Trying to see if I can publish without a photo.
Tuesday, August 30, 2016
Friday, July 15, 2016
So far 2016 has had a few short trips. We went to Toronto in early May to the Asthma Meeting and Conference. We went on 3 short RV trips - to Osoyoos,South Vancouver Island including Port Renfrew, and the a couple of nights at Rathrevor. We did have other plans for going to Quebec with family in March and RVING right across the US in April and May but had to cancel due to health - first Elspeth then me. We also had planned to go to Albineers in Thetis in June but called to go to sinus doc with Elspeth instead.
So here we are in July actually on the boat at Newcastle planning to go through Dodds Narrows at 2:47 and hoping the winds and waves are not too strong on way to Jack Point. Right now it seems good. Boat is well set up and I am getting used to bobbing here in the sunshine. Mike is having some neck pain but says he is ok. Yeeks - the marine weather is on the radio. That automated voice always give me the creeps - 50 years of getting the creeps from the marine weather
Monday, June 15, 2015
The music at Silva Bay ended before 10 pm and all was quiet for the night. This morning I paid our fee for the moorage and we left about 9: 20 to catch the slack at 10:09. The nw wind and the ebb were going the same way so the sea was relatively flat and Gabriola Passage was easy. We crossed Pylades Channel and anchored in Pirates Cove with a stern tie. The walk around the park was beautiful and I took photos of arbutuses to paint one day. Lexy picked up hundreds and hundreds of burrs and grass seeds. Poor dog - it took a couple of hours combing to clean her up. It was another very hot glaring day over 30 degrees and so bright. The water in the cove was full of seaweed and oyster spawn but we had a short dip and sun shower to cool down anyway. We barbecued potatoes and spicy sausage for dinner. Now the sun has set and it will soon be pretty cold - 16 degrees probably. We need to get to bed before it gets too cold. Tomorrow it will be slack at Dodds Narrows or False Narrows at about 10:30 and hopefully the winds will stay light for the 9 or 11 mile trip back to NYC. I will try to insert a photo here.
Sunday, June 14, 2015
Here we are at Silva Bay on the "outside" of Gabriola Island. We spent a couple of nights in Maple Bay where there was music at the pub. Last night in Conover Cove people on sailboat tied nearby played ukulele until 10. Tonight we have a group of young musicians performing on a large sailboat not far away. A bunch of guys on another giant racing sailboat are encouraging them with booze and cheering them on. It is hard to imagine how this will end or worse still when this will end. Dogs all over the marina are barking to each other. The sun has set and it is cooling off. Too bad I can't insert a photo from my phone as the scenery to day was beautiful - blue sky and water with dark blue distant Vancouver Island mountains as golden grassy islets.
Thursday, June 11, 2015
We made 2 trips at the end of May and beginning of June 2015. We started by taking our Escape trailer to the mainland on May 24. We had a great family visit and then on Monday I saw my sinus doc and Tuesday my asthma doc. They both said I was in bad shape. I should have gone in weeks before when I first started having problems with my hearing and breathing. I was put on a big prednisone burst - 50 MG per day for a week and then tapering off for a week.
Prescription purchased we set off for beautiful Manning Park. The snow had only just melted and there were hardly any other people there. Mike canoed and I took very short walks. We watched our Teaching Company DVD on great opera in a hail storm.
After a couple of nights we headed down to the very hot Okanagan to join 160 other Escapes at the rally in Osoyoos. It was so hot I thought I had a fever. We joined in the activities and met other Escapees from all over North America. It was lots of fun - especially as I began to feel a bit better. Our neighbors in the RV park were fellow Albineers on their way across Canada in their new 15 ft Escape. We stayed in Manning on the way home. This time I was well enough to walk 3 km around the top of Lightning Lake.
We went home for a couple of nights and then set off for Thetis Island in Skol. I was so anxious and so prednisoned but I was also better enough to do the 3 hour walk to North Cove not once but twice. We had a great visit with our Albineer friends. It was bitter sweet to realize how old some are getting. Marvin is 95 and his kids won't let him go out on his boat alone anymore. He's still tons of fun and a great storyteller.
