While we are on our way, I transmit APRS on my amateur radio from the Jeep, and wherever another APRS radio can hear us, we get located on a Google Map. Thanks to Google Earth, I can make a map of the entire trip.
Our trip was to Osoyoos, BC, to attend the Escape Trailer Rally and then to visit family and friends on the way home.
On our way home, we spent a day at Crater Lake National Park. It has been 4 years since we were last there. This is a place where you first look over the rim at the lake and just say, Oh My!! It is really gorgeous and so I had to take a bunch of photos. On this trip, the eastern rim road was still closed because of snow, and the northern entrance and western rim road had just opened a few days before we arrived, so there was lots of snow visible. It was calm so the reflections on the lake were great. It looked like there was still a skim of ice on the lake below us.
North Cascades National Park is in north central Washington, up against the Canadian border. It contains several recreation areas centered around its lakes. We drove through the park on our way to Seattle, and spent the night at Newhalem campground which has nicely spaced sites. There are a number of hiking trails available from the campground and also a walk to the National Park visitor center, which is a place we always visit when we are at a National Park. We learn so much about the park: history, geography, flora, fauna.
This year, we decided to attend the annual Escape Trailer Owners Appreciation Rally which is held about Memorial Day in NK'MIP (that's ink-a-meep) campground in Osoyoos, BC, which is a great place to visit. I failed to take many photos here, but I have included what I took. There were about 150 trailers at the rally. We saw some of Osoyoos as well as enjoying meeting many other Escape Trailer owners. We met several from the Bay Area, which was fun. We were assigned site 77, which was right on the waterfront. The photo is the view out of our back window of the trailer. The first night, there was quite a thunderstorm that passed over us. I miss the feel and sounds of a thunderstorm which are so rare in California. We saw a double rainbow after the storm passed.
We started today on our trip to the Escape Customer Appreciation Rally in Osooyos, BC, just "down the street" from the Escape Trailer factory in Chilliwack, BC. Every year about this time, they host a rally for Escape trailer owners. We thought we should go to one, so we are on our way. Today, we traveled 384 miles to Chiloquin, OR, and are staying overnight in Waterwheel RV Park. It is a delightful place on the banks of the Williamston River. Our neighbor told us there is good fly fishing here. We are enjoying the peace and quiet after a long day of driving. Tomorrow, we are off to Yakima, WA, where we will camp overnight at the Yakima Sportsman State Park.
Retirement is great. We bought a travel trailer and are exploring National Parks. (Actually, we bought one and sold it and bought a second one better suited to us. It happens...) And I have time to do some woodworking projects and things around the house. And now I have gotten interested in ham radio so there goes any free time.