Thursday, June 9, 2016

Awesome Alberta

The Rocky Mountains in Alberta take your breath away!
The snow capped peaks, lush valleys, rocky canyons, and
turquoise lakes are simply magnificent!!

First stop - Banff National Park - what a beautiful place!

After a quick visit with some friends from our area who were vacationing there and 
with a dear childhood friend who works in Banff,
we headed to our rustic campsite near Lake Louise.

Lake Louise never gets old - it's always such a pleasure to see in spite of hoards of tourists.

From Lake Louise on to Jasper Park we used a very interesting and informative
tour app on our iPhone - "GyPSy - Icefields Parkway"
What fun to make many stops along the way as suggested by the app
(once we figured out how to use it .... )

In Jasper National Park we met up with some new friends that we met at the Osoyoos
Rally and they showed us around the park and took us to Jasper Park Lodge and to a great restaurant
where we enjoyed a gourmet dinner and drinks .... what a great day it was!

Picnic on the dock at Lake Maligne

Couldn't resist "Waterloguing" this store front in Banff!
After leaving these beautiful parks - we headed further North to see this sweet face!

Our little love!

Till next time ......... turning this rig around to make the long trek home!

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Beautiful British Columbia!

Osoyoos, BC is a beautiful area in the Okanogan Valley
and we were fortunate to attend an "Escape RV" rally there.
This was one of our main reasons for travelling across the continent
and it was well worth being there for this company's costumer appreciation weekend.

More than 140 Escapes were there!!!  There were 13 ft., 15 ft., 17 ft., 19 ft., 21 ft., and 5th wheel
sizes represented.

Our's is the one to the far left

There were wine tours, greet and meet meals, pancake breakfasts, pot luck dinners, and more which helped us connect with other "Escapees" and make many new friends.

After taking our trailer to the manufacturer in Chilliwack (a short trip from Osoyoos) for some small repairs and retrofitting, I was treated
to a garden coffee party by some very dear ladies who live in that area and whom I've learned to "know" from blogging over the past few years.
They are the sweetest people and I felt SO honoured to be able to meet with them.
If you have read my blog posts you know who they are!!!!

A selfie of us taken by Lovella.
Left to right - Judy, me, Ellen, Anneliese, Kathy, and Lovella
This was my first time meeting Judy and Ellen (Ellen drove from Seattle just for this little party - what a gift!).
Kathy arranged the whole thing and made delicious scones with devonshire cream, jam and a beautiful fresh fruit platter.
She set the table, complete with china and silverware and served hot coffee in pretty mugs!
Judy made a delicious fruit dip, and Lovella brought the gorgeous peonies.
It was such fun and I felt like I was home.
They showered me with unexpected gifts and their friendship.

My trailer table never looked so pretty!!

These women have been such an inspiration and blessing to me in more ways than they will ever know.
They are all part of the famous Mennonite Girls Can Cook blog and cookbooks!!!
One day I hope to meet them ALL.

After leaving them, the farmer and I picked up our good as new little trailer and started heading East!
Our overnight campground was breathtakingly beautiful - Skihist Provincial Park
near Lytton, BC

View from the back of our campsite - notice the train track alongside the mighty Fraser River!

From here we travelled through tunnels and mountain passes,
landing in Golden, BC for the first night in June.
June 1st has been a good day - my sister informed us that her 5th
grandchild was born this morning - Lela Sarah Ann.
We are surely blessed beyond what we deserve ........

Till next time ......... feeling the warmth of friendship and family.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Eight Days on the Trail

Eight days have gone quickly and sometimes seem like forever as well!
Crossing the upper USA States with our little RV trailer in tow
has been amazing so far!

Michigan to Indiana
Downtown Shipshewana - brief stop over

Illinois to Iowa

Old barns, barn quilts, wind turbines, and acres and acres of freshly planted corn fields.

Reconnecting with dear friends, Trese and Dale, on their beautiful Iowa farm.

We were sent on our way with bundles of fresh picked asparagus, a huge bag of homemade granola
that will last us the whole trip,
fresh baked cookies and chocolate treats - wow!
Not to mention gifts and warm memories of our visit!

From here we headed straight to the Badlands of South Dakota
What an amazing place ......

We camped conestoga wagon style with the roaming buffalo and colonies of prairie dogs!
And the mountain goats were nearby.

We heard the coyotes howling during the night - eek!

Wall Drug
You can't miss this place - there are billboards everywhere shouting it's many amenities...
We had to stop and check it out in Wall, SD

Had to see if Alice had a good hand!
The farmer didn't think she had a full deck.
Spectacular Mount Rushmore - a must see. 75th year since completion
A very interesting quote at Mount Rushmore, by Theodore Roosevelt 104 yeas ago!

South Dakota to Wyoming
Wyoming to Montana

Lewis & Clark State Park Caverns - simply astounding!
From the caverns to Butte, MT was such a "butteful" drive.
The city of Butte, however, not so much .... a mining town with casinos at every corner.
"Butte" but we enjoyed a delicious lunch there at Fred's Mesquite Grill.

The hills seemed like velvet on our way to Missoula, MT
We have had long driving days, sometimes arriving late to a campsite

We camped at Riverside State Park in Spokane, WA
right beside the fast flowing Spokane River that featured a suspension bridge.
(Missed getting any pictures of this place).

Today, we landed mid afternoon at a clean and pleasant campsite
(free WiFi, laundry, level paved sites, pleasant owners)
and are enjoying a relaxing evening
near Republic, WA 

Till next time ......... looking forward to a long weekend in B.C. and meeting some famous Mennonite Girls in Chilliwack!!!!