BC Summer 2019

We arrived in Aldergrove, B.C., on May 29th, 2019, staying at the Eagle Wind RV Park. Our first outing was to celebrate the Prince of Wales 55th High School Reunion on May 31st, at the Arbutus Club. It was fun to get together with Bob’s friends from high school and to celebrate my birthday with them. Next stop was to visit my sister, Sue and Denis, on Salt Spring Island. We took our e-bikes with us so we could ride around Salt Spring Island without having to worry about all the hills. We rode to Ruckle Provincial Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the southern Gulf Islands. In addition to its natural beauty, Ruckle Park is an area in cultural history. Irish emigrant Henry Ruckle first homesteaded here in 1872, marrying in 1877; and their descendants have farmed the Salt Spring property for more than a century. The Ruckle family donated their land to BC Parks in 1972 for the creation of Ruckle Provincial Park. We also rode our bikes to the west side of Salt Spring Island to the isolated area of Musgrave Landing. Musgrave Landing was the agriculture center of Salt Spring Island from 1870 to roughly 1904. It’s now a popular stop along the Gulf Islands Marine Trail. We always enjoy our stay on Salt Spring Island, visiting new sights and places, with Sue and Denis in their beautiful home and look forward to returning again soon. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Vancouver Summer, 2018

We arrived at Eagle Wind RV Park on July 1st, Canada Day. We plan on staying for 3 months to visit our family and friends. Our first outing was to Salt Spring Island to visit my sister Susan and Denis. While we were there we did a bike ride to Sydney and Victoria on Vancouver Island. We started by taking the ferry from Ganges over to Swartz Bay where the Lochside Trail begins and we rode into Victoria, a 33 km bike ride. We stopped for lunch in Victoria at Spinnakers Brewpub and then rode past the iconic Empress Hotel and on to view the Parliament Buildings. On our way back to the ferry we stopped in the town of Sydney and had a beer looking out at the beautiful harbor. We made it back in time to catch the ferry back to Ganges on Salt Spring Island. A great day of biking. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Summer stay in BC

Getting ready to ride with “Team Ralph”

Summer in Vancouver, BC, 2016, was filled with family, old friends, sightseeing, celebrations and biking. Arriving on July 15, staying at Eagle Wind RV Park, until Sept 15. We spent some time with Bob’s brother Ted and his wife Marg along with Bob’s sister Linda. We re-acquainted with Bob’s old girlfriend from high school, Marg and Don Sheperd, We had a great dinner together at the Granville Island Hotel and went to the Comedy Club near by. Enjoyed a mini Prince of Wales High School Reunion, organized by Ralph White, and what an amazing group of friends to come in such short notice. We had several wonderful biking trips with Ralph White and friends throughout the lower Mainland, and across the border. Culminating in the Tour de Whatcom, a 60 km bike ride around Bellingham, WA. Enjoyed a few beers with my brother, John, Lisa and Toby before leaving Vancouver. Click on thumbnail to view images Continue reading

Around Vancouver, BC

Friends & Family in Greater Vancouver
On June 8th we finally arrived in Canada and we are settled in at the very comfortable Eagle Wind RV Park in Aldergrove, for about six weeks, to visit with family and friends as well as the beautiful city of Vancouver. One of the must see sites in Vancouver is Granville Island and we had a couple of delicious dinners there with family. I would do all my shopping here for food if I lived downtown, however it is very expensive to shop and live in Vancouver. So most people move away from the city where they can afford to buy a nice house. One of the outside cities is Surrey where our friends Paul and Linda Sutherland live and they had us over for a reunion dinner with Pete and Heather Paget, and Ralph and Dawn White. Great food, drinks and laughs were enjoyed by all until 2AM. I think they thought they were all back in high school together and could stay up and party all night! NOT!!!! Continue reading

Vancouver British Columbia

May 30, Friday, we drove across the border into Beautiful British Columbia, back home for awhile. Arrived at the Capilano River RV Park in West Vancouver and settled into our new home for a few weeks. We spent the weekend celebrating my birthday and visiting with family. Vancouver is an exciting city to explore on foot or on our bikes and we would walk or ride across the Lions Gate Bridge and through Stanley Park and into the city along the sea wall. We can be tourists in our city for the first time in years and we visited many of the sites, we drove to Horseshoe Bay and ate lunch, we drove up to Cypress Provincial Park and looked around. We had a great time at Bob’s 50th High School Reunion and got together the next day for lunch with some of the old boys and girls. Continue reading