September 26, 27, 28 2021 Meeting up with friends

09/26 – Happy “last race of the season” Day. My driver has pole, 🙂 Colton let you down, again! Suck it Allan; get your wallet ready. Hum where will we go for dinner??

Results: Allan’s driver Colton Herta won, my driver Josef Newgarden came in second. Allan has the priviledge of having his car first for a week. Mine then, moves into the lead till at least Feb 27th, the beginning of 2022 season. (for those in the know, these cars represent the cars we were able to purchases last time we were at a live race). Fun season, sad it’s over already.

= Allan

09/27 – Today, we leave Wood Lake RV park. Off to Enterprise RV…

…to get the slide motor replaced as well as some other issues hopefully resolved. Enterprise will have Bailey for 2 or 3 days SO Yahoo! we’re going on a mini holiday to Sicamous, we opted for Joe Schmuck’s because they have personal hot tubs!

Our super cool friends, Doris and Kevin are driving from Ontario to BC. Kevin is a, driving long hours, animal!! They make it to BC in time, actually a day early, to meet us in Sicamous!! What a great surprise!! We choice well as Joe Schmucks has a few RV sites. This photo is actually when they were leaving on the 29th.

We have some chit chat, let’s get caught up talk then off for dinner at Moose Mulligans. They ask for our vaccine card, Doris & Kevin have their Ontario proof of the second dose in we go.

Back to Joe Schmucks, this works out well – we have the hot tub they have the firepit. Very unusual and much appreciated the park supplies the firewood.

Sep 29 – Salmon Arm day but first a walk in Sicamous, where we spot this beauty. As much as I like Summer better Mother Nature is pretty spectacular.

We make a few stops then head to the Salmon Arm Wharf The water is very low, for comparison the first photo was from then we visited in May, second is today.

Foot prints! This was under water in May.

Today’s dinner is delicious Indian food

Doris & Kevin do not yet have a Winter site. It’s now down to 2 possibilites, they are waiting for call backs. Go figure both parks call at the same time. This is them, discussing…

Doris’ park for the win! Tsawwassen RV Resort for a month, then hopefully the border will be open.

Back to the park to hot tub and a fire. So ends another great day!

Wood Lake, daily weather recap

The changing weather: Sun, rain, dreary, smoke.

September 07, 2021

Sep 08

Sep 09Β 

Sep 10

Sep 11

Sep 12

Sep 13

Sep 14

Sep 15

Sep 16

Sep 17

Sep 18

Sep 19

Sep 20th – A Big Day! End of the fire ban that began June 30th Day (yahoo to fires), Election Day, Border Remains Closed Day

Sep 21

Sep 22

Sep 23

Sep 24

Sep 25

Sep 26

The one constant: the “flying” boat, on the right, doesn’t get out much!

🔥 Day, finally 😊

We walked by the informational sign at the office at least twice a day hoping for a OK to have fires again. We are the only district in BC not yet allowed.

Here it is, best read in awhile

How much wood did we buy?? The tote looks like this

Wheelbarrow!! They will deliver, this lovely gentleman shows up with 2 totes full! We are their first wood buyers. “Where is the wheelbarrow?” we ask. “It is conceptual” he replies. We decide one tote $20; 2 for $30 would be better advertising.

Before we get to “firing” stuff we must get our 10k steps so off to the beach we walk. Tradition here, states, we must get a reward. We are out of Fireball, my turn to share! Bailys on the beach πŸ™‚

Back we go for axing


Plane heading to Kelowna Airport

An oodie but a goodie

Mid-September 2021

09/07 – Allan, ever diligent, spent time securing our vaccine cards. He’s excited to go to a pub on the 13th, the first day they are mandatory.

We reduced the size of the vaccine card to the same size of a credit card, printed them, and laminated, double-sided. One side my card, the other Allan’s, we’re armed and ready!

09/08 – This photo accurately depicts today!

09/09 – Vernon day

First stop: Vernon’s Farmers Market Picked up a huge head of green lettuce, tomatoes and corn.

