Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Back in White Rock

Well, that was a bit of a whirl-wind tour, wasn't it? Too bad about the rain thing on Vancouver Island. We were really looking forward to visiting Sue & Lacey in Nanaimo and taking Euri over to the West Coast for a nice camping trip. It is bad enough to sit around in the rain when you have a substantial sized RV, with a furnace, etc., but to do it in Euri is a bit taxing. Especially since we already have done our share of cold/wet weather camping last year (who could forget the epic winter tour around the USA??)!! Anyway, that's the way it goes, right?

Here's a little tidbit from our return trip. Pretty nice weather for most of the way. It was a one day drive but a bit long at 15 hours. We drive in 2 hour shifts so neither of us ever gets too tired. Our kids always called the Hwy 1 drive to and from Medicine Hat "the long boring drive". To be fair, they were right as it is pretty arrow straight between Calgary and Medicine Hat, with a few corners that you could take at a pretty good clip 

Still, it was pretty...

Ahhh, now it gets better!!



Coming down into Field, BC

Just east of Golden. I love the way they carved through this rock
for the new highway pass, Kicking Horse Pass.
And, of course, it was great to sleep in our own bed. We did some great catching up with our little boys (oh, and their parents too!!)
After breakfast playtime with Grandpa....

I knew it would worthwhile to hang on to all those little
McDonald's kid's toys!!

OMG......isn't he adorable????

View is still here!!
The boys, riding the kids quad at Grandma Mel & Grandpa Rick's place....
(Photo courtesy of Josh & Kathy)
Our view last night....
That's it for the week so far.....time for wine!! Talk soon....
Thought for the Day: "We have less so we can do more...." (This is our motto....)

Alberta time.....Sept 12 to 17

Saturday, Sept 12th: Since it is about 8 hours from the Kootenay's to Medicine Hat, AB., we headed out pretty early (well, for us 7:00 a.m. is early!). We got the ferry in Balfour and the ferry ride is about 40 minutes to the other side of the lake in Crawford Bay.

Our Nova Scotia friends, Paula & Jerry, taught us NEVER to pass a bakery on our travels.....Besides, this one comes highly recommended by Teagan & Shawn
and it is right at the ferry landing!!


7th in line - see it DOES pay to get up early!!


And since this is part of the highway system, it is a FREE ferry ride!!

There's Felix the Beetle, relaxing.....

Beautiful and calm Kootenay Lake... 
Once you land in Crawford Bay you can head south, towards Creston. Again, another beautiful drive. Creston is where we spent many childhood summers at my father's parent's house. Still looks pretty much the same, with the exception of some fruit trees and the white picket fence is gone. Oh, and no smell of cabbage rolls wafting out of the kitchen..... 



My best memory though is saved for my Grandpa Tamas and walking
past these grain elevators on the way up to town.
He didn't speak much English, but you always knew he loved you.
After our Creston stop, it was on through the Crowsnest pass and into Alberta. First though is the "World's Largest Truck" lunch stop in Sparwood, BC!!
Yup, it is pretty big!!
Before we knew it, (...well 8 hrs later) we were in Medicine Hat. We stayed at Diane & Brian's (Doug's sister & bro-in-law)and enjoyed lots of time visiting with family. Doug's Mom lives here as well as his brother Duane, wife Agnes and their son. Always lots to talk about! So good to see all our Alberta peeps!!
Always have to stop at the Medalta Pottery plant. Lots of history here. Check it out!


One of the old kilns that was unearthed....


Nice gift shop too....

We really like the crockery that they produce but we found there to be
a substantial price increase over the past few years.
Some of the things were just to over-priced for us. Too bad!

Medalta did a ton of water, sewer pipes and bricks over the years....

The people who made the original Medalta factory work!!!
Anyway, before we knew it, it was time to hit the road for home again. Our thanks to Diane & Brian for putting up with us and to Doug's cousin, Jack and wife, Marlene, for the great dinner on Wednesday night. It's always awesome to see lots of family but I was VERY negligent in my picture taking!!! So sorry everyone. Guess my mind really was on holidays!!!
We had been planning on a lovely Vancouver Island and Tofino jaunt but upon checking the weather now, there is a SUBSTANTIAL amount of rainfall to hit the area so we are now planning on just saving our money and staying home. No point in paying top dollar to just sit in the van for a week......dang it!! Over the years we have become experts on "stay-cations" too!! However, we will both be heading back to work a week earlier than planned. Oh well, the bank account will like that!! Still, there will be a few things to see this week. Hopefully, I can make them interesting enough to post!!
Thanks for tagging along and enjoy the next post!!
Thought for the Day:  (I have used this one before but it should never get old....) The biggest communication problem is that we do not listen to understand. We listen to reply...

Tuesday, 22 September 2015

Still Kootenay Time...Sept 11th

Friday, Sept 11th: First, the enormity of the history of this day did not escape me. Our thoughts to all those still dealing with the aftermath of the Sept 11th attacks in the USA. Just boggles the mind, the why of it. What a huge waste, this thing of hate is.......Can't we all just get along and accept the differences in each other and rejoice in them?


We stayed close to Teagan and Shawn's today. Shawn had to work but we left for a short tour of the nearby Kaslo. Lunch time!! 


S.S. Moyie.....
S.S.Moyie is a paddle steamer sternwheeler that worked on
Kootenay Lake from 1898 until 1957.




Downtown Kaslo....




The Blue Belle outdoor patio..... 







Beautiful little houses in the town of Kaslo.
Back at the house, we hit the garden for a plum collection. Time to bring some with us and time to try dehydrating some.
A very large garden......but they only use part of it.
There are many plum trees!!

They fall on the ground as quick as you can pick them!!

The plum expert picker!!

I love this lady!!!


....and her brother Aku.
All too soon it was time to go and continue our trek eastward towards Medicine Hat and more family time.  Saturday, Sept 12th. will find us on the road again!!
Many thanks to our kids, Teagan & Shawn for a wonderful time in "the Koots"!! Love you guys!!
Thought for the Day:To change your life, you need to change your priorities.