Our first night with haRVey!

A great start to our first day. We are moving to Home”less” small time living.

Folks here at Hickory Grove Family Campground care very friendly. Peter and Flora nour neighbours blessed us with the use of their golf cart. We had a great sunset drive.

Our son Andrew made us great pads for our RV levelling blocks. He took the time to burn in haRVey’s name! Thank you Andrew.

We started off with a great drive. We are looking forward to an awesome week.

A traveller’s viewpoint

A friend sent these comments he read on a traveller he follows.

After two-and-a-half years traveling the USA and Canada as Full-Time RVers, I thought I would make a list of my favorites — Part 1.

Most beautiful place: Banff National Park. The Canadian Rockies have it all. A breathtaking view at every turn, great hikes, and a nice little town in Banff.

Favorite Road: Route 12 from Bryce Canyon National Park to Capitol Reef National Park. This white-knuckle drive will get the adrenaline pumping with its hairpin turns and sheer drop-offs but rewards you with incredible views.

Most breathtaking view: Grand Canyon South Rim. Crater Lake is a close second.

Best Federal campground: Corps of Engineers campground on the Snake River near Clarkston, Washington. It is on its own island in the middle of the river.

Favorite big lake: Flathead Lake, Montana. Check out the colors of the water against the backdrop of the Mission Mountains.

Favorite small lake: Bowman Lake, Glacier National Park. It’s off the beaten track where the tourists don’t usually go. Lake Moraine in Banff is a close second.

Favorite state campground: Topsail Hills on the Florida
Panhandle. Has all the amenities and a beach.

State with best parks: Florida is first. Oregon second.

Favorite State Park: Mt. Jacinto State Park, California. You have to take an aerial tramway to this gem high above the desert.

Best RV resort: Port Saint Lucie West in Port Saint Lucie, Florida. Beautiful, friendly, great facilities, near the ocean and shopping.

Best cave,: Florida Caverns State Park. Much more interesting than the larger Mammoth Cave National Park.

Favorite National Park: Bryce Canyon.

Best beach: Canon Beach Oregon.

Favorite city: Missoula, Montana. Big enough to have everything. Small enough to be friendly. Beautiful area.

Favorite town: Wallace, Idaho. The town that calls itself the “Center of the Universe” is still in the 1950s

Prettiest town: Sedona, Arizona

Favorite River: Rogue River, Oregon. It goes underground for 200 yards

Favorite National Recreation Area: Flaming Gorge National Recreation Area, Utah. A little-known gem on the Green River.

Favorite Provincial Park: Porter Lake, Nova Scotia. The campsites aren’t much but the view is spectacular. Close to Halifax.

Favorite waterfall: Takakkaw Falls Yoho National Park, Canada. Close second is Multnomah Falls, Oregon

Favorite hiking locale: Jewel Basin north of Flathead Lake in Montana. The views are amazing and you might run into mountain goats. Close second is the five-mile circle hike above Multnomah Falls in Oregon.

Best Craft Beer: Conspiracy of Ravens, Pond Hill Farm, Harbor Springs, Michigan. Don’t usually like craft beers but this was exceptional.

Best Healthy Eats: Growing Season Restaurant, Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Best Scientific wonder: Tie: Meteor Crater near Route 66 in Arizona and Dinosaur Provincial Park in Alberta.

Best Ribs: Huckleberry ribs at Tamarack Brewing Company near Polson, Montana.

Most interesting person: Jerry Bradford, a ranger at Mammoth Cave, whose family has been guiding people through the cave since 1838 when his great-great-grandfather was a slave. Second is Rowdy Barry, a rodeo bullfighter and artist I met at a rodeo in Idaho.

Best store: Bass Pro Shops inside the Memphis Pyramid.

Most overpriced attraction: Seattle Space Needle

Most overrated place: Branson, Missouri. A dying tourist destination where everyone seems to be trying to sell you a timeshare.

Best public golf course: A tie between Olive Glenn Golf and Country Club in Cody, Wyoming and Connaught Golf Club in Medicine Hat, Saskatchewan

Hardest public Golf course: St. Lucie Trail Golf Club in Port Saint Lucie, Florida and Rocky Gap Golf Course in Maryland.

Best Escapees Park: Jojoba Hills in California near Temecula, California. It’s amazing what they done in the middle of the desert

Best musical event: Sunday afternoon jam session at the Frog Pond farm in Foley, Alabama. A southern style pot luck and jam session with top musicians. You have to email the owner to get invited.

Quirkiest sight: A piece of the Berlin Wall in rural Idaho near Sandpoint.

Land Locked but adventure pending

E4955CC4-22FD-4E36-8637-E033D846E5E1Well it’s been a busy spring and were now at a point of preparing your house for sale. After two weeks in the USA looking for a boat we were unsuccessful to find one that met our needs and our  Canadian cheque-book.

We have decided that we will downsize armour four bedrooms to a mini home!  It’s somewhat comical thinking that we started out 40 years ago together in the mobile home which was 12 feet wide and 58 feet long and now we’re going to move into one that is smaller. Really looking forward to the adventures that lie  ahead.  We may even find a boat!

 

 

 

 

Preparation surges forward

It’s been a very busy time. Kathy has put 5 weeks between her knee replacement and recovery is going excellent.

Our home continues to edge towards selling day. With seven rooms painted and five to go we are bouyed with excitement.

Retirement from fostering is only weeks away!

The Canadian Power and Sail Squadron Junior Navigator course (Celestial Navigation) is one third completed.

Our HAM radio license is another goal, however the book needs to be cracked open.

The search for our live-aboard catamaran albeit mostly fender kicking right now continues. We do have one or two top contenders and have reached out to insurance companies to ensure they are willing participants.

We watch many online videos and read a great deal to help prepare for a purchase.

All in all this winter period is a great season of preparation.

Cruisers University Completed

It’s an overcast day here in Annapolis Maryland but we’ve had a great time at the Cruisers University, the power boaters have moved in with some amazing boats and we did a quick tour around the city before heading out for a great dinner.

Tomorrow we’re heading to Selingsgrove, Pennsylvania to meet a friend from Canada and an overnight stay.

We’ll then be homeward bound on Saturday morning.

Cruisers University

Well we start off on day 3 of Cruisers University and our first course today that we’re going to take together is on offshore energy management and Design. We have a keen interest on solar power and wind generation for batteries on our cat. Okay well we don’t have her catch up but what’s exciting is tonight we get to go visit the cat model that we are considering. The Adventure Continues and we’re having lots of fun.

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Annapolis Boat Show 2017

What’s awesome about coming to the Annapolis boat show is boarding the boats and visiting the boating product tents, but what’s even better is when you run into a couple folks like Sherry and Dave of SV SoggyPaws (http://www.svsoggypaws.com/) who have years and years of experience and are willing to share and mentor.

We had the opportunity of staying with them for a couple days and it was a great time. Thank you to you both.

We also had the priviledge to visit on Kristina and Mike’s PDQ boat Hi5 with their 4 delightful kids who are live-aboards.  It’s great to visit and we look forward to visiting again.

 

Sold and now Catamaran shopping season

OkYes she’s been sold and it’s time for us to start looking for what will take us on the next part of our voyage. The new owner Dave and his kids love the boat and they’re getting lots of use from it. It was funny Dave messaged me a couple of days after the weekend and said we’re exhausted from the weekend so much sailing and fun on the boat. It made me feel sort of sad for the boat and miss it but then it’s a new season and with every new season it’s time to move on and the next season is the catamaran shopping season.Sold