Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Does Christine do a lot of baking in the trailer?

Yes, I do. I know; the next question is going to be how do I do it? Answer is, just like I would in a house.


When we got our previous trailer, the Cameo 5th wheel, I was lucky and there was a decent sized oven in the unit, and when we were looking for our full time unit, the main item on my list was a certain size oven and we have one. It is even larger than the one from the Cameo. Well, how big is it?

It’s not a normal sized as in a house but it works. As you can see, I can get a regular 12 cup muffin tin in with lots of space. I even have cookie sheets that fit with just enough room. I can get 2 dozen cookies on that one.


As for other baking implements, I have the normal measuring spoons and cups, a hand held mixer, a Kitchen-aid Stand Mixer (it is at least 27 years old and still mixing), whisks, spatulas and other stuff. What can I say, the RV is our house, so I use the kitchen like a house kitchen. I even have a dishwasher, his name is Rob. The only stipulation he has is that if I am baking, I am to do my baking dishes.


So, what do I bake? Lots of stuff. Today, I made some raisin muffins. They are quite good. I haven’t made them in awhile, because I couldn’t find the recipe. I have been searching for the recipe book I found it in, but could not find it. I went looking for a picture the other day on my iPad and lo and behold, as I opened my picture gallery, the recipe was staring right at me. When we were getting the house ready for selling, I had photocopied or took pictures of the recipes I liked and used in my recipe books, got rid of the books and had the recipes.   


I also baked up some sourdough biscuits that I started the night before.


And the other day, I made a loaf of sourdough bread.


 I have made lots and lots of cinnamon buns and a few pineapple upside down cakes also.


Now you are thinking, sourdough. How is she making all these sourdough recipes?


I have tried in the past to make sourdough starter from scratch, but it was a flop. So, I waited for a bit, and this July when we were in Burns Lake, BC, I tried doing it again. And it worked. I followed the recipe and have made a few things with it since. I have made bread, biscuits, a lemon poppy seed cake, chocolate cake and even brownies that are very rich and fudgy. I need to make those again soon, but when there are more people around. The last couple things I made, I had brought my sourdough out from the fridge and feed it for a couple of days and then made the loaf of bread and the biscuits and after feeding it today, in the fridge it went again.


Here is the link for the recipe for the sourdough starter:


And once it was ready, I just did some searching online and found recipes to try.


A couple more recipes:




1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1/8 tsp nutmeg
2 drops red food coloring
2 tbsp butter or margarine
6 whole apples pared and cored or 3 apples pared and sliced
2 cups flour
2 tsps baking powder
1 tsp salt
2/3 cup margarine
½ cup milk

Combine first 5 ingredients; bring to a boil. Add butter. Mix together flour, baking powder and salt. Cut in marg. Add milk all at once and stir until moistened. Roll 1.4 inch thick on lightly floured surface; cut with pastry wheel or knife into 6 “ squares. Place apple in center of each square. Sprinkle generously with sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon dot with butter. Fold corners to center and pinch edges together. Bake in a 375°F oven for 35 mins.




1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1 tsp vanilla
2 beaten eggs
1 cup peanut butter
3 cups sifted flour
2 tsp baking soda
dash salt

Thoroughly cream shortening, sugars and vanilla. Add eggs, beat thoroughly. Stir in peanut butter, sift dry ingredients, stir into creamed mixture.

Form into tiny balls, place on ungreased cookie sheet. Press with back of a fork to make crisscross. Dough may also be rolled and cut if desired.

Bake in 375° oven – 10 mins


That is about it for now. Hopefully you will try a couple of the recipes. Have a wonderful day.


BTW - Currently hanging out in Quartzsite, AZ for a bit before heading over to California and some BLM land at the south entrance to Joshua Tree NP.

Tuesday, October 25, 2022

October catch up

Figured it was time for an update. Last that we posted, we were at a fun fly not far from Raven, Alberta. That fun fly turned into a nice time. Was little damp at times, but everyone had fun and we felt very welcomed at the RC flying field.

