Well after 6 weeks on the road, 10,000 km, through 5 provinces, a dozen states and 2 countries the weary travelers rolled home on September 28th to the familiar confines of Eagle 5 and the now smoke free skies of Vernon. EE has now traveled more in her first 5 months of life than some folks do in a lifetime and has handled the upheaval in her life with aplomb.
One of the first orders of business upon arriving home was to schedule EE for a full body grooming which she is desperately in need of. EE is also scheduled to be spayed on October 10th so her topsy-turvy world will continue for a while yet. DD has also returned to work so it is very quiet this morning in Eagle 5.
While we all enjoyed the opportunity to visit family and friends, if we were going to do this again we would haul Eagle 5 along for the ride as this would lessen significantly the number of ISSUES experienced by you guessed it, DD!!!
This post covers a lot of territory and includes way too many photos but I hope our readers will be able to persevere because as usual we have tried to include a whole lot of useless but possibly entertaining stuff. NOTE: DD provided the Captain with over 375 photos for this post which left CC to cull out over 300 of them.
The Bath House
Our first stop after leaving the Oggorfain airspace was the Bath House, home of the Coach and Aud One. Last fall when we left the Bath House the Aud One was down but not out with severe back and hip pain. With the masterful administrations of the Coach, the Aud One, while not quite performing calisthenics, is ambulatory while managing pain on a day to day basis.
Video of EE hunting in the Coach’s basement
No visit to the Bath House would be complete without the Coach enlisting CCs help in a landscaping project. This year’s project involved relaying pathway stones in the back yard. DD got into the act by relieving the Coach of some of his kitchen duties by brewing up a variety of homemade soups for readymade meals after we depart.
Video of EE helping out the Coach and the Captain
During our visit to the Bath House last fall (2016) we had hoped to go on the Kingston Penitentiary Tour but were unable to get tickets. This year we planned ahead (hard to believe) and purchased tickets way back in May 2017. DD didn’t make the tour as she graciously volunteered to keep the Aud One company while the Coach and CC made the trip. We had purchased 4 tickets and Brother Jimmie and friend Gus drove down to Kingston from Ottawa to take in the tour with us. The old prison (1830) while no longer fully maintained still retains some magnificent architecture. There are many stories about the prison (riots) and it’s inmates (Ty Conn, Red Ryan) I would have liked to include here but as usual I am far too lazy to give the full story so hopefully you will follow some of the included links and make up for my laxity. Well worth the visit if you are in the area.
Our next adventure had us being driven to Ottawa by The Don and Sylvie (the grandparents) to pay a visit to the Children’s Hospital for our first visit with our great niece “preemie” Athena. This little darling (daughter of CC’s nephew Pedro the Provocateur and partner Kayla) was born three months early at just around 1.5 lbs and has spent her entire short life (now 6 months old and 11lbs) in the hospital. Things are looking up for little Athena as she has now been moved to a hospital in Kingston and hopefully will be allowed home in the near future. CC looks forward to the day the he and Athena will be able to swap “preemie” stories.
Our final and arguably the BIGGEST event at the Bath House was the celebration of CCs 65th Birthday. Officially now a “senior” CC ate like it might be his last meal as the family chowed down at the Mandarin Buffet in Kingston. And as a point of clarification even though CC and DD are both 65 CC is still much younger than DD. (Editor’s note: REALLY!)
Video of Captain Canada at the Mandarin
Back to MOE E
Our return drive to Vernon saw us take a bit of a detour as we headed down to Cameron Missouri to visit our good friends Dashing Dave and Jezebel Jeannine. The above title of MOE E references DDs navigational error the first time we came to Cameron. DD misread the GPS reference to the street named Missouri EE which was shortened on the GPS to the state abbreviation of MO and street EE. DD had phoned Dave to get directions and her reference to MOE E left him confused as there was no street around with this name. It was only later with some convoluted reasoning that we were able to figure out DD’s miscue and we don’t ever let her forget.
We only had a few days in Cameron and as Dave was hobbled with a wonky knee, he was unable to perform his usual function of Chauffer and tour guide. Jeannine did adequately fill in as she took us to nearby St Joseph to tour the now decommissioned “Glore Insane Asylum”. Her quip that it would make CC feel right at home just might have held a kernel of truth. (Ed note: Jeannine did a fabulous job!)
We did manage to haul Dave out to dinner with a group of other locals that we know from Imperial Dam. Sad to say that the “Mayor of Music Row” at Imperial Dam, Jim Tague and his diminutive but feisty wife Virginia will not be making the trip south this winter. It is quite astounding as this will be the first winter they will be spending in the northern home in 36 years. In honour of Virginia we are renaming Dashing Dave as Dirty Dog Dave as this is the name she has given him because of his style of playing Dominos. Sadly we did not have time to visit the Amish store in nearby Jamestown to replenish our supply of ginger snaps but with any luck DDD and JJ will bring us a supply when they come down in November.
Gorgeous Gypsy and Eccentric Ellie finally meet nose to nose and a few sniffs in other places. Our next stop along the highway was further southwest in Colorado Springs which LLL and BBB called home for 33 years before becoming residents of South Dakota (nudge nudge, wink wink). Despite the cool rainy weather the Haneys did their best to show us some of the sights in their old neighbourhood. We visited the Garden of the Gods right in Colorado Springs and a 6 – 8 hour day trip turned into a 12 plus hour marathon as LLL’s shortcut home turned out not to be, but hey it was a nice day for a drive so what the heck. Unfortunately due to low hanging cloud we just didn’t get to see as much as we might have, however, we did enjoy a nice walk around the old ghost town of St. Elmo high up in the mountains.
The Day Trip
Garden of the Gods
At first it looked like EE and GG might not quite hit it off. This was mostly EEs fault I suspect as she kept stealing GGs favourite toys and then snarling a bit when GG nicely asked for them back. After both puppies had a time out and a chat with their respective masters the 2 girls settled down and enjoyed sharing the toys and each other’s food as well as eating out of the same bowl at the same time. Hopefully they both remember their manners when they meet again in the desert in early November.
SPECIAL BULLETIN: I have attached below photographic evidence of the result of the domino game between the boys (LLL and CC) and the girls (DD and BBB). To call this result a spanking would be a massive understatement. (Ed note: We had to let them win due to their past many losses – Fake News)
Home is Where the Work Is
Now that we are at home, it is time to prepare to pack up and go again in another month. Much to do in the coming weeks including EE grooming and spaying, trees to prune, fences to paint, carpets to clean, Eagle 5 storage door to fix etc. etc. The list goes on and on but when it’s done we’ll be back on the road again to Imperial Dam.