Saturday, May 2, 2009

SPRING HAS ARRIVED IN THE SHUSWAP!!!!!

Western Larch new growth

Hawthorne Tree new growth

Hawthorne


Wild Apple I think


Birch leaves bursting out.................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................
We’ve had a couple of gorgeous days in the Shuwap, finally. It was close to 23C today then mostly cloudy the next 5 days. We continue our program here. I’ve seen the massage therapist twice this week and next week he wants me to have a tune up by the chiropractor right after my massage. I’ve quit going to the hot tub during the day as it is too hot and I end up with a headache. My back is quite improved and I hope we maintain the progress made. Aileen gets her eyes examined on Monday and the truck goes in for two days to get some transfer case seals replaced under warrantee.
We took the trailer in on Tuesday this week and they installed yet another regulator after more checking of wiring etc. It didn’t make any difference. We had gone about 13 days since last dumping the tanks so that was done in town as well. We took it in again yesterday and after more testing they installed another new regulator (different brand, finally!) and it does seem to be working much better. The charge went right up to full on the batteries in short order and stayed up til late afternoon when the sun went. We will not plug in and see how long we can last this time. The forecast cloudy weather should be a good test as we need to be able to survive some cloudy days as well or the system isn’t doing it for us. We’ll see. Today the charge was reading the same at 5 PM as it did yesterday at the same time.
On Thursday, Aileen and I took a drive up through Turtle Valley, over to Pritchard, back along the north side of the South Thompson River and up to Niskonlith Lake where we had beautiful calm sunshine for our tailgate lunch. Sitting there, I couldn’t help but think that this is what it’s all about. Beautiful day, calm waters, my lovely wife and absolute quiet plus a loon that kept popping up watching us! Leaving there, we stopped shortly as there was a hillside of Balsam Root waiting to be photographed. I got Mitzy out to come with me up the hill. Just as I was gathering my camera gear on the back seat, a black bear crossed the road about 75 feet behind us – back in the truck Mitzy! The bear kept coming along the hill toward me but when I put my big lens on he took off, never to reappear. We continued on through Bear Creek to the Adams River valley then took a side trip up to the mill I used to work at to have a peek down at the brand new mill that just started up this week. It was a gorgeous day for a drive and the Western Balsam Root was pretty impressive on some of the hillsides.
We’re hoping to wrap things up here shortly so we can take a little trip down the Okanagan and visit some friends then come back for awhile before heading northward. We spent today in Salmon Arm. Bev is off to Richmond for a dog grooming show so we took her dog Meira and our Mitzy for a play at the Fair grounds. After lunch I met with my friend Doug for a good chinwag. I grabbed some more nature shots just down the road when I took Mitzy for her after supper stroll. She is very patient with my photography and usually finds a comfortable spot to watch from so I don’t sneak away when finished.