A wee bit Smokey!

We have made good time the past two days getting down the road over 340 miles each day. Trailer pulling well, highways fantastic, drivers insane… As we made it through the Chico area yesterday, just north of Sacramento, the smoke became increasingly dense. It reminded me of interior BC this past summer but perhaps a bit worse.

From the road at lunch and using our new app, RV Wizard, we were able to source a camp spot near Sacramento. Great program giving all the local campsites across North America, rates, photos and contact info as well as reviews. Anyway, we phoned ahead and reserved a spot at SAC West RV park in western Sacramento. A bit pricey at $65/night especially at this time of year but it appears we are not the only ones looking. The campsite was full last night! Likely all the Canadian Snow Birds doing the migration.

Camp was complete with a covered heated swimming pool, large sites with 50amp service and a petting zoo! That’s right a petting zoo. No I didn’t play with the goats… When I signed in yesterday I was offered four freshly laid eggs…. I did not see that one coming!

Today we are hopeful to get past Bakersfield and then on to Yuma on our fifth day. We will manage to shave one day off the drive given the great road conditions.

Mall the best, we are well and living the dream.

C and K

 

Rogue River Oregon this evening.

Well we pushed the drive today to get a little further down the road. We got to Rogue River after dark but successfully set up without incident. Currently awaiting a Mexican dinner at a local little “hole in the wall” that seems great and the food looks amazing. Photo attached. We are just north of the California border and looking forward to getting through the forest fire areas….

We are doing great, highway is fantastic, some drivers: not so much! Haven’t been cut off this much in my life… sigh. Talk tomorrow. C and K

Off we go again!

Howdy folks. We have been quiet on the blog for a couple of months since we settled into the Oceanside RV park just south of Sidney BC. It was a great time to re connect with my Mom and Dad as well as sister Carolyn and friends. We are currently at the Coho Ferry doc awaiting a ride across to Port Angeles this morning to start our 6 day trek to Yuma Arizona. We plan to be south for the first time ever as rookie Snowbirds this winter. Looking forward to golf and cycling and a bit of those sunny skies. We will check in as we go spinning tales of hopefully positive events. We will also share what may go sideways and how we manage but both Kath and I are very optimistic it will be a great trip. Talk soon.

Thanksgiving time

Well it’s Sunday morning and all Turkied out! Kath and I had a nice visit with her sister Judy and Don on Salt Spring Island for Saturday. Brother Rob and Mary came from Calgary, they managed to escape the snow for at least a couple of days anyway. Had a great meal and headed back to the big island for turkey dinner at my parents place in Sidney. My sister Carolyn and Rick joined us for another terrific meal. We each got a chance to bring home some leftovers so we get to have that “Thanksgiving flavour all over again tonight”. We are heading out to see the movie A Star is Born remake at 6. We’ve been anxiously awaiting this one; trailers look terrific. Trailer is a bit dark today as the rain continues to flow.

Hope all readers enjoyed some family time this holiday and also gorged on Turkey, dressing, mashed potatoes and of course…. gravy😘

check out my new Thanksgiving socks… totally awesome! Thanks Mom and Dad. Love ya  C

Back at it!

Hi Everyone and I must provide an apology for the amount of time it has been since my last post. We had a great trip to central BC into wine country as well as an uneventful drive back to the island. Kath and I are settled into the Oceanview RV grounds and will be here until the third week of Nov when we head south to Yuma AZ.

Wine country was amazing with a group of good friends. We rented an Air B and B for the ten of us. It was an amazing home well capable of handling the group. We cycled each day to several wineries, sampled the goods and headed out again. No births and no deaths so all in all a great trip. Thanks to Cheryl and Paul for the organic action of the trip; it was flawless! Great to see Ted, Lisa, Chris, Linda, Linda and Yves. Great group and we’d do that one again next year for sure.

