2010 Trip Log

May 21 - 23 Ferintosh - Good Sam Spring Meeting

Cold, rainy weather with snow on Sunday morning caused a few people to leave early. Everyone who remained managed to have a good time anyway even though the lack of heat in the hall was a problem. We went through thirteen pounds of propane between Friday and Sunday morning.

Our Parkland Jays Chapter helped with the Bean Bag Baseball and with cooking breakfast Sunday morning.

June 4 -6 Sangudo - O'l Pembina River Ferry RV Park

George an Mary Jane Suntgen's RV park has ben a perennial favourite but 2010 is the last year for this campground.

George's latest toys included the beautiful 1956 Meteor Crown Victoria below and his father's 1940 Fargo truck which was in pieces after body parts were repainted in Mexico.

56 Meteor Crown Victoria 56 Meteor Crown Victoria
!940 Fargo 1940 Fargo Hood Ornament

My father owned an almost identical 1939 Fargo grain truck and as a boy I accompanied him when he hauled livestock into Edmonton. The highway cruising speed was forty miles per hour and ration stickers were still on the winshield. I also drove it a few times as a teen ager and can report that today's trucks are much more comfortable and faster. Note the 'Around the World' hood ornament.

The chassis and power train were elsewhere on the grounds and I finally got to figure out that strange dual range transmission used by Fargo trucks of the time. A lever stuck up from the back of the transmission and when it was pulled back all of the gear ratios doubled along with the speedometer reading. Dad called his 'compound low.' ... Roy

June 7 to Jul7 8 - Samboree Trip 2010

This is a log of our trip to the BC Samboree in Armstrong where the motor homes turn off to take a picture of the cheese factory.

June 20

We drove from our home in Spruce Grove to Jasper and the Whistlers Campground

The full and partial hook ups were full so we were assigned unserviced site 18E. Showers are available in the quiet, very pretty setting. The fee was $28.40 per night in a loop with no fire pits. A fire permit would have been another $8.80 but the weather was hot and the air unpolluted. The odd cow elk wandered through our camp site.

campsite photo campsite photo2 Icefields RV parking lot

Campsite at Whistlers. The Skytram is on the mountain peak in the background.

Janet and Denver take a break.

The Columbia Icefields RV parking lot.

June 21

The Icefields Parkway to Lake Louise was next on our agenda. The F150 performed admirably hauling our trailer over the mountain passes. We stopped at the Icefields to take a few pictures to compare with the one I took through the windshield of "Der Beetle" in 1963. Weather was warm and sunny.

icefield icefield in 1963

Drove to set up camp in the Lake Louise Campground. Our power only site cost $32.00 per night. Good showers were available.

A couple from Nevada with a tiny Casita trailer set up camp next to us. They told us that the Casita fit into their garage bay and had pretty much been everywhere.

casita restaurant pix

Later we went to the Old Railroad station restaurant where the friendly and talkative waiter told us that the original chef had returned and that his personal favourite meal was the half chicken with the chef's double stuffed potatoes. That turned out to be a be a good call. 2 Twoglasses of wine, dinner and tip cost $68.00.

The restaurant is old fashioned and beautifully decorated. It looks like Walter Wilcox (Camping in the Canadian Rockies, circa 1912) might walk in at any minute.

A stroll around the beautifully landscaped grounds after our meal included a peek into the vintage dining car below.

Dining Car

June 22

We left lake Louise and headed west in a rainstorm taking a break at the Kicking Horse Rest Stop. It is nicely equipped with picnic tables, restrooms, and short walking trails. You can see the incredible 'Ten Mile' bridge from the viewpoint.

Kicking Horse rest stop

The next stop after going through a lot of highway construction was the Rogers Pass summit complex. The information guy there told us that 3 day park passes were available and were cheaper at the pass summit than other places. Something to remember on the way back as our annual pass was to expire on June 30th.

The Lamplighter campground in Revelstoke was our next stop. Full hook ups, laundromat, showers, and free wifi are available. Our full hook up cost $32.00 per night.

A rental unit with a couple from Germany was next to us and the driver told us that he had saved up the $4000.00 cost of the tour package over a few years.

June 23 -26 - The BC Samboree in Armstrong

We traveled to Armstrong where the efficient parking crew directed us to our site on the fairgrounds.

"I see you need oxygen and power."
"Uh No."
"...and you are from the Victoria Wanderers"
"No, we are from the Parkland Jays based in Spruce Grove, Alberta"

After that we were directed to a (non-power) site on the fairgrounds with room to get the awning out.

Janet's sister Joan came from Vernon for a visit. Just after Joan left a sudden, violent wind and rain storm struck forcing a scramble to get the awning up and stash lawn chairs and the grass mat under the truck tonneau. For a while it looked like river front property behind us but fortunately nothing was damaged. Being surrounded by class A motor homes helped.

Our spot at the BC Samboree storm

June 24

- Crib tournament and brown can auction. Started four handed with three ladies whose gabbing delayed things a bit.

Joan stopped by later on her way to put flowers on George's grave at Malakwa as today was his birthday.

