2017

Let’s Take a Tour of TC

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Telegraph Cove, located north of Campbell River B.C. on Vancouver Island, is a small cove that hosts a marina, condo’s, restaurants, whale watching tours, bear tours, a general store, several coffee shops, kayak tours and just a nice place to sit and relax. TC sits on Johnstone Strait.

 

TC got its name when a superintendent of Telegraphs was hunting for a place for a line from Campbell River in 1912 and came upon this fishing village. In the 1920’s, Alfred Wastell built a lumber mill and a salmon saltery in the cove. During WWII, TC became a relay station for the Air Force. Many of the buildings seen today were built during that time. For decades, Telegraph Cove remained a sleepy hamlet of board walks and wooden buildings built on pilings on the coast. Boat was the only means of transportation. Automobile access arrived only in 1956 and with it, the potential for tourism. By the 1970’s, the lumber mill and salmon saltery were ending their historic runs. Now it was time for vacationers, sport fishermen and whale watchers. Stubbs Island Whale Watching, the very first outfit of its kind in BC, launched in 1980.

 

Let’s go on a photo tour of Telegraph Cove. You can click any photo to make it bigger!

 

Entrance to TC
Our office. Let me explain some local tidbits. The marina and this building belong to our boss. The condo’s and boardwalk belong to someone else. That is why there are two offices. 

 

This is the Seahorse Cafe. Marco and Lana have been in this spot for 14 years. Good food!
The Seahorse Gallery offers finer tourist gems. Shirts, scarves, handcrafted jewelry and cool drinking containers. Many have the First Nations emblems on them.

 

Entrance to the boardwalk. There are a lot of old machinery parts left from the various businesses over the years laying around.

This tree is just inside the entrance to the boardwalk.

 

 

 

This is the General Store. No nuts and bolts but most everything else. Fishermen and tourist stuff and some food stuff.

 

Outside seating at one of the coffee shops next to the TC office.

 

This is the boardwalk post office mailbox where we mail letters and postcards.

 

The Board Walk

 

The brown building on the right houses all the employees. It is the Bunk House and this is where the Air Force guys stayed.
An old Dodge truck gets its photo taken a lot!
Flowers are everywhere making TC look beautiful.

The Killer Whale Restaurant. Serves up some great food. Very nice inside seating.
Killer Whale Restaurant also has marina side seating.
In July, on Wednesdays – Saturday there is a Salmon Bake on the boardwalk at The Killer Whale Restaurant. The meal consists of the most moist and delicious salmon. Sides are 3 salads and corn on the cob. A mere $27 ca.

 

Rooms and cabins are for rent. They line the boardwalk.
Right next door to the restaurant is the pub. Haven’t been in here yet. Spirits served.
The story behind this oar….a cougar attacked a little dog. A nearby couple saw this oar in the tree, took it to beat on the cougar’s head and they broke it. Poor puppy lived but was blinded by the cougars jaw.
Nice gesture to keep the boardwalk free of pet poop.

Decorations galore.

One of many bird houses.
The other coffee shop.
Stubbs Whale Watching tours are very popular. Buses of people come in weekly. And yes, they see lots of whales, seals, otters, and eagles.
All aboard for the whale tours. There are 2 boats. (click to see) One large one, Lukwa, holds 46 people. The newer boat, Kultua is smaller.
Whales are a big deal here because this is their home. So they have to be a museum to tell all.

Across the mouth to the marina and from these photo’s is the boardwalk on the other side of the marina. Dale and I hike over the mountain and down to this boardwalk. Beautiful views of Johnstone Strait here.

The Marina

Across from our office is the Dockside 29 condo’s privately owned. They sit right on the edge of the marina.

See the yacht! Been here for a month. Hasn’t moved.
North Island Kayak tours are very popular.

Finally —-

Our domain as hosts.

I hope you have enjoyed this little tour. We have come to love this beautiful gem nestled amongst all the islands dotting the northern part of Vancouver Island.

A treat! 

Life is amazing and so good. God’s creation astounds us with its creativity and beauty.

Mt. St. Helens

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While in Longview we took the opportunity to go up to the mountain that erupted back in 1980. We first went to Castle Rock, Washington and headed eat 52 miles to the Johnston Ridge.