Leaving, we notice a tent city. Turns out, this is where the firefighters they brought in from Mexico & Quebec to help fight the wildfires stayed. I think they deserved better accommendations.

Stop 2: Armstrong, BC – The Village Cheese Our haul …

Stop 3: Lunch break – We find ourselves at The Kal Lucked out as it is .47 cent day and they have 99 flavours to choose from Our view from out seat, We were entertained by the parrellel parking of the many vehicles coming and going.

Super bonus! They have Rickards Red on tap!! Oh, that smile!!

A Vernon visit would not be complete without going to Scattered Goods. I should have taken a photo of the loot we left with.

Back home we have a chat with the ducks and glare at the leaves that have fallen, too soon!

Evening entertainment! Finish binge watching

Can’t wait till Season 4

09/11 – Today is a solemn day being the 20th anniversary of 911. A day that changed air travel and many lives forever. We all remember where we were when we heard the unbelievable news.

It surprised me to learn taking your shoes off resulted from an incident in December 2001, not September. A terrorist attempted to detonate an explosive device in his shoe while onboard a flight from Europe to the United States.

Liquids, gels and aerosols: Not until summer 2006; a plot to detonate larger quantities of liquid explosives onboard an aircraft was identified and thwarted just a few weeks before the plot was executed. The liquids restriction was put into place at that time and remains in place today. 

Procedures for screening electronics larger than a cell phone have been in place since the fall of 2017. Terrorists have the technical capability to artfully conceal explosive devices inside electronics.

Enough sadness, our big adventure is a trail walk to Ribbleworth Falls. We’ve been here before but this time we walk from Bailey, one way: 1-1/4h.

We pass this, sounds old for a donkey google doesn’t agree “Donkeys live between 30 and 50 years, and are intelligent animals that make good pets and work animals.” Learned something new today!

This walk certainly deserves a reward!! My reward is normally Baileys, Allan’s Fireball. Whoops, we’re out of Baileys, Allan shared his Fireball πŸ™‚

Kyle sent this find, bet Allan’s wishing he has it now.

09/13: Today is the first day, in BC, you are required to show a Vaccine Card. We’ve been ready since the 7th, thanks Allan πŸ™‚

We walk to Turtle Bay Pub which is connected to our park, we’re pleased to encounter this sign

Do they scan the “unique to me” QR code???? No, they just verify the name on my VC matches the name on my government issued ID, aka my driver’s licence.

It is a beautiful day for a patio! The duck agrees, says TB has good food

Pesky little fly solution! Can’t believe it took me this long to figure it out!!

I don’t have the exact date but this done up, Class B with California plates, obviously, big fans of the Michigan Wolverines football team has been here since at least Sep 10th, likely longer. They are not friendly, when we encounter them, they turn away so we haven’t had a chat. SO!, why am I concered about them eating.

The fridge in this type of unit normally is a bar fridge. Are they eating military rations? I’d like to offer to bring in supplies but they are so stand offish! They could, disconnect from the utilities and drive into town but they haven’t.

09/14 – Today’s mini outing, down the street to another part of Wood Lake. Not really worthy of a reward but, what the hell! Yep Baileys is back in stock!

09/16 – Another dreary day. Not a fan, the ducks look happy

09/16 – We’re not feeling like doing, much of anything. We get our 10k steps today by walking the park a few times and a walk back to the other end of Wood Lake beach.

Today’s reward… Such delicious stuff made in a distrillery in Vernon

09/18: Relieved! This is the California couple’s site. They unhooked & likely went to town for groceries! At least this is what I choose to believe.

09/19: Day started off beautifully!

2nd to last race of the season today. Firestone Grand Prix of Monterey in California.

It was an exciting race but sadly the winner was Allan’s guy, Colton Herta. Allan gets to move his car ahead.

Day ended in huge downpours!. Rain, rain, rain. The rain changed our dinner plans from quing outdoors to throwing together frozen leftovers. A delicious, never to be had again, meal!

