Californian sunshine in Yosemite Nat’l Park

P1050795 (Medium)Unfortunately, it kept raining in North Oregon so we moved south to look for the Californian Sunshine and we found it. So far a great trip. We went south in a couple of days, visiting Myrtle Creek and ended in  Groveland near the west entrance of Yosemite (1)Yosemite National Park.

BeerWe did a lot of exploring, driving and hiking in and around the park. The weather was  beautiful, what a great park to visit but…. a lot (a lot lot lot) of people. The falls are all dried up because of the extreme drought in California, no falls to be seen but in the past we have seen them with a lot of water (and less Tioga pass (3)people in the park!)

Yosemite (1)The Tioga Pass was still open, no snow at all,  so we went all the way up and down, awesome views, we even had a road bear! so we are not complaining at all…..

We made some great trips in the valley, did some bicycling on the valley floor and had great views on the dried falls.

Colombia State Park (1)We visited  Columbia State Historic  Park , a must see when you are here.   They do a good job explaining the Gold Rush-era and all about the mother lode – GOLD.

More pics over here.

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Rain in Neskowin, Oregon, Columbia Gorge

The Dallas, ORTravelling the USA is so much fun! We still fiSilver Falls State Park (2)nd new roads to explore. We drove the beautiful Columbia Gorge for the first time, heading for the coast of Oregon. We stayed a few nights in Silverton, did some serious shopping and enjoyed walking the trails in Silver Falls State Park.

Now we are Neskowin OR (5)exploring Neskowin, Tillamook County  – famous for the cheese.  On arrival we made a great walk on the beach behind the rv park and we even enjoyed the sunshine.
Neskowin OR (7)So far the weather was good but the Oregon Coast is known for its rain and fog, and now we have rain: lots of it.
Cape Lookout OR (2)Time to do some inside work, restringing our day and night shades, cleaning and working on our admin. We hope the sun will start shining soon or even some dry weather would be great, so we can continue our travel along the coast  or ….. as long as it is south!
More pics over here.

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New roads and places to explore

Lethbridge (1)ChelanWe crossed the border into the USA, travelling south through Washington State into Oregon is so much fun. We have great fall weather and although we have seen a lot of this state so far still there are new little cities to Lethbridge (10)explore.
Like Wenatchee WA great for shopping, biking and walking along the Columbia River. And then Leavenworth, a great little BavarianApple Loop Trail (2) town with lots to do and so well maintained and what about all the great fruit stands along the road, this time of year many variety’s of fresh picked apples.
Apple Loop Trail (3)In Wenatchee you can bike the Apple Capital Loop trail, a 11 mile multiple use trail along the Columbia River. Rocky Reach Dam (4)It is very well maintained and along the way they have stops where you can go into the Columbia river.  A little bit upstream you will find the Rocky Reach Dam, one of the many dams in the river. They provide fish ladders for the Salmon and in the visitor center you can see the salmon swim against the stream.

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Goodbye Kelowna Canada

trestles (6)We had a great time in Canada but now Wandeling (3)it is time for new adventures.
We are heading south, new and old roads to explore. This summer we made so many good new memories with all our Canadian friends. See you’ll soon.

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Beach, peaches, working and hiking

wandelenTiresIn between lazy days at the beach we do some work in and around the rig.

We fixed the broken door of our oven/microwave, got ourselves five new tires on the Fifth Wheel, and fixed the water heater, still some little things we have to do. Microwave
It is a an awPeachesesome peach season, there is an abundance and we eat them right of the trees on our own RV park and freeze some for later.

We meet a lot of friends: living in Kelowna, visiting from elsewhere or passing through. We play pickleball

West Kelowna (1)together and/or having great get-togethers.

Unfortunately fire season started, just a coKnow mountainuple of days ago we made a trip along the west side of the lake to Fintry Provincial Park. Now the road is closed because of a big bush fire. It is always scary how fast a fire can grow. Still this year is not to bad, maybe today we will have a little rain.
In short, we are busy in a very relaxing way.

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Kelowna – BC Canada

CanadaweekendWe arrived in our favorite summer destination: Kelowna! We had a great trip so far, even with the heavy traffic during Canada Day long-weekend – we had no problem coming into Kelowna. All the Albertans went home…. BBQ in regen

The sun disappears still to often but we can have our BBQ under the awning and our own home Great Winemade wine ‘Chateau Neuf du Roi’ from the Wine Kitz is awesome so we do not have any reason to complain.  werkenWithout the high temperature Frank got plenty of time to work on the unit.

After a period of rain when the sun comes out again they start to rescue the cherries from cracking with a little red helicopter, just flying over our heads as you can see here in our short movie.

