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Broken down in Vancouver

overcast 75 °F

We were in Vancouver on our way to Alaska, with our older grandkids, about 4 years ago. We’d stopped in Stanley Park and stumbled upon the area with the Totem Poles. We thought that it would be a good place to bring Zaya this time, hence the stop in Vancouver.

We crossed the border into Canada after much scrutinizing of the papers for Zaya and Twinkle. Thank goodness for Google as we found a campground just north of Stanley Park.

After parking the RV we quick packed up a lunch and some wine then drove down to Stanley Park and found the totem poles. The totem poles are made by different tribes then installed in the park. http://www.canada.com/vancouversun/story.html?id=a7458795-e135-431a-80be-38b23093b629

Zaya was enthralled by the totem poles, walking up and touching the ones available to touch. We took photos, walked around to see the views across the bay to the north and to the south.

We had to check out our campsite by 11a.m. and of course we were not ready at all. We rushed to get the RV battened down.

I’d gone into the office to ask if there was any recommendation for good smoked salmon and an employee told me about another employee, a Native, who also makes smoked Indian Candy. He gave the guy a call and the guy said he’d bring some Indian Candy over for us.

We’d about given up and was starting out to leave when the guy with the salmon came arrived. We didn’t have any Canadian cash so he was going to wait while we got cash. Then the guy working at the RV Park noticed water dripping quickly from the truck and was immediately concerned that we were not going to make it to Banff, an 8-hour drive.

The Native drove me to the nearby bank so I could get cash, but he could not exchange the fish until we were back on Indian ground. Dale, in the meantime, started looking seriously for the leak.

I returned back to the RV and truck where Dale had no luck in finding the leak and it was pouring rainIMG_201507..5941487_HDR.jpgIMG_201507..3818221_HDR.jpgIMG_20150710_190005307.jpg. I then googled a repair person nearby and found 1 open. The mechanic told me to get the truck right over and maybe they could still get us on the road.

We arranged to leave our RV in the front drive of the park, which is the place we’d pulled to when we saw the guy with the salmon.
We took the truck and drove to the garage. There we learned it was the water pump and that they would attempt to replace it still.

Unfortunately, the truck was not repaired and we have spent the night in a driveway. But we are self-contained so even though we could not extend the slide out, we still could make dinner and sleep.

We hope that the truck is done soon and we can continue on down the road to Banff.

In the meantime, we hang out at the pool, walked to Whole Foods and shopped, stopped at Starbucks for a break on the way back to the RV Park.

I’ll maybe read a book, something I haven’t done in months.

Posted by Miss Chris 16:22 Archived in Canada Tagged vancouver camping outdoors family_travel grandkids_travel Comments (0)

Flying Adventures

Getting to Port Hardy

I made my 6:30am flight but had stuff in my hands still packing as I was trying to check in. Once I got down to the gate I opened my carry on and finished packing.

I knew that I had plenty of time between my 3 flights so that getting to the various was not a problem. The problem would be once I got into Vancouver there would only be 1-1/2 hours to go thru customs, pick up my check in bag, get on a shuttle to the next terminal and then catch my flight to Port Hardy.

I got into Vancouver and once I got out of the terminal found a transportation person who told me to go across the street to catch the shuttle. After standing there for a few minutes I asked someone else who didn’t know, asked yet another person who told me I was in the wrong area. Finally I found the right stop and found people who were heading to the same place. I stuck to them like glue!

The plane to Port Hardy was a little tiny commuter plane, like the little puddle jumpers of years ago. 1 row of seats on each side of the plane, so small one can’t stand up inside. The flight crew left the cockpit door open so I could see them flying the plane. Oh, it brought back flying memories!!!
The flight was mostly cloudy but near Port Hardy the skies cleared and I could see the road we drove so many years ago.

As I exited the plane the co-pilot asked how I liked the flight and I told him that I loved it! Love the little planes. When he asked why I told him that many years ago I was flying with a current pilot’s license. He told me to get back flying. Maybe I will someday!!

Bekki and Emilio picked me up at the airport. We made a couple of stops then went to the Bed and Breakfast place where Bekki got us a room. We thought that we’d stay for at least the night. It was a room with a bed, but really sharing a downstairs apartment. Off of the entry hall are bedrooms to the right and straight ahead and to the left a laundry then living room, dining room and kitchen.

I still had food that I’d brought and Bekki had a few things so we lit candles, opened wine that I brought, ate dinner and just enjoyed our being in Canada.

Posted by Miss Chris 14:44 Archived in Canada Tagged airport family canada vancouver bc airplane port_hardy Comments (0)

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