SEPTEMBER 11, 2012 – MARCH 2012

Monday, September 10, 2012: Bernice Wassell made a birthday dinner for Dale which included a made from scratch chocolate cake. We didn’t have any birthday candles so she found a table candle.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012:
We left Port Angeles at about 12:30 p.m. after saying goodbye to Bernice and Joe Wassell. Sharon and Paul Martin took a tour of the land yacht before wishing us bon voyage. Just as we were about to take off, Betsy Robins rushed over with a freshly baked blackberry pie. What a wonderful gift. We had it for breakfast the first morning out and for dessert after dinner for the two following evenings.

We went to Corey and Megen’s home to drop off the plants which Megen will care for until Kim and Kyle are able to pick up their share. Megen was looking very glamorous with a new straight hair style she was wearing in a pony tail. Unfortunately we took no pictures.

This morning we enjoyed a delicious breakfast of blackberry pie; thank you so much, Betsy and Don. What a wonderful gift. We didn’t have to cook for breakfast.

We are now officially on our Discover North America Quest. We had a great family dinner last night and our son, the computer geek/guru, came over and spent two hours setting up our travel technology. We spent the night at Maple Grove RV Park, an inner city park just off Highway 99 in Everett that was completely full. There are so many big rigs here that ours looks like a pygmy. I met a lady here who said that she and her husband have been in this RV park for a year. Her husband lost his job and they came here to find one, which he did they day the arrived.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012: We spent some time this morning setting up the RV to make it more comfortable and functional. We have a shopping things of small items we still need such as hooks to hang towels and PJs. We are off to Bellingham today where we will visit with friends and spend the night in Ferndale.

Visited the Bellingham/Whatcom County Community Service Office. It was so strange; so many of the people are still there. It is very different from CPS where change over is so frequent. I had a nice chat with so many of my old friends and workmates. Julie Janyck was tied up with clients so could not talk for long but had a long talk with Robin Perigo. Robin shared that her son Justin was recently killed in a car accident. It was very sad. Justin was a passenger. The driver was driving too fast on a windy road. Robin said that Justin had misgivings about going with the friend who was struggling with PTSD.

We met with Dale’s friend, Kristin for dinner at a Mexican Dinner. Dale and Kristin had a good time talking about all their mutual friends. Kristin’s son came to say hello but had to leave because he is having some work done on his house. Later, two of Kristin’s friends joined us. One of them commented on Dale’s Navy ring. He said that his father was in the Navy and had a ring just like that. We had one margarita each but it was huge and very strong. Everyone there seemed to know Kristen very well so we had a great meal. We were all a little tipsy by the time we left. Kristin drove us home and we went right to bed. We spent the night at Cedars RV Park in Ferndale. The bathrooms there were the most comfortable, clean, and well organized we have ever had.

Thursday, September 13, 2012: Highway 5 and the Coquihalla Highway (north-south route in Southern British Columbia); through Hope, Merritt, and Kamloops on our way to Jasper National Park. We observed many magnificent mountain views on this route.
Spending the night at the Silver Stage RV Park.

We were assigned slot 7 at the park but there was a car in our spot. Nora and Rick Meyer has parked their car in this slot next to their fifth wheel. The quickly moved their car so that we could back in. Nora and Rick live in Valemount, BC near Jasper National Park. They are returning from a three month RV trip. Nora and Rich have three children, a son and two daughters. They spend about four months a year in Australia because both of their daughters married Australians. The Meyers have nine grandchildren, five of them live in Australia. Nora is retired from the postal service and Rich is a retired hospital administrator like Dale. He last worked at a hospital in Campbell Bay. Their son is a surgeon.

After dinner we met with Rick and Nora to take a walk around the Silver Stage RV Park. It was their first time staying here too. The will be spending three nights here as they will be meeting with a group from the postal service. We were invited for cocoa and cookies and spent a leisurely evening discussing our travels and getting recommendations for must see highlights in Jasper, Edmonton, and Saskatoon. Nora gave me a recipe for beer muffins. Rich gave us business cards for the Caribou Grill and Cafe Mondo in Valemount. Rich’s hobby is woodwork. He makes small decorative yard ornaments such as small wooden wheel barrels to hold flowers. Nora suggested that se stop by their home near the senior living center to see some of the ornaments he has crafted.

Friday, September 14, 2012: Up early, 4:00 a.m., to copy out Nora’s recipe and to get caught up on my journal. We will have breakfast and pack up to leave by 9:00 a.m. because we have a five hour drive today.

We arrived at the outskirts of Valemount at about 3:00 p.m. We parked in front of the new Best Western and took the hike around Cranberry Marsh and Starratt Wildlife Sanctuary as Nora and Rich had advised. It was beautiful just as they described but we did not see any birds but Canadian Geese. We did meet a group of female hikers who were local residents. They knew Nora and Rich and we let them know that the Meyers will be returning in a day or so.

Saturday, September 15, 2012 – We were up early again for the six hour drive to Jasper. We saw many breathtaking mountain, river and lake vistas. We took so many pictures but none could capture the real thing.

We arrived at Jasper at about 2:00 p.m. and went right to the tram to take the ride up Whistler Mountain. We took the tram up near the top and walked about half way to the peak. The altitude was giving Dale a headache and I was feeling shaky so we decided not to climb all the way although it was not too difficult a climb. The vistas of six mountain ranges, glacial fed lakes, meandering rivers, snow capped mountains, and the city of Jasper, was truly awe inspiring; pictures could not really capture the true grandeur. The glacial fed water was a beautiful, rich turquoise color which I was not able to capture on camera. Where the glacial fed water met the spring fed water the difference is color was very obvious.

We drove to Whistler’s RV Campground. As we approached the campground there was a moose on the side of the road.