Wednesday, February 3, 2010

It had rained for part of the night and it was still overcast and wet in the morning, but that did not deter me from a stroll down to the shore with my hot cup of morning coffee in hand.So, I checked out the 'Spouting Horn', which was performing rather well at the time. Click on the photo and you should be able to read the sign.
And, a short video of the action!



Left the coast north of Lincoln City, through McMinnville (home of the Spruce Goose - see my December posts), and through the middle of Portland - back on Interstate 5 northbound.

At Bellingham it was goodbye to the Interstate and hello to the border and to Canada.
While the weather and road conditions are not to be bragged about up here in winter, there are certainly some advantages to being back on the north side of the line. By the way, the border crossing was quick and uneventful.
But being back in Canada means that my iPhone can finally do all the things it does so well - but cannot do in the US because the roaming charges would send you to the poorhouse. Thanks to Roger's and AT&T for getting along so well and sharing the airwaves. NOT!

My iPhone - lower right in the photo - does a pretty good job of being a navigator all on it's own, when compared to the Tomtom at the top. Once again my e-mail can arrive on the phone, as well as news, sports, weather, satellite radio. Of course, now that BC is actively enforcing the mis-use of hand held devices while driving - I made sure I was always legal. With my phone, the gps, the satellite radio all mounted on the windsheild, as well as the rearview mirror - which also contains a phone, compass, and Onstar, there is not too much windshield left to look out.
The coquihalla highway had some foggy sections, and looks poor in the picture, but was mostly bare and wet and not a problem.
Still can't get used to not having to pay the $10 toll any more. That's great.
Visited friends in Revelstoke and Golden along the way - and it looks like the weather is improving in the Golden canyon as we get closer to Alberta!
Yikes! Made it home to Lake Louise. Those humps of snow in the background are my hot tub, and a picnic table. Fortunately, house-sitters and friends kept the snow level in the driveway down to a foot or so, but I still had to shovel my way into the driveway.
And there, all alone and cold,is the 5th wheel - waiting patiently for it's chance to head for the sunny south. Maybe next trip.
In the meantime, I'd better get the shovel and get the snow off it's roof!
I'll be around home for a month or so, then we'll see what the next plan of action or travel will be.
Hope you enjoyed the ride!

8 comments:

  1. I was a very good ride and I enjoyed it a lot. Looking forward to your next one.Thanks for letting us be along.

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  2. Looking a bit like Christmas around your place with all that snow. I've been up through your way several times back in the early 70's & it's beautiful country. Lived in the Okanagan Valley's Vernon for awhile. Revelstoke & Golden are distantly familiar places to me.....AL

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  3. Saw your photo of the "spouting horn" and smiled! We are heading south and stopped there on Feb 2 and it was spouting beautifully! Lots of gorgeous, dramatic high surf all along the coast as well.
    Thanks for all the great photos of your latest adventure...really enjoyed them. Look forward to your next one. Enjoy the snow!

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  4. Saw your photo of the "spouting horn" and smiled! We are heading south and stopped there on Feb 2 and it was spouting beautifully! Lots of gorgeous, dramatic high surf all along the coast as well.
    Thanks for all the great photos of your latest adventure...really enjoyed them. Look forward to your next one. Enjoy the snow!

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  5. Glad to see you made it back safe & sound. Throw another log on the fire. Been meaning to comment, busy @ Arena and been blogging on the Arena blog as of late. http://bcgpv.blogspot.com/ If I remember right there's a awesome ski area right there.

    Will keep in touch

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  6. Glad to see you made it back safe & sound. Throw another log on the fire. Been meaning to comment, busy @ Arena and been blogging on the Arena blog as of late. http://bcgpv.blogspot.com/ If I remember right there's a awesome ski area right there.

    Will keep in touch

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  7. Welcome home Ivan! Give us a call. We should go for a Kokanee and catch up!
    Elaine

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  8. Welcome home Ivan! Give us a call. We should go for a Kokanee and catch up!
    Elaine

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