Tuesday, September 1 to Saturday, September 19, 2020 (Peace Arch RV Park, Surrey, BC)

Life has carried on as usual since our last update...not really very exciting because we are not travelling. But here is what we have been up to....

We are coming into another heat wave in a few days, so Steve decided he'd better get the trailer washed. He likes to break it up into a couple of days. Roof, roof vents and vent covers, slide room toppers, slide room roofs, and awning, then day 2 the remainder of the trailer. So after breakfast, he went out and got started while I cleaned up inside. I got out for a walk by myself the next couple of days since he was busy.
Wednesday (Sept. 2) morning, Steve was back out washing the trailer. Yesterday afternoon he had a call about a last minute opening for a dermatologist appointment this afternoon...so we headed off to North Vancouver just after 1:30, giving ourselves lots of time to get there. As usual, the traffic on our way home was horrific...just don't know how people handle driving in this traffic daily!

Thursday (Sept 3) Steve finished up the trailer wash in the morning and then went out to run a few errands. I did laundry and then at about 1:00 headed back into North Vancouver for my dermatologist appointment...with the same doctor Steve was at yesterday! It would have been nice if we both could have gone together yesterday...sheesh! Again, I had tons of fun battling the rush hour traffic on my way home.

Friday (Sept 4) was the start of a beautiful, hot long weekend...great weather for those getting out for one last camping trip of the summer.

Steve washed the car in morning. Lucky for us we can park in the site behind us while our neighbour is away until next month.
At noon we left for our appointment at The Honda Way in Abbotsford to have the new rain sensor installed. Of course, being the start of the long weekend, traffic going east out of the city was crazy. We got there just in the nick of time for our 1:00 appointment only to find out they were 2 1/2 hours behind! We weren't impressed but it turned out okay because we had planned to go to Cabela's afterwards...we'll go now and be back by 3:30.

With the new sensor installed, we headed home taking a back road that Google Maps said would be faster. It was, but still busy! Much better than the Trans Canada Highway though...it was backed up for miles in both directions! 

Saturday (Sept. 5) morning Steve started on his next project...wax the trailer! Most of our decals are shot, especially the dark blue ones that are badly cracked and the colour bleeds from them when waxing making for a heck of a mess. A few years ago when we were in Casa Grande we had a detailer come in to wash the truck and trailer and he recommended cleaning the decals first with Mr. Clean Magic Eraser  so Steve gave that a try. This got rid of most of  the colour bleed and oxidization. A neighbour here that used to work for a local RV dealer said they apply 303 Aerospace Protectant on the decals before waxing to give them some UV protection and to seal them somewhat, so he gave that a try. After finishing up with that he got started on the waxing using McGuires Marine and RV 56 wax. He managed to get the back of the trailer done today.
Sunday (Sept. 6) morning Steve was back out waxing the trailer...doing the snout today...
At 2:30 we left for a visit with Chris, Angela and Isaac. Another great afternoon and evening with them!
Digging in the planter box...

The only time Isaac isn't on the move is when he's watching one of his videos which is used often during diaper changes...
Monday (Sept. 7) and Tuesday (Sept. 8) were more trailer waxing days for Steve. The Mr. Clean Eraser and 303 Aerospace Protectant seemed to do the trick preventing most of the colour bleed from the blue decals. I did some housework and cleaned windows and screens (just in case you thought he was the only one doing any work, LOL!)
Wednesday (Sept. 9) Steve decided to take a day off from waxing. He left just before 8:30 to get some blood work done at LifeLabs but without an appointment, he ended up having to wait...even using the "Save My Spot" app! He got home just after 10:30.

I headed off shortly after he got home, going into Coquitlam for an appointment with a jeweller to have a couple of my rings re-sized. Afterwards, I did a little grocery shopping.

When I got home, Steve looked a little miffed...he had planned to take the truck out for a run but it wouldn't start...dead batteries! So he put the charger on them...looks like new batteries are in our future. It has been almost 6 years to the day since they were last replaced.

Thursday (Sept. 10) Steve called Gold Key Isuzu first thing to see if he could get the truck in for new batteries...no problem, so off we went. Of course, I followed him in the car.

Once back home, it was back to waxing for Steve...until lunch time. We are in a heat wave right now...so that was enough waxing for today. The truck was ready so we headed out after lunch, stopping at Canadian Tire first to see if he can find new buffing pads for his electric buffer...he's been having trouble finding any the right size. Even though the instructions say you can wash the pads it's impossible to get them clean enough and eventually the buffer starts to wobble becoming useless.

