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Driving Miss Donna - what does this mean? Whenever I want to go somewhere, if Don is home he will usually drive. He always says he is driving miss Donna! This blog is for our travels, usually with our truck and fifth wheel trailer, but sometimes in our Journey. Don retired October 2011 so hopefully the travelling part will increase! When we are not vacationing check in for updates about our life at home and our wonderful family:)

Monday, June 28, 2010

First week of summer - kind of!

What great weather we are having.  Last week was a pretty slow week.  Then on Friday we headed to the Lacombe area for a retirement party.  Don is one of 4 aggregate prospectors that work for the provincial government.  And now with Bernie Kolkman retiring, Don is the last of the originals:)  Bernie worked out of the Red Deer office.  The retirement party was a really nice style.  It was at a small hall, with a group camping area available.  The supper was simple, with lots of time for just relaxing and visiting.  Of course there were tons of old transportation folks to visit.  Don has been with the department for almost 30 years, and knows lots of folks.  I met Bruce Blue's wife, Keri.  What a blast.  Why do we live so close and have never met?
We came home Saturday afternoon and met Tracy, Cal and the kids for supper.  On Sunday after a brief visit with Lindsay and Jeremy we went for breakfast and some driving around the malls and a small amount of shopping.
This weekend we have a wedding in Stony Plain, then on Sunday afternoon will head to Ol' McDonald's farm for a week with Tracy, Cal and the kids.  I am very excited to spend a week camping with Blake and Emerson!!
Talk soon.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Amazing Weekend

For the Father's day weekend we headed to Long Lake Provincial Park for a camping weekend with Lindsay, Tracy, Cal and Blake and Em. Jeremy was not able to join us as he was on a fly in fishing trip. He is in a very happy place, if you know Jeremy:)
Camping was a blast! What a beautiful campground. I cannot believe we have never gone there. Alberta parks are plentiful, and I think you can see some money going into their infrastructure again.
The beach was a few minutes for our site and we made good use of it. The playground was fabulous, Em even went down the slide. The sun was overwhelming, I can't remember many recent years where we had this kind of weather.
I'll post pictures when the girls send them. We did not have our camera.
Lots of weekend events coming up - so check back weekly!

Monday, June 14, 2010

No Holidays but Good Times!

Well our life seems busy with so many "outings" that I have decided to try and blog weekly wherever we may be.
We had a great weekend. On Friday Don and I took the afternoon off and went to Tracy & Cal's to watch the kids. It was an afternoon of adventure, as we took them to McDonalds for supper, and had a flat tire. I decided we should have ice cream and watching them enjoy such a small thing is sooooo sweet.
When we got home we traded the car with the spare tire on it for the truck and headed to Leduc to visit with Ron and Bev, who were there for a wedding. We were quite late getting home and then I went to support my friends from work who were particiapting in the Relay for life. Home time for me was around 3:30 am:)
Saturday was full of errands etc, then a birthday party for Danielle Gillam, who was 2. Needless to say we just sacked out on the couch for the evening when we finally got home.
We had made plans to go back to Leduc for breakfast with Ron and Bev. A nice surprise was that Robert and Jeanine form Inisfail decided to join us. The funny part of that was that Ron and Bev were headed to Innisfail to see them. But they wanted to visit with us as while, so a road trip was in order.
As often happens when friends get together we didn't want to stop visiting so guess where we all went? To Innisfail for supper! So that ended a busy "quiet" weekend at home.
Talk to you next Sunday.
Oh - and congratulations to our niece Skyar who is now engaged to Dan :)

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Quad Trip Adventures!



Wow - did we have an initiation into quad camping, kind of.  We headed to Fort McMurray on Thursday after work.  The plan was to stay the night at Lindsay and Jeremy's then all up early on Friday, drive to the staging area and we would be off on the quads.
We bought a small tub style trailer to pull behind a quad.  This trailer would carry the boat and a few other items, depending on weight.  The other supplies, coolers, tents, food and clothes, etc. would get strapped to the quads.
The staging area is 120 km north of Fort Mcmurray, on highway 63.  At the staging site is the entrance to the Fort Chipewyan winter road, closed to all traffic except OHV's in the summer.  This has you in the most majestic northern scenery, an entire sand road like you have never seen before!
You have to cross the Athabasca river to get there.  In 1980 when we first lived in Fort McMurray, Don surveyed the road that led to the bridge, which locals called at that time the bridge to nowhere.  Now that road goes forever, leading to oil sands plants and developments.
Anyhow, we left the city in good time, 7:00a.m., and arrived at the staging site at 9:30. We unloaded everything, assessed where it would ride and packed up. We were all excited for the first trip to Richardson Recreational area and the first fishing trip for Jeremy with his new boat in this area.  Ever since they moved up north we kept saying we have to go on a quad trip.
Sadly about 30 km in on the road, the supply trailer broke an axle.  As you can see from the photos below, it snapped off.  The adventure continued as the men had to go back to the staging site and get Jeremy's single quad trailer to haul everything back.  This was risk in itself as that trailer really needed to stay intact or the weekend was about to go a lot worse.  Lindsay and I waited for their trip there and back, and after reloading everything and driving carefully to avoid damage to the trailer, we made it back to the staging site.  We were back in McMurray by 6:00 p.m., and after unpacking and cleaning up we headed to the Keg.  If you can't eat fresh fish might as well eat a good steak.  Thanks for supper guys:)
So we were not discouraged enough to waste the next day.  We assessed what we would take for a day trip and loaded up again.
This time things went considerably better.  We decided to stop and fish at Herb Lake. It is about 60 km north of the staging area.  Don and Jeremy were in the water by noon, and Don traded spots with Lindsay half way.  They all caught fish, about 80 overall, but the walleye have to be 50 cm and most of them were 49.  You can only keep one, so that's what we came back with:)
The scenery and lake were utterly gorgeous, and I made good use of the lawn chair and my book.  Unfortunately my quad ended up with a broken U joint, so we again had to assess the load and redistribute the weight. We thought we would have to end up towing it to the trailer, but it was a trooper and made it all the way out.  It's home in the garage now but needs a U joint and a CV boot as well.
And - there's more.  When we returned to the trucks, the quad trailer had a flat tire.  So we had to put one quad in the truck, the broken supply trailer on the quad trailer beside another quad, etc.  And it was raining.  Did I mention the rain on the trail home?  Felt like hail on your face most of the time, but didn't rain the whole way.
So - I know you won't believe it but the trip was still fantastic.  The most beautiful scenery, fresh air and fish.  We will definitely be back and make this an annual trip!
Have a god week, our next adventure is a simple Father's Day camping trip (in the trailer) to Long Island Lake Provincial Park with the kids.