While not formally part of the Rocky Mountain Barnstormers, the field at Raven does fall under their MAAC charter. It is actually a private airstrip owned by the local landowner who is also an avid RC flyer. They have a fantastic facility with a huge clubhouse and several ‘hangers’ as well as a large camping area.

Next up was the wings over Bremner event at the Edmonton Radio Control Society just outside of Edmonton. This was an all aircraft type of event with small foamies right up to large turbine powered aircraft. The Edmonton club always puts on a great event.

From Edmonton we made our way an hour and a half or so SE to Bawlf, AB. Home of “Alberta's Littlest Airport”. Bawlf is about 20 minutes SE of Camrose, AB and the airstrip is about 5 miles before Bawlf. It is also home to a fairly busy, depending on the time of year, cropdusting airstrip. While here, there were a pair of Air Tractor 502B spray planes working. 

The RC event here had probably the largest number of campers I have seen at an event like this. At one point I counted over 40 RV’s of one type or another. The strip and model facility are owned and run by Reg and Terri Blackwell. The club started years ago by Reg's father and is now cared for by Reg. While here we met and became friends with a fellow named Mike and his mom Agnes. Very knowledgeable guy who tows his trailer with a modified Kenworth heavy duty truck. Rob has had this in the back of his mind for a few years now and after talking with Mike, it is definitely something we will have to look more into.

About an hour North of Bawlf is Tofield, AB. Tofield is typically a jet event and is held every year at the Tofield Municipal Airport. All in all this was another successful event with only a little wind slowing things down for a bit.

After Tolfield, as we started to head back to BC for a few weeks, we stopped at Woody’s RV in Edmonton so they could replace the pull on the black tank. Rob has been finding it really difficult to pull open ever since we got the trailer. It has been attended to before, but wasn’t fixed the best. It is now working effortlessly. A little kid could pull it without issue. Also, nice that Grand Design paid for this repair under warranty. 

Once the trailer was done for the repair, we started heading towards Grand Prairie, AB. We took Hwy 43 to head back to BC, and just before we got to Grand Prairie, the frost heaves on the road were nasty. Rob was down to 60 km/h for a bit. After a quick stop in Grand Prairie for a Costco shop and a fuel up, we headed to Chetwynd, BC to visit with my sister Theresa for a bit. My mom and dad were there also. One of the days we were there we took a side trip to the site of the W.A.C. Bennett Dam near Hudsons Hope, BC

After Chetwynd, we headed to Burns Lake to visit with friends of ours. We normally see them at least once a year for a RC float fly at their place, but because of COVID and the RC group getting smaller, they haven’t held an event there for a few years, so we got the lower section by the lake all to ourselves. This event is usually held the 1st weekend of August for the BC Day long weekend. This year as there wasn’t an RC event, we headed to Terrace, BC with them for that weekend and stayed at the Ferry Island Campground.

Our friend, Dave is a car and drag racing buff so we took in a car show and shine and then Dave and Rob spent a few hours at the drag races.

After Terrace, we headed back to Alberta for more RC events. On our way, just after crossing the BC/Alberta border, we got a call from the GM dealership in Kamloops, saying that all the parts were now in for the next fix for the truck. At that time, we made an appointment for the beginning of September. We continued on to the rest of the RC fun flys in Alberta we had planned to in August. 

We started off in Drayton Valley at a smaller event. While fairly small, the Drayton Valley club were super friendly and put on a great event.

After Drayton Valley we made our way back to Edmonton for their annual Airshow. They do a one day event in August with admission being a donation to the local Food Bank. There were fortunate with good weather and a good turn out. 

After this we were back in Bawlf at Alberta's Littlest Airport again for their Corn Roast. Another great event hosted by Reg and Terri. 