Friday (Sept. 11) we were shrouded with smoke from the wildfires in the western US. We had noticed a haze in the sky recently but it was really bad this morning. We started a leisurely walk around the campground but cut it short due to the smoke. Unfortunately, Steve still had waxing to do...not good for his lungs.

Our daughter-in-law, Angie, posted this picture of our grandsons heading off for their first day of school. Conner (grade 2) and Bryce (kindergarten) were so excited!
Saturday (Sept. 12) was another very smoky day. Steve finished his waxing project...9 days in total washing and waxing (yay!) while I did what preparation I could do for dinner tonight...Chris, Angela and Isaac are coming out for a visit this afternoon.

We had another wonderful visit with them...staying inside, though, due to the smoke. And would you believe no pictures? Well, you've seen plenty since we see them every weekend!

Sunday (Sept. 13)...and another very smoky day! The worst so far...so we spend most of the day hunkered down inside. Thank goodness we have AC.

Monday (Sept. 14) it was still smoky...with some fog in the mix as well. We headed out mid morning to go get insurance for our trailer. We haven't bothered to renew our ICBC trailer insurance (expired in May) since we haven't moved since arriving last March. Since we won't be travelling once we get over to the island next Sunday, we decided to just insure it for that one day. Of course, with Covid protocols, we had to wait outside the insurance office until it was our turn to go in...only 2 people allowed in at once. 

After lunch we thought we'd take a drive to Crescent Beach. After being cooped up all day yesterday, we really wanted to go for a walk...besides we're running out of time to walk one of our favourite trails here. It was  still really smoky but decided to get out for a stroll anyway...
As we neared this house Steve noticed what he thought was a cat on the roof...
It was a Racoon that appeared to be dying...on our return there was no more movement...sad.

Similar view on a clear day... 

There were teenagers jumping off the pier...on the way down!
Entering the water...
White Rock Pier...
Tuesday (Sept. 15) was another smoky day but some sun did managed to break through in the afternoon. I helped Steve load the bikes onto the back of the trailer...one pack-up job done!

Just after noon, Dan from Paul's Mobile RV Service called. Steve has been trying for over a month to get the torn wiper seal replaced on top of the big slide room, but unfortunately Dan is not the best communicator and Steve is tired of hounding him. Last we heard from him, he said he would be in touch yesterday morning and let us know when he'd be able to do it. Well, we never heard from him so had pretty much given up getting it done. If it didn't involve the removal of the slide room topper Steve would have tackled this himself. The spring assemblies in the topper roller tube have been replaced twice in the past so Dan had issues removing the mounting hardware because of broken screws and poor reassembly from previous RV techs.

He arrived at about 1:30 and had the job done in about an hour. The wiper seal easily snaps in place and is secured with a single screw in either end...dirt simple if you don't have a topper to deal with!
Wednesday (Sept. 16) and Thursday (Sept. 17) were basically pack-up days...and getting prepared to leave Sunday. Steve checked all the tires and aired up a couple, then lubed the truck hitch and all the slide rooms gear packs. Rain is also in the forecast for Friday and Saturday, so we wanted to get it all done before then. Hopefully some rain will help reduce the smoke!

We did take Buster out on Wednesday to fuel up...yup, it's smoky!
Same, same Thursday morning...
Friday (Sept. 18) morning we left at about 10:00 to go to the  Bass Pro Shop. We hadn't had any luck finding Steve a new hunting jacket at Cabela's in Abbotsford, so hopefully Bass Pro will have something. They did have a better selection however most of the available sizes were too large narrowing his selection down to just one...and he is happy with it.

We were home around noon...and just hunkered down inside out of the smoke for the rest of the afternoon.

Saturday (Sept. 19) morning the rain set in early. We had a very lazy start to the day...after all, tomorrow there will be no lolly-gagging since we are going to try to be outta here 9-9:30!

I went out to pick up some bread and milk. I plan on doing a big shop once we get over to the island but of course, didn't have quite enough bread to make it another couple of days.

After lunch Steve went out to empty and flush the tanks. I was working on this blog when our neighbour, Carol, texted...their new puppy just arrived, come on over!

Meet Mr. Bo Jangles...aka 'Bo'...how cute is he?!
He's a little ball of fluff! Not much to him under all that fur! I think Carol said he weighs 3 lbs!
Cody checking out his new little "brother"...
Shortly after meeting Bo, we headed off to Coquitlam for our last visit with Chris, Angela and Isaac. It was too rainy and wet to sit outside so we enjoyed an afternoon inside chatting and playing with Isaac.

