Our winter journey is coming to a close now, in fact we should already be back in Peterborough but mother nature is throwing us one more F U (You know what I said, trying not to swear). We are stuck in Sault St Marie for what looks like a couple of days waiting out the massive ice and snow storm.
We left in September and drove thousands of miles. We visited Maryland, Texas, New Mexico on our way to Yuma, Arizona. From there we explored Nevada, Las Vegas. California, San Diego and Los Angeles, and had a remarkable time. Definitely one for the memory banks.
We left Arizona towards the end of March straight up through Idaho and Montana into Alberta to spend a couple of weeks in Calgary with our daughter and her family. Though since leaving Montana we had to winterize our home due to this crazy winter that just won’t let go.
After Calgary we started out on the trans Canada highway through Saskatchewan and Manitoba into Ontario where
one of the worst winter storms has us hunkered down waiting to finish the trip. One thing for sure, I am done with the Canadian winter and the sooner we get back into Peterborough the sooner we can get jobs to earn our stay back in Arizona. Lets face it, standing in the desert facing blowing sand is much more preferable to standing in two feet of snow freezing our butts off.
We have learned a lot since we hit the road and we have experienced a few issues as well but most of all we have learned that we can do this every year. We have met so many good people on our travels, people we can say that are now friends and are waiting to meet up with again. Can’t wait to see Dougie and Bently again, some of our favorite doggies we have met.
To those that have been following, keep it up. We will have some great reviews of the places we have seen, done and stayed at. I will also put out an e book of these places and along with my guide to full timing during the first year.
Thanks a bunch everyone, talk again soon. Kevin
So here we are, on the cusp of entering Canada again for the summer. We are at a trailer park in Shelby Montana and it’s cold. Water froze last night (back working again now). Temps here are below freezing and stupid windy!!
After checking weather and calling trailer parks in Calgary we are SOL (You know what that means!) One park open but no water till the 10th of April and no dump. Plus……, plus that campground wants 550 for the two weeks we will be there. Now comes the decision, do it and suffer a bit or winterize the trailer and find a hotel.
As you all know I am fair skinned and a bit of a princess and not having water to flush a turd is out of the question. So we just booked a hotel for the two weeks, includes breakfast every morning, a hot shower every day, water to flush the turds and a warm bed to sleep in…all for a few bucks more than the trailer park.
A no brainer I guess! So now I must go outside and winterize my home for two to three weeks until the dam weather turns around. Next year we are definitely heading south just a wee bit later so our entry back will be nicer.
That’s my rant for now, gotta put on two spring jackets and go outside (who would have thought we would need winter clothing!!!) BRRRRRR….. Have fun;
Well, the time has come to head towards Canada. Too bad we are only allowed six months here in the US, there is so much to see. We packed up and left the comfort and warmth of Arizona this morning and began our travels north.
We have decided to head straight up the 15 as we intend to hit Calgary Alberta to see our daughter and her husband. The drive up the 95 to Las Vegas was fine, boring as there is nothing but roads that go on for miles and miles but there are mountains and beautiful scenery to take in. Going through Vegas was like going through Toronto, busy and a bunch of nut cases on the highway.
We got through it and got on the 15, which we will stay on now until Canada. Going through the start of Utah was incredible. We drove through a huge cut in a massive mountain for miles. Then, as we climbed the mountain the rain began and never stopped. We got near Zion and couldn’t see a thing. Colleen started calling nearby rv spots but all could not accommodate as the rains were swelling the sites and the ones that weren’t were booked.
We are now safely tucked into a Best Western Plus (which actually has rv sites) for the night. We are surrounded by majestic snow capped mountains which reminds me of being in Banff Alberta. Will be back on the road in the morning on our way to the next stop, Salt Lake City.
That’s it for now, have fun…Kevin
So after we got settled into our new park in Ehrenberg we left our trailer and drove the 95 almost three hours all the way to Las Vegas for our second time this year. This time was for the Pennzoil 400 Nascar race and we were pumped!
We land a hotel for less than 90 a night (I know right, on this weekend!) and it turns out to be on Las Vegas Blvd, 1.9 miles from the entrance to the race track. Wow. Sunday comes, we call for a Lyft car (Same as Uber) and we are there in less than 5 minutes. For us, excitement builds right away as we see all the car haulers and all the merchant haulers opened up for business.
I had to get a Dale Jr jacket, which I did but we walked around for a couple of hours seeing and having fun. At this point Colleen was still unsure who her new driver was to be as her favorite retired last year (Earnhardt Jr). Me, I have turned to the number 18 OF Rowdy(Kyle) Bush. Colleen was leaning towards Harvick in the number 4 but was not fully sure yet so she didn’t buy anything.
We finally buy a couple of Bud Lights (so expensive at the track) and start up to find our seats. Turns out they were only three rows from the track and right in front of pit lane (Just past the finish line). Guess who’s pit we were directly in front of, that’s right, Kevin Harvick! That sealed it for Colleen, he was her new driver. Pre-race ceremonies went on, we stood for the anthem, saw Rascal Flatts, witness the superb fly over from Nellis then the race began. We didn’t get ear plugs because of Colleen’s love for the sound but after lap 3 I was literally falling down with my vertigo as the noise was so loud that my ears not only ached but hurt. I went and got plugs and all was good after that.
The whole weekend was fabulous, we were entertained on Freemont street the night before (So many Nascar fans there) We stood and watched a great rock band, had a few beers and guess what, we didn’t gamble. The weekend was all about racing fun.
Vegas can be a very fun town and we had a blast. Any race fans out there, you gotta see this race live! Well, that’s it for now, till next post…Kevin