Sunday, October 20, 2019

I'm back with lots of news and it's time to hit the road!





So...my last post was in April of this year when we were heading home and now it's October.  A lot has happened since then.

I was quiet about a lot of things since then and now it's time to share.  Last winter while we were in Mexico we decided it was time to look for a house to buy.  There were a lot of reasons and briefly they are....the RV was constantly breaking down, the truck is getting old, we didn't want to rent, we didn't want to buy or rent a condo and that left buying a house.  At our age getting a new RV seemed a little silly as the time will soon come when we don't want to drive to Mexico.  I won't bore you with all the details but in the end it was a long drawn out procedure for a number of reasons.  Stressful dealing with all the paperwork and money transfer remotely ( we hired a nice young woman to be our power of attorney for signing} and the rest was up to us.  This was a private deal but the owner did hire a real estate agent to help with the paperwork.  A large part of it we just figured out ourselves by calling the notary in Mexico as well as the company handling the trust.  A trust is required to buy a property within 50 km of the ocean or 100 km from the border.  The land is held in trust by the bank.  So...it's done and now we will have a house when we get to Mexico in the first week of November.  At that point there will be lots of paperwork still to be done.  Here are few pictures.  We are a stone's throw from the the RV park where we have been staying for the winter for almost ten years.  It is a gated complex with approximately 100 houses, two swimming pools and just across from the beach.  The buses run out front and all our friends are in Mazatlan which we really love and enjoy.


Three bedroom, 2 1/2 baths, detached. 
    Nice carport which was something Eric really wanted.
Part of the back wrap around patio.
    Kitchen.
    Washer/ dryer in the utility room.
    1/2 bath and stairs to the second floor.
                                          Looking north I can see our trailer off the front balcony.
                                          Upstairs TV sitting area.
    Second full bath.
                                          Master bedroom.
    Upstairs sitting area.
    Second and third bedrooms.
     Front second bedroom.
                                          Downstairs living room by front door.

The next part of the puzzle was how were we going to travel and what would we bring with us.  Obviously not the RV so that left driving and staying in motels.  Not something we like but sacrifices have to be made.  What about the motorcycle that has always traveled in the back of the RV?  Eric tried to find a motorcycle trailer in the Terrace area but it was not to be.  We will try to find one on our way home in the spring so next year's travel might be different again.  In the end we decided to tow our small Jeep with the truck so we could get out and about with it while we are in Mexico.  It is small enough to get into the small towns where we like to go and...we can take the top off and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine.  We needed to drive the truck as we have a ton of stuff to bring with us this year.  So...the truck has it's canopy on, it's loaded to the gunnels with things for the house.  Ye,s the house came fully furnished right down to bedding and silverware but it didn't have all the things we wanted.

                                          Hooked up and ready to go...it was sunny yesterday!
                                          Still green and all the leaves are not down.
                                          Follow me!
                                          You can see the Cyclone RV in the covered building.
                                          Still pretty...when the sun shines.

Today we shut the house down.  Blew out the water lines and packed the rest of the perishables up to take to our daughter's house where we are staying tonight before we head out tomorrow.  Seems like we have been packing forever.

             Dinner at our daughter's with her husband Wade and daughter Abby.  Erika and Abby                            cooked  and...we ate!  Just delicious!  Lovely spinach, red onion and apple salad.
                                          Yum....pulled pork.
                                          A plate that's fit for a king....or in this case Eric. 

Tomorrow we are off.  First stop Quesnel, B.C where we'll overnight, then three nights in Kelowna with Eric's brother Ian and wife Linda, then on to Coos Bay, Oregon where we'll visit with friends Connie and Manny before heading south.  I'll keep you posted!

Monday, April 29, 2019

Cache Creek, Brookside RV to Prince George, Bon Voyage


 We were up early today as it's about 272 miles to Prince George.  It was cold over night but our electric heater managed to keep us warm.  Cool, windy and sunny this morning as we got ready to leave the park.  Up ahead you can see the bridge over Brookside Creek.
 Coming through Cache Creek and we'll fuel up just ahead at the PetroCan. 
 This harmless little creek on our right is the one that caused all the problems last spring when it flooded the main highway.  That's why we took and alternate route home up through Valemont and McBride to Prince George.
 Next up Clinton.  We'd stay here but it's usually a lot colder than Cache Creek. 
 Pretty little town in the Cariboo.
 Main Street..and the main north south highway as well. 
 Straight like an arrow.  When we came through in September there was snow at the edge of the road. 
 Coming down towards 100 mile House and you can see the snow on the mountains in the distance.
 It's a long way down into 100 mile house and we overheated coming up this hill when we were heading south in September. 
 Nice here but....too darn cold in the winter!
 335 kms or just over 200 miles.
 Pretty little lake by the edge of the highway.
 We both really like the Cariboo and talked about moving here in the early years.  In the end we stayed in Terrace. 
 Coming down into Williams Lake and you can see the lake on our left.  They are working on the highway all the way through.
 Turn left for the Chilcotin and our friends Rick and Cathy's place in Alexis Creek or turn right for Prince George and then on to Terrace.
 Coming up the hill out of Williams Lake.
 We finally saw someone working instead of a bunch of pylons and signs.
 To the left the mighty Fraser River which comes all the way from Vancouver and we'll still see it when we get to Prince George. 
 Green grass and the cattle are out in some places but still no leaves anywhere.
 Pretty.
 Coming down into Quesnel and you can see the bridge over the river.
 Quesnel has a pulp mill so it doesn't smell great here but I guess you get used to it.  They also have some sort of a little micro climate which makes it warm and green here when other areas that aren't too far away are not. 
 We wind our way through the city and then turn right to head north.
 The old railroad bridge which is now only for pedestrians.
 Paving on the hill on the north side of town and we had to wait for about 20 minutes to get through.
 Big rock face here.
 It was a pretty quiet drive today and although there are bunches of traffic here and there no one is in a raging hurry which is a welcome change from down south.  The Okanagan traffic is just crazy.  It used to be a nice quiet place 40 years ago but now it's become the mecca for people from Alberta and the Vancouver area.  More and more and more people ....too bad because it has really ruined the area.
 This is a small mill that is making wood pellets for pellet stoves which are quite popular up north where people don't have access to natural gas and electricity is expensive.  A clean type of wood heat.
 It has been a lovely sunny day but it looks a little ominous up ahead.  The weather did say that there was 30% chance of showers in Prince George and it looks like this may be it.
 Yup...a little rain and a little sleet.
 Up ahead is an area that they have redone with the north bound lanes up high and the south bound ones down low.  In the middle is the weigh scales. 
 Coming down the hill into Prince George.  I seem to be saying we are coming down into or up out of every town as we travel along.  Well...we are going up and down quite a lot!
 Heading north through Prince George and it's not too busy today.  It's usually packed so this is a welcome surprise.
Up ahead on the left is the Bon Voyage Motel where we stop coming south as well as going north.  We can plug into power although the water won't be turned on yet as it's too cold.  It will likely freeze tonight and we may even get a couple of flurries.  Our electric heater is on low as there is only 15 amp power but our little propane fire place will keep us toasty and warm.  We just about never use the furnace as it's just too noisy.  Cost for the night here $25 but they give us each a $4 voucher for a continental breakfast at the restaurant next door or we can apply it to a more expensive breakfast.  A good deal for us.   Tonight we'll go over to the restaurant for dinner as well. 

Tomorrow we have over 300 mile to go and if we are supposed to have sunshine at home.  A good day's travel and life is good!