Chris ordered in a feast of Chinese food...yum!
We are going to miss our weekly visit with this little guy!
We said goodnight and headed home around 8:00. It's been so wonderful seeing so much of them during our 6 month stay here...now it's time to move over to Vancouver Island and be able to spend time with Rob, Angie, Conner and Bryce! Looking forward to having the whole family together for Christmas!

Tomorrow we pack up and move the rig over to Victoria! We're looking forward to Oceanside RV Resort....along with a much smaller population than here in the Greater Vancouver area. And, of course, a much lower case count of Covid-19!

On a final note, Steve wondered if we should keep this bottle...it might be worth something one day...LOL!


Monday, August 17 to Monday, August 31, 2020 (Peace Arch RV Park, Surrey, BC)

Monday (August 17) we said goodbye to Rob as he headed off to work at 6:20 and we were all packed and ready to head to the ferry just before 9:00. After big hugs to Angie and the boys, we were off to the ferry terminal...a short 10 minute drive. We were in plenty of time to catch the 10:00 a.m. sailing but it was a busy Monday morning...we managed to make it on the 11:00 a.m. sailing. We were on the bottom deck where all the semi's, RV's and buses go. This morning the surplus vehicles that could not make the upper car deck made it on the lower deck....no windows down here though. Since COVID-19 Transport Canada is allowing BC Ferry passenger to remain on the car decks and it's recommended by BC Ferries to do so. Masks are recommended if social distancing isn't possible.
(Update...masks are now mandatory.) The one thing we hate about remaining on the car deck is the constant car alarms going off!
Tuesday (August 18) was another beautiful day. We did our daily walk here around the campground and then Steve removed the 10+ year old batteries out of both quads. Not easy access...he had to remove 6 bolts to get the front cargo racks off, then another 2 bolts to remove a flat plate above the batteries. He has ordered new ones and we will pick them up tomorrow. Other than that, not much today.

Wednesday (August 19) was the last of our nice stretch of weather. We had a mix of sun and cloud today with rain to start tonight continuing through Thursday and Friday before the sun re-appears for the weekend.

We returned to Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest for our walk this morning...it is turning into one of our favourite nearby parks to walk. On our way home, we went to Edmond's Batteries to pick up the new quad batteries.

Once home, Steve got right to work installing the new batteries...while I worked on a blog update. A little tight in there, but he managed to do it without having to offload them...

The new battery in Steve's quad did the trick...it fired right up! Yay! Good decision to replace the batteries in both quads...they are identical, purchased at the same time.

We had a surprise visit in the afternoon from a colleague of Steve's from his work days. Tracy and her husband, Colin, popped by to say hi. Tracy used to work at Pacific Controls Ltd  head office here in Vancouver but is also now retired.  Great seeing you both...we will definitely try to get a visit in with you before we head over to the island!
Thursday (August 20) morning we woke to the sound of rain on the roof...as predicted. It ended up not raining all that much throughout the day but was cloudy. It was still warm, though, so that was a bonus! However, it looks like the major rain is coming tomorrow...it is needed to help with the wildfires burning in the province.

I headed out just after 1:00. After a quick shop at Costco, I went to my appointment at PariseveryBODY + SportMed in Langley to have my foot orthotics checked. They are 3 years old and my right foot has been bothering me off and on...hopefully just an adjustment is all that is needed. He added a felt pad to the orthotic to raise the right side of my foot...hopefully it will do the trick. We'll see over the next week...I made an appointment for next Thursday and was on my way home.

Friday (August 21) we had the rain that was predicted. Unfortunately, we didn't get out for our morning walk. The rain would stop and we'd get our shoes on to head out and it would start back up...this happened 3 times! So it ended up pretty much being an inside day for Steve...while I went out grocery shopping.

Tonight our Vancouver Canucks played another hockey game against the St. Louis Blues...winning and knocking the Blues out of the playoffs. Yay! Now we wait to see who they will be playing next.

Saturday (August 22) we were back to blue sky...with a  few fluffy clouds here and there. As is usual on a weekend, we went for our daily walk here at the campground. It's just too busy at the parks on the weekends, especially on sunny days.  Unfortunately, BC has had an uptick in Covid-19 cases recently. The hot spot seems to be here in the lower mainland (Greater Vancouver Region), so we continue to be careful. We are looking forward to moving over to Vancouver Island next month where the case numbers are much lower.