After the rendezvous we headed over to Ladysmith and hung out for a few days with Pat and Jim. We anchored across from Ladysmith for 3 nights. Every afternoon Jim and I painted the seascape around us. It was really hot - enough to swim off the boat. It was a really lovely time. Tonight we are in Maple Bay. Tomorrow I will put up some pictures to make this blog look really great.
Sunday, February 8, 2015
- Trip to Yellowknife Trip - 2011 (located in February, 2011 - although trip was in the summer)
- Trip to Winnipeg Trip - 2012
- Cross Canada Trip - 2014.
We're not traveling right now. So, just because a picture is worth a 1000 words, here is a beach on Newcastle Island - a 5 minute boat ride from Nanaimo.
Thursday, February 20, 2014
Cross Canada - 2014
Here are all the posts from our Summer 2014 Cross Canada Trip. These posts were originally published in our "Canada with Mike and Penny Blog" which I have now incorporated into this "Chuckling Chimes Travel Blog." I added photos in February 2015. Some are a bit slow to load.
Saturday, September 20, 2014
On Friday morning we woke up in Cypress Hills to snow everywhere. The truck and trailer and picnic table were covered. We were alone at the end of our campground loop and felt as if we were arctic (or maybe antarctic) explorers. However the sun was shining and the sky clear blue. Mike swept the snow and cracked off the ice off the truck. Before breakfast was finished a big RV came into our magical white campground. The people stopped and asked, "When did this happen?" They had come down from Medicine Hat - 70 km away where there was no sign of snow! Our attempt to avoid the snow on the Rockies had backfired! The Cypress Hills are a bit higher than the surrounding prairie plateau - actually more than 1200 metres abiove sea level - so they were the only other place to have got the snow that was causing so much trouble in Calgary. Looking back, our night in the snow was an exotic Canadian adventure on our trip from sea to shining sea.
The Alberta 511 Report said that the Crowsnest pass was clear and dry. Sure enough, after we passed some amazing black cattle dotted against the white snowy fields, the snow slowly disappeared along the road out of Cypress Hills.. Driving towards the foothills at Fort MacLeod, a white band of snow stretched across the horizon. Dark blue peaks wavered above. The sky was blue We have driven towards the foothills a few times before and it is always amazing - but we've never seen anything as glorious as this September snowfall on the east side of the Rockies.
We got as far as Yahk Provincial Park that night. It is a very pretty park in Kootenays with lovely campsites and no fear of flooding or bugs but - like most BC provincial parks - it lacks amenities found in most provincial and national parks in the rest of Canada. There is no cell reception, the toilets are "pits," there are no showers, no full hookups, no electrical hookups, and not even a sani-dump. The attendant was charming and we only paid the seniors rate of $8.00 - so we were happy for the night. But sani-dumps are essential RVing. I picked up a copy of a BC parks brochure and found Yahk was typical. Only the largest and most popular BC parks (like Manning and Moyie Lake) have the amenities we had come to expect in parks all across the rest of the country. We are good at "dry camping" and our solar panels provide all the electricity we need but we do need a sani-dump about every 4 nights. Luckily we found a municipal one further down the road.
The next day (Saturday) we drove to Oliver where we spent 2 days with Marilyn and Jim, Pete and Barb. We felt to so welcomed home and we spent the time swimming, playing bocchi ball, canoeing, eating and chatting. There was lots of news to catch up on and it was a very fun time.
Sunday we got to North Van and stayed the night in Rob and Josie's back yard. It was terrific to see everyone there. Monday I had my 3 appointments at St Paul's Hospital (Providence).
- Ears - yes the tube had fallen out in Gros Morne and was stuck in my ear canal. It was all cleaned out (ouch), the tubes removed (ouch), and my hearing improved a lot.
- Sinuses - something not nice was growing and it was blasted out (ouch). 10 weeks was a bit too long to go without my sinuses being checked.
- Asthma - Sue did some tests which I hope help determine what needs to be done when I go back in a couple of weeks.
