We had an uneventful drive as we headed east on Trans Canada highway 16 towards Edmonton. We have reservations for a week at St. Albert Kinsmen RV Park (St. Albert is a suburb of Edmonton).
After stopping at the office, we continued on to site #43 that we had reserved...it is the same site we were in 2 years ago while visiting Edmonton.
We got levelled off and unhitched. As Steve was connecting our pathetic extension cord so we'd be able to plug in the TV (to watch some over-the-air TV) and charge our devices, he discovered that the power post only had a 50/30 amp plug...and he didn't have a 50 or 30 to 15 amp adapter. A couple of nearby campers offered to check their inventory but no luck. Thankfully the campground host had one and lent it to us!
We had a quick lunch and then headed off to find Canadian Energy to pick up the new inverter/charger that Steve had ordered. The wiring adapter kit hadn't arrived yet, but it was expected to be in by mid day tomorrow. Adam was great to deal with there and gave Steve a courtesy discount because he was in the wholesale business in a previous life saving us $471.00! Looking forward to Rob's Mobile RV Service installing it on Friday.
Back home, I finished setting up everything inside while Steve finished his set up outside. With that done, it was time to sit outside in the shade and enjoy a bevie. The sites are very long but a little close together...we've been in much worse.
We also had to stop at All West Plastic Fabricators. Steve had to get a face plate made up for the new inverter System Control Panel. Zantrex makes adapter cables so that you don't have to rewire when upgrading from the old to the new system, however the old and new System Control Panels are a completely different size and they don't make an adapter face plate??? How dumb is that...it cost us $47 to have one made from black ABS!
Steve's Uncle and Aunt, Gordon and Esther, had invited us over for happy hour and dinner. Friends, Gweth and Don, who we met on one of our Cabo trips were joining us for happy hour. We had an absolutely lovely visit while Don and Gweth there but, I can't believe we forgot to take a picture! So I pulled out a photo taken last time we were here when they had invited Steve and I over for dinner...
We were looking forward to Friday...it's the day we get power again! However it started to rain so we were getting concerned. Thankfully the rain stopped just as Rob and Mark from Rob's Mobile RV Service arrived shortly after 9:30. If our old inverter/charger was still available Steve would have swapped it out himself, but this was a whole new system.
Zantrex Freedom SW 2012 2000 watt, 100 amp inverter/charger is much bigger and weighs a whopping 58Lbs!
Finally, we got the satellite dish set up and tuned in...all is right with the world now!
After dinner, Steve enjoyed his bowl of Chapman's Blackjack Cherry frozen yogourt. Dave and Leslie had put us onto it and it is now Steve's fav!
It started to sprinkle out a bit when Steve and I decided to go for a walk...we were going to take the path but opted for a walk around the campground. Steve then decided he was going to work on all of the pictures he had taken at the rodeo...so he spent his afternoon in his recliner with the laptop.
I hummed and hawed about ignoring the threat of rain and going for a walk down to the big Enjoy Centre, not to far away. I finally decided to go for it...taking my umbrella, of course!
It's a very busy Saturday morning out on the soccer field! The RV Park is almost totally surrounded by playing fields, soccer, rugby, football, lacrosse etc. Very handy for out of towners to stay here. In fact the RV Park filled up last night because of a lacrosse tournament.
Hole's Greenhouses...a hugh shopping area for any and all possible plants, shrubs, bushes, trees, flowers, including all of your gardening accessories.
Next, I took the escalator downstairs and checked out Amaranth Whole Foods...there is also a big deli, a bakery and a wine store that sells unique wines that volume sellers do not carry.
At least the rain held off until I got home...just...a few minutes after I walked in the door, the pitter-patter on the roof started.
Yup...that looks like rain! But no thunder and lightning! Drats! I love to see/hear a big storm...as long as there is no damage by hail and that quite often accompanies them.
Tonight we're going over to Gordon and Esther's for a family barbecue, so late afternoon we got cleaned up and dashed to the truck. It was socked right in...
Steve had noticed they each had a dog so decided to take this photo by yelling out "Ladies...show me your puppies"! LOL!
As it just so happens Steve's sister and brother-in-law are on a 97 day tour of Europe and were in France visiting the WWI grave sites of Uncle Gord's Uncle, Daniel Gardner on his mothers side...
Nadine said Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, author of In Flanders Fields is buried 20 plots away...
And on his dad's side his Uncle Arthur Oaks...
Monday morning we were up and out shortly after 8:00. Of course it was still pouring but there was a wind warning added to the forecast later today...and wind was an understatement!! Our first stop was WCI to have the passenger door camera replacement installed. It's an interesting place, they do police, fire, utility vehicles and much more. After a stop at Trail Blazers RV for a new 50 to 30 amp adapter cord, we headed home.
Now the rest of the afternoon was very exciting...not! We loaded 3 bags full of laundry into the truck and headed off to the laundromat in St. Albert. Yes, I had a mountain of laundry to do! After a fun couple of hours, we headed home...whew...glad that's done!
Oh...and the wind had really started to whip up! A wind warning had been posted with wind gusts up to 90 km/h. Even though the satellite dish was staked to the ground with 12" spikes, the wind blew it over but luckily nothing broke. By dinner time it was really rattling the trailer and the slide toppers were flapping like crazy so as soon as we finished eating, we pulled all but the bedroom slide in. Nothing like going to bed at 7:00 to watch TV. A few hours later, we ended up pulling in the bedroom slide as well, leaving just enough room for us to get in.
Tuesday with the wind still howling, and the slides still in, we headed out for breakfast. With the slides in we only have access to half the fridge and bathroom. Today was our major stock up day. We leave tomorrow for a couple of weeks in northern Manitoba fishing at Reed Lake where Steve's brother, Dave, has a fishing camp. After breakfast, it was to Costco (and the Costco liquor store) and then the Real Canadian Super Store...we also topped up with diesel ($1.20/litre).
It was still howling out when we got home, so we couldn't put out the slides yet, but I managed to get the stuff that needed to be refrigerated in the fridge. While I was doing that, Steve was outside flushing the black tank, putting some water in the fresh water tank, filling our extra water jugs, checking all the tires and generally putting everything away in prep for leaving. I helped him a bit and then we hooked up the truck and trailer. I went back inside out of the wind to work on our blog update...yes, we're behind again! My office...LOL
We plan on pulling out of here tomorrow morning at 8:00. We are meeting Gordon and Esther at a
Flying J truck stop for breakfast and then we will all travel east/north east to Manitoba. There will be no cell service up there...so I will definitely have some catching up to do when we get "back on the grid". So we will sign off for now...stay tuned, we'll be back in a couple of weeks!