Saturday, May 21, 2016

Barkersville

The next day we drove a little over an hour to the Historic Gold Town of Barkersville. It was founded by Billy Barker in the mid-1800's. There are characters who do not acknowledge the current year.
 Gold Panning.
 The Church.

 Homes

 Drug Store




 Chinatown

 Told you it was cold.
 Forgot to take a stage coach ride.
 Did watch a horse getting new shoes.
 Attended the theater.
 Saw this beautiful lake on the way home.
Back in town we had our dinner at a great restaurant that had free wifi and a geocache nearby.

Crossing the Border to Hell

We crossed the border on May 17 at the small town of Osoyoos, BC. It was a day from HE double L.
Because Bob has a concealed carry permit they pulled us over for a search.
We had stashed some extra booze but because we were so throughly searched they confiscated it all.
We were told that they could have confiscated the motorhome also so I guess a 4 1/2 wait at the border wasn't all that bad. 
Bob had to take the car back to the US side and mail an antique knife back to Livingston.
We had made arrangements to meet a friend, Linda Williamson at Hope so we drove and drove.
She was waiting for us in her motorhome. Had been there since noon and we got there at 6.

We had a wonderful visit both that evening and again in the morning for breakfast.
We then took off for Williams Lake.

Along the way we stopped at Hell's Gate. It is a very narrow area of the Fraser River.
Bob liked this carving.
Then we got on the tram that took us to the bottom of the gorge.

Looking down river





Thursday, May 19, 2016

Continuing North to Williams Lake

We continued on after Hell's Gate up to Williams Lake. It was a very pretty drive.


 Until we got into bad weather. Very windy and raining. You can see the trucks wake.
Once at Williams Lake we pulled into the Visitor's Center and parked for the night.
The center was closed until the morning. We went in and used their internet. Took the car off and drove around town. Then we went up the street with the motorhome to fill up. .919 cents a liter which worked out to....oh heck you do the math.

We hitched up back at the Visitor's Center and headed to Quesnel. We parked in a shopping center across from the Walmart. It was quiet there. Most of the businesses were out of business but there was a fantastic Fish n Chips place there where the special of the day was all you can eat prawns.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Four More States Closer

We passed thru Utah rather quickly.
Stopped at the Elk's Lodge in Provo and had a view of snow on the mountains.
Along the way Bob enjoyed these flowering trees.
 We enjoyed the views of mountains and lakes along the way.



We spent one night at an Elk's Lodge in Roy, UT. So noisy we left at 7:30 am. We drove until we go to Snake River Elk's Lodge above Twin Falls, ID. We knew it would be quiet there as we have stayed there before. It is on a golf course and everyone knows there isn't any golf after dark.

Kim and Travis welcomed us for the Kentucky Derby Party. 
The ladies all wore fancy hats.

 We stayed two nights. Went into town to visit with Becky and Lonnie. They took us to Elevation 486 restaurant and had a great view of the gorge and great food.
Afterwards we went geocaching and sightseeing.


After Mother's Day breakfast brunch at the lodge we took off heading to the Tri-Cites area. We stopped for the night at the Wild Horse Casino at Pendleton, OR. Our friends, Jim and Kathy Cooper from KOFA in Yuma stopped by briefly. Afterwards we went in and won a little money.

The next morning we went in for breakfast and to win a little more money before heading to Kennewick Elk's Lodge in Washington. We had a lot of errands to do while here. Went to the Verizon store and set up our phones and wifi for Canadian usage. To the bank to get cash for the trip and some Canadian money too. Stopped at some other stores to stock up before meeting with Dee Turner for "Linner" at Applebee's
 The next morning it was breakfast with Jenny and Dan Sheppard.

We went and got a couple of geocaches afterwards. Then it was back on the road heading north. We stopped at another Elk's Lodge in Moses Lake, WA and went in to give our donation. They were having a tamale dinner so we partook of that.
 Then the next day after geocaching we met Felix and Minnie for hamburger day at the American Legion.

We continued north the next day. Enjoyed the scenery along the way.
This looks like a cross.


We had intentions of staying at the Moose Lodge in Grand Coulee. After taking the car off and moving the MH to the parking area we decided we really didn't like it. We took the car and checked out the Spring Canyon National Park campground. 

Our view.
The Dam was in view and pretty at night when lite up.

We absolutely loved it and we spent 4 days and nights relaxing, reading and visiting with Dave and Amy from the Seattle area. 
It was hard to move on but move on we did. There will be NO pictures of this campsite. It's Walmart in Omak, WA. We had planned on staying at the Elk's but they only allow weekend camping. We checked out the city park but they wanted $30 a night. Of course, we spent that in Walmart.

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Bryce Canyon Day Trip

The next day May 2nd we drove the 60 miles north to see Bryce Canyon.
It was Donna's 57th wedding anniversary and all we saw was 
"More Red Rock". (that's what her husband thought & said about the west.
This was on our way on Rt. 12.

We first stopped at Sunset Overlook.

We then drove clear to the far end 18 miles to Rainbow Point.

There was snow there and it even spit a few flakes while there.


On our way back to the entrance we stopped at several viewpoints.


Here was the bridge.


While there we connected with Trish & Bob via text messages and met them at Ruby's Inn for our "Linner". That what we call the meal half way between lunch & dinner. We met them though RVillage, a website for rver's. 

On our way back home we came upon about 2 inches of slush. Bob had to try to remember how to drive in it again.