Category Archives: British Columbia 2014

Kettle River Provincial Park, BC

Kettle River PP

Kettle River PP

We’ve started the trek eastward, but at a very slow pace so as not to shock our delicate systems which had become used to the fun and frivolity of the past two weeks.  We  spent 2 nights in Manning Provincial Park, which is located about 3 hours east and just north of the US border in the Cdn Cascade Mtns.    Our good weather came to an end and we had a steady rain which lulled us to sleep, deep in the forest.     Continue reading

Enjoying the good life near Vancouver

Gastown in downtown Vancouver

Gastown in downtown Vancouver

What a wonderful few weeks we’ve had visiting with my family and friends and enjoying a small bit of what the area outside of Vancouver has to offer.   We were lucky enough once again to be able to camp in the best campgrounds available;  the yards of family.   They must feel they can never get away from us!   Lucky for us but not so good for the front lawn of my cousin which may never lose the big dents from Trixie’s wheels.   Continue reading

Visiting family on Vancouver Island

Boarding the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria

Boarding the ferry from Port Angeles to Victoria

It has been forever since my last post but no worries, we haven’t dropped off the face of the earth due to a major calamity, we’ve just been very, very busy.  This is the visiting phase of our journey and the reason we set out on this trip to begin with.  After leaving the Olympic Peninsula in Washington State, we boarded a ferry from Port Angeles to downtown Victoria, BC.  The weather was spectacular and snow-capped mountains were visible in every direction.   The border crossing upon arrival in Victoria was a breeze and before we knew it we were driving past the Parliament Buildings and the Empress Hotel on our way north to Nanaimo to visit my father. Continue reading

Olympic NP, Washington

 

Mt Olympus and the Cascade Range

Mt Olympus and the Olympic Range

Wow,  4000 miles of driving and we have finally made it to the northwestern tip of the lower 48.    Only by leaving from Key West instead of Orlando could the trip have been longer.    We’ve spent the last 4 nights at a campground just outside Olympic NP and it has been fabulous.  The weather has cleared and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed exploring this wild and rugged area.   Continue reading

Mt Rainier NP, Washington

Twin 1000 yr old Douglas firs

Twin 1000 yr old Douglas firs in old growth rainforest

After spending a couple of days in Missoula,  we once again hit the road to our next stop in Coeur D’Alene, Idaho.  Leonard has an old navy buddy who lives there and we were able to spend a couple of days with them and their family.  It was fun reconnecting after several years and we unknowingly timed it just right and were able to watch Steve and his band play great blue grass at our RV resort.  We really liked Coeur D’Alene, a pretty little mountain town on a beautiful lake. Continue reading

Garnet Ghost Town – Montana

Garnet Ghost Town

Garnet Ghost Town

We love to explore old ghost towns and when we heard that the largest, best preserved ghost town in Montana was located about 45 min. from our RV park in Missoula, we didn’t hesitate to go explore it.    The town was originally built in the late 1800’s by miners seeking gold and other precious metals and at its peak it had about 1000 residents.    By 1905 most of the large strikes had been depleted and the town only had 150 residents.  Then a fire burned down many of the buildings and by the end of the Great Depression the town was deserted. Continue reading

Devils Tower National Monument, Wyoming

Devils Tower National Monument

We arrived here yesterday after a short journey from Custer SP.  We were intending to visit for just a few hours and then carry on, but there is a gorgeous KOA campground right at the entrance to the Park that was calling our name, so  we decided to stay for the night.    The view is unparalleled, the weather incredible and we like it here so much that we’re going to stay for another night. Continue reading