Steve washed the car and then we headed into Vancouver. His binoculars have a broken focusing adjustment wheel so after some research, Steve found a shop in Vancouver than does repairs...Markarian Fine Optics. When we got there, though, the fellow suggested contacting Bushnell before he does any work on them...apparently they have a great warranty and may fix or replace them. So he left them there in case he didn't have a favourable response from Bushnell.
Back home, we spent the rest of the afternoon outside. Our neighbours, Roland and Carol (and Cody) joined us for happy hour. Oops..I caught Roland between smiles...LOL!
We had a relaxing day Sunday (August 23)...and then headed to Chris and Angela's shortly before 2:30. We had a wonderful time sitting out on their deck watching and playing with Isaac...
A rare moment...Isaac playing with Gramma...
Tonight we're celebrating Steve's birthday again...last week at Rob and Angie's and now at Chris and Angela's! Chris ordered in Chinese food...nothing like a good feast of Chinese food! And Angela made authentic Italian Tiramisu as his birthday cake! A few weeks ago, she had taken a course virtually on making it...straight from a pastry chef in Italy! Absolutely awesome, Angela!
Chris even made us both a cappuccino...
After dinner, Isaac showed us his block tower building abilities...
After a great visit and a wonderful meal, we said goodnight and headed home. Thanks for the birthday dinner!

We got home just after 8:00, so Steve missed a bit of the hockey game. The Vancouver Canucks are playing the first game in the next series against the Vegas Golden Knights...unfortunately they lost horribly (5-0)!

Monday (August 24)...and today is Steve's official 65th birthday! Another celebration...this time we are going to the Boathouse Restaurant located on the waterfront in White Rock. They have a rooftop patio that looks perfect for enjoying lunch with a view. The main restaurant is on the second floor with all of the glass windows. We were on the rooftop at the table right by that power pole...
We thought they opened at 11:30 so ended up being the first in line at noon when they actually opened the doors. We got our pick of tables, taking a corner table next to the rail (as noted above). It was perfect, view wise, but was a little hot because there was no shade. The non rail tables with umbrellas would have been a smarter choice but didn't offer the same view. I was fine because the sun was on my back, but Steve should have gotten his hat from our car (that was parked right below us)...
Steve with fish and chips...

While I had Seafood Chowder and Caesar Salad...









The rooftop patio is very popular!
The view...too bad there are power lines in the way...
Free dessert for Steve's birthday...chocolate mocha ice cream cake!
After a delicious lunch "with a view" we decided to take a walk along the White Rock pier (we walked it and the waterfront promenade a few weeks back)...

There were too many people at the end of the pier so we turned around...

The rain sensor on our car windshield came off again today. So after lunch and our walk, we drove out to The Honda Way in Abbotsford where we bought the car. We are still covered under warranty (3 months/3000 kms), so let's get it taken care of! The technician put the sensor back on but said we needed a new one. So we have an appointment to drop the car off next Monday.

Tuesday (August 25) morning we drove to Blackie's Spit for our walk...it was another beautiful day. Steve just missed capturing  huge flocks of ducks that flew over...just a few here...
Still lots of ducks resting in the creek...
I spent a couple of hours in the afternoon doing laundry...and that was pretty much our day. I haven't been mentioning it, but pretty well everyday we go for a bike ride late afternoon.

Hockey game again tonight! This time the Vancouver Canucks redeemed themselves, winning 5-2 over the Vegas Golden Knights. That's one game each in the series!

Wednesday (August 26) morning we decided to go to Elgin Heritage Park for our walk. We haven't been there for quite awhile. In addition to walking the main trail, this time we also took a side trail across the bridge to what we thought would be a lookout tower...
(Click to enlarge photo)
Turns out its a miniature barn for Barn Owls...
Bulrushes...

Nicomekl River at low tide...
Wards Marina ...
Historic Stewart Farm...the farmhouse was being renovated last time we walked by and is still closed for tours....
The orchard...


Steve tackled some maintenance on the trailer once we got home...re-sealing a window. For some reason the Butyl Sealant on this window only, keeps squeezing out from under the window frame requiring a frequent cleanup and reapplication in the last few years (of Proflex Sealant). Unfortunately once he got the old stuff off and got it all masked, he discovered his tube of Proflex had dried out, so he had to make a quick trip out to Traveland in Langley to buy another tube.
I kept myself busy by doing some research on the laptop...I want to make yogurt in my Instant Pot but it doesn't have a "yogurt" setting. Don't know if I'm going to be successful or not...some experimenting using water found that it was too hot and hard to control the temperature. Drats!

