We've been enjoying fine weather here on the north Island. A bit of smoke has moved in but there's no smell and no discomfort. John, my brother in law, and I have gone geocaching three times already and Aileen has been getting some quality time with her sister.
Sunday, August 27, 2023
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
We lucked out and were on the next ferry so just under three hours sitting in the terminal. We spent the night at my brother Charlie and Sheila’s then moved up to Alder Bay RV Site which is just south of Port McNeill. We are booked in here until September 6 when we will head back down Island and decide whether to head home or wait it out longer.
My cousin Steve who has lived near Port McNeill for years and who I visited most times we came up passed away last Thursday. Aileen and I had a nice visit with Steve just a few weeks ago when we were last here. He was 85.
Monday, August 21, 2023
We decided after lunch yesterday to try to get away from the smoke. Even with making a quick trip to town we were hooked up and gone in about 2 1/2 hours. Of course, now we're finding we forgot a few things but, oh well. Driving through Keremeos was spooky, it was 4 o'clock but it was like night had fallen. All the fruit stands were glowing with their lights on and automatic lights were on everywhere.
We spent the night in Manning Park and it was still smoky but less so. This morning we were on the road by 7:30 and arrived at the ferry terminal at 10:30. Now we wait to see which ferry we can catch, sounds like the 3:15 which is running quite late.
We are heading back to the north Island and hope the smoke stays away.
Friday, August 18, 2023
We now have a fast moving fire that is less than 12 kms away and the evacuation alert has been expanded so it is now at the Okanagan River on our park's edge. We will be gathering some essentials together in preparation just in case.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
A couple of fires near Keremeos have greatly increased their size and volatility sending lots of smoke our way. It began the night before last with a smoky sunset. Yesterday and today the smoke cover is so thick we seldom see the sun.