Snowbird 2018-2019

October 25, 2018- We managed to leave Milk River, Alberta by 9 am, which is actually quite good for us as we usually don’t get mobile till around oh around 10:00, lol!

This would be our first time crossing the USA border in warm weather and early in the morning, only to be welcomed to a mile long line up!

It took about an hour to get through the line up, but at least we had entertainment! What do you get when you have that many Canadian Snowbirds trying to head south at the same time? Some serious road rage! Wow, stay out of these rvers way heading south!

With our passports in hand, a few questions and we were officially across the border.

First stop was Shelby, MT for a quick stretch and doggie bathroom break.

Here are a few photos from yesterday as we made our way through Montana, it sure looks different from last year when we traveled down.

Just outside Shelby, MT

Highway view Cascade, MT

Crossing the Missouri River

Mile marker 222 – Wolf Creek

A friend of our recommend a different route off of I15 to avoid going through Butte, MT and the 2nd chain up area.

You turn off at Boulder, MT and head east on Montana’s 68 South for 31 miles. Turn right onto Montana 2 West for 6.5 Miles.

Turn left onto Montana 55 South for another 26 mile.

Turn right on Montana 41 into Dillion, MT.

Beautiful drive through cattle country, and newly paved highways!

We usual have 2 days of hard driving, then we slow down and smell the rose.

We made it to Idaho Fall, ID just in time to hit up Walmart for a few fridge groceries and of course a box of wine! 🍷 Hey I do have priorities!!

Gluten Free Multi- Grain Bread

Multi- Grain Gluten Free Bread – Canucks On Wheels

Multi Grain GF Bread Mix from the Bulk Barn in Canada 🇨🇦

This recipe is for a 2 lb loaf in a bread maker.

1-1/2 Cup of warm water

4 Tbsp of Coconut Oil (do not melt)

3 Cups GF Bread Mix

1/4 tsp Xantham Gum

2 tsp of Rapid (Instant) Yeast

Add to your pan in the above order.

Start your breadmaker on Basic Bread setting

2 lb load and Medium Crust( do not use the GF setting)

Using a spatula move the mixture around to help incorporate as your machine starts mixing.

This is where you will notice the gluten free dough appears very dry and dense. Slowly start adding more water until the dough starts to actually resemble bread dough.

I didn’t measure just kept adding. Guessing another 1/8 a 1/4 of a cup of water. Be your own judge.

Close lid and let machine do it’s job!

Multi Grain Gluten Free Bread – Canucks on wheels

Rv Mods – Drawer Covers

It’s not a matter of if, but when!

This past summer we had an unexpected visitor move into our Rv! We got the surprise one morning when we open up our cutlery drawer and surprise, something left us a turd!!

Yes, you guessed it, a fricken mouse!!

Grrr, now everything has to be completely cleaned and sanitized. These things creep me right out! Ok truth be told, I am scared shitless of them. Yes I know they are smaller than me, but nope not happening. I will scream like a little school girl, and I am not afraid to admit it.

Any plans Myron had that day were now put on the hold, as he now was on a search and destroy mission!

Aha, a section of our underbelly had come lose and allowed for a perfect entry point for the mouse to get in.

With traps set, it didn’t take long and snap…….. we caught the bugger!!!

We always knew it wasn’t a matter of if we would get a mouse, but a matter of when! We thought we had mouse proof our rig, but sometimes they just get in!

Not wanting them to ever get near our cutlery again. Myron came up with these sweet drawer covers.

He already had this clear heavy plastic material similiar to Lexan in his mobile shop, so he figured it would work perfect for the job.

Strong enough to hold my glass of wine!!

He used Velcro to temporarily hold them securely in place until we find the right fasteners.

They work awesome, another fabulous idea!

RV Mods – Drinking Water

We thought we would show you what we do for drinking water.

This idea is just super cool! We can’t take any credit for it, as our friends Roger and Collene installed this in their Cougar trailer. We loved the idea so much that Myron got busy!

He installed a separate water tap next to my kitchen tap for our dedicated drinking water.

Then install a 12v pump and switch.

Finally he ran a water line that feeds to our refillable water jugs.

It fits neatly tucked away under our sink so we don’t have to trip on the jug.

Genius I tell ya!!

Entry Door Upgrade

The more time we spend in our RV, the more we find some of the design aspects of our Cougar are just not to our liking.

Our entry door came with a gas cylinder that was installed at the bottom of our door to keep the door open.

Cylinder head is connected to a steel ball installed in the sill and one at the bottom of the entry door.

Great idea, at first we really liked it. Well, that was until a gust of wind came up and grabbed the door and snapped the cylinder head which caused the door to smashed up against the trailer! Thankfully we had a broom leaning up against the trailer so this stopped the door from smashing our big picture window.

We have removed the gas cylinder and installed the trusty old plastic door holder.

Myron also install a 3″ rubber door stopper.

Not only has this upgrade now allowed us to have our door completely open in a breeze, but it also allows a full view from our door and opened up our seating area to utilize the entire awning.

The Adventure

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” If we were meant to stay in one place, we’d have roots instead of feet” – Rachel Wolchon

Today marks 1 year since we moved into our 5th wheel.

July 22,2017 we officially moved out of our house.

It was time to start the final demo on the last 2 rooms in the house.

