Saturday, November 29, 2008

A movie and buttered popcorn...mmmmmmm!

I had an 8 o’clock appointment with my hairdresser this morning. When I got back, we jumped in the car and headed for our favourite bagel cafĂ©, the Kokobelli on Power Road. They have good breakfast bagel sandwiches, good coffee and the price is right. They have some tables outside where we can sit and enjoy the sun. When we got back home, I did some house cleaning then got on the computer to catch up on my blog. In the meantime, David took his bicycle to a bicycle repair shop because his back wheel was sticking again. They said it would be ready in an hour, so we went to Starbucks then picked up the bike on the way home. Turned out to be a broken spoke, which has happened before. If it happens again, we will have to replace the wheel.

We decided to go see the movie ‘AUSTRALIA’ so we had an early supper. We like to get there early but we were there a little too early. The earlier showing wasn’t even over yet. It's long though; 2 hours & 45 minutes so it was almost 10 pm when we got out. But it's well worth it. It's a great movie. After the movie, we just came straight home. Today the high was 71F (21C).

Hiking and Happy Hour..

Since we didn’t hike on Wednesday, eight of us went on a hike this morning to the Usury Mountains, a five-minute drive from the resort. We went up Pass Mountain trail but we were only going as far as the 'saddle', a 2-mile hike (4 miles return). The sun came peaking through the clouds once in a while and the temperature was in the low 70sF; a good temperature for hiking. This trail has a lot of switchbacks as you go up the side of the mountain and you get a really great view of the valley. On a clear day, I'm sure you can see for hundreds of miles. We were back around 1 pm and had lunch. Later on, David took a power nap while I watched TV. I was just about ready to fall asleep on the sofa when he got up and said he was ready to go for coffee. Figures!

At 5 pm we went to Happy Hour out on the patio where everyone brings food to share. After everyone had eaten, they turned on the karaoke machine. Of course, David and I just watched. It was a lot of fun. It’s the great camaraderie in this park that makes us come back here. The party ended at 9 pm and everyone went home. It was a good end to a fun day.

This is the front end of our hiking group on a switchback above us. I don't know if there is something wrong with my camera because my pictures are a little fuzzy.

We sat around for a little while before heading back down the mountain.
Micheline, Michel & David..

David and me..

This is the whole group except for me. I took the picture.

We took a different route down, following the wash instead of the trail. Since we were in the wash, there was a rock wall on either side of us. You see those some small caves in the rock. It looked like animals were using them as dens; someone thought they could be Javelinas. The clue was that there was some scat (poop) on the ground just outside of these holes.

Here's a funny piece of rock carved out by Mother Nature.
David standing it front of that rock.
I thought this was kind of neat. You can see a Saguaro cactus through this large hole in the rock face.

Friday, November 28, 2008

Another excuse to have turkey.

We had turkey for our Canadian Thanksgiving Day back in October with Adam and Leah. Luckily we love turkey because today was Thanksgiving Day in the U.S. and the resort put on a nice turkey dinner with all the trimmings. Everyone had to bring a side dish or dessert. It was well attended and the food was great. I didn’t pig out but I still felt full after. The people that organize and cook these special dinners at the resort always do a really great job. There were some tables set up inside the building and some tables outside under the covered patio. We were expecting rain later on this afternoon so David and I sat inside. Although it had been cloudy most of the day, the sun came out just when dinner started so those people who sat outside were quite comfortable. I had been fighting a headache for most of the day so David and I came back home right after dinner. Anyway, we wanted to watch the result show of ‘So You Think You Can Dance Canada’. We also got a 45-minute thunder and lightning show later on in the evening with about 15 minutes of heavy rain towards the end. The weather is supposed to start changing tomorrow. We sure hope so!

Thursday, November 27, 2008

It's raining so no hiking today.

We always hike on Wednesdays but it was cancelled today due to the fact that it was raining. What a bummer! Again it wasn’t very warm; the temperature was around 69F (20C). Days like that are sort of depressing so we decided to go out for breakfast. It rained on and off all day so we just stayed home for the rest of the day. Except for a trip to the grocery store in the afternoon, there wasn’t much else to do.

I made what we call in my family 'Pate Chinois' (it's similar to Sheppard's Pie) for supper and baked it in the micro-convection oven. I made it with ground turkey instead of ground beef and it was very good. We even had enough leftover to freeze for another meal. It was the first time I used the convection oven successfully. Now that I know how to use it, it's much easier to use than a propane oven like we had in our other motorhome. With the propane oven, you don't know whether or not the oven has reached the temperature you want.