At that moment - the different ways we approach lawns in Canada seemed significant. Here on the west side of the Rockies lawns turn yellow in the summer and don't need mowing. They are lovely and green in the winter when we get rain. In the East (Manitoba eastward) vast green lawns are the favourtie form of summer garden. They stretch for acres around the houses and are mowed ceaselessly by people on giant riding mowers. BUT they are never watered. (We never saw a single garden sprinkler east of Saskatchewan.) That is because it rains in the east - all summer long. At least it did this year!
Wednesday, September 10, 2014
So...it is snowing in Cypress Hills - the Alberta part near Medicine Hat. We are here because we are trying to avoid the snow in Lethbridge and Waterton National Park. Clearly not a good strategy. (If you are like me you have no idea where Medicine Hat or Lethbridge are. Both are east of Calgary and Medicine Hat is east of Lethbridge where " accu weather " says it is just cloudy not having flurries.) The weather all around southern Alberta is supposed to clear up tomorrow - accu weather again. So if we aren't snowed in here we will head west again tomorrow. The good news - the back window hasn't leaked!
Listening to the teacher strike news and sending hopeful wishes to all teachers parents and students. Josie and Elspeth' s links are always so informative. If things are not sorted out when we get home next week we will be available to protest, babysit, teach something to someone, or whatever...
Tuesday, September 9, 2014
Tonight we are at a private campground in Indian Head a few km east of Regina. Our excitement for the day was warning lights going on in the truck re. the ABS brakes. We stopped and called the Nissan help line. They said it would be wise to go to a dealer so, even though the lights went off, we went to the Nissan dealer in Brandon. The tech guy did some tests and said it was likely caused by the weight of the trailer - which seems odd since there have been no warning lights for the thousands of km we have towed the trailer until now. Not much we could do so we went on our way and assume all is well as there are no other symptoms. The town of Indian Head is the place where they shot the TV series, Little Mosque on the Prairie. It is about 40 km south of Q'appelle where we had planned to stay. We picked this spot because it has electricity. It has been so cold recently. It is going to go down to 0' tonight and all the puddles in the campground will freeze. We have electricity here and have our heater plugged in so we are fine. There has been some snow in Calgary and more predicted for tomorrow but it should improve in a day or two. I guess the cold weather is the result of one of those arctic outflows which are now more extreme because of climate change. BTW what do you think about the Franklin ship discovery? Wouldn't have happened if the sea ice wasn't melting - causing unexpected arctic outflows, icy weather and harm to crops around here. Hmm.. Better stop and go to bed before it really gets cold. Good luck to teachers parents and students re mandatory arbitration.
Monday, September 8, 2014
Sunday, September 7, 2014
We are now west of Thunder Bay on the way to St Francis, Kenora and Winnipeg tomorrow. We are now in Central Time so have an extra hour. This is a great canoeing area of Ontario and Mike is launching the canoe for a quick paddle before dinner. They had an inch of snow in the park last night but it is 24' now - no breeze. Should be a nice change from driving driving driving.
Friday, September 5, 2014
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Here we are in Levis Quebec getting the rear window in the Escape repaired. When Mike backed into my bike hanging in the carport and broke the window we had it repaired at Apple Glass in Nanaimo but it appears the glass they used was too thin for the gasket to seal properly. Last night during a heavy shower about a cup of water seeped in - based on what we wrang out of towel used to sop it up. The cushions were wet and it was tres humide. The technician here is going to use sealant to fix it properly.
We were trying to add up the number of km we have taken our Escape. Definitely 18,000 on the 4 month Mexico trip and 16.000 on this trip. Plus a few thousand to Yellow Knife, a few to Winnipeg and a few to Idaho - twice - also a couple of other trips to California and the Grand Canyon - twice. Phew - a lot of km! Things have broken - brakes on the Yellow Knife trio and a hole in the fibreglass plus broken fridge door on the Winnipeg trip- but we always fix them. Our Escape is 9 years old but as good as new - sans duct tape.
Tuesday, September 2, 2014
Yesterday we drove from Bay of Fundy in eastern New Brunswick to Edmunston in the west - almost on the Quebec border. It was foggy and rainy a lot of the way. The countryside was pretty with rolling tree covered hills and lakes and rivers. Everything is still green but it must be spectacular in the fall. We visited the very lovely Jardin Botanical near Edmunston. A highlight was meeting a young fellow in our campground who had cycled all the way from Prince Rupert and was going to Halifax. Very impressive. Very long way.
