We crossed the border in shorts, within two days we are dressed in jeans and a LOT of clothes…. ? We luckily had some (read a lot) of rain and snow so no problems with the smoke, that is so great for a change.
So we passed the border in Omak, shopped a little and went down to Hermiston OR, near the Tri-cities. Had some repairs done on the Ford in Caldwell (near Boise) Idaho and by then the temperature already dropped till freezing, they called it a freak cold spell, well we know now.
It seems to be the case when we leave Kelowna we hit snow so…..
We drove via Twin Falls and we did some great bicycling along the Snake River to the Shoshone Falls, found the place of Evel Knievel.
We drove with the truck to Hagerman NM named after the little horse from trillions years ago, resembling a zebra. Great views over the original Oregon Trail.
Than we drove all the way down to Baker Nevada. We stayed over here at a rustic campground, Whispering Elms. Great views, full hook up and very quiet and just across the entrance of Great Basin National Park. There is nothing more to explore in this little town. On our way down to Baker we realy had a lot of snow and rain. But that was not all: we wanted to drive the Wheeler Peak Road up into the park at 10.000 ft but the road was closed because of ice and snow! So we made it halfway, great views anyway. So maybe a next time.
Later that day we explored the Lehman Caves – Grand Palace tour, Absalom Lehman explored this cave with a candle in 1885, glad we had electricity. We had a fun ranger guide from Tennessee.
This was enough snow, rain and freezing temperatures so we will go down into Utah to St. George/Hurricane hoping for some sun and shorts again. More pics of our adventure over here.
After three months in Canada it is time to go South again.
We had an awesome time in Kelowna, we played lots of pickle ball, lots of beach-time and lots of good times with our new and long time Canadian friends.
On our last days of our stay we finally got some long wanted rain to give a little relieve to the smoke and all the fires and so had some clear views on the lake. So for now goodbye Kelowna, goodbye friends thank you all, see you somewhere down the road or next year, we will be back!
We are going south trying to avoid all the fires burning in the USA, we will post updates and more pics.
It was a great trip coming up north (see over here our trip so far) and now it is time for a long hot summer.
We picked our first cherries, got the Royal Dutch Red White and Bleu – flag up waving together with the Canadian and made our RV sun-proof. Made our usual walk to Robert Lake and got our great tasting wine from Wine Kitz, so we are happy campers.
We are ready for enjoying the Okanagan.
We spent a couple of days in Banff National Park, Alberta. It is great fun to be here and do some short hikes along the Bow River, enjoying all that water! and all the beautiful spring flowers. We drove the Bow Valley Parkway and hiked the Johnston Canyon. Went to see the Bow River Falls in town and see the Hoodoos opposite Tunnel Mountain. We drove to Lake Louise, but way to many people and cars, we will save that for another year.
A couple of weeks ago we heard a strange bang when we retracted our slide and the slide did not go in totally. We thought it snapped out of the rail, but we found out just now that a big bold – one which helps the slide to move in and out – just snapped totally. We were very lucky the slide stayed in while on the road. Frank is a handyman, he drilled new holes and bolded it with three new ones.
The weather in the mountains, unpredictable: sun, clouds and rain, but much fun. We will be back for sure.
We stayed two month down south, it was awesome over there but…. it was time to go on our trip north and what a trip so far.
Via Colorado, we went over the mountains near Durango down into Ouray (see our previous post) and then another high mountain road, so we ended in Wyoming. The state with the views, the dude ranches and the famous Yellowstone National Park. But there is more to see and do: like Fort Bridger, for us just a stopover but there is Fort Bridger State Historic site and this is a hidden gem. The RV park next to it was also a hidden gem, Fort Bridger Camp. We had a good night sleep and visited to park the next morning.
Then we moved to Star Valley RV Park, just north of Afton and south of the Grand Tetons.
This valley is famous for the Lander Cutoff, a shortcut for the pioneers on their way west on the Oregon Trail. We found this out when our Ford got an oil change in Afton. There is a nice little museum worthwhile visiting. We also visited the CallAir Museum in Afton and got a great tour with the son of one of the founders/test flyers over there (already the son was in his 80’s) Who would have known they builded plains over here.
Busy with doing nothing we played pickle ball every day, there were already a lot of summer-birds from all over the USA to play with! It was fun again. So now we are moving closer to Canada, another great adventure. Within a couple of days we will cross the border and meet up with our Canadian friends.
More pics over here.
Via Aztec Ruins in New Mexico we went to Ignacio Colorado, being able to see a traditional Bear Dance with the Southern Utes. We also joined them with Memorial Day and this was very impressive.
Towing from Durango via Silverton into Ouray was another great experience and for now we are in Fruita near Grand Junction and found a gem: Colorado National Monument.
What a trip, we love it.
More pics to bee seen over here.
Driving through Arizona is so great and there is lots to see and do. Everybody thinks only of the Grand Canyon NP but Montezuma Castle with its cliff dwellings and Sedona with its red rocks are also great places to go.
We made a jeep tour at sunset, unfortunately not with the spectacular colors because of the clouds but nevertheless a great ride.
There are miles and miles of hikes. We made several short and long hikes into the Red Rocks NF, one of them was a great hike near Bell Rock with spectacular views. This time of year there are flowers everywhere.
Finally we made a heli flight to admire Sedona like an eagle, just one big WOW. View our little You Tube movie over here. And more pictures over here.
This is our second time over here but we will sure come back again. Sedona is a great place to come back over and over again.
While visiting we stayed at Verde River RV Resort, the sisterpark of Wineridge (Pahrump NV) and many others. This park is under construction and will be a perfect place to stay while visiting the area.. The pool and spa were almost finished when we where there and it gives you a good idea how the park will look like later one.
Now we go up to Durango CO, we will stay in touch.