Nothing very exciting Thursday (August 27)...we went for our morning walk at Sunnyside Acres Urban Forest again and then I went to another foot orthotics appointment. The adjustment seemed to help my right foot but now my left foot was starting to bug me...sheesh! So I left the pair of orthotics  to be refurbished. At $100 to have that done, it's a lot cheaper than getting new ones...besides he said the main components should last 5 to 7 years. The soft components that are being refurnished usually last 2 to 3 years...I've had them for over 3 years now. They will be ready tomorrow.

Friday (August 28) morning we drove back into Vancouver to pick up Steve's binoculars at Markarian Fine Optics. Steve had received an email response from Bushnell..."We can't tell what model you have but it looks to be an older discontinued pair of either Sportsman or Trophy. We would honour warranty but if it is discontinued, we would have to replace them with a current comparable model as parts would no longer be available. You can send your binoculars in to us for warranty assessment."  Sweet...should have them back in plenty of time for hunting season (Steve)!

On our way home, we stopped to have coffee with Chris at his new Phoenix Labs office, an independent video game studio in Burnaby. He had been working from home since last March until the beginning of August when employees returned to a brand new office on the 5th floor...much more space for spreading everyone out. The main floor has a coffee shop with lots of tables spread out...a very nice open environment.
We sat outside in the courtyard behind the building...
We were back home by early afternoon. Steve packaged up the binoculars (luckily Markarian had a box) and then I headed off to the post office.

Saturday (August 29) morning we found out that Rob, Conner and Bryce had gone up for a ride in a Cessna 172, a 4-seater airplane. Rob and Angie had given Conner a promise for the airplane ride back in January for his 7th birthday but then Covid hit and they had been putting it off until they felt it was safe. Well, today was the day! Thanks for the pictures, Angie!
Look at this very excited Conner!
And his little brother, Bryce (5)...
Bryce, Conner and with Dad (Rob). They had their masks for the flight...
So we had a video call with them right after lunch...and heard all about it from Conner. I think the thing that impressed him most was wearing the headphones and talking! According to Rob, Bryce was excited for about 10 minutes and then lost interest LOL. Conner absolutely loves airplanes and knows everything about them! I believe we are going to have a pilot in the family!

Chris, Angela and Isaac arrived just after 3:30. We managed to sit out for awhile. Too funny that Isaac did not realize that mom had tucked a "flower" behind his ear...
Although it was fairly sunny out, it wasn't all that warm and the breeze made it cooler, so we decided to head inside. Angela, Isaac and Chris...it's really hard to get Isaac to look at the camera!
After dinner, we visited a little longer and then I helped put Isaac's pyjamas on him and Chris gathered all of their things. They headed off just after 8:00...another great visit! Our weekends here are starting to get numbered now...only a few left.

Sunday (August 30) started off nice and sunny but by mid afternoon, it had clouded over. It also wasn't overly warm. Steve did some more maintenance chores on the trailer...fixing the wiring on an exterior light under the overhang and caulking around the antenna on the roof.

I pretty well worked on this blog update most of the afternoon.

Monday (August 31) was basically the opposite of yesterday...it started off cloudy and we even had a little rain. More like a mist. But later on in the day, some blue sky broke through.

We were on the road just after 8:00 a.m....on our way out to Abbotsford for our appointment at Honda Way to have the rain sensor on the windshield replaced. We were told it shouldn't take too long so we waited for it to be done. After waiting for about an hour, we were told they only ordered the "gel pack" and discovered that the whole rain sensor needed to be replaced...um...we thought that's what they were doing?! They have to order in the sensor, which will take a couple of days, so we'll have to come back...again! Sheesh!

We had picked out a park in Abbotsford to go for our walk today, so we went to Clearbrook Park to hike Downes Bowl Trail....Downes Bowl is a scenic area with a network of hiking trails located in Clearbrook Park in Abbotsford. The bowl shaped terrain is unique in that the area has a large marsh with wooden boardwalks and small bridges that cross several streams. Dropping down into the bowl also makes for a quieter hiking experience even though the park is located near busy roads and sports fields.


 A small pond...
 Ducks and a Great Blue Heron...

 That's cool!

 Lots of water running through this whole area...

About an hour or so later, we were back at our car...just shy of 5 km/3 miles of up and down! But a great hike in a very scenic area.

We spent the rest of the day working on this blog update and doing a few chores (like emptying and flushing the tanks).

And that brings us up-to-date...September 1st tomorrow! Wow...where did the summer go?