That evening we marched the Parkland Jays flag in during the opening ceremonies.

flag parade

Friday, June 25

1.The 'RV Tricks and Tips' seminar was hosted by the guy from the big motor home behind s who also got us two huge loaves of home made bread as part of a fund raiser. Tips included using hydrogen peroxide to sterilize tank water as well as as a disinfectant, WD40 as shoe polish, a ten buck wifi detector from Radio Shack, motor home drivers keeping the rear view camera on with a tie hanging in the toad - (If the tie starts bouncing around you may have a flat on the toad.), etc.

2.The 'Tractor' Races
This one consisted of two contestants in a golf cart driving a course around and about sets of pylons. The driver is blindfolded and the navigator is only allowed simple commands like "right", "left", "faster", and "slower.".

After some urging Bill Baron from Wetaskiwin and I entered with Bill navigating. Driving an unfamiliar rig with strange steering and my "Pedal to the Metal" driving style got us off course and disqualified fast.

Two Alberta ladies, Esther Crabtree and Suzanne Tywoniuk entered with Esther driving. Esther set a record for the number of traffic cones run over and it made a pretty funny video.

Samboree Tractor race Tractor Race

Later that day e managed to squeeze in a trip to the Village Cheese factory and store a few blocks away. The place is one of our friends favourite places in the world with its huge selection of artisan cheeses and huge blueberry scones.

In the evening Jerry Huck entertained the assembled multitude with his audience participation country and western act which got him a standing ovation.

Saturday, June 26

The Rotary Club $5.00 breakfast was next - pancakes, eggs, and ham. Excellent.

Our table was shared with a couple whose name tags said Calgary BC and a couple from the Rotary club. The Rotarian told us that some multi-national had bought the rights to the Armstrong name and closed the cheese factory. (Village Cheese does have an operating speciality cheese factory.)

A trip to Janet's aunt's memorial tea at Lavington (Actually Coldstream according to my GPS) was next. Her request was not to have a big thing, just have everyone come for tea on her beautiful acreage. Jean was 96. We visited with Jean's daughters and other acquaintances.

One daughter, Linda, teaches political science in Ottawa and is currently on chapter sixteen of a book about the wreckage of the Zimbabwe economy. She has a connection with the Zimbabwean lady who was at the tea in her gorgeous ethic costume.

Later we returned to the Samboree for the banquet and closing ceremonies. Club skits were the entertainment with the Chiliwack Sams winning for their hilarious and elaborate 'Chicken Wedding' routine. Some of them were camped beside us.

Chicken Wedding skit The Village Cheese Factory
The "Chicken Wedding" The Village Cheese Factory

Sunday, June 27-Wednesday

The GPS showed us the fastest route through town to the Riverside RV Park in Enderby. All of the full hook ups were occupied but we were assigned site 44, a WP site by the river with a view of the Enderby cliffs. Cost was $30.00 per night, extras were wifi at $5.00 per day and a wheelbarrow of fire wood for $5.00. Weather was warm with showers so we didn't bother with the firewood. Wifi worked from our rig. Showers were coin operated, cost .25 per 1.5 minutes.

Washrooms were clean and well maintained. The riverside trail was across from our site and downtown was a fifteen minute walk away.

Riverside RV park site View from our site

Fay and Ernie came to visit Sunday, Colin, Laura, Maureen, and Chris stopped by on Monday en route to Joan's and Ellis Provincial Park.

Laura and Colin Maureen and Chris

We drove to Armstrong where Joan bought us lunch at the Armstrong Inn, then did some shopping winding up at the Village Cheese store where the factory was in operation. Bought more cheese and huge blueberry scones.

Wednesday, June 30th

We left Riverside RV park in Enderby for the Revelstoke KOA where we had previously reserved a spot for June 30th to July 4th. Pricey and now a bit run down but we did a pile of laundry that afternoon. ($15.00 for 3 washer and 2 dryer loads at $3.00 per machine.)

The full hook up in our large site cost $36.30 per night with free but short range wifi and free showers. There is lots of leaky plumbing around here and the picnic tables haven't seen paint in some time. Janet also reported a gross door in the ladies washroom but some attempts to repair that were under way. Small bundles of wood were on sale for $6.90 plus tax but it was too cold to sit outside the first night.

KOA site

Thursday, July 1st - Canada Day

Janet put a small Canadian flag in our site plus her Canada Day windsock and maple leaf bow on our trailer.

We went downtown for the information centre, a walk around, and pizza that we took back to the campground. Later we returned to Grizzly Plaza to hear 'Cape Breton Kitchen', a local 'down east' band as the parade passed by.

During the walk around we found Janet's aunt's big old house painted a terrible colour. Apparently you have to get a permit from the city to paint your house and they limit selection to so called heritage colours.

Friday, July 2nd

We drove out to the airport and also to Williamson's Lake. Janet hardly recognized the place since a campground had been added. Sited looked a bit small and close together but it is away from the trains, quiet and has had good reports from campers who stayed there.

Williamson's Lake

A stop at Coopers on Victoria road for groceries was next.

Saturday, July 3rd

Another trip down town where one little shop had 'Down with mount Mackenzie' fridge magnets. Lots of local people are unimpressed with the Revelstoke Mountain Resort skewing the local economy and some have moved elsewhere to lower taxes.

