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Thursday, December 25, 2008
Thursday, December 18, 2008
I won't stop to kick your ass personally, but be warned, that in our travels wehave witnessed other people get beat up very badly by badpersons who don't have the same self restraint or moral ethics as myself.It's bad enough that people carry guns around in the their cars, you don't needto give them an excuse to use it. Enough said...
Friday, December 5, 2008
- He Dances like there's no one watching...
- He has started to sing... we think...
- He spends more time looking at things farther afield, like out the car window...
- He says dip dip dip dip dip, when he dips his *anything* in his *anysauce*
- He throws a temper tantrum when either Traci of I leave...
- He is a very good helper when it comes to getting dressed...
- He runs to the stairs when we say its time for bed...
- He sleeps from 8:30 till 7:30 with fairly minimal wakes...
- He naps 2 hours and actually puts him self down for his nap...
- He eats really well...
- He freaks out when the dogs freak out, its hilarious...
- He climbs into everything...
- He enjoys Toopy and Beenoo more than any other tv...
- He really likes wearing shoes or boots...
- He likes to wear his daddy's hats...
- He has learned how to blow on his food before eating it...
He is amazingly smart and funny...
Oh well, no Santa picture this year.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
I pride myself on knowing how to get pretty much anywhere in Western Canada, and have been through almost every place in BC, Alberta and Saskatchewan. Up until this year though, that's all I could say about the places, that I'd been through them. Now since we have Andrew, we tend to, I am going to make up a new phrase now, "stop and smell the roses".
I know some people who have a motorbike, in their fifties, and are learning this new motto as well, and they would enjoy this part of the world, maybe more than any other tours they have been on. It is about 2 hours of steady travel to complete the Drumheller Valley tour, but you could take a couple of days just to see and explore this area.
Heck, probably every 5-10kms down the road there is something else to stop and see. And not just "Jack farnkenohillsmitt once watered his purple cow here", but real Alberta history, and real world history. Really, this area could be considered the first energy boom in Alberta, what with the coal history. The mine that was across the bridge in the following photo had 60,000 ton of coal mined each year in the 1910's with pick axes. Coal isn't that heavy, so that is a LOT! On top of that, they found some dinosaur bones here. Apparently this valley provides the most dinosaur skeletons for the worlds Museums than anywhere else in the world.
The HooDoo's are great. It's nice they are sort of interactive. Like if they were in a National Park, they would be roped off and off limits. Here they encourage you to touch and feel, sit and stand, climb and gawk. They look quite simple from the road, but up close they are fantastic. We will come back in a few years when we can spend some time hiking and exploring.
We saw and actual dinosaur. I looked it up and this one is called a wearthetruckerhatacrookedosauraus.
We have seen alot of incredible scenery in the past month or so, But down at the east end of the Drumheller valley, just beyond a little ghost of a town called Dorothy, I snapped this picture. I don't think I have seen a view quite as incredible as this one. And I am pretty sure no one ever goes this far down here. We saw maybe 2 vehicles on a Saturday afternoon on this stretch of road. This photo may get blown up and framed.
We came back to the campground and did some serious relaxing, and were able to squeeze some play time in this evening. Back to the ol' grindstone Monday. This may be the last camping trip of the season. I hope not, but the weather will choose for us. October is just around the corner. yikes.
Friday, September 19, 2008
Looking West, amazing.
Looking North, terrific.
Looking East, a wonder.
Looking straight down, What the hell?
"hey billy bob.."
"yeah bobby bill?"
"hows 'bout you and I go toss out the ol wershing machine tonight"
"shure bobby bill, i reckon to be goin right past the garbage dump to-day"
"heck billy bob, hows 'bout i tend to make things a might bit easier fer ya, and just push it off the ol' scenery cliffs, down yonder?"
"Well i reckon, that might be a bit bunch more funner than I was gunna do it"
"lets fire up the ol harf ton and git-along!"
"Yee-HAW, yippeeee" *shoot guns in the air*
yeah... nice impression to leave the tourists.