While we were back in Bawlf, the plan was to attend the next event back in Edmonton. We decided to skip that event and start heading back to BC. Once we got back to BC, we attended the Vernon RC Aeromodellers Labour Day event. With being back in Vernon, was able to celebrate my mom’s 75th birthday. The next event after Vernon, was going to be the RC Float Fly at Sandy Point Campground, but while we were visiting my sister in Chetwynd, her daughter got engaged and decided that the wedding would be in Nanaimo, BC on Sept 10 this year. So, it was back to the Silver Sage Campground on Sept 5, dropped the truck off to the dealership on September 7 and then mom and dad picked us up from Kamloops on September 8 to head to Nanaimo for the weekend. We rented a place through Airbnb. It was a really nice weekend weather wise and visiting with family.

Left to right, Dave(my BIL), Theresa(my sister), Leanne(Justin's mom), Marilyn(my mom), Justin(Groom), Tiffany(my niece), Marshall (my dad), me and Rob

After getting back from Nanaimo, we picked up the truck from its hospital stay. Hoping that this will be fixing the issues that we have been having.  

About a week after getting back from Nanaimo, Rob and I went and took an air brake endorsement course. We both passed the course and the knowledge test with ICBC. So, if it ever does come to it, we can both now legally drive a big truck with air brakes. We decided to do this because we have been thinking about getting a different vehicle to replace our truck. The more we think about it the more we like the idea. 

After the knowledge test, we went and hooked up the trailer to head to Princeton, BC for the last RC event of the year. This was the RC jet rally. Well, you guessed it, Not even 200 kms since the last repair (8 more fuel injectors, underhood wiring harness and a NOx sensor) the check engine light came back on. Called the dealership right away and was scheduled to go in to the shop again the Monday after the event. Otherwise we had a good weekend in Princeton. 

Now back to the dealership we go with the truck. By this point, the mechanic is getting frustrated that this keeps happening. He got us to come up with the truck and trailer so he could plug his computer into the truck as we drove with the trailer. Took it for about a 45 minute drive but nothing came up. After we dropped him off, and almost back to the campground, the check engine light comes back on. He wanted us to come back with the trailer again on Friday to do this again. We were also told when we set the Friday drive up, that a GM field engineering tech was going to be in on Thursday, so be aware that we may have to go up with the truck for him to look at it. Didn’t have to, but the Friday drive got rescheduled for Monday. On that drive, the mechanic was telling us that talking with the field engineer, it was suggested that maybe there was internal fuel contamination, meaning possible metal in the system. The suggestion was to replace the entire fuel system. He was only given authorization initially to drop the fuel tank to look for metal but guess what? He found metal flakes in the tank and the fuel filter.  Now it is a race to do a complete fuel system replacement except for a couple of lines that were easier to flush than to change, before our departure date to head south on October 15. Well, he did it. We are now hoping that this will be the last issue with the truck. So, to recap, there has been a total of 30, yes 30 fuel injectors, both fuel pumps along with the fuel pressure regulator, complete engine wiring harness, Engine Control Module, Body Control Module, 3 fuel filters (one was replaced in Sept 2022 because it was due to be changed), a couple of sensors, and some misc. other parts. 

Left Kamloops on Sept 14, got to Vernon that night. Spent time with mom and dad and friend Laura, had breakfast with Rob’s mom Saturday morning, and crossed the border at Oroville, WA just outside of Osoyoos, BC. We stopped for the night at the Walmart in Omak, WA, then on to the Wildhorse Casino just outside of Pendleton, OR and then to Twin Falls, Idaho for a couple nights to visit with friends. As we were getting ready to head down towards Overton, Nevada, we started to smell a melting/burning plastic smell. Turns out the plastic cover over the nut that attaches the battery cable to the alternator was melting. It seems the nut which holds the cable down was not properly tightened which cause the wire to arc and partially burned through the stud. As a result, we had to get a new alternator. That repair and car rental, fortunately, were covered by the dealership in Kamloops. We got the truck back last Saturday but our weather window to head south had closed so we elected to stay an extra couple of days in Twin Falls rather than risk high winds and snow over the pass outside Ely, NV. We left yesterday morning and had an uneventful but long days drive.