We ended the day by watching our favourite TV shows.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The weather is changing.

It was cloudy and windy this morning so we ‘wimped’ out on going into the pool for water aerobics. It was a cool wind okay…. ;-)

We attended the weekly activities meeting. We already know what all the activities are for the week because they are pretty much the same thing week after week. So it’s kind of redundant to attend the meeting but at the same time, it’s an opportunity to socialize, so we go. We don’t have anything better to do at 9 am on Tuesday morning anyway.

We had nothing else planned for the day except to bring the gifts for the two Christmas angels to Starbucks. So it goes without saying that we went there for our daily cup of strong java too. We did get a few sunny breaks but it stayed windy most of the day. The temperature was only around the low 70sF (low 20sC) but felt colder with the wind.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Starting our second week already!

We are starting our second week here. We've settled into our routine of walking and water aerobics for me, golf and water aerobics for David and hiking for both of us on Wednesdays. It's pretty much a carbon copy of what we did here last winter. I guess it's a good thing as long as we are doing something we enjoy. And we haven't given up our habit of going for coffee in the afternoon. We just have a different hangout here. There are no Tim Hortons so we have to frequent Starbucks. We never even step into a Starbucks when we are home! What's nice though is that we can sit outside with our coffee. It's just too nice to be inside.

So this morning I went for my walk around the park at about 7:40 am. David picked up his golf buddy Jim R. around 8 am to go golfing. At 8:30 am I came back to the rig to change into my swimsuit for the 9 am water aerobics. It had felt cold when I started my walk but you could feel the sun warming up by the time we were in the water. And the water is heated so it feels really nice. So far there are only about 6-7 women in water aerobics so we are not crowded. The park gets fuller after January 1st and that's when the pool and laundry room can be more crowded. But not to the point where you are elbow to elbow.

David was craving hot dogs yesterday so he bought some turkey hot dogs with 0g of fat and low sodium. They looked pretty good so I also had two for supper tonight. I don't usually eat that stuff but tonight I had a craving for them too. They tasted pretty good considering... and I didn't even burp once after.

We picked up two Christmas angels yesterday from Starbucks so tomorrow we are going shopping. I choose two girls. We have four grandsons so we are usually buying stuff for boys. It'll be fun to shop in the girls section for a change.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

A much needed laundry day.

It's a little cool in the morning when we wake up around 6:30 or 7:00. I don't usually get up until David has turned on the furnace and warmed up the bedroom a little bit. After breakfast, I did some reading for about an hour. I'm really enjoying my book and at the same time, I feel sad to be coming close to the end. it's so good!
About mid-morning, I headed to the laundry room with my two full laundry baskets (with David's help of course). There are about 10 washers and 12 dryers so you don't usually have to wait to use any. I was done in about 1 1/2 hours and it was time for lunch. Again we ate at home. We are trying to eat at home more. We sometimes get carried away and eat out too much. Not good for the wallet and not good for the waist line either. ;-)

We spent the rest of the afternoon either sitting outside. We were eating supper when I noticed this beautiful sunset. I opened the window and took this picture from inside the motorhome.

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Breakfast on the patio.

We were up early so that we could go have breakfast on the resort patio. With the help of volunteers, the Activities office puts on a breakfast twice a month. For $4.00 you can have eggs, pancakes, potatoes, sausages, orange juice and coffee. The food is good and at that price, it beats going to the restaurant. After breakfast, we went back to the rig. David did stuff outside while I did some housework inside. We had an appointment at 1:30 pm to have the outside of the rig washed. These outfits come to the park with their own equipment and even bring their own water. For a reasonable price, they hand wash your rig. We got a call around 10:30 am that they had a cancellation and they would be here in about 15 minutes. The motorhome gets very dirty when we travel in rain so it really needed a good wash. Now it shines again and it looks great!
After they left, we decided to go out for lunch. We went to the Village Inn restaurant at the Gateway Mall. The restaurant is not attached to the mall buildings but is in another part of the parking lot. The mall is the same type of 'big box store' outside mall that is now more common. This is also the mall where we go to see a movie. It's not the biggest movie theatre but it has 12 theatres and there is also an IMAX theatre.
The LA Fitness part seems to be the most prominent section of the mall. Love the Palm trees.

