A few days ago we packed up the trailer and secured all moveables and made our way out of the St Albert Kinsmen Campground and headed towards Calgary to attend a Wounded Warriors Canada event. The trailer was pretty dirty so I managed to get it cleaned off before we left. The dirt and dust from Saskatchewan put up a good fight but I managed to rid the beast of its soil and innards of bugs! Note the smoke and weird light in the Edmonton sky… yuck!
The smoke seemed to thicken as we made our way making visibility difficult and eye irritability at the maximum.
That evening we attended the “Spatula Spat” at Lou and Kyle’s place. This was a fund raiser for WWC where two chef’s were given three mystery ingredients and 90 minutes to prepare three dishes for the pleasure of three judges who each bought their right to taste all the fabulous food and pass judgement on same. Really well attended event with some great silent auction items for the taking as well. Thanks to Paul and Cheryl for their efforts to bring this event to the masses as well as to Kyle and Lou for lending us their home complete with an incredible oversized kitchen island which was simply meant to host such an event. All in, $3000 dollars raised!!
The day before we left I managed to sneak in a round of golf with Brother in Law Jim at the Victoria City Golf Course on the river valley in Edmonton. First time ever playing this one and a decent round was had. Teamed up with a local Father and Son, Rob and Jason, which was nice. Thanks Jim it was fun to spend the time with you.
Arriving back at the Okotoks RV site Saturday afternoon. Smoke seemed to worsen as we ventured south. Played golf with cousin Mike and two of his friends on Sunday and enjoyed a nice dinner at the club later. That evening we joined several other couples for a game of Bocci Ball. Never having played Bocci Ball meant we had a steep learning curve but we made up for it quickly… we managed to fall behind right off the bat and pretty much stay there for the duration of the High River “high stakes” tournament. We may have to pick up a set of balls and do some practicing for the next time. We definitely put the “Botch” in Bocci Ball!
Made our way to Golden where we saddled up to the Eco Golden Campsite. Pretty sparsely populated for an August timeline but perhaps the campers were just tired of the smoke and made their way home sooner. Made it to Peachland yesterday to Todd’s RV and Campsite. A bit tight for parking but terrific welcoming committee and neighbours. The water is just across the street so easy access as well as some terrific boutique restaurants down Beach Drive.
We head to Victoria tomorrow morning with the hope that the smoke dissipates for the WWC Highway of Heroes ride set to start on Saturday in Langley and head toward Stanley Park that day and on to Victoria Sunday for a ceremony at the Afghan Memorial and then to the Legislature. If you are around this route on the weekend please feel free to come out and support the ride and riders. Hope to see you all there! C