We are now on some BLM land just outside of Overton, NV and will likely stay here til the weekend.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Rainy day so time for an update

We are currently sitting in a farmers field near Raven Alberta while attending another fun fly, or will be if it ever stops raining!

So this is what we have been doing since the last update.

Once we left Kamloops, we spent a few days in Vernon to visit with parents as we likely won't see them for a couple of months. After that it was on to Princeton and the Spring Warm Up Jet Rally. Before arriving there though we stopped and spent a couple of days at Bromley Rock Provincial Park. This is a small park consisting of 17 campsites and a day use area along the Similkameen River about 20 Kms East of Princeton. Before booking this location though, I had some concerns about if our rig would fit. Chris called the campground operator and they recommended only 2 sites. The first was #1, right off the highway. We picked that one as if worst came to worst, we could easily back out if necessary. #1 is a back in site and wasn't all that hard getting into, but it wasn't all that easy either; back up a hill and around a big fir tree and then watch the steep bank in the back corner.  


Once set up we explored a bit and came to the conclusion that #1 was the only site that would have worked for us. The rest were down a fairly narrow road with trees on both sides and low branches. We also discovered that our back up plan for egress would have to be used. There was a tight corner at the end of the road with a big tree right on the inside edge of the corner. I am not sure I would have been able to get enough clearance to swing around the tree. This was on Monday, May 16, coincidentally, my 65th birthday. As such, we we eligible for the BC Parks senior rate, half price!  Gotta love it!
The next day, we had to make a quick trip to Oroville Wa as I had ordered a couple of solar panels to replace the ones damaged on our way home from down south. The rest of the time we just spent relaxing. There was no cellular coverage there either so we were essentially off the grid for a couple of days. On Wednesday morning we pulled out (by backing out of the park) without trouble and moved on to the Princeton Airport and our first R/C event of the season.

We were the first to arrive and set up in our usual spot. A few hours later Paul, the event coordinator showed up and we proceeded to get things set up for the weekend. Thursday, the first official event day, others started to show up and we got the event rolling.

The weather wasn't the greatest but at least the rain held off for the most part and we were all able to get lots of flying in. It felt good to get my Elan back in the air after such a long break. I am happy to say, it ran and flew like a champ. My other jet, the 'Baby Boomer', unfortunately not so much. I just could not get it to start at all. I know the engine in it is pretty much done, but this basically decides things.

After Princeton, on Monday morning, we packed up and headed back to Kamloops for event #2. 


This is the Kamloops Model Airplane Society Spring Fun Fly. This is the event that Chris and I ran for probably 10 years before we went full time. Since then KMAS member, Andy and his wife Chris have taken it over and are doing a superb job.
The main event doesn't start until the Friday so for the rest of the week things were pretty quiet. Our friends Walter and Scott and their wives from the coast arrived a bit later on Monday so we weren't totally alone. One thing about Walter and Scott is that they like to fly early. They were both typically out flying by 6AM. Fortunately they both fly electric so didn't disturb us late sleepers.
By the weekend there were about 12 or 14 RV's and many of the Kamloops club members out flying as well. The weather was superb and I think only one minor crash!  KMAS put on a Friday night appy party, a Saturday dinner and Sunday pancake breakfast. By all accounts, a very successful event.

Again, the Monday after this event, we packed up and headed to event #3. This is the Grindrod Airforce, Spring Float Fly, held at Sandy Point campground just West of Salmon Arm. The roots to this event actually started about 45 years ago in the mid 70's on a different area of Shuswap Lake at the resort where I grew up. It was started by the Kamloops club of the day, the Kamloops R/C Modellers. We hosted it at our resort for about 5 years before Mom and Dad sold the resort and retired. It stayed there for a few more years then moved around a bit before settling at Sandy Point. By this time, hosting had been taken over by the Grindrod club.
Frequently, the spring event suffers from a lack of beach due to the spring high water. This year though was the lowest I can remember the lake level for this time of year. There was plenty of beach.

