be good. And it was! Now I understand the fascination with BBQ.

Saturday, April 13, 2019

Pa rump pa pa pa

Sorry but every time I read, say or hear Pahrump NV that song starts…
We came upon this idea because we wanted to visit Death Valley again, drive through Red Rock Canyon, and have cell service. The Pads last year were fabulous but there is no cell service there.
We found boondocking just east of town, once again easily accessible and great cell service.
This location was great for the exploring and shopping we wanted to do. We went to Vegas on the shoe hunt, took a 6 hour drive through Death Valley (end to end)spent quiet days at home reading and relaxing, visited Ash Meadows Wildlife Management area, and discovered 2 new malls in Vegas. And yes we found Don’s shoes!
Oh and Connor’s reptile he asked for!
Pahrump was a fabulous stop and we would not hesitate to return.

Monday, April 8, 2019

The Beauty of Joshua Tree

This post is only to add more photos, we love the Joshua Trees and the desert in spring!