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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, September 14, 2009

Catch Up

Hope you believe in better late than never? We had our usual lack of wi fi during our stay in Salmon Arm, so I hope to fill you in on our activities as much as possible.
As I had mentioned previously we stayed at Pierre's Point Campground in Salmon Arm. It was a beautiful place, with lots of sand beach and opportunity to play and visit.
We had a full service sight one row from the beach, but there were no units in front of us, so the magnificent view was ours. This campground was quite empty, and the only downfall was the busy train tracks behind us. The trains were exciting for Blake as he loves choo choos, but unfortunately by the end of our 4 night stay the trains were scaring him a bit.
We arrived here on Tuesday, and were surprised by a visit from Sharon, Lisa and Mia Campbell. They were on their way to a wedding in Enderby. Thanks for stopping by!
We took a drive around Salmon Arm and then relaxed at the campground.
Tracy and Cal have a nice travel trailer, and it as easy to put the kids to bed and have our place to play Yahtzee in later.
Wednesday was a rainy day. Tracy and Cal headed into Salmon Arm to the indoor gym, and Don and I went to Kamloops for a Costco stop.
Thursday we did some laundry and just hung out. The day ended with an ice cream trip and - Yahtzee!
Friday Don and I went to visit some old friends, Keith and Marcie Will, in Falkland. They live in an amazing home on the mountain hill. Keith spends his time renovating and building windows. His craftsmanship is outstanding.
Saturday we had to leave :( so we headed for Banff. Don has been trying to connect with a high school friend, Ivan, who is a Park Ranger in Lake Louise. He was in Banff for the 100th Anniversary of Park Rangers, so we stayed at Tunnel Mountain, and managed a long coffee visit on Sunday morning. Ivan and I had not met (other than Facebook) and the last time Don saw him was 1976! A great visit and hopefully one that we will have again, not waiting so long this time...
Tracy and I took Em out to Banff for some girl time on Saturday and hit some stores before picking up supper and going home to our trailers. Of course I scored some stuff! Blake hung out with the guys and practiced hooking his trucks up to our trailers. So cute!
It was almost sad to see Tracy and Cal leave on Sunday morning. Although we live close and see each other lots, it was still great to spend some holiday time with them as well. They were headed to visit friends around Calgary, and sadly Don and I went back to work today.
Although it was only a week, it was a great holiday!
I think we all agreed we want to go back to the area next year.
Take care everyone!

Monday, September 7, 2009


Today we pulled into Kamloops. We had a great long weekend in Jasper and did all our favorite things. Had a campfire, visited the hot springs, went for ice cream, special coffees, shopping (oops added 2 new purses BUT no shoes), had fun with Blake and Em, visited with Lindsay and Jeremy, and saw Heidi off for her first family vacation with Lindsay and Jer.
Downside was that Em got a good dose of constipation and made several visits to the ER. But the medicine finally worked and all seems well.

Blake rode with Don and I to Kamloops so we had lots of quiet time - not!! But we learned lots about horses, cows and choo choos.

We toured around Kamloops a bit this afternoon and both kids got to bed on time for the first night. Not that they have been bad, just a little tired.

Tomorrow we leave for Pierre's Point by Salmon Arm, on the Schuswap Lake, and although the weather isn't supposed to be hot, it will be good beach and sand playing temperatures and no rain predicted yet.

Talk soon!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Yeah Vacation!

Well we are headed out tomorrow for some family vacation time! We are going to Jasper for the long weekend and will have Tracy, Cal, Blake and Emerson as well as Lindsay & Jeremy! I just love Jasper and we really need to appreciate the grandeaur of it even though it is so close. Sometimes we take it for granted, but I travelled to Japan a few years ago, and as marvelous as their mountain scenery was, ours is better!

And of course the hot springs are my addiction, so we will get there at least once.

On Monday Lindsay & Jeremy have to go home, and the rest of us are headed to a campground on the Schuswap Lakes for the week. Don and I are really looking forward to playing with Blake in the sand and just hanging out. Emerson is changing at a daily pace, and it will be great to spend time with her as well.

Hopefully I will be posting warm beach pictures soon.