Monday, April 20, 2015

And Away We Go?

We left our overnight spot and went in search of laundry facilities. Since the purchase of Grace (our rolling home), and our subsequent circuitous and time consuming route homeward, we needed to wash some duds. First we stopped at a Dollarama to get some detergent.

Then we went to the Laundry to do the necessary.

This has to be one of the more interesting Laundromats I have ever seen. Because the town fancies itself as the country music capital of Canada, the place was decked out with country & western memorabilia.

This is a shot of the Coldwater Hotel. I doubt this establishment will ever make a writeup in Trip Advisor other than to receive a one-word warning  DON'T.

Since this town thinks of itself in musical terms there are numerous murals of country music legends past and present. I did however notice a few murals that had been blotted out, perhaps those depicted had brought disrepute upon the country music industry or "dissed" the town in some way.

All of the murals were labelled, so you knew who was depicted in the panel.

The drugstore facade was Westernized, as was the Canadian Country Hall of Fame next door. Feeling that my Yeehaw and Giddyup quotient was full for the year I did not investigate further.

At the end of the block was the Adelphia Hotel. It was likewise not a contender for Trip Advisor four star status.

Once the laundry was dry we went to the food store to stock the rolling larder. Several minutes later we emerged with a few things, $274.58 worth! I kid not!

We stopped at a local park to have a bite to eat. On the menu today was Roast Chicken with Coleslaw, Potato Salad and Dinner Roll. We also split a bottle of Coca-Cola, a relative rarity for us..This is where we ate.

This was the view from our dining room, as we ate our lunch. Something tells me that the feast du jour may also be the feast du soir!

Another creekside view.

Finishing our lunch at close to four p.m. we decided to head out of town and see how far we could get. We roll along beside the Nicola River.

As the river winds it's way to the west so do we along a scenic highway full of twists turns and frequent slow to 30 MPH corners.

The territory is dry and warm. I'm sure it approached 80F today. As we rolled to the west we enjoyed the scenery.

With the sun sinking low in the sky we found a place to rest at Jade Springs RV Park in Lytton. Shortly after we parked we found out there is a rail line about 100 feet away, but hey, life is made up of surprises.

This is the view to the curbside of the coach, peaceful no?

With that I bid you adieu and promise to return with more at a not to distant future.

What Now!

In an earlier post I described our new wheels, and the Stow and Go capacity. Today was the day to utilize the extra space as I loaded up a "few" things and we headed uphill to the Okanagan a short jaunt of about 250mi.

On the way we pass over a toll bridge. It might cost a little more on the return for reasons we shall discuss further. 2 Axles is $3.00

I always enjoy this view when travelling east on Hwy 1. This is Mt. Baker, a popular for skiing in the winter and as a hiking  destination in the summer.

We stopped in a little town along the way for a bit to eat. "That's just whack" you might say. No, it's Chilliwack I would have to reply. From a sleepy little farming town it now boasts a population of 77,000 people. I remember travelling through when there were about 10,000. Things change. Scooterchick liked this tree, thus the picture thereof.

Speaking of ScooterChick, also known on her new YouTube channel as Trippin' Sista, here is a glamour shot of my beloved as we await the vittles.

The decor in this restaurant was unusual. I cannot decide if this chandelier resembles a spider or in inverted umbrella frame. Perhaps you have a suggestion?

This picture I shot over my shoulder looking back at the bar and serving area. The restaurant was supposed to be Italian, and perhaps it originally was, and now they seem to be shooting for Old English Pub Decor. Go figure.

I ordered a basket of Onion Rings (well done of course) and Patsy went with a Caesar Salad. Both were excellent. The rings crisp and not greasy, the salad was likewise crisp and they skimped not on the dressing.....yummmm in both cases.

For entrees ScooterChick decided on Garlic Prawns. They were more like shrimp really, but there were lots of em' with mashed potatoes.

I decided on an unusual choice, the Cobb Salad with Chicken. There was lots of that as well, and I barely made it to the end of my plate, but I have never been one to shirk from a culinary challenge.

As you can see we "put paid to" both entrees and only the plates remained.

As the sun sank in the western sky we continued in an eastwardly direction. tunes played quietly on the radio and quiet companionship was the order of the evening.

The following morning we headed to a small town in the vicinity. Here is your genial correspondent, looking forward  to what the day might bring.

We stopped in the little town of Osoyoos, just near the border with the US. This is a very crowded place in the summer with people who like the sun and water sports. Since I was here last, they have developed a waterfront promenade.

Looking west across the lake, there is Haynes Point Provincial Park which has 41 sites for campers.

Looking back along the highway you can see a fountain that the town has installed right by the bridge which spans the lake where it narrows and towards the downtown area.

This is the result of our stop in Osoyoos. Within a few short hours, we were driving off with a new home ON WHEELS!! Some arrangements needed to be made, like a tow dolly for our caravan and numerous fees for insurances and transfers and we were away!

This was our camping spot, the following day. On day 1 we left the rig in Pentiction and stayed with my Mom, who lives nearby. The following day we dealt with the purchase of the tow dolly and by midafternoon we were ready to stop. Most WalMarts allow overnight parking on the perimeter of their lot, but you need to check at customer service as a matter of courtesy to verify that policy.

This one said sure for "one or two nights!" They know on which side their bread is buttered, I remarked to the checkout lady the following a.m. "this is my third trip into the store to buy stuff, and I haven't left the parking lot!!!"