We are pretty luck, we have 2 amazing and talented kids. They stepped up and helped Myron finish the renovations.

The master bedroom and bathroom were completely gutted and redone.

Our son Randy installed all our flooring, and he did an amazing job!

The only thing left in the kitchen was the completion of the backsplash. Our daughter Courtney picked out the tiles and our son Randy did all the installation.

Now with the inside done, the outside needed a facelift. Again our kids, son in-law Glenn and our friend Gwen stepped up. Without their help we wouldn’t have completed by the deadline as we were both still working full-time. For that we are thankful!!

Renovation now completed and it was finally time to purge our stuff.

We sold, gave away and donated whatever we didn’t want to keep.

With the house emptied, now it came time for Myron’s shop. This was a challenge to say the least. He still planned on doing upholstery when we are back in Canada, so that meant he still needed to keep a lot of his supplies.

Anyone that knows Myron knows if you need it, he will have it!

It took about a week and a half and it was finally done.

And on October 31, we said our final goodbye to the house that we raised our children in and locked the front door for the last time, as the next chapter of our story began.

Century Downs Racetrack and Casino Rocky View County, AB 🇨🇦

A quick overnight stay at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino in Rocky View County, Just North of Calgary Alberta.

It was Myron’s night to cook, so he decided to skip the dishes and we had dinner at the Casinos Mid City Grill. It was a great choice as the food was fabulous!

Cost- Free ($17.88 dinner)

Stay Length – 1 night

Notes

  • Must register with security desk
  • Asphalt parking lot
  • Parking zone G
  • Good street lighting
  • Security cameras
  • Lot is patrolled by security
  • Casino is very clean and staff are great.

Camrose Resort Casino

We are slowly making our way to Sylvan Lake for a couple of days, and decided to overnight casino camp at Camrose Resort Casino in Camrose, Alberta 🇨🇦

Cost: Free

Stay length: 1 night

Note:

  • Must register with security desk and they will instruct you where to park. Signs say no overnight parking BUT they do allow it.
  • Asphalt lot
  • Good street lighting
  • Very clean casino and the staff are great.

Conquer

It’s hard to believe it’s already the end of June, and that means graduation parties, Canada day celebrations, and spending time with friends and family. Next week we have 3 graduation functions to attend, so we figured it would be easier to pack up and head to the Battlefords where we would be closer to the festivities!

We have been stationary for the last month at my brothers acreage, and it seems we have unpack a lot of our crap, so today we are busy preparing for transport mode.

We have an antenna that has an attitude problem, so we have to climb up on the roof to secure it, and at the same time the solar panels need a good cleaning.

This is usually Myron’s job, but with a major Meniscus tear and a partial ACL tear in his left knee he is out of commission till after his surgery! That means I need to step up and help with the outside duties.

Yes I know, Myron sit still?! Fortunately one of us is more stubborn than the other. 😉

I seen a quote that said

“Fear has two meanings…

Face everything and run, or Face everything and rise!”

Today I faced my fear of heights and climbed up on our 5th wheel to prep for transport mode!

The older I get, the more things I want to cross off my to do list! Today, I finally conquered my fear heights!

☑️ get over my fear of heights

RV baking!

With all our traveling this past winter, I’ve been slacking in the baking department. I had some ripe bananas staring at me, so I decided since it was a rain day, it would be a perfect day to test out a new gluten-free banana bread recipe.

I wish these pictures had a scratch and sniff, the smell is amazing!

Hello Saskatchewan

It’s great to be back in our home Province of Saskatchewan!

The snow has finally melted, and the temperatures have now warmed up.

Farmer are busy getting their equipment ready for another season.

We made a quick overnight stop in Swift Current, SK on route to our moochdocking location with family near Saskatoon, SK. We spent the night Solardocking at Living Sky Casino.

COST: Free

Stay Length: 1 night

Note:

  • Designated RV parking signs around perimeter of parking lot.
  • Asphalt lot
  • Onsite garbage bins
  • Good street lighting

Solardocking at Casino Lethbridge

After crossing the border into Canada, we decided to spend a couple days at Casino Lethbridge in Lethbridge, AB 🇨🇦

Cost: FREE

Stay length: 2 nights

This would be a great location to use as a home base, lots to see in the area.

Note: Dump Station with potable water located at the Chinook County Tourist Association

Chinook Country Tourist Association 2805 Scenic Dr S, Lethbridge, AB T1K 5B7 (403) 320-1222

Oasis Palm RV Resort – Thermal California (Passport America)

Oasis Palm RV Resort in Thermal California.

Nights stayed: 7

Rates: $20/night with PPA discount

Amenities: FSU, free wifi, pool, hot tub, laundry ($1.50 wash & $ 1.00 dry), catch and release fish pond

When we arrived we only planned on staying a couple days, but we liked it so much we extended our stay.

🍷🍷 happy hour is located directly behind our site…..Bonus!

Gotta love California sunsets!Some of the crew we met at happy hour.

We had such a great time listening to Timothy and Kathy Dick of Auld Lang Syne

Overall this is a great place to stay, and we will return!

Casino Solardocking

Bluewater Casino just outside Parker Arizona along the Colorado River.

Cost: FREE

Length of Stay: 1 week

Notes: parking lot is not level, so be prepared to use your blocks.

Dump station and water fill is located down the road at La Paz Country Park for $10

On-site garbage and security