Monday, August 26, 2019

Time for a catch up

On my last entry we were at the Kamloops Tournament Ranch for another fun fly. That all went well and once finished there we headed back North. This time to 150 Mile House where there is a Grand Design dealer, Chemo RV, that we had heard good things about. I think I mentioned we weren't overly happy with the service at Woody's in Edmonton so we thought we would give Chemo a shot at fixing our fridge issues as well as a new problem that had come up with our hydraulic leveling jacks.
We had made an appointment for Tuesday so after packing up on Monday, headed off arriving at Chemo mid afternoon. After checking in, and explaining we were full timers, they said we could park and stay in their back lot. They even allowed us to plug in so we had power to boot!
Tuesday, they were able to get an early start on our fridge problem and unlike Woody's, who said we would have to empty it out so they could work on it, the tech at Chemo got right to it. Within an hour or so he had it fixed. He was also able to confirm my diagnosis of the leveler issue as an undersized circuit breaker. Unfortunately they didn't have the proper parts to repair that one though. We can however order one from Grand Design and they will send it out.
All in all, we were quite pleased with the service we received, even though we hadn't purchased our rig there. If necessary, we wouldn't hesitate to go back.
After finishing up at Chemo, we headed back south as we needed to be in Kelowna for a special dinner with a friend on Friday and Vernon for my brothers 60th birthday.
Along the way we stopped for a couple of days in Savona at Steelhead Provincial Park. This is a small park on Kamloops Lake right where the lake flows into the Thompson River. They have a number of powered sites and we were able to get one. We have stayed here in the past and enjoyed our time.
Thursday we carried on and made it to Vernon where we parked for one night at the Real Canadian Superstore and were able to spend a few hours with Chris's parents. Friday we headed to Kelowna and again were able to park for the night at their Real Canadian Superstore.
Our friend in Kelowna had just recently earned her doctorate and Friday night she, and along with her family and a group of friends gathered at Moxie's and celebrated her achievement. After way to much food, we waddled back to the trailer and turned in for the night.
Saturday, we left the trailer in Kelowna and drove back to Vernon and celebrated my brothers 60th with a picnic in Polson Park. The weather couldn't have been nicer and we all had a great time.
A while back I had ordered an inverter and a couple of other parts to begin rebuilding our solar and battery system in the new trailer. The inverter I really wanted wasn't going to be available until sometime in October so we settled on a slightly less but still very capable unit. It was shipped a few days ago and had arrived at our US mail agent in Sumas, Wa. We had it shipped there to get around the ridiculous brokerage and trans border fees we would have had to pay if we had had it shipped to a Canadian address.
So, after pulling out of Kelowna Saturday afternoon, we headed for the coast and crossed over at Sumas. After stopping for dinner in Bellingham we carried on and finally after a long day, wound up stopping for the night at WalMart in Mt. Vernon. Sunday, we did a wee bit of shopping then headed over to the Swinomish Casino RV Park where we are staying a couple of nights.
Today, Monday, we did some exploring around Anacortes and stopped for lunch along the 'historic' La Conner waterfront. The weather was perfect so we found a nice place where we could sit outside and both enjoyed a fish and chips lunch.

Tomorrow we make our way back to Vernon and another fun fly at the Vernon club. The same location we were at back in the middle of July.

One other note; if you are viewing this blog on the web (, you may have noticed a small inset map along the right side border. This map indicates the locations we have stopped during our travels. I have recently switched to a different mapping product and can now also add some route information.
If you click on the little square box on the left side of the map, it will open it in a new full screen window. You can also click on any of the location markers to see where and when we were at that spot. You can also zoom in or out using the wheel on your mouse. Finally, if you click on the little 'stacked plates' icon, you can select or deselect the different years of our travels to eliminate some of the clutter.  Give it a try.

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