We bought Janet's old friend Charlene who recently lost her husband Jim lunch at Emo's. Food there was very good and Charlene was happy to get out and gab.

Later we visited another old friend Judy Correnti who's house turned out to be right behind the parking lot that we had left out truck in.

Sunday, July 4

Heavy rain on Sunday morning led us to the Revelstoke United Church where we were married in 1969. We were given a warm welcome by Rev. Ken Jones and his congregation.. Some of Janet's old friends and school mates were there so we went downstairs for coffee and sandwiches after the service. Furniture had been removed from the basement for floor renewal but a few stacking chairs were found. Guess who did most of the talking?

The sanctuary with crystal bowls for meditation Janet and friends.

Next we stopped for gas and then returned to the campground. I spotted a Bald Eagle circling overhead above our camp site during a clear weather spell that afternoon.

After the doing some laundry, etc. , supper, and the ice cream social we returned to our trailer. Weather was cold and rainy here and some other campers told us it had hit four degrees in Jasper last night.

Zounds! Our supply of Medi-Cal Gastro dog food is getting low so we hope to get some more in Banff tomorrow.

Checks with the wifi indicated that there were vet clinics in Revelstoke (Not open until Tuesday.), Golden, Banff and Canmore. The Banff clinic is only open two days per week with vets from Canmore.

Monday, July 5

A call to the Golden vet clinic indicated that they had Medi Cal but no Gastro so we decided to head for Lake Louise for two days to allow for a trip to Canmore for Denver's Medi Cal Gastro.

We left the Revelstoke KOA heading east and stopped at the Rogers pass summit to buy two 3 day senior's park passes. Passes cost $6.50 per day plus tax per senior and are good until 4 pm the next day.

After continuing east into pouring rain we stopped at the Field information centre where the mid day temperature was around four degrees Celsius and the wind made things feel like winter.

Some time later we arrived at the Lake Louise campground where the RV park full signs were up. Caught in the line up we proceeded to the registration booth.

" Do you have reservations?"
" Is that a pop-up?"
"I can put you in the tent campsite."

The tent campsite at Lake Louise is surrounded by a high electric fence to keep bears out and some sites will accommodate small rigs like ours. Our site (J8) was tight but usable and within easy walking distance of the outdoor theater and the showers which were clean and well maintained.

Lake Louise tent site

The first day was so cold that our furnace ran most of the day and all night. Our #2 propane tank ran out while we were cooking supper so we had gone through 33 lbs since the start of the camping season. 2010 has been mostly cold and wet!

July 5

Weather had improved as we made our way through a lot of road construction to the vet clinic in Canmore to buy our dog food, dog treats, and a propane refill.

After returning to the campground I rode my bike to the registration booth for a fire permit. You have to use the insulated pedestrian gate to get out and in the campground on foot or cycle.

Costs: $54.80 for 2 nights (primitive but flush toilets and showers nearby) plus $8.80 for a fire permit.

Sitting around the fire later we struck up conversation with the young guy with two girls in the tent behind us. He told us he was a self employed sculptor from Germany and was making a living at it. His web site is here.

July 6

We headed up the Icefields Parkway for Jasper not stopping for the crowd out of their vehicles trying to take pictures of a very large bear. Other animals were also spotted along the way included Mountain Goats and Elk.

We pulled in to the Wapiti campground just south of Jasper and were assigned site V4 which looked a bit run down at $28.80 per night unserviced. Some Wapiti sites are a bit strange and this was one of them.

Wapiti site Wapiti site

A shopping trip to Jasper was delayed due to paving in progress.

July 8

Home via highway sixteen. Wow. Hardly any construction or Icefields Parkway washboard pavement and cruise control most of the way.

July 21 - 23 - Tofield - Black Nugget Lake Campground

A Parkland Jays campout. Sites are large and well spaced and the bathrooms are clean. The lake is basically reclaimed from an open pit coal mine.

Black Nugget campsite Lake

July 30 - August 2 - Athabasca - Blueberry Hill RV Park

Reported on in other years.Another Parkland Jays campout.

August 20 - 22 Sangudo - Whitecourt Invitational to Sangudo - O'l Pembina River Ferry RV Park

The Whitecourt Wanderers invited our Parkland Jays to a camp out and a number attended.

The Whitecourt group are a very likeable bunch and we enjoyed the usual games, etc. until the skies opened up Saturday afternoon.

We were all determined to have the Saturday afternoon potluck supper and campfire sing along in spite of the rain. Whitecourt came prepared since they are used to lots of rain and the odd bear.

campfire campfire

This was the last campout here as George and Mary Jane are shutting down the campground. Their wondrous collection of stuff, the Old Soda Shoppe, the Little Museum, and their always helpful attitudes will be missed.

The Parkland Jays went on another campout to Hay Lakes on August 27 - 29th. We had planned on going but the roofers finally came to re shingle our house so we had to cancel. Those who went reported very cold weather.

Normally we would go on some camp outs in September but in 2010 the weather was so bad that the anti freeze went in on September sixteenth.