We have all but recovered from that event now and settled into what is turning into our busiest fall season for COPE and TRP ever! I am heading to ON tomorrow am to help get the first ever TRP1 delivered with a great team of Kevin, Claudine and Fabienne. Really looking forward to working with these good folks again. Come Sunday I will be back in Ottawa for a couple of days awaiting my flight to St John NB to check out a new potential location to run TRP and COPE in the future. I will include photos later. I’ll arrive back in Victoria in a week.  Kath will be on her own for the week along with our fierce guard dog Nikki so hopefully the healing that has taken place in her broken wing will be sufficient for her to manage. I won’t let two weeks go by again without a post. See ya soon. C

Old Home Week

Kathryn and I remain in Peachland this week where we’ve linked up with an old CF Health Services buddy, Karen Read. Also included in this connection was Karen’s partner Kim who is just a great lady, super nice and fun to be around. We had a great meal at their place which overlooks the lake with a stunning view that one would never get weary of. Also had the experience of kayaking with them the other day which was a welcome switch to the regular exercise plan. Kath and I really miss our kayaks so much. They are in the process of promoting the Fenn Surf Ski, (picture below). Very smooth ride and wicked fast, but definitely a bit more prone to tip… great core workout.

Karen is part of a guitar group, the “Experienced Tea Cup”, which includes her older brother Dave and several others cutting their learning path on the guitar. I was invited to play along the other night as they prepared for a public performance in a few weeks. What a great thrill this was as I usually only have myself as a playing partner… Playing with others puts that little bit of stress on one to perform which I really miss. Thanks guys for a great time and chance to “noodle” along. Also, Kim has just purchased an acoustic  Ukulele Bass so she will soon be adding to the class of the group with those nice low tones.

I’ve been feeling great about my playing lately so I decided to go more public. This is me at a recent open mike in Alberta performing a couple of my songs. I’m hoping to do more of this soon and linking with the Experienced Tea Cup has inspired me further!

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Since I’ve temporarily lost my regular cycle buddy Kathryn, I was thrilled to learn that Karen is an avid cyclist having participated in the “Boomers” Rides.  We have joined up for a couple of good rides over the past few days. Great to re connect with her while riding side by side. Something to be said for cycling and creating a great environment for sharing of ones life experiences.

Visited one of the many local wineries, Fitzpatrick. Terrific sparkling wines and a Rose to die for. Many more wineries to come next week as our group arrives to start the first ever “Wheels and Wine” tour in the Penticton area. Hopefully there will be at least one survivor…

The remainder of the day we are working on the next several COPE and TRP minutia planning until Friday when we head to Penticton. Our current plan is to be back in Victoria on the 13th of Sept at the Oceanview RV park near Sidney. We will be executing our exit plan just in the nick of time as guess what I saw at the Canadian Tire the other day?….. YIKES!!!  Don’t want to play any part in how these will be used. Talk soon.  C and KIMG_1089

Peachland to Victoria and back..

Kathryn and I participated in the Wounded Warriors Canada Highway of Heroes bike ride this past weekend which ran from Fort Langley to Victoria. This event ran in conjunction with the Ontario ride which meant there were over 200 riders involved at the same time. All in over $200,000 was raised to help provide solid programming from WWC. It was great to see so many familiar faces as well as to meet several new folks. We were joined by Trevor Guthrie, Canadian singer songwriter with several awards to his name. He performed a song as well as played one of his videos that was made to honour Canadian veterans. Thanks so much for your support Trevor!

A special shout out goes to Colin who was participating in his first group bike ride. It took a great deal of courage to step into that light as well as speak publicly about your journey. You and Kathleen are setting a terrific example of how if one does the hard work, one can get through this and live live with happiness and purpose. Both Kathryn and I are so proud of you and Kathleen.

We are presently residing in Peachland and will be here until 7 Sept when we will head to  Penticton to take part in a “Wheels and Wine” tour with a few other couples. This should be great fun but the designated driver issue will have to be managed…

Kath now has her cast off and started physiology yesterday. The wrist and hand are very stiff as it hasn’t been used much in the past month or so. The good news is that she is on the mend and will soon be swinging a golf club; by Christmas we hope.

Today marks the last day of the second running of an all French language COPE program at the NAV Centre in Cornwall ON. Kath and I are really enjoying the fact that we no longer have to attend every program delivery. We have several couples who graduated COPE some time ago who take our place. This has allowed Kath and I to step back and focus on planning and evolution of our programming. We are so excited about the future teamed up with WWC and others who are stepping up to assist. We hope everyone has a safe and fun Labour Day Weekend.  C