Took the Long Way Home

So, when the day comes to settle down,
Who’s to blame if we’re not around?
We took the long way home
We took the long way home

A slightly abridged version of the final verse of the wonderful Supertramp song “Took the Long Way Home” that aptly puts into perspective our journey over the last 18 months that brought us back home on April 8, 2017. On August 17, 2015 we left Vernon and headed east to Ontario to visit family, then on to Imperial Dam (Yuma) for the winter and back to Ontario.  We were then joined by LLL and BBB for a 4 month trek around Ontario through Quebec, around the Maritime Provinces including Newfoundland/Labrador before heading south again to Imperial Dam for the winter of 2016/2017. So after over 20,000 miles and 19 months we finally made it back home to Vernon.  So how does it feel to be back home you ask? Well with apologies to Simon and Garfunkel (Sound of Silence) here it goes;

Hello dampness, my old friend
I’ve come to slosh in you again
Because a rain softly creeping
Left its puddles while I was sleeping
And the dampness  that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless streams I walked alone
Narrow creeks filled with stone
‘Neath the halo of a street lamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by a flash of light
That split the night
And thunder broke the sound of silence

Well if you guessed that it has been very rainy here then you get a gold star beside your name. On the positive side at least the rain washed away the snow. So my last musical reference for today will be to listen to Monty Python’s Always Look on the Bright Side of Life.

I had thought that maybe I would post another CC epic piece of poetry herein however the resounding “sound of silence” to my last effort left me and the coyote filled with cha-grin but we may return another day.

Three Weeks in Osoyoos

Now don’t get me wrong, Osoyoos is a delightful little community but (there’s always a but) a month here in the cold and rain just doesn’t bring out the best side of a place. The clouds did part on occasion and we did manage to get out a few times. Fearless Frank and Bouncy Bernice dropped in for a visit and we drove up Anarchist Mountain on Highway 3 and explored some of the beautiful mountain view lots for sale, for those with a bit (a big bit) of spare cash on their hands.  We did introduce FF and BB to dominos and sad to say that the girls managed to win the inaugural game in overtime. A few days later FF and BB hooked up their 5th wheel and headed south in search of some sun and fun in Arizona and California.

NK’MIP campsite for Eagle 5

views of Osoyoos going up Anarchist Mountain

each subdivision has a metal bird/animal for the name of the area

U.S.A. Canada border marker

Fearless gives Bigfoot a tickle in an attempt to save the Captain

but Bouncy has the magic touch

The Captain hiked partway up (1 1/4 miles) the mountainside near the RV park while DD huddled indoors at the recreation centre quilting with her sewing buddy Kari-Lynn. The view of Osoyoos from the mountainside was spectacular. Partway up CC found an abandoned tent and sleeping back in a crevice. Seemed like a pretty bizarre place to camp but the rent was probably cheap.

DD working on her quilts

one more mountain to climb

going up

and up

abandoned tent and sleeping bab

nice view for the camper

still going up

views of Osoyoos on the way down

no shortage of deer trails across the mountain

DD and CC drove up to Vernon for a Friday night Happy Hour and stayed overnight at Uncle Normie’s and Pauline’s. Just like old times. Lots of inane and loud conversations and lots of fun.

some of the Happy Hour girls – Theresa, Pauline and Terri

Shirley and Judy

fruit trees along the highway going north to Vernon

DD captures a monster bigfoot on film

along Okanagan lake

CC named the new Chairman

Back in Vernon

Well not exactly! We have moved onto the lot we purchased at Swan Lake RV Resort just north of Vernon.  We had stayed at this park a couple of times in the past and decided to buy instead of paying rent which is very pricey during the summer months. And now CC will be assured of very little down time this summer as DD now has provided To Do Lists for CC for the RV lot, the rental house and Eagle 5. No rest for the wicked as the old saying goes. And speaking of DD (nice segue) the old girl is coming out retirement to work 3 days per week at her former place of employment. DD claims she is doing this to help defray some of our travel costs but CC suspects most of the proceeds will be diverted to DD’s severely depleted shoe fund. (Ed. note: you got that right !! hehehe)

Eagle 5 on our site

a sign of the times for DD

pretty much self explanatory

With DD out of the house 3 days per week the conundrum for the Captain will be how to complete the exhaustive To Do tasks without the omnipresent supervisory presence of Debbie Dewdrops. Can the Captain actually function on his own? Why does he have that huge grin on his face? Stay tuned kids.

WARNING WARNING WARNING

Over the next few weeks the Captain will be culling blog posts that are over a year old. Archived individual posts may be made available to qualified purchasers for a small fee. Ha ha.

By stubbs99