Tuesday, October 5 to Tuesday, October 12, 2021 (Peace Arch RV Park, Surrey, BC)

Another week has flown by and since we are leaving for Vancouver Island tomorrow, I thought I'd get our blog up-to-date.

For the most part, it has been pretty routine around here...our daily walks, whether it be at a local park or just here, around the campground...along with the usual daily chores, running errands, laundry, etc.

Wednesday (Oct. 6) was a special day...Steve's Aunt Esther was here from Edmonton visiting her son. So we met her, along with cousin Bev and her husband Rob for lunch at The Boathouse at the New Westminster Quay location. Esther had never met Isaac, so Angela and Isaac also joined us...great timing as it was one of her days off. 
Unfortunately, the waiter didn't do a very good job of taking our picture...so blurry...
Isaac pointing out the blue water in the picture...
After lunch, we said goodbye to Bev and Rob and the rest of us went for a little walk along the waterfront boardwalk. This is the restaurant from the water side...



Issac at the pumpkin patch...
We had a great visit with Esther, Bev and Rob...great seeing you all! But after a short walk, it was time to get back to the car and head over to Chris and Angela's so that we could look after Isaac while Angela went out for an appointment. Yay!...more time with Isaac! Angela actually beat us home as we got stuck in heavy traffic.

Grampa and Isaac playing 'Hot Wheels'...
Then it was Gramma's turn...we "did stickers" together...
Daddy was home at about 6:00 but poor Isaac only wanted his mommy! He has gotten very attached to his mom lately! It wasn't long ago when all he wanted was his daddy...amazing how they change! 

He was very happy when mommy got home! He is showing us his Halloween costume..."Lightning McQueen"...so cute!
We headed home just before 7:30...Isaac had to get to bed!

On Friday (Oct. 8) we had to go to Abbotsford to pick up our ATV's at GA Checkpoint Yamaha, so Steve suggested I contact my oldest brother who lives in Chilliwack and see if they would like to meet us for lunch. What a good idea, Steve! It has been a very long time since we've seen Doug and Jean...I mean, years! So it was a very special get-together with them! We enjoyed a delicious lunch at Greek Islands Restaurant...
It was go wonderful seeing them! We will definitely have do to this more often...especially if we are unable to go south this winter.

After lunch we went to Costco in Abbotsford to fill a propane tank...wow, what a mistake that was on a Friday afternoon, especially at the start of  the long Thanksgiving Weekend! The traffic in and out was absolutely insane! It was after 3:30 by the time we got home.

Saturday (Oct. 9) morning we got out for a walk before the rain set in...and boy, did it rain all day! We're having our Thanksgiving dinner a couple of days early at Chris and Angela's. I made the stuffing for the turkey and then we headed to their place just after 11:30. I'm cooking the turkey, stuffing, potatoes and gravy and Angela is taking care of the veggies and dessert....a joint effort!

With the turkey in the oven just before 1:00, Angela and I left Steve, Chris and Isaac to enjoy some "guy time" and we went clothes shopping. I came home with a new pair of jeans, some leggings and a couple of tops...thanks for your help, Angela!

Meanwhile Grampa and Isaac were having fun with Stickers!
And then Isaac played his guitar to the Police music video on TV...
Chris did the honour of carving the turkey (nice face Dianne...no idea what that was all about LOL!)...
Thanksgiving Dinner 2021! Unfortunately Isaac didn't want to join us in the feast! He's being a very picky eater right now, for some reason. We couldn't even lure him to the table for a picture!
But we managed a family picture!
We had made arrangements to stay the night...so nice since it was absolutely pouring with rain outside, besides that way we could both enjoy pre-dinner drinks and wine. Good idea, eh? Thanks for making your spare bed available Chris and Angela!

Sunday (Oct. 10) morning, after a relaxing start to the day, Chris cooked breakfast for us and then we packed our stuff into the car and headed home. Thanks for a great Thanksgiving, guys!

We were all originally planning on spending Thanksgiving Weekend together with Rob, Angie, Conner and Bryce on Vancouver Island but there were a lot of colds, stuffy noses, etc going on with everyone in Rob's household, so Chris and Angela decided to cancel. Besides, it's probably not wise to mix all the kids who are in different classrooms/schools, etc. at this time when we are now in a pandemic of the unvaccinated. All of the adults are double vaccinated but so far Conner, Bryce and Isaac are too young...no sense in taking chances, especially when younger children are also getting infected.

Steve is going hunting with Rob and his buddy Jim the following weekend for a week, so we were just going to stay over...but that ends up being away for 3 weeks, so we decided to delay going over until Wednesday.

Monday (Oct. 11)....Happy Thanksgiving to all our family and friends! So much to be thankful for!
It was a sunny but cool day. We had a great video chat with Rob, Angie, Conner and Bryce wishing them Happy Thanksiving! That was pretty much the highlight of the day.

Tuesday (Oct. 12) we woke up to the coldest morning yet...2.2C/36F! Winter is definitely on it's way early this year! There was even major snow on the mountain highways in the interior of the province over the last few days. 