We were worried about Rattlesnakes. Everyone we talk to said there are rattlesnakes. We have Kenickie for protection, but still, I wouldn't know what to do if I saw one. 'if only I had paid more attention to the Steve Irwin specials...
Andrew got to feed a bunny right from his hand. He loved it. The very nice lady at the office gave us a bag of rabbit food to feed at our pleasure. They told us these bunnys have been in this park for 35+ years and are very much a part of the attraction of coming here. Rizzo really badly wants to play with them.
As I said, the park is beautiful. We have a spot that backs onto the river, but us very nicely treed in. The spots are level, grassy and large.
One thing that they do at this park, that I haven't seen at others is light the power boxes. There are no street lights in this park, so instead what they did is supplied the rv power hookup boxes with nice lights on the top of each one. It is very effective for what they are!
Andrew had quite a time this morning running around the mostly empty campground and chasing bunnies, so he konked out pretty early for his nap.
Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
Thursday, September 11, 2008
Sunday, September 7, 2008
- 3484 km driven
- 627 litres of fuel at an average of $1.35/litre for a total of $846.45 in fuel
- $270.00 for 8 nights in campgrounds and 1 night in Wal-Mart for a nightly average of $30.00
- $400.00 in food and beverages (yes we eat well on the road)
- $113.00 for supper at Harrison Hot Springs with Opa and Oma
- $20.00 for admission at the SA Fair.
- $30.00 for admission at Minter Gardens
- $10.00 toll at #5 highway
- $250.00 misc camping supplies and recreation costs
- $103.00 for game of golf in SA
Total price for BC Camping Holiday - $2042.45
The quality family time spent with each other - Priceless.
Saturday, September 6, 2008
We stopped on the way back from Vernon in Enderby for a stretch and run. There is a really nice fenced schoolyard park that was deserted so Andrew and the donks were able to run free for a nice while. We drove down a back street and ended up on Main street. It was very old and pleasant. it's amazing what you miss by staying on the main highways.
I gave Salmon Arm a hard time in the last post, however it is a really nice place. Apparently city council has been fighting any of the big box retailers and some giant developments to try and keep it a small town. I think it has worked to a point, but it may have done so at the detriment to the local economy. The downtown core is really picturesque with plenty of niche shops and restaurants, but I know that most people head to Costco and Walmart in Vernon or Kamloops for any major shopping trips at Christmas etc. Maybe if these large retailers were closer, the shops would still get some of the niche buying the big places don't offer. anyway what the heck do I know. We really enjoyed our walk downtown and left about a hundred bucks behind on a day where there was almost no one around, so there's that.
Yesterday we took a drive up the #1 to Sicamous. Even on the first weekend of fall (symbolically) there were still LOTS of houseboats heading out of the channel. We spent a little bit of time driving in town and looking at some of the huge boats in the marinas. Pretty impressive. I sure wish Calgary had more opportunities for power water sport, not on reservoirs. It looks like alot of fun.
We then took the drive down from Sicamous along Mara Lake. It really blows me away how this little narrow and windy road is the only way into the Okanagon from Calgary. It must be absolute gridlock all summer long with vehicles from Alberta. I read an article in Western Living about the influence of Alberta on this region and it had a photo of a sign in a shop window. "We take Alberta money at par" hehe, good one.
Nice scenic countryside and lakes. We will definitely return, probably when the weather has a good chance of being hot, as the beaches look super.
We are on our way home tomorrow. It'll take about 7-8 hours with the stops we need for sanity breaks for Andrew and the donks. We are looking forward to getting home, but we have obviously found the Camper to be comfortable because both of us have said we could probably stay out for a much longer trip if given the opportunity. Maybe next major trip will be mid-summer and with the wide availability of free wi-fi, we could get our work done out on the road when needed.
Where will we all go next? who knows, but if it is half as enjoyable and relaxing as this trip was, then i can't wait to get on the road again!
Osoyoos Lake Cascade Cove RV Park in the Trees
Cascade Cove RV Park