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 National Park.
We 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 people in the park!)
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.
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.
We had a great time in Canada but now 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.
In 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.
It is a an awesome 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
together and/or having great get-togethers.
Unfortunately fire season started, just a couple 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.
We 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….
The sun disappears still to often but we can have our BBQ under the awning and our own home made wine ‘Chateau Neuf du Roi’ from the Wine Kitz is awesome so we do not have any reason to complain. Without 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.
We 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.
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. 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 were told.
In the park is the rebuilt Fort Whoop Up, used in the late 1890 for trading furs,whiskey and much 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. Enough 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 Dutch stuff we like.
We drove through the prairies and then dove into 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 everything is called Dino. We are not into the dinos but the Royal Tyrrel Museum is a 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’.
More pics and dinos over here.
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 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. 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 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 – the little town we where staying – is a western style rebuilt town. Medora is founded buy a French marquis around 1880, named after his French bride. Lots to do and lots to see and they now how to entertain the tourists.
This is real cowboy territory so visited the Cowboy Heritage Museum, downtown Medora. More pics over here.