After getting the trailer set up, I dug out my aircraft and started putting them together. I was quite looking forward to flying my big Super Cub again after almost 3 years. I had run the engine up earlier while at Kamloops so felt it should be OK. After checking things out I took it down to the beach and after some further final checks, took it for a flight. It flew just as I remembered; slow, easy and majestic. This thing is a joy to fly, nary a bad habit at all. Between it, my Cessna and a couple of flights on others aircraft, I got quite a bit of flying in.  As the week progressed though, the cub engine starting acting up. At first, just the occasional miss, then more often and finally towards the end of the meet it just quit on me and I haven't been able to get it to fire at all since. I am suspecting an ignition issue of some sort but troubleshooting it will have to wait a bit.

Saturday afternoon, we packed up as we wanted to be on the road fairly early on Sunday. We had a few stops to make in Kamloops before heading North to our next event. This time a Grand Design Rally in Spruce Grove AB.  This is several days drive so we had planned to make our first stop at a small roadside pullout we have used in the past in Blue River. It is far enough off the highway and behind some trees so the road noise isn't too bothersome.  

Monday morning, we carried on and then turned East at TĂȘte-Jaune Cache. After a brief stop in Hinton for a bite to eat and a laundry stop, we carried on for another 30 minutes or so to a spot Chris had spotted earlier. It was a small lake just off the highway with several RV spots near the lake and some more a bit further back. When we arrived it was raining fairly hard, so guess who got to set up and disconnect. Of course, just after I had finished it stopped raining.

One of the local couples also stopped by to show off their family.


We stayed here and explored a bit for a couple of days before carrying on to our rally park in Spruce Grove.

This was to be our 3rd Grand Design Rally and the first one in Canada as well as the first one at an RV park. The first 2 were both in the Arizona desert outside of Quartzsite.  It was also a bit smaller than the previous 2 as well with about 50 rigs registered if memory serves. The first 2 were between 120 and 150. Once we had registered, we were escorted to our site and got set up. Through the rest of the day, quite a few other GD rigs were arriving and by nightfall we had quite the community. While the rally didn't officially get started until Friday morning, we did meet a few other folks including the rally hosts and the Grand Design rally coordinators.

One thing Grand Design Rallies are known for is that Grand Design and their local dealers will bring their techs out to the rally and do emergency repairs, recalls and other critical fixes for attendees. This is usually at no charge to the attendees.  With us, we had started to get trailer brake warning messages on the truck indicating an intermittent problem with the brakes.  We were able to get one of the attending techs to look at it and he completely re-spliced all the brake circuit connections under the trailer. Not a fun job which took around an hour. Not sure yet if that resolved the issue or not. Time will tell. Even if it didn't, it narrowed it down by eliminating one problem area.
There were also a couple of seminars and round table discussions I participated in which were quite productive.
Depending on dates and circumstances, we will definitely look at attending again next year.

Monday morning, we packed up and headed off to our next event (am I starting to sound repetitive?). Next up is the Valley of Hope Fun Fly hosted by the Rocky Barnstormers R/C club who are based about 30 minutes WSW of Red Deer, AB. Our weather started out quite nice and sunny but the forecast was for a massive rain event to hit the area later that day. Sure enough, by the time we arrived, we barely had time to set up before the rain started. We did get a break later in the evening, but overnight it started up again with a vengeance. I am writing this about 2:30PM on Tuesday and it hasn't stopped raining since about 9PM last night. My weather station is showing about 60mm since midnight. That's over 2" for our southern readers. Also very windy with steady wind of about 20 KPH and gusts up to 50KPH.

This is a screen capture of the AccuWeather radar about an hour ago.  We are just down and to the left of Red Deer. That storm is rotating anticlockwise and slowly moving towards the West. If things hold we should get a break in a couple of hours.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Back in BC

Hey there. It has been awhile since we have done a post. Just not a lot going on. Hope everyone has been healthy over the last month or so.