There are many hikes up and around the mountain, but today we settled on the information center. We were admitted free with our pass but it costs $8 to park and tour around the facility and the ridge. We watched a film about the eruption. I learned that an earthquake set off a slide and the mountain erupted soon after. Debris took out all the timber that was there and down into the Toutle Valley 14 miles.

I also learned that this mountain has erupted many, many times over its years. This wasn’t the first time and it won’t be the last.

As you can see, we had a beautiful day. The wind was blowing like crazy. The orange and blue wildflowers were out. The area is just beautiful.

Life is good. God’s paint brush leaves us with breathtaking beauty.

FMCA

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No, we aren’t doing the YMCA with the Village People. 🙂 We did, however, go to a Family Motor Coach Association rally June 19-25 in Longview, Washington. We were in a sea of motor coaches of all sizes. About 400 rigs attended this 3 day rally and we found people are pretty loyal FMCAers.

This was our first rally with these folks. We arrived early because Dale volunteered to help in any job. This rally is run by all volunteers and it takes a bunch to put together such a comprehensive program. There were vendors selling all kinds of RV stuff!  After examining our used Blue Ox hitch, we bought a new one.

There were 2 meals and a hot dog bash. Coffee and assorted pastries were for breakfast.

Wednesday was the hotdog bash where we had Costco dogs, beans, salad and dessert and sat in the grandstands. Opinion was “this isn’t fun” but Dale and I enjoyed it all! That night was Bingo with no winners in our house until blackout. Dale won $147!!! He thought Bingo might be a fun game.

Our table mates were on for blackout also. Dale bought their cards for them after winning BO.

The next day was opening ceremonies and chapter row. Dale was sponsoring the Workhorse Chassis chapter.  The different chapters names were put in the hat for a $50 drawing. Yep, you got it. Dale won. As Tina says, “You. Me. Vegas.”

On Friday, we toured all the big rigs that the vendors had brought to the rally. My, they were expensive, with lots of bling. We decided our little ol’ Dolphin fit us just fine.

After touring we visited all the vendors. I went to the FMCA booth and looked for our membership number for a prize. Yay, it was there and we won a $25 gift card. Needless to say, all this free money is going to Canada with us as “Mad Money.” (Nope, not going to the Blue Ox Hitch fund!!!)

Entertainment was provided on Friday and Saturday nights. Red and Bernie were a hoot. A musical duo with very hilarious funny bones.

Red and Bernie are from Liverpool and knew the Beatles personally.

 

Brady Goss was a phenomenal piano player. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdRYQyWQABI

 

We did have a fun time and met some very nice people. Would we do this again. Maybe, maybe not!

Life is great – on the road. God’s mercies are new every morning.

The Adventure of 2017 Has Begun

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I’d like to give an update on the Keto way of eating before I dig into our adventure of 2017.

My blood work came back very good! Blood sugar numbers were at 100 – down from 140 mgs. No longer in the “diabetic” range which was my goal. My kidney numbers were up. Which was another goal. My blood pressure numbers were normal and so off my medication. Lost 26 pounds and about 30 inches off this ol’ body. We didn’t do cholesterol numbers. Not a biggie with my doctor so I don’t worry about it. But reports from Keto Badass Babes reports those numbers go down after about 6 months on the diet. In all, I’m satisfied with the results. I feel better, have more energy and eat pretty darn well.

Now to the awesome RV trip we are going on. It’s been a week and 4 days since we left home. We are staying at Elks Lodges along the way north. First Keiser near Salem. We got the last space in this tiny park. Our friends, Dana and Tim live in Salem so we were able to spend the afternoon and dinner time with them.

Next stop was a favorite park in St. Helens, Oregon. We spent 2 days there. On our free day we went to Sauvie Island that was 20 miles away from us. We found this island to be agricultural, plenty of wild life and an attraction to the beaches on the Columbia River for people escaping the city. The island is 10 miles long and sits between the Columbia River, the Multnomah Channel and the Willamette River.  Sadly, the wildlife had migrated away from the island.

Osprey were still in the area.
Hydrangea – fields of them. A big supplier of nurseries have a business on the island.
Lot of cattle and horses.
All kinds of boats were docked on the channel.
It was a nice day for the beach.

We were getting hungry after drive first down on side of the island to a dead-end and then back around to another road that dead ended at the beach. We found the pumpkin patch! They had a market, gift shop and a small outdoor cafe. Before leaving the island we had lunch.

Dale after ordering lunch.