Tomorrow! Election Day!!! and hopefully an announcement about the US border opening to Canadians.

2nd Attempt-Oyama Lookout

Sep 08, 2021 – When we were in Kelowna for the Winter we tried to get to the lookout. That was on Dec 08, 2020 Click here for attempt one.

First a quick walk to Wood Lake Beach, on the park grounds

Anxious to see the likely spectacular views from the lookout, off we go!

It’s not that bad!

Bob is built for this πŸ™‚

Are we??

This is where we turned back in the Winter “End of Maintained Public Road”

Anything around the corner?

Bumpy! Should have videoed more but I was too busy hanging on

Hate to do so, but, we smartly admit defeat, again. This is our turn around point; the potholes were the worst we’ve experienced, much worse than the Sicamous Lookout.

The views we missed out on, photos by others

Views we did capture on the way back down the mountain

Today’s silliness.. What is the oldest thing in your home/office? Our’s 20 year old @VaselineBrand

September, 1st week 2021

We will be at Woodlake RV Park until the 27th.

From here, on to Enterprise to hopefully, get the slide repaired. Enterprise is looking for a replacement slide motor, regular spot they get it from is, grrrr, out of stock. They have located one in the States, hoping they get it ordered and here in time.

We take a walk around the campsite to the marina. It is nice but still smoky.

Yum delicious BC corn

Back in March we had FibeRenew plump up our sofa cushions and repair a hole in our lazy boy chair (was done in their plant), Allan’s captain chair was repaired in Bailey. That repair didn’t turn out well, Steve the owner, agreed to come back and make it right. He did πŸ™‚ So much repair stuff = looks great now.

Next up – a walk on the rail trail to Ribbleworth Falls and our reward!

Friday, Sep 03rd… Costco restock day. Since they have set aside the 8-9 o’clock hour for “old people” we have taken advantage of it. I set the alarm, we make it to there just after 8, to find only one car in the parking lot, doors not opened. Did they cancel the early hour without telling us?? Yes they did. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. We take ourselves to McDonalds for breakfast to wait until 9.

Looks like this sign works, no panhandlers on this corner

Google when we got home and discovered “old people” hour is now only on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

The sky is clear today

Today’s cute story… Allan is texting with his friend Wilf who lives in Coaldale AB. Back and forth they text. Wilf say’s he’s at a pub having a quick one and sends this photo

Allan sends him this photo…


Wilf follows up with

“Just about done, hope you have more beer, we’ll be there in an hour!”.

HUM, what does that mean?? Allan googles Post Haus Pub; yep it’s in Kelowna! πŸ™‚ We are full of questions “We’ll be there” who’s we?? Wilf & Brenda with their bus for the long weekend? Wilf & buddies on their bikes?

Detective work!!

Brenda normally drinks Bud Light, the second beer on the table is too dark to be a Bud. We lean towards the bikes.

Soon we hear the roar of the engines, such a super nice surprise!

Quick but fun visit, off they roar!


From this little guy to this handsome guy, showing off his new t-shirt

Kyle in Victoria, us in Lake Country means we ship his presents directly to him. We normally get a “wish list”. This year we decided to wing it, sending Lululemon t-shirt and shorts.

Apparently, the other gift should have come with instructions LOL.

Is it an ergonomic mouse pad?? Is it a funky hat??

Wrong!! It’s a floor mat!

We should have included a pair of socks!

Kyle & Megan recently bought a desk you can stand at, thought this would be an ideal additional to that…

Sep 06Labour Day on our walk we see this friendly notice. FYI: we’ve walked past this property a few times, so far no dog. Sure hope that continues.

Later in the day: While sitting at the picnic table playing card I see a mouse run by on the concrete fence. Time to add the amonia, done. Allan wants to add a battery charger to the, yep, battery. Gets hissed at by a snake basking in the sun. Hopefully, the snake will eat the mouse!

Last weekend of Summer, please don’t go. Can we stick these leaves back on the trees?

I thank you for reading!! πŸ™‚