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Looking for dinos in Alberta

LethbridgeWe checked out the Lethbridge AB area and did a lot of hiking and biking along the Old Man River, just outside our RV park, in the Lethbridge Nature Reserve & Indian Battle Park. Old Man River (4)
You will also find the High Level Bridge, built between 1907 and 1909, 1.6 kilometer long and 96 meters high, impressive and still in use, it is situated in the middle of this nature.  Old Man River (3)We were surprised to see pelicans in the river, so strange in the middle of Canada! but fun to see them fishing and flying around. They come over every summer -  so we Fort Whoop Up (3)were told.
In the park is the rebuilt Fort Whoop Up, used in the late 1890 for trading furs,whiskey and muchFort Macleod (1) more.
We also made a trip to Fort Macleod, an old town with an original fort, named after Macleod, used  by the RCMP and well preserved. HagelslagEnough to do and see over here. And the most important thing, we found a store and they sell ‘Hagelslag’, Roze Muisjes’ from de Ruijter’’’ (famous Dutch brand) and much more real DBleriot Ferry (9)utch stuff we like.

We drove through the prairies and then dove into Wayne Alberta (4)this beautiful coulee  of the Red Deer River – called the Canadian Badlands – to Drumheller. It is a little bit more north into  Alberta and…. famous for their dinosaurs, there are dinos everywhere and everythingRoyal Tyrrell Museum (2) is called Dino. We are not into the dinos but the Royal Tyrrel  Museum is a Royal Tyrrell Museum (1)must see,  it is all about the dinos found over here. We made some great hikes and auto tours. And if you are lucky you can make a ride downtown with a ‘bicker-dino’.

Drumheller Alberta (1)More pics and dinos over here.

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Great to be in Canada …. again! Saskatchewan

Havre MT (2)After this great trip so far we are in Canada (again). Always sad to say goodbye to the USA but fun to be back in Canada. We made a great trip through Montana, long never ending roads 260 kilometers straight,  just Lange rechte wegthe northern part, ending in Havre MT where we did some serious shopping. At our last stop we had to replace the head of our electricity cord, Frank ripped one of our chairs so we had to buy new Onderwegones, all on our last day.

We crossed the Canada border (2)border on one of the most remote crossings, Wild Horse.  This was very interesting, we got some good info about the crossing and the province we where entering.  For miles (or kilometers) we drove through the prairie. A cow, a deer and 2016sometimes another truck was all we seen. Great to be in Canada again.

We stayed one night in Maple Creek Saskatchewan because we neededMaple Creek SK the provincial sticker on our USA/ Canada Map. We found a RV park just along Highway 1, great place for a stop and No Trains. We will be in Lethbridge AB for a week and explore the ‘neighborhood’.  More pics over here.

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North Dakota, Theodor Roosevelt Nat’l Park

South end Roosevelt NP (4)South end Roosevelt NP (12)We made it, North Dakota, our first time ever over here! We stayed near the Roosevelt Nat’l Park in Medora at the Red Trail Campground . First South end Roosevelt NP (8)we went to the south end of the park. A;ong the trip down there we have seen lots of feral horses, a couple of bisons and lots of prairie dogs. South end Roosevelt NP (5)The horses were sand bathing along the road while we where having lunch. It was a great site. The park has a stunning scenery.
We drove also to the North Entrance of Roosevelt NP, a 79 mile drive on a road with only oil-traffic-trucks carrying equipment to the oil sites in North End  (4)North End  (6)North Dakota. Locals call it the ‘road to hell’ but it was oké for us.
The north park has stunning views. We did not see any wildlife but it was 96 F (37 gr.) so they hide in the shade. Still it was worth the drive up there.
Medora ND (1)Medora – the little town we where staying – is a western style rebuilt town. Medora is founded buy a French marquis around 1880, Campgroundnamed after his French bride. Lots to do and lots to see and they now how to entertain the tourists.

Medora (2)This is real cowboy territory so visited the Cowboy Heritage Museum, downtown Medora.  More pics over here.

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Wild horses and Mount Rushmore

Mount Rushmore (4)South Dakota is great to travel and drive. We have been around the Black Hills a few days. Of course we visited Mount Rushmore, an awesome site every time again and again……
BisonDriving along the 87 south through Wind Cave Nat’l Park – one of the many tours you can make around here – we saw a lot of bisons. This picture gives you a good idea how big those guys (and girls) are and how ugly.

Wild Horse Sanctuary (7)Wild Horse Sanctuary (2)Driving via Hot Springs you will see signs of the Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary, a place where hundreds of wild horses, wild mustangs,  live freely. A must see, we did the two hour Wild Horse Sanctuary (8)tour and had a great guide named Bob who told us the story of the place, how it was founded and about the history of this place. The sanctuary lies inWild Horse Sanctuary (14) a beautiful corner of South Dakota. Among other things there is a rock with inscriptions of the early settlers travelling along this stretch of the old stagecoach road. There are also old Native American Wild Horse Sanctuary (13)inscription on the property, but that is another tour.
The horses are beautiful and it is great to see how they can roam and run for miles and miles, the tour fees are to maintain the sanctuary. In the next days we will start travelling to North Dakota. More pics over here.

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