While we were still at Poverty Flats, we needed to dump our holding tanks so while doing that, we took a drive back into Valley of Fire State Park as that was the closest Sani Dump. After doing the deed, we drove around a bit and took a look at the 2 camping areas. The last time we were here was with the Cameo so this time we were looking for sites where our Solitude would fit. Sad to say, there weren't many! Maybe a half dozen total in both areas.

The Southwest US has been in a severe drought condition for a few years now and one place where it was very apparent is Lake Mead. Normally the water level reaches almost up to the town of Overton in the Moapa Valley. Just south of Overton, there is an old town by the name of St Thomas. Back in the 1930's after they built the Hoover Dam, the town was flooded by the rising water of Lake Mead. All the residents were relocated but a lot of the town was just abandoned. Normally the town lies under 40-50 feet of water. Not any more. It is now high and dry and no water to be seen anywhere except what is flowing in the Muddy River. We spent several hours one day wandering around and learning the history of St Thomas.

This was the old General store.

The school house.

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More information on the town of St Thomas can be seen HERE

After we left the Overton area, we took a couple of days to travel north to Twin Falls, ID to see Eric and Susanne again. On the way there, we overnighted in Ely, NV, behind the Shell gas station.  We parked there after filling the truck up across the road at Love’s. What was nice about this location is that it was quiet. In total, there was probably less than a dozen units parked there overnight. Only a few big rigs with no reefers. It was also walking distance to the grocery store (5 min walk), so we went and got some snacks for the road and also a few things for dinner that night.

Once we got up the next morning, we continued on to Twin Falls, ID. Guess what came on just outside of Twin Falls? You guessed it, the check engine light. The day after we got set up at the Twin Falls Fairgrounds in Filer, ID, about 10 mins to shopping in Twin Falls, we went back to the same dealership we went to in November on the way down. At that point, they were not able to get it in for diagnostics, but were able to read and clear the codes showing that they were the same as before. Clearing them this time didn’t last long though, the check engine light came back on the next day. We decided that we would wait until we got back to Kamloops to deal with it.

One thing about Eric and Susanne; they are wonderful tour guides. They took us out again this trip. On Sunday, they took us to the little town of Eden, about 30 minutes NE of Twin Falls. There isn't a lot here except a little place if I recall correctly, called The Snug. On Sundays, they put on an incredible brunch buffet. All 4 of us waddled out of there after stuffing ourselves on just about any kind of breakfast/lunch items imaginable!

After wandering around a bit more, we wound up down in the Snake River gorge. Eric and Rob needed to work off some of breakfast so we set out to walk some of the Auger Falls trails and wound up at the old Scott's Barrow Bridge. 

Here also, we noticed water levels were very low. I'm not sure if it is normal for this time of year but it seemed the river was barely a trickle.

Twin Falls pretty much dry as a bone!

One of the places we went shopping at was Fred Meyer (one of the stores in the Kroger family like Fry’s and Smith’s in Arizona). With the Kroger chain, like some others, you can get fuel points when you shop at their stores. We went in with having a 40 cent per gallon discount we had accumulated further south. At this time, there was a coupon for double fuel points when shopping, but Chris used it when we were in Lake Havasu City and figured that we wouldn’t get it this time, but after paying for our groceries, and walking out, she discovered that we did get the double fuel points and now had 80 cents off per gallon. Fred Meyer had diesel at $4.98 /gallon US, so it dropped it down to $4.18/gallon (works out to $1.44/litre Canadian) . To figure this out, we have found works well to convert fuel prices from US to CDN or the other way around.
After a few days in Twin Falls doing some last minute shopping, touring and visiting, we got on the road again.