We went out for our morning walk a little later than usual...just so it would warm up a bit! After our invigorating walk, Steve pulled out our suitcases and got started on gathering all of his hunting gear he'll need. While he was doing that, along with some other chores, I did laundry. The afternoon was spent working on this blog update...and watching TV.

Tomorrow we will finish packing our suitcases and head to the ferry. Looking forward to some family/friend time on the island!


Tuesday, September 21 to Monday, October 4, 2021 (Peace Arch RV Park)

Another couple of weeks have gone by...and as usual, since we aren't travelling, it hasn't been very exciting. We should be making last minute preparations for our trip south...but the border remains closed until "at least October 21". So that sucks...but we won't go on another rant about that. All we can do is hope that it opens this year.

Tuesday (Sept. 21) was an absolutely beautiful day! We took Buster out for a good run on the highway to Abbotsford to drop the quads off at GA Checkpoint Yamaha for servicing. On our way out, Steve suggested we go to Fort Langley afterwards. 

So we had a great 5km/3mile hike on a trail we have been on many times while staying at Fort Camping...to Tavistock Point...
The Fraser River...

After the trail, we crossed the bridge from Brae Island over the Fraser River...looking west...
And east...
With protocols in place at The Fort Pub, we showed our COVID Passport and ID...but were disappointed to see that all she did was look at them. Proper procedure is to scan each QR code and double check that against our ID. But I guess we could say....at least she asked for them!
Wednesday (Sept. 22) morning we had rain while having our coffee but by the time we were ready to go out for our morning walk, it had stopped so we decided to go to Cresecent Beach...it is becoming our favourite walking spot! Too bad it was such a dark grey day.
The sun actually came out later in the afternoon so after getting my hair cut and running some errands, we managed to sit outside. We also had a wonderful surprise visit from Steve's cousin, Gordon Jr. We sat outside catching up for just over 3 hours.
Thursday (Sept. 23) was pretty uneventful...we walked at Crescent Beach again in the morning, and went for a bike ride in the afternoon. The sun even came out in the afternoon allowing us to sit outside and read. It may be sunny but there is definitely the coolness in the air now.

Friday (Sept. 24) morning Steve had another great idea...lets go to Tynehead Regional Park for our walk. We discovered it last year and really enjoyed it. 

The little birds are very tame...thinking we have food in our hand. Sorry to disappoint! 
We walked the Nurse Stump Trail. Most of this stump has rotted away...
It's amazing having so many heavily forested parks within a large city...



Checking out the creek...








The park didn't disappoint...a beautiful walk!

Saturday (Sept. 25) was uneventful. We walk around the campground on the weekends, preferring to stay away from the parks on busy weekends. It was a fairly nice sunny day...but the last one, as rain is heading our way tomorrow.

And rain it did on Sunday (Sept. 26)...rain, rain, rain all day! Not just light sprinkles, but a major downpour! We hunkered down insided all day until it was time to head into Chris and Angela's place. We had another great visit and dinner with them...certainly enjoy our time with them and Isaac!

The following week was pretty much the same...our walks, bike rides, reading, laundry and routine chores. 

Our morning walk on Monday (Sept. 27) was at Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest. Steve snapped this picture of a leaf hanging in mid-air above the trail...caught in an invisible spider web...
It was fairly windy and a little rainy, but nothing like the rain yesterday!

Tuesday (Sept. 28) we changed up our walk by going to Crescent Park (not Beach)...another beautiful, densely treed park...


There was a small area where there was no ground cover...
Wednesday (Sept. 29) we had another major rainstorm come in. I had a very wet drive to my dentist appointment...where I spent a lovely couple of hours in a dental chair getting a broken crown prepped for a replacement. Not knowing if/when we'd get back down south, or even to our dentist in Los Algodones, Mexico, I decided I had better get the broken crown replaced before more damage was done by leaving it. That is setting us back $1500! Sheesh!

Thursday (Sept. 30)...and another great idea from Steve (he has had a number of them lately, LOL). It's raining again/still, so let's go out for lunch at Big Ridge Brewing! We were first introduced to this great brewpub a few years back by our good friends, Deb and Ray. Unfortunately with COVID, we haven't been there for a couple of years. We both enjoyed delicious choices...Steve, Grilled Prawn Clubhouse; and I had the Chicken Burger which was not any ordinary chicken burger! Grilled marinaded chicken thighs...absolutely delicious!
After lunch it had stopped raining, so we headed to Crescent Beach to walk off some of that wonderful lunch!

After experiencing a long drought we had record breaking rainfall in September. Not knowing if or when the border will open we decided to purchase a dehumidifier a few weeks ago. Last winter Ray and Deb lent us theirs and we were amazed how much water it removed. After much research Steve ordered the 22 pint  Frigidaire FFAD2233W1. Recommended settings are between 35-50 percent relative humidity. Steve set it to 40% and its removing 22 pints daily!
Friday (Oct. 1) and Saturday (Oct. 2) were chore days...Steve spent his time washing the trailer and I did chores inside. Exciting, huh? 
After a couple of busy chore days, Sunday (Oct. 3) and Monday (Oct. 4) were pretty chill...back to our usual route.

The tide at Crescent Beach was super low on Monday...

And...that again, brings us up-to-date!