Today we drove to our KOA which is across the St Lawrence River from Quebec City. The weather on the way here was horrendous. At one point it was raining so hard we could barely see the road in front of us. Some cars pulled over but a couple of big trucks passed us at high speed with lights flashing. It was really awful. We had big rainstorms on the way to Yellow Knife but without the traffic. Driving back and forth over Pont Quebec was also pretty wild. The turns come pretty fast and the GPS gave a lot of badly timed instructions so we made about 5 wrong turns in a row - all at top speed. Our gas was low. A couple more mistakes and we would have run out!
We had a great walk around the Old City and it did not rain while we were there. But back at the trailer it came down in torrents and water seeped in the back window despite the duct tape. In fact Mike sopped up a cup full from the window ledge during the heaviest part if the "shower." Fortunately we have electricity so are drying the cushions with the hair dryer. We have had a lot of annoying moisture on this trio. It seems like it has either been wet and hot (called humid or Ontario weather) or wet and cold (called wintery).
Tomorrow we plan to visit the city again (despite showers in the forecast) then on to Ottawa the next day. We will likely stop in Sorrel to visit William Grant of Trois Rivieres' gravesite.
Good luck to all teachers, students and parents. The treachers strike sounds like all out war from here. Christy does not seem to realize that all kids need an excellent education if we are going to be able to deal with all the problems that lie ahead. Yeh teachers. Hang in, everyone.
Sunday, August 31, 2014
We spent our second day at Fundy National Park checking out the low and high tide and walking a very rooty trail out to Matthews Head. The tide was low at about 10 am and we walked about one km out to the waters edge at Alma Beach. Around 4:15 the tide was all the way up the beach. The fish boats which had been high and dry were afloat. According to the Tide Tables there was about a 7 metre change - so nothing like the 50 ft tides which are possible. The reason the tides are so extreme here is the tidal bore - where the flow of the rivers reverses as the tide goes up and is added to the height of the regular high tide. Of course the highest tides occur everywhere when the sun and moon are lined up at full moon or new moon and both pull the tide simultaneously (so called spring tides.) Tomorroe we drive across New Brunswick to Edmunston. Then on to Quebec City the next day.
Saturday, August 30, 2014
We drove a few km north of Charlottetown and crossed the 10 km Confederation Bridge. It is really amazing especially when you thimk that only 140,000 people actually live in all of PEI. It sways and rolls during winter storms but was very pleasant today despite the strong winds.
We drove through rural New Brunswick on a very bumpy road, through Moncton and then south to the Bay of Fundy National Park. The park is at the head of the bay so it is a good place to see the.immense tides. The tides are 50 ft high at the head of the bay - though only about a metre at the mouth. The tides in PEI and Nfld were hardly noticeable.
At the entrance to the park is the village of Alma where we bought some fresh baked bread and a cooked lobster - bright red and very tasty. I put a photo of this amazing meal on Instagram. After dinner we went to a concert in the open air theatre in the park. It was the last show of the season. Summer is nearly over here and you can see that some of the trees are beginning to change colour.
The maritimes are really a wonderful part of Canada. Too bad it takes about 10 days to drive here.
Friday, August 29, 2014
He told us that he had also poured the ice on Christy's head as part of ALS awareness campaign. We thought all you teachers, students and parents might have liked to shake his hand! Which we did at the end of the tour. It was an excellent tour and we now underdtand wjy PEI did not join Confederation in 1867 (they thought they were better off on their own) and why they did in 1873 (they were in debt for the railroad and the wooden ship building industry had foundered. ) Did you kmow that when Jacques Cartier discovered PEI it wss covered with giant red oaks which is what they later used to build ships. Now there dont seem to be any tall trees. Also PEI is actually a sandbar left behind after the glaciers scoured down the Nfld and Nova Scotia Appalachian Mountains. It is eroding away by about a metre every year - more when there is a bad storm. This is our last night in PEI. Tomorrow we go to the Bay of Fundy. Happy Labour Day weekend.
Thursday, August 28, 2014
We did't see Christy. Tomorrow we will tour more thoroughly. Good luck teachers, students and parents.