I took this picture when we came back to the resort. This is the entrance. You're looking down the road to drive out of the park and on the other side of those Palm trees is the road to drive in. Just over that grey pickup truck, you can see part of our motorhome. As you can see, we are parked right in front of the office/activities building.

And we face that row of RVs.

We had plans to go to the movies tonight. David wanted to see the new James Bond movie. It's not my kind of movie so I checked out what else was playing. We have done that before where he goes to one movie and I go to another. But my choices in the kinds of movies I like were Bolt and Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa. I didn't want to spend $10.00 to see a 'cartoon'. I enjoy watching them but would rather wait to rent it. So David went to the movies alone and I stayed home and watched TV.

It was another beautiful sunny day in paradise. Since we've been here, the temperature in the afternoon has been up in the mid 80sF (high 20sC).

Friday, November 21, 2008

Friday is Happy Hour!

We did the usual water aerobics at 9:00 am then just sat out on our patio enjoying the sun and reading. Later on in the afternoon, we went to Starbucks for coffee then picked up a few items we needed from Safeway to make an appetizer for happy hour. Every Friday we have Happy Hour here at the resort. People meet out on the patio near the pool, bring an appy to share with everyone and whatever they want to drink. It's a great way to get together with friends and meet new ones. There was some live music so it was about 8:30 pm when everyone headed back to their rigs. If there is no music, people usually head back around 7:00 pm. Real party animals. LOL..
So as usual, we just watched TV the rest of the evening.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Golf and exercise.

Another beautiful sunny morning! I had forgotten how every day is like that here. Cloudy days are few and far between. At 8 o'clock David left to go golfing with his golf group while I started out on my 45 minute walk around the park. I had just enough time to go back home, change into my swimsuit and head for the pool for the water aerobics. I'm very glad to be doing that again. It's fun and easy exercise and it really works to keep your muscles toned. It won't be as fun when the weather gets cooler but we always jump in the hot tub after. Right now, it's not cold so I usually stay in the pool and just float around for about 15 minutes after aerobics. I came back to the motorhome to shower and dress then sat outside to read for a couple of hours. David came back from golf and he was pretty happy with his score. This group he golfs with golf every Monday and Thursday morning at two different 9 hole golf courses. He got into it last year and now really enjoys it.

About an hour after lunch, we went to our usual waterhole in Arizona, Starbucks, and sat outside with our coffee. When we got back, we went to our neighbours David and Shirley who are from Vancouver Island and sat on their patio for a couple of hours. They were also here last year so it's nice to get reacquainted and catch up on each others doings over the summer. Next thing we knew it was 4:45 pm so we walked back to our motorhome and started on dinner. Then we just watched TV until bedtime.

Sorry I don't have any pictures today but I'm going to start taking pictures around Apache Junction just to show what it looks like around here. I just have to remember to bring my camera with me. ;-0

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Our first hike.

Wednesday is hiking day so I didn't take my morning walk or get into the pool. After breakfast we just sat outside waiting for 9:30 am to arrive. Six of us from the Park headed out to the Hieroglyphic Trail which is down by Kings Ranch Road (off US-60). This is the 4th time we've done that hike (our first this winter). It's not very long (it's almost 3 miles return) but it's a steep climb. At the end, you come to a rocky area where there are petroglyphs on some of the rocks. We work our way up to longer and higher hikes as we get into better shape and this hike is considered (for us anyway) one of the easier hikes.

I forgot my camera so I'm cheating. This is a picture of the petroglyphs which I took during one of our hikes last year.

We were both feeling very tired after that hike (I'm still adjusting to the heat) and after lunch, we both laid down to nap. Or I should say, David napped and I kept trying to but I sleep lightly and noises from outside constantly woke me up. I finally got up and sat outside to read. Not long after, David joined me. He wanted some licorice so we jumped in the car and headed to Wal-Mart, about five minutes away. We also picked up some baby spinach for dinner. After dinner, we went for a walk around the Park before settling down to an evening of TV watching.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Settling into our winter routine.

I woke up around 7:15 am to a typical Arizona morning with the sun shining and a clear blue sky. David was already up and sitting outside drinking coffee so I grabbed my bowl of cereal and went to sit outside too. It's usually around the high 60sF or low 70sF in the morning so it's very pleasant sitting outside. After, I went for my 45 minute walk around the park. Then David and I attended the 9 o'clock activities meeting. Usually we have water aerobics at 9 am but on Tuesdays, water aerobics is after the meeting. So it was almost 10 am when we went into the pool. By the time that was over and we had showered and dressed, it was lunch time.

