Well September started off quietly. We decided to use the long weekend to relax and get ready for our jaunt down the west coast. Lindsay and Jeremy were at the house on Thursday/Friday, on their way to Wabamun for the long weekend. Connor is a growing too fast for my liking!
We are headed to Washington and Oregon on Tuesday, and Lindsay and Connor are joining us for a week! We can’t wait to show Lindsay our favourite stops along the Oregon coast, and spend time with her and Connor.
Saturday was a day of organizing the house, finally getting everything put back together from the flooring and painting. It is not over yet, as when we get home I will be painting the cupboards and trim/doors. Then that will be it this year. I would like Don to put a laminate floor down in my office, and then I will paint it, but that depends on his work this fall.
Sunday Tracy and Cal and the kids dropped by for a visit and to see the changes. Although we see them a lot, I love having the kids at our house. They always are excited to play with our toys, and it’s just nice to have them. Although of course Blake and Em are growing and maturing, it’s Reese right now who continues to amaze me. She is in that stage where she learns something new every time, and her talking and comprehension of life is so engaging. Then we were off to dinner with Paul and Mary. We go out once a week, and had not met our quota this week, and wanted to visit before we left on our trip.
Monday we made a quick morning trip to Tracy’s to see everyone, including the Stecyks. Then off to the lake to secure everything for the fall, or at least until our October return.
Tuesday was Blake and Em’s first school day, so we headed to Boston Pizza for a celebration lunch, then home to hook up the trailer and finally we are on the road!
We spent Tuesday night at Pochahontas Campground in Jasper, so we could make a visit to the Miette Hot Springs. Our plan was to stroll Jasper on our way through, but it was raining buckets and a quick check on the weather indicate dour next destination, Clearwater, BC, was dry and sunny. So off to Wells Grey Provincial Park and a favourite spot along the river. We spent 2 peaceful days there, visiting Bailey’s Chute and watching the salmon make one last attempt at going up the river. We also spent some time doing a few hiking trails, something we have not done for years. It was great.
Next stop this week was Kamloops. We have some great friends, Keith and Marcia Will, who live on a farm east of Kamloops outside Falkland. Don and Keith went to school together, and Keith grew up on a farm adjacent to the one I lived on for a few years. Although we don’t stay in touch in the in-between times, every visit is just like we saw each other yesterday. The conversation and food is always top notch! After some challenging life changing events in their life, Keith made some choices in life. One of them is to become an Anglican minister. He has one more year of schooling and will be ordained.
So that leads to today and the end of this week. We are headed to Washington today. Not sure where exactly, but you will find out next week when I update this blog! Have a great week everyone!