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
When I first posted this blog I picked up my bottle of G and found a fly swimming in it. I poured it out and the fly partially recovered and was staggering around until I finished it and several others off with a piece of paper towel. Next to Off, paper towel is a camper's best friend.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
What s hot day - over 40' and very humid. Time to go wading in the cool blue Gulf of St Lawrence now that it is cool enough to leave the dog in the truck. While other parks allow dogs on the beach, the PEI national park does not. We had hoped to ride our bikes on the flat paved trail but it was even too hot for that. This is why we are buying a new trailer with aircon.
We are in our tenth province for this trip - P E I. The sun is shining and the beaches, the fields and the ground everywhere is the famous red colour There are still small patches of boreal forest but the island is mainly meadows and cultivated fields - potatoes, corn, some kind of grain. So far we have not seen any towns. We are in the Pei National Park which is only 25 minutes from Charlottetown. Yesterday we toured the east side and after arriving st our campsite we did a very short bike ride and went "swimming " which here means standing waist deep in the water because the beaches are so flat. We are trying to get back our energy for the push home so are having good long sleeps.
Sunday, August 24, 2014
We left Mira River for the trip to the Caribou -Wood Island ferry which good to P E I. We could not get a spot at the provincial park since this is the last weekend before the Labour Day weekend and it was full. So we stayed in a private campground called Harbour Lights. It was full of seasonal and permanent trailers many with permanent decks and gardens. The owner was friendly asking if I was a retired school teacher. We drove back to Pictou to see the Hector a replica of the small rotting ship on which 200 Scotts immigrated to Canada in 1773. Among them were some Grants. Great display of the terrible conditions the endured in the storm tossed Atlantic stuffed into small bunks in the hold. Pictou calls itself the beginning of Nova Dctia because these were the first Scottish settlers to arrive. Today it is sunny for the first in weeks and we are hoping to warm up and dry out in P.E I. Thinking of Marilyn who was bitten by a dog. Get better fast.
Saturday, August 23, 2014
It is truly an amazing historic site with many many stone buildings, battlements cannons and actors to demonstrate life there in 1744 when the French were in possession. Louisbourg was started in 1713 as a fishing village and became a French Fort in 1720, It was captured by the Americans then the French and then the English. It traded with Europe and the East Indies - cod for rum. Our guide told us that about half the soldiers died of dysentary and one in six of alcohol poisoning. We could easily spend a week there but will make do with reading. Check out Stewart Mclennan' amazing amazing book online. We're on to Pictou today and the ferry to Pei tomorrow. We are dodging showers.
Friday, August 22, 2014
We are right now "driving! down the famous Cabot Trail. Actually we are in a lineup waiting to get through some construction. Yesterday we drove right around from the Atlantic side to the Gulf of st Lawrence and visited Chetucamp. We walked a few short trails and saw the astonishing pink rocky capes and pink sand beaches not to mention 350 year old sugar maples, boardwalked bog, green plateaus and rain filled green valleys. Now we are going to Louisbourg by way of the Englishman ferry - a five minute crossing.
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Sunday, August 17, 2014
Saturday, August 16, 2014
One of the interesting things about this park is the moose who are eating the undergrowth and are a real problem. Moose were introduced into Newfoundland in 1904 and have taken over since the extinction of the Newfoundland wolf. Did you know that fireweed is a circumpolar plant.
It grows all along the road here. We'll stay here tomorrow then head for Port aux Basque and the ferry.
Friday, August 15, 2014
Today was one of those other days. Everything was perfect. We spent the morning visiting Cape Spear which is the most easterly point in north America - only 3000 km from Ireland. In the afternoon we toured Signal Hill and the really fabulous Geo Centre which is a lot like Science World but with an emphasis on the geology of Newfoundland. Before driving back to Butter Pot Provincial Park we picked uo some fish and chips - tasty. We even had showers and are snug and warm in the trailer despite the fog-drizzle outside.
We were thinking of Brendan on his birthday and hope he had a great day.
Connectivity comes and goes in this campsite so probably this won't go til tomorrow. Tomorrow we going up to Terra Nova National Park and hope to see some of Bonavista - beautiful view.