After lunch we sat outside for a couple of hours to read. Then we went to Starbucks where we sat outside to drink our coffee. As long as you're in the shade, it's really nice sitting outside. Otherwise, for me it would be too hot in the sun. The forecast for the week is temperatures in the high 80sF. Your typical Arizona forecast.. sunny, sunny and sunny... That's why we love it here. Right now, the sun sets around 5:45 pm so after dinner we watched TV.

Monday, November 17, 2008

A typical start to our week

David had an early start this morning getting up at 6:00 am as he was leaving with some of the other 'boys' to go play 9 holes of golf. I think they had a 7:00 am start but for $20.00 they also got a cart and breakfast. I was up at 7:00 am so I could have breakfast and get my 45 minute walk in before the water aerobics at 9:00 am. The pool is heated so the water is great and I usually stay in the water for another 15 or 20 minutes after aerobics just enjoying the water. The sun is not too hot yet so it's not beating down on your head. By the time I got back to the motorhome around 10:15 am, David was back and sitting on our patio reading. I went in to shower and get dressed then also sat outside to read while David went to WalMart to pick up some transmission oil or something.

When he got back, we made lunch then sat outside again. Later on, we headed out to make a trip to the bank. We also wanted to check into the cost of getting the car washed, waxed and detailed inside (shampooing of rugs, etc) so we checked out this place in Mesa. They offered to do all of that for $159.00 which was around the price we expected to pay so we went for it. But then we were stuck having to walk over to the Mall across the street and waste 2 1/2 hours while we waited for the car to be done. Since we had left late to do this, it was 5:00 o'clock by the time we got back home. We sat outside for a while before going in to make dinner. The sun starts to set around 5:30 so there's not much to do or see outside. After dinner, we just watched TV.

See how the car shines. Next, we have to get the motorhome washed too because it's pretty dirty. It has a lot of streaks.

Here we are in front of the office building. Last year, we were behind the building.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Day of rest

Since today was Sunday, there were no organized activities going on. We spent most of the day getting reacquainted with a number of people in the Park that were also here last year. Everyone greets you as an old friend. It's quite nice! We also unloaded all the outside stuff that makes us feel at home like lawn chairs, tables, moon lights, barbeque and the patio mat.

Our friend Dave came over to help David fix the wiring under the passenger seat which had pulled apart when we tried to turn the chair around. The wiring was short because it was caught under the metal base that is bolted to the frame. So when we tried to turn the chair around, the wiring snapped. Since I couldn't be much help there, I took myself off to the Safeway to pick up grocery items that we needed. It was all fixed by the time I got back but the chair is going to stay facing forward anyway.

We love our corner site in front of the office building. We get to see all the comings and goings so you can sit there and people watch if you want. The motorhome faces South which is what we like but we have to keep the windshield curtains closed otherwise it would get very hot inside. We will also see a lot of sunsets from this site. We spent the rest of the afternoon sitting outside reading, walking around the Park and talking to people. It's pretty hard to walk around the Park without speaking to someone.

After dinner, we took another walk around the Park then watched TV until bedtime.

Saturday, November 15, 2008

We have arrived at our final destination

We were up and at 'em by 8:20 am this morning and again the forecast for today was the high 80sF. We drove out of Lake Havasu City heading South on SR-95 up to Quartzsite where we joined the I-10 East. We stopped for diesel at the Flying J Truck Stop in Phoenix and paid $2.379 per gallon. That is the cheapest diesel we have seen so far. Gas was even cheaper so it will be interesting to see how much it costs to fill up the Vue. After going through Phoenix, we took US-60 East which brought us to Apache Junction. We are finally here and will be staying for five months.
It's great to be back and see a lot of friends we met last year. We received some nice welcoming hugs from a few people who came over when they saw us arrive. After David got the motorhome parked on our site, he tried to get the satellite dish up but ran into problems. So we spent the rest of the afternoon trying to fix it. By the time we finally got the dish up and running, it was 6:00 pm. I think it was around 2:30 pm when we got here. Sheesh!! I didn't even see the sun set. I guess there's always tomorrow to start enjoying our stay. I'm sure the forecast for tomorrow is 'hot & sunny'... LOL.. Sorry to rub it in for you people up in the north. I'll try not to mention it again...
Since it was getting late, I just cooked up some pasta with some canned tomatoes for a quick dinner. After doing dishes, we went for a walk around the park but it was too dark to see who else that we know might already be here. We will find out tomorrow. We drove 238 miles today.
I don't have any pictures for today so I'm posting a couple of pictures from our trip to the Capilano Suspension Bridge in North Vancouver in August. It was quite an experience walking on the bridge. It bounces around as if someone is jumping up and down on it but it's just the effect from the people who are walking on it. Very weird.