The last couple nights in the US, we overnighted at the Wildhorse Casino in Pendelton, OR and the parking lot (a bit more shopping) at the Omak, WA Walmart. One issue that came up on one these travels days, is that somewhere between Twin Falls and Pendelton, one of our solar panels on the roof of the trailer ended up losing 2 bolts and nuts from the brackets and flipped up and landed on the top of the one behind it.

Rob was able to remove the problem one, and the other one is still on the roof of the trailer without much glass on it. We now have 2 replacements being shipped to Oroville, WA.

On April 1st, we crossed the border at the Oroville-Osoyoos crossing which took maybe 15 mins. We had done the ArriveCan app the day before crossing, and we found out that with having our Nexus cards listed on it, when we gave the border agent the Nexus cards, all info from the app came up. We were asked the basic questions, and then all of a sudden the agent said “I will be right back.” At that point, Chris thought, oh crap, just because she answered yes to having some veggies in the trailer, we were going to have to do a secondary inspection. They came back with a box, and she thought, oh, I guess the box is for the veggies. She was wrong. Rob was the lucky one to be randomly selected to do a post arrival COVID test and that he had 24hrs to do it.

We waited to do the test until we got to Vernon later that day and set up in the spot we normally stay at. But on the way to Vernon, we stopped in Oliver, BC to have breakfast at A&W and then we went to Shoppers Drug Mart to pick up our free rapid antigen tests (RAT). Once we were done setting up in Vernon, Rob had to register his test in order to have someone supervise him as he did the testing. So once we had that done and were waiting for that, we did a RAT which we came back negative. After that, Rob got his post arrival test done and then we just had to drop it off at a local pharmacy and wait for the results. It came back negative a couple days later.

After visiting with friends and family, we left Vernon on April 4th and got to Kamloops. We have been staying at Silver Sage RV park and campground since then. It is a real nice spot. Right by the river. Only thing that is a negative is that there are no sewer hookups because the area is on a flood plain and does flood in the spring every so often. That is ok though, because we have our portable black tank that we use when the trailer needs to go potty.

While in Kamloops, we made a few trips back and forth to Vernon. We celebrated Rob’s mom’s 102nd birthday on April 8th and then back again for Easter weekend. We were to go for Chris's dad’s birthday on May 6th, but her parents came down with COVID. They are on the mend and doing fine now. 

Also while in Kamloops, we spent some time going through our sea can storage unit and weeding out things we had decided to part with. When we sold our house and started this adventure, we weren't sure what the future would hold so decided to hang on to quite a bit of stuff in case we decided we didn't like the lifestyle. After almost 3 years now, we both have decided to continue for the foreseeable future so we are downsizing again. We managed to eliminate a fair bit of stuff but are nowhere near finished. We will pick up again when we come back in the fall for a bit and go through the stuff we didn't get to this time.

As mentioned at the beginning, we were going to take the truck back to the GM dealer we deal with in Kamloops. We did that, and we are now waiting for parts. This time they will be replacing all 8 injectors again (yes, I know, they just did that in October and we had 3 changed in November), a NO2 sensor and the complete underhood engine wiring harness (this is the part that we are waiting on and apparently, it can take up to 20 weeks or so to get it). Once all the parts are in, they will also be looking at the fuel rails to make sure there is no contamination in them. We have opened a case with GM Canada, but so far they just told us what the dealership has told us. Guess we will have to wait and see. From what we have been told, there is such a parts problem right now, the dealer has had 6 or 8 trucks parked in their back lot for weeks waiting on parts for the DEF systems. When that goes, the truck is crippled until the parts are replaced. At least we can still use ours.

We left Kamloops on May 12 and will be in Vernon over the weekend and then we make our way to Princeton, BC with a quick trip into Oroville, WA to pick up the 2 new solar panels. We will be staying at a small provincial park (Bromley Rock) not far from Princeton for a couple of nights, and then on the 18th we will get to the airport in Princeton and help set up for the RC Jet rally happening over the long weekend. We'll hopefully provide another update a bit later as we will be doing a bit more traveling this summer.

That is about all for now. Stay safe out there, and have fun with your travels.