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
It has a lake monster called Cressie and seems to be a typical small Newfoundland town of which there are hundreds. We had lunch in the trailer near Bishop's Falls. We are staying in Butter Pot provincial park about 20 minutes from St John's. We just realized that it is very popular with locals - a busy spot despite the drizzle. Generators, etc. RVing across Canada is not for the faint of heart. The countryside is low hills, stunted trees, bogs, ponds and fens and not for away coves and lighthouses and the Atlantic Ocean. My ear is feeling odd. Either a bug has flown in or the tube has fallen part way out. Doesn't hurt but is a bit worrying. Tomorrow we will take the truck in for a tune-up, buy some groceries and see the sights.
Monday, August 11, 2014
Our main activity on Saturday was to visit the Gros Morne info centre and then to take a 2 hours cruise on fresh water fiord called Western Brook Pond - deep into the Long Range Mountains. These mountains are the northern end of the Appalachians. Yesterday we did a tour of the Tablelands which are an actual exposed piece of the esrth's mantle - the hot moving rock below the crust. Newfoundland is an incredible geological treasure and it was here that plate tectonics were first confirmed as being more than just a theory. The history is amazing too. Compared to the maritime archaic and paleoeskimos, James Cook just arrived and did his charting yesterday. We are sending this from the Gros Morne info centre as connectivity seems to have evaporated at the campsite. Tomorrow we make the 10 hrs trek to St Johns.
Friday, August 8, 2014
Gros Morne means the big drab. Big as in gros and mournful as in Morne. It id known for being rainy and it looks S if we will have rain while we are here. Today we drove more then 300 km from the northern peninsula. We stopped to lot at thrombolites at flowers cove. Their are flat rounded rocks formed bg colonies of microbes during the cambrian. It was wet and windy. We stopped gore lunch at s national Historic site either an making display of the humons who have lived here for the past 5000 years. Later we stopped to look at some amazing fossils. When we arrived at Berry Hill the rain had just started and we had a huge downpour while setting up the trailer. We read about the depletion of the cod in the 1980s - the government's fault for not listening to local fishermen. It is possible that the cod will never recover though it may be replaced by crab and lobster. Its hard to really say much on this blog because I am doing it on my phone - but we are seeing and learning so much that we would otherwise never recover known about.
Thursday, August 7, 2014
The iceberg was so wonderful - it glowed white and turquoise even though it was a cold dark day - it almost seemed unreal. Tomorrow we go south again to Gros Morne.
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
We are standing on a hill overlooking the first known liking settlement in north America where I have good connectivity. We had a great visit and learned how the vikings went to Iceland then greenland and ultimately vinland - only part of which was here in Newfoundland.
Monday, August 4, 2014
Mike's dental appointment resulted in the efficient removal of his tooth. Thank goodness he is now repaired and ready to carry on. Everyone here was friendly and helpful. Corner Brook has a big pulp mill so not different from Nanaimo. Visited James Cook monument and put the picture on Instagram. Tomorrow St Anthony and the vikings.
PS Mike's heart rate is 45 much to the amazement of the nurse yesterday.
Sunday, August 3, 2014
We drove up to Corner Brook partly because the campsite at barachois pond as very smokey (bad for Asthma) but mainly because Mike's teeth are pretty bad. Two are broken - one with a jagged point - and his cheek is swollen. We spent a few hours in Emergency and the doctor eventually saw him and gave him antibiotics and told him to go to a dentist immediately. We have the name of clinic which has a reputation for being helpful and will be on their doorstep at 8:30 tomorrow - which thankfully is not a stat holiday in Newfoundland. We have are staying at the kinsmens park not far from town. Wish us luck.
Saturday, August 2, 2014
The ferry trip to Nfld was very calm and pleasant. On the way we heard from John that Shino has had her baby Her name is Emma.
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
Monday, July 28, 2014
This is a beautiful park with many nice walks, good campsites with showers and laundry and even swimming pool and cafeteria. It is surrounded on three sides by the Gulf of st Lawrence. Yesterday we cleaned the trailer, did our bands and walked to the remains of the former fishing village which was appropriated to form the park after the end of the cod fishery
Today we walked to the lighthhouse at lands end. It was sunny yesterday but foggy today so no view at the lighthouse. Lots of other walkers - many Japanese -all of us politely saying bonjour to each other. Tomorrow we will be in New Brunswick - the only officially bilingual province.