Totem poles - also taken at the Capilano Suspension Bridge.

Friday, November 14, 2008

A day to relax and visit

We woke up to a beautiful warm sunny morning and the weather forecast for today is a high in the mid 80sF. I think I'll take that! After breakfast, I decided to do one load of laundry so headed to the laundry room. It's always nice to find a clean laundry room. Not all parks have them. Then we sat outside just to relax and enjoy the weather. The wind started picking up with gusts of up to 40 mph though and it remained windy like that all day. We went to the grocery store to pick up a few items we needed then came back to make lunch. After lunch, we headed out to see London bridge. Yes, it's actually the bridge that used to span the Thames River in London, England until it was sold in 1962. The bridge was originally built in 1831 and wasn't built to handle the ever-increasing flow of traffic so the city of London put it on the market. It was purchased by Robert McCulloch, the founder of Lake Havasu City and chairman of McCulloch Oil Corporation. It was disassembled and re-assembled here with recontruction completed in 1971. They dug a one-mile channel out of the peninsula in the lake and created an island. So the bridge now connects the small island to the mainland. There are a few RV parks on the island in addition to some houses. And a lot of new construction too.

View of London bridge on the island side.

View of the bridge from the mainland side.

View from the resort looking West. The resort is high above the lake and those mountains in the background are in California. The dividing line between California and Arizona is in the middle of the lake.

Same view, just a little further away.

View with the lake in the background. It looks hazy but its dust being picked up by the wind.

We took a drive around the island and walked down to the beach of lake Havasu. Those waves were about two feet high because it was so windy.

We went out for dinner again tonight. The restaurant we went to yesterday makes wood-fired pizza and we just had to try it. We asked for the wheat dough and it was great. Spent the evening watching TV. I have to get back to reading my book. I haven't read since we left B.C. I'm reading "World Without End" by Ken Follett which is the sequel to "The Pillars of the Earth". Both are great reads if you like the 13th & 14th centuries.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Leaving California behind

It must have been around 65F when we left Bakersfield, California this morning because it felt that warm. After about one hour of being on the road, the landscape went from vineyards and orchards (as it also was yesterday) to desert as we came across the Mojave desert. According to the radio stations, the temperature for today was going up to the low 80sF and I know it did. This is what we are here for... what a change! Only two days ago, we were wet and cold (not literally of course).

From Bakersfield, we continued heading East on highway 58 and then I-40 from Barstow. The diesel prices have been really great. We paid $3.259 a gallon on our first fill-up in Washington and our next three fill-ups have been $2.999, $2.999 and $2.869 per gallon. A big difference from paying an average of $4.60 per gallon when we left Ontario and drove across the northern States to British Columbia back in August. We also got our best gas mileage during these past two days as the speed limit for us (vehicles towing another vehicle) was 55 miles per hour. A combination of that plus a more flat landscape gave us our best mileage yet at 9.26 mpg for our last 581 miles. I don't think you get that kind of mileage very often in a motorhome.

When we reached Needles, Calif. we turned south on highway 95 heading for Lake Havasu City, Arizona. We arrived at Havasu Falls RV Resort in Lake Havasu City around 3:00 pm. But it was actually 4:00 pm. We forgot that Arizona is in Mountain Time and we had just lost an hour. This Resort sits high above Lake Havasu (as does most of the city) and is surrounded by mountains so the view is great. It was getting too dark to take pictures so will have more of the resort tomorrow. This is a very nice resort but I think it's too small if you are looking for a resort with lots of different activities.

After getting settled, we decided to go out for dinner. We found a nice restaurant on the island in lake Havasu called Barley Brothers Brewery. They have really good food and the prices are very reasonable. We drove 303 miles today.