It was a great day exploring. Off to Longview!

Life is good, very good. God is still in love with all of us.

 

Sit and Sew

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I have found a new hobby. Quilting.

I enjoy sitting at my sewing machine and put together something that my family will have to remember me by!

I formed a sewing group here at Timber Valley SKP Park and we have a great time sitting around and working on whatever project we have handy at the time. We do get a lot of chatting done along with our sewing! It’s a great way to get to know one another too.

Jeanie is working on her beautiful flower quilt. Here she is getting her binding ready to finish of the quilt.
Linda, Sally and Joy discuss what color to border Linda’s placemats.
Sally is working on a “camper” themed quilt and is cutting out all the little pieces she needs to put material to.

 

We have show and tell about our projects and Marlene shows off her bag and pillow cases.

I finally finished my Downton Abbey “Sybil” lap quilt. This will keep me warm in the motorhome as we travel down the road. Chicks and Roosters quilted it for me and she did a beautiful job.

Us gals are going to make barn quilts for our sheds. ((Photos when they are done)) but I made this small one for the motorhome. I used the material I purchased in Whitehorse, YK and Alaska (Denali). The design is the bear paw block. Dale made the wooden bear paws and we mounted them on a piece of bamboo.

So we do more than sewing! Some of the gals are working on the corded baskets. This is Joy’s favorite craft.

I will miss this time with some good, good friends when we leave for the summer. I will also miss all the wonderful projects these gals craft. I’m asking for photo’s from them so I can keep up.

Life is good, awesome, beautiful, fantastic, crafty, delightful! God happens to be the same.

It’s Exciting!!! to be Making Plans for Summer

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As I mentioned in an earlier post that we volunteered to be camp hosts in Telegraph Cove this summer.

This was a difficult decision for us as we usually have been in “paid” positions. This job means all expenses to get there are on us without a “salary.” We decided the adventure and exploring a part of the island we haven’t been to is compensation enough.

Telegraph Cove, BC. It’s a beautiful spot on the Johnstone Straight and near Port Hardy. The RV park is 48 spaces and very popular with international campers. Check it out here.

We have been as far as Campbell River back in 2004 when we went on a week-long kayak camping trip out of Cortes Island and kayaked through Desolation Sound. 

We are so excited to have this opportunity to explore this part of Vancouver Island. More exciting is the fact that we are making ferry reservations TODAY! And they are having a sale to boot on ferry fees!! A Win – Win!

We will sail out of Vancouver, BC to Nanaimo. We are looking for a space to park for the night once we arrive. Canadian Tire seems to let RVers park in their parking lot. An email has been sent to them to make sure. Wal-Mart and Cabelas do not allow overnight parking.

Plans are starting to jell. It’s going to be a great summer.

Life is so good! God’s love is amazing and real.

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My sweet daughter has let me use her Cannon EOS 50D digital camera. Today, we took it out for a test drive. I have even purchased a book, David Busch’s Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR Photography. Thankfully, I found it used on Amazon and it was even Prime! So far I am learning all the buttons on the camera and what they do. So please don’t expect “expert photography” YET!

I thought flowing water would be a good test so we headed east on 138 to find us a waterfall. Hwy 138 has many waterfalls as well as the North Umpqua River. This part of Oregon is so picturesque and beautiful. We stopped at Susan Creek Falls trailhead and hiked up to the falls. The weather held here and there but we did get wet by the intermittent rain.

This is Dale’s rendition of “Rain on the Windshield.”

We can’t go by the North Umpqua River without getting a photo! This would have been great if an eagle had come by!

I took a bunch of photos here with different settings and filters.

Susan Creek Trail is a very easy trail. Well maintained and wheel chair accessible. You will agree it is very beautiful.

I can’t go past a flower. I HAVE to take a photo. I used the little flower setting or Macro setting for up close photo’s.

The Trilliums are flowering in pink and white.

It has been so wet in our part of Oregon. We wanted to see how much water was coming over the falls. We were not disappointed.

These were taken with a slow shutter speed 1/30th. A polarized filter was used also.

Walking bridge over Susan Creek by the picnic area.

And finally – are you ready for it! A selfie.

See that big white spot? That is water on the lens. Lesson learned.

A wonderful day with a stop at Steamboat Cafe for a quiet lunch. I encourage you all….get out and enjoy nature! 🙂

Life is good. God’s power in the cross of Christ.