Here is Grace, for that is what we've named her, at our overnight spot from yesterday. It is a little park owned by the city with full hookups.

This location has a number of full-timers which work various construction and highway jobs in the vicinity. The park was established in 1984 and is well kept and relatively quiet, with the low hum of the Lumber Mill in the background.

As you can see, hooked up we make quite a package.

Here are some interior shots:
The Cockpit

The Lounge / Kitchen Area

The Obligatory Food Porn....Mmmmmm Bacon

The Large Hanging Locker / Bedroom Area

The Bathroom View Down

The Bathroom View Up

The me. Click on the link to see how I feel.

That's all for now. I must unhook hose and electric, retract slides, lift jacks and head off into another glorious spring day with the Trippin' Sista at my side.
Ciao for now.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Out With The Old

Usually, this title would suggest the turning of a year, a season or a new leaf. In this instance, it refers to a new set of wheels. Ever since man  invented the wheel, people have been coming up with better ways to mount some sort of carriage on them. Today's conveyances are no exception.

The car which we are replacing has served us faithfully for the past 6 years and 8 months and has been virtually trouble free. We are strong believers in regular scheduled maintenance to keep automotive surprises at bay. The only components we have had to replace in the past 150,000 km.(90,000 mi.) have been a starter and one oxygen sensor. We have of course bought 2 sets of tires, 3 sets of brake pads, and numerous oil changes. It has been a good car for us, and I imagine it will be a good car for  it's next owner.

We reserved a car from Enterprise to leave at the dealership where we were to pick up our replacement vehicle. The manager picked me up and I went to retrieve the rental. The local Enterprise is located in the Ford dealership.

He had a Ford Fiesta waiting for me when I arrived. I am not sure if you are familiar with this vehicle. Ford has developed this car to fit into the "hot hatch" category, previously known to the cognoscenti as an "econobox!"

While this might seem a likely candidate for a short jaunt such as we had in mind, I beg to differ based on my  firsthand experience. It was small, noisy had a harsh ride and would best be suited to someone half my size, under the age of 20.

The difference between this vehicle and our Infiniti was monumental. I imagine we have been spoiled having ridden in smooth quiet near-luxury for the past 7 years.
It took about 40 minutes to make it to our first stop in West Vancouver.

I love this time of year. There will be a steady progression of blooms from now until early September. Today it was tulips and pansies in the planter boxes at the Post Office. In spite of the overcast skies and light drizzle flowers always brighten the day. They do a good job with these planters.

We had a good reception from our friend and helper Rhema, who had inadvertently pocketed my keys the previous evening. She felt a little sheepish about walking away with them, but I hastened to ensure her that it was no big deal.

I got to tarry outside while Rhema sat in the driver's seat to have a chat with my beloved ScooterChick. I busied myself with admiring the blooms and taking additional pictures. It does look like a nice car doesn't it. Looks can be deceiving.

Across the street from the Post Office is a building that used to be the Depot and Office of the West Vancouver Municipal Transit System. The "Blue Buses" are the last holdout in a regional transit system. West Vancouver has always resisted efforts to join the crowd. The building is now used as an Art Gallery for local "artistes", but I remember it best from my early teenage years, where I managed to bark my right shin down to the bone (or so it seemed ) on the granite boulders of the jetty, and was patched up by one of the bus drivers who was kind but matter of fact while dressing my "gaping wound".

When we arrived at the dealership and found our vehicle inside the showroom, having been detailed and prepared for the delivery. There were one or two things which had needed to be addressed. Everything was in perfect order.

From there it was into the business office, to meet with a young Taiwanese former school teacher who was cordial and efficient in preparing all the paperwork. She was a pleasure to deal with as we whizzed through the process.

From there it was in for a visit with a young man who arranged the new tags and insurance for our purchase. It was amazing that we went through the vehicle ensuring everything was top notch, then the business and insurance office and still we were ready to drive off in about one hour and forty minutes. This is by far the shortest period of time it has ever taken me to purchase a vehicle.

One of the salesmen took a picture of us with our salesman. This young fellow is very diligent, personable and efficient. He even took time to program the Bluetooth enabled voice recognition system. It's a novelty for us to be able to tell the car to call somebody and it does! Technology eh?

After all that excitement it was time to eat something. We intended to go to a sushi place we know of nearby, but ended up going to another restaurant across the plaza, because there was a long lineup at the sushi joint.

I got Seafood Yakisoba. It was loaded with Octopus, Prawn, Mussels and Clams. Patsy got Pork Bulgogi. I managed to get a picture of mine, but was too slow on the draw to get a picture of hers, because I took a couple business calls while she began eating. We both ended up with enough leftovers for dinner.

By the time it got to around 11:00 pm we were both exhausted and ready for bed. This car buying business is hard work. It's more about emotionally adjusting to new everything, with some features we didn't have before and looking for features which were no longer present.

This will be a good vehicle for us, since it has full "stow and go" capability, all seats fold flat into the floor and in view of the amount we travel, lots of room for all our luggage, along with our cooler and even our Hibachi. After all, you never know when you will have to pull over and "barbecue some beast!"

Well that's my story and I'm sticking to it. I spent about an hour this afternoon sitting in the car just checking out the various options and familiarizing myself with all the necessitos. What a change from the Infiniti. And so it goes, out with the old and in with the new, or almost new.