We just had a small thunderstorm but now all is quiet so going to bed early in preparation for Atlantic Time.
Friday, July 25, 2014
We are at les Escoumins on through north shore of the st Lawrence waiting for the ferry. We left Albanel about 8 but our route ran parallel with Sageunay Ford so we did not see it until we stopped briefly in Tadoussac - very busy and touristy with lots of whale watching tourists - sort of like Tofino. Tonight we camp on a beach on the south shore.
Thursday, July 24, 2014
We are set up in the big municipal campground at Albanel north Lac St Jean at the north end of Saguenay. It is very nice and very full. Good thing we reserved. Today there is big rock concert festival quite near the campsite but no sound so far. We are muddling along with our peu de francais and say everything first in English and then in what we think is the French. Seems to work do far. There are its of cycle trails in the area and a Boni Choix next door. We did a dump at the vidange (dump station). The weather is cloudy but pleasant. Now time we need to check out what is going on.
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Monday, July 21, 2014
Saturday, July 19, 2014
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tuesday, July 15, 2014
I am writing this on my phone using my Rogers card. After a great time in Manning park
and lovely visit in Oliver we are did our first long drive today. We followed the Crows Nest Highway all the way to Alberta. The scenery was great. We had a huge storm in Fernie but now we are in the montane. Very peaceful. Tomorrow on to Saskatchewan.
Monday, July 7, 2014
We have now made reservations everywhere we plan to stay - mainly through websites - plus a few phone calls. It is all on another spreadsheet colour coded by province. We are mostly staying in provincial and national parks plus a few private campgrounds including two KOAs. Parcs Nationale in Quebec do not allow dogs - so we had to work around that.
Today we finalized two ferry trips - one from Nova Scotia to PEI and one across the St Lawrence River near the Saguenay River. We had already booked from Nova Scotia to Newfoundland and were not too worried about the shorter routes. We were surprised when we found the first two ferry routes across the river that we tried to reserve were already fully booked for the day we needed to cross. Apparently the last two weeks of July are when Quebecers take their vacations. (I'm sure the person on the phone said they all liked to go on their "constructions" together - but I guess my understanding of the French Canadian accent isn't quite as good as I thought. We finally were able to reserve a ferry plus a private campground on the south shore - right on the beach. That will be better than staying at WalMart in Matane.
We also got new sym cards (and phone numbers) for our smart phones so that they will work right across the country. I will tether my computers to my cell phones to write the blog and we can both get internet connection through our cell phones that way. Rogers does not have much coverage in Saskatchewan or back East - so we need to be able to use Telus. Mike is still having a problem getting his phone to unlock so that he can put the new card in. Very frustrating but hopefully will be fixed by Rogers tomorrow.
The only other major thing lacking is an antibiotic prescription I'm supposed to take if my asthma doesn't improve. My asthma is actually really very good right now - and I have my two main prescriptions - so I'm trying not to worry about it too much. Every Canadian should drive across Canada at least once in their lives - so we're off on Wednesday regardless.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
Today we figured out that my old computer can work in the trailer. I can charge the battery through the inverter in the starboard forward locker. I can connect to the hotspot on Mike's phone through my computer's wifi. This means that I can go online with my computer and write my blog wherever we have cell coverage. The next challenge is to comfortably use the keyboard on the computer. Need more cushions and better light - with the front flap open.If we don't have cell coverage I can still draft my blog in word and upload it later. So all things being equal - this should all work. Blogging is a good way to let others know where ,you are, describe the events in a positive way and have a diary afterwards.
In the meantime we have completely roughed out our trip and have made reservations at almost every place we plan to stay. Some places do not take reservations after Sept 1 - so should be quiet and lots of room. We only have to phone and confirm one last spot in Sudbury. Mike started all this by using his Trip Planner to decide on the route and stops. He is still perfecting the route and I am making a spreadsheet and keeping a binder with the reservations in it. Lots of hard work but we are making progress and learning a lot just by planning.