Wednesday, April 19, 2017

STILL HANGING - WITH THE BIRDS, THAT IS

Life continues during our stay in the Shuswap.  We have finished our appointments butr still have more friends to visit.  We will be prolonging our stay over the weekend as Kevin is going to visit Bev in Fort McMurray so Aileen will be looking after the grand dogs.  
I have been sorting through boxes of slides and scanning a few of them.  Still have thousands to go.  I've been trying to toss out as many as possible to minimize the bulk.  
 I think we will pull out of here on Wednesday then take the ferry over to Victoria Thursday.  As is common with RVers, those are jello plans, subject to modification. 

Brewer's Blackbird male

Brewer's Blackbird female

Great Blue Heron

Osprey sequence




Ospreys

Mallard drake

American Widgeon drake

Mallard hen

Western Painted Turtles

Northern Flicker calling after bashing his beak on the metal roof

The pretty under wing of a Northern Flicker

Red-naped Sapsucker, he let me get to within about thirty feet

Some of our neighbours

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

HANGING OUT AT HOME BASE

We are again parked at Kevin's sister's property out in the country west of Salmon Arm and we are enjoying the peace and quiet.  We arrived here Monday the 3rd and it has rained part of every day since although we have had some sun today.  Aileen had a cold for most of our drive north and I came down with one after we got here.  We are both mostly better now.  As you can see from the last two photos, the driveway is a bit of a challenge.
We took the motor home out yesterday and down to Kelowna to have the main propane valve replaced as it was sticking and not wanting to allow fuel out.  Not a good thing, especially when it happened when we were parked out in the desert in February.
We are working our way through our lists of things to do while we are here.  It is different not being able to visit with our daughter as she is working up in Fort MacMurray, Alberta currently.  I went to camera club last night and got to meet some of my old friends from those days.  For many years I was very active in the club and when I quit to begin this lifestyle, I was the longest continuously serving member.

Interestingly sculpted rocks in Naramata Creek Canyon where I went for a walk one day while we were still down in Penticton.

This young teen inched her way across the creek .  It was interesting watching her maneuver over some branch stubs.  Not for the faint of heart! 

Naramata Creek  Falls


The old paddlewheeler Sicamous on the beach at Penticton

Black-billed Magpie taken through the motor home windshield.  These guys are really spooky if I'm outside, they have a long comfort zone distance.

Red-naped Sapsuckers, I think both are males.



The mudhole in the driveway to where we are parked.  Taken the motor home through it three times now.  It was full of water the first day so I took a shovel out and drained it as best I could.


Sunday, April 2, 2017

BACK ON OUR SIDE OF THE BORDER AGAIN

After nearly six months down south, I was experiencing waterfall withdrawal.  I scratched that itch the past three day here in Penticton.  We had an easy border crossing on Thursday and have been visiting our friends here in Penticton.  We went to The Cellar which is a wine bar/ restaurant for supper last night and Aileen was thrilled with the amount of gluten free options they offered.  Everyone really enjoyed their meal.
We are heading up to Salmon Arm in the morning with our usual long list of things requiring attention.  Our trip from Tucson to here was 2,734 kms (1,709 miles) and we spent seven days on the road.  We try not to put in long days when travelling if we can help it.

The first three shots are of Penticton Creek taken yesterday



These four shots are of Naramata Creek taken this afternoon


Still some ice hanging around the falls


This Mallard drake was on Penticton Creek

I had spotted this owl and his nesting mate the night before while walking so I went back looking for him yesterday.  All I could see of the nesting mate was an ear so well hidden.

With the really late Spring here, this is the only thing blooming - Sagebrush Buttercup

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

MISSING ARIZONA WEATHER

And where have all the nice wildflowers gone?    We left Wells, Nevada yesterday morning in a shower and it wasn't long before it was pure snow.  At least the road stayed bare and we were able to keep going.  We ran out of the weather just before Jackpot, Nevada.  However, when we got onto I-84 heading west from Twin Falls, Idaho all the way to Mountain Home, Idaho, we fought horrible headwinds.  It was good that we had decided to make it a short day with the way the wind was.
Heading west from there this morning the winds were minimal.  We were happy to get over the Blue Mountains on dry roads this afternoon.  We are spending tonight at the Wild Horse Casino RV Park near Pendleton, Oregon.  No, we aren't visiting the casino as we don't do that stuff.   Tomorrow's plan is to move on to Soap Lake, Washington then on to Penticton, BC the next day.

Aileen took these snowy photos north of Wells


These two Killdeer were on the frosty lawn beside our motor home this morning in Mountain Home

This one had just finished a big worm for breakfast


Sunday, March 26, 2017

FROM HOT SPRING/SUMMERLIKE WEATHER BACK TO WINTER

We had a great time boondocking at Bouse Friday night, especially after a week of cheek to jowl parking at Escapade.  The flowers were starting to bloom in profusion so I was out with my camera several times.  I have posted a few below, some of which I have identified, or think I have, with the names listed below.  No name, no idea.
We moved up to Alamo, Nevada yesterday and it was much cooler.  In fact, it was quite frosty this morning.  We had a fairly good drive through Lake Havasu, except for all the stop lights, some of which are poorly timed.  It was a long quiet drive up through Searchlight then busy through Las Vegas.  It was nice to get off I-15 north of Las Vegas and onto 93 which is a much quieter road.
We dropped quite a bit in temperature today given that we got up over 7300 feet near Ely and are now at a little over 5600 feet at Wells.  We had some cross wind today and tomorrow it sounds like we will have some nasty headwinds to fight our way through.  Keeping our mileage down, we plan to go to Mountain Home, Idaho tomorrow then Pendleton, Oregon the next day and Soap Lake, Washington the last day before crossing the border at Oroville on Thursday.  We are planning to spend a few days in Penticton before moving up to Salmon Arm.

Desert Star


Purple Mat




This plant seems to go by Scorpion Weed, Distant Phacelia, Wild Heliotrope or Blue Phacelia

Not sure what plant this is but the structure from last year's growth was interesting

Purple Mat


Notice how his feet are clasping the plant stalk

Purple Mat and Desert Star

Purple Mat taken in the evening shade

Purple Mat in the morning sun

Desert Chicory

Turkey Vulture

Classic Buzzard pose

Turkey Vulture flasher

All those black spots are Turkey Vultures

Spotted in Alamo, NV this morning

Looks to be having fun

The next three are on our drive from Alamo to Wells, NV