Friday, April 20, 2018

BARELY SPRING

Spring is proving to be quite reluctant to appear this year.  The forecast is for temperatures into the C20s (F70s) next week so we'll see spring explode if that happens.  So far it is bundle up when out taking bird shots.
Our chair in the motor home needed replacing so we bought a lift chair that also reclines to make it better for Aileen to use.  It is quite a bit larger than the old one but we can make it work.  No sooner had we put the chair in place than the convection microwave decided to croak on us.  Aileen was just putting in the time to heat something for supper when it suddenly went blank and there was no power to anything, even the light.  Couldn't find any type of reset so don't know if it is an easy fix or not.  I would suspect it won't be easy finding a replacement as it has to fit in a specific size opening.  The motor home was built in 2008 but the microwave was made in February 2006 so I'm sure long out of production.
My Mom's next youngest sister passed away Monday morning here in Salmon Arm so we will be staying until her celebration of life April 28.  Two or three days later will probably see us heading over to Vancouver Island where we will visit Richard, Robin and Georgia for a few day before wandering further up Island.
We've been very busy here with a few appointments and visiting lots of friends.

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The Prestige Inn near the waterfront in Salmon Arm

Pilings near the wharf

Great Blue Heron

Ring-billed Gulls


Muskrat

Mallard hen in a tree

Male Red-winged Blackbird

McGuire Lake in Salmon Arm

McGuire Lake in Salmon Arm

I've always liked this brick house

Bald Eagles playing


Keeping an eye out

Looking out Salmon Arm wharf

Looking back to shore


Ring-billed Gull dozing on a post

One of very few flowers starting to bloom at the wharf

River Otter snoozing on the wharf

Common Mergansers, hen on the left and drake on the right

Mallards taking a break

American Wigeon

Song Sparrow showing his tonsils

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

WE'RE IN SALMON ARM FOR A COUPLE WEEKS OR SO

We moved up to Salmon Arm on Monday and will be here two to three weeks, most likely.  The weather is starting to warm up finally.  There is still some snow here and there but it is melting quickly.  We're getting started with appointments and hope to visit some friends.

Not too often you see a deer and bobcat together.

Must be spring, saw a snail this morning

A crocus patch near the campground office

Birch catkins

Redwinged Blackbird

Song Sparrow

Some spring flowers

McQuire Lake in Salmon Arm

Mallard drake

Male Redwinged Blackbird

Male Redwinged Blackbird

Thursday, April 5, 2018

BACK IN CANADA

We had a windy trip pretty near the whole way from Arizona to BC.  I think late March must be ideal wind conditions.  Not fun staggering along the highway in the motor home that is constantly buffeted by the wind.  Oh well.  We put on 2676 kms (1673 miles) from Florence to Penticton.
We crossed the border Monday at Oroville, WA and had a short drive from there to our friend's in Penticton, BC.   We will be here until next Monday when we'll move up to Salmon Arm.  The weather is rather cool here.  While we had some sun yesterday, the temperature stayed low.  Today in the drizzly rain, our high was 4C which is about 40F.  Frost yesterday but good thing it wasn't today or we would have had some snow.
I spent much of my day sorting photos and editing a few today.  Aileen went to the pool with Karen and Bev, our Penticton friends.  They plan to go again tomorrow.  Aileen went to an MS yoga group yesterday and found that interesting.  I had planned on some geocaching but not going in the cold and wet because I'm a wuss.
I have been fighting with my old bike rack since getting my current bike after my other one was stolen in Grand Junction last year.  I didn't want to spend the money on another better rack while I had one that was still like new.  I've had to do some elaborate and creative methods of keeping the bike attached to the rack.  When we completed our trip here and I removed the bike from the rack, one of the shifter cables had worn through.  I took it to Freedom Bike Shop here in Penticton and they fixed it up for a reasonable charge.  I also bought a different bike rack that supports the wheels rather than the bike hanging by the frame.  I think this setup will be much easier to work with.


Mitzy having a nap

One of the resident deer in Karen's yard

She has lots of California Quail too

Here's our high temperature for today just before 3 PM

And here's our weather for today

On a brighter note, I found these Killdeer photos from back in 2016 that I hadn't gotten around to opening and using


These were taken at Cattle Point Park near Victoria, BC in June of 2016.  Of course, I was using my trusty little Canon SX50 camera.


Saturday, March 31, 2018

CROWDED HOUSE

We headed over the Blue Mtns today intending to stay in the campground at Wildhorse Casino near Pendleton, OR.  However, the campground was closed for major renovations and since we didn't feel like driving further and looking for another spot for the night, we decided to park in the RV dry parking lot.  In hindsight, not a good move as it is super crowded and RVs are still arriving.
Somewhere along our route today, we passed Jacquie and Jim headed the other way in their car on their way to Quartzsite to retrieve their motor home as they had taken a different one home to make a project out of.

Yesterday morning at Wells with the sun shining on the Ruby Mtns

In the casino parking lot this afternoon.  The red Dodge diesel had an issue with the transmission and wouldn't move on its own.  That guy worked his butt off getting it on the trailer using a come-a-long.

When it was on, it looked like the trailer was overloaded

Adjoining the casino is farm land all around





There is a truck plaza at the lower end of the property with lots of trucks parked for supper or the night

Nice row of trees bordering the property

Did I say it was crowded here?