Our view while driving through the Mojave desert. Notice the 'picture window' effect we get with this motorhome. The windshield is one piece instead of two pieces with a black line in the middle like most motorhomes have.

This is the sign we've been looking for.... ARIZONA!

Our motorhome at the resort facing West towards the lake. The mountains behind are in the East.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

The temperature is going up

We left Redding at about 7:45 am and got back on I-5. We stopped for propane and to eat lunch at a Flying J Truck Stop near Stockton. Just before leaving David changed into shorts. Yes, it's starting to feel warmer and it's really nice! I think the temperature was up to 70F. We actually had sunny blue skies for most of the day. At Stockton we crossed over to highway 99 towards Bakersfield where we have stopped for the night. The RV park is called Orange Grove RV Park and it's full of orange trees. It feels like you are in an orange grove which it probably was before it was an RV park. We can't pick the oranges yet because they are not ready. But if we were here between December and April, we would be permitted to pick some oranges. You can only pick what you can immediately eat. The sites are really nice. They are very wide and much longer than what you usually get at other parks.

We arrived at the Park around 5:00 pm and it was already getting dark. I made supper while David got the satellite dish up so we could watch 'So you think you dance Canada' and later the Country Music Awards. Then we called it a night. We drove 447 miles today.

Here we are with orange trees on either side of the motorhome.

Another view of our site

See all the orange trees on either side of the road.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Heading to California

We got on the road at about 7:45 am with light rain falling and the rain continued on and off throughout the day. We spent most of the day going up or down steep mountain grades. Between the low clouds, the mountains and at one point some fog, there wasn't much to see. That was unfortunate because I'm sure we missed some nice views. I was just glad there wasn't any snow yet because tire chains would have been required and we don't have any. As we left the mountains behind, the rain finally stopped although it remained cloudy. We arrived at JGW RV Park in Redding, California around 2:00 pm. This is a nice park just like the last two nights with paved roads and sites. We needed a few groceries so we unhooked the car and went looking for a Wal Mart. Very easy to find with our GPS and there was one just three kilometers away. We stopped at a car wash to wash the grime off the car, then drove back to the RV park. Today was a short driving day. We drove 227 miles.

David took this picture of young David and me when we took him to the Vancouver Zoo in October. We were going for a train ride.

Monday, November 10, 2008

A day closer to warmer weather, we hope.

We awoke to more rain and were on the road by 8:00 am. Pretty uneventful day other than a slow down due to an accident around 10:00 am. It took about half an hour to go a couple of miles just to get past the accident. And we went around Portland so traffic was good. So far, the I-5 has been a pretty busy freeway but the road is nice. We haven't hit any rough spots. The sun tried to peek out a few times but the clouds always won the fight.

We are staying at the Seven Feathers RV Resort in Canyonville, Oregon. It's a great resort, again with paved roads and sites. It's about 1/2 mile from the Seven Feathers Casino & Resort. They have a free shuttle running between the two so we went to the Casino to have dinner. I'm not a fan of casinos because I don't gamble and I don't like the smell of smoke. So we came right back to the motorhome after. We drove 260 miles today.

The following photos were taken back in August from the deck of the Golden Ears Bridge which is under construction. It crosses the Fraser River between Langley and Maple Ridge in BC and is due to be completed June 2009. Leah works for the company building the bridge and had permission to take us up on deck.

See that scaffolding (on the left) along the side. Those are the steps we climbed to get up on deck.

David & Leah up on deck. We were on section 2 if I remember correctly and looking towards Maple Ridge.

This is the view looking towards Langley.

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Back on the road again...

We got on the road around 9:30 am after saying our final goodbyes to Adam, Leah and the boys. They came out to the campground to see us off. It was especially hard to say goodbye as we won't see them for at least another year. It's been raining here for the past 4-5 days and we are hoping to drive out of this rain. We crossed the border at Abbottsford/Sumas. It took about 30 minutes to get through; the customs officer for our line was letting through one car to the four cars going through in the other line!! Otherwise no problems to get across and away we went. It was a pretty uneventful day except for some rain. As it was Sunday, the traffic going through Seattle wasn't bad and we drove through without a problem. Our first stop was Brookhollow RV Park in Kelso, Washington which is a very nice campground. The sites and roads are paved, there's a nice patch of lawn between each site and only a few trees. That's how we like our campgrounds. We drove 256 miles today.
Our grandsons David and Dylan (he's 4 weeks old now). Real cuties!!