The weather has not been great but we managed to keep ourselves busy with fishing and visiting with our neighbours this past week. I managed to get out in my new lounger again floating on the lake and Ray was able to fish most days. I even managed to get out in Ray's boat and caught a fish. The guys were laughing at me as the electric motor is a little hard to control until you get the feel of it and I was doing donuts trying to unhook my line from the end of my rod!
|Look at that line whipping over my head! I do not think I have the right technique yet!|
|Chris and Paul ... we caught a big one!|
There have been quite a few thunder and lightening episodes with downpours but fortunately they only last a few hours and then you are able to go outside again. Freya's lost a pound from all the shaking she does during these. No problem with a fire ban this year!
After the long weekend I collected a bunch more firewood left behind from empty campsites to keep us going and be able to save some for our next destination. The campsite was pretty packed for the weekend but sure emptied out Monday morning.
On Monday, August 1st, the sun was out so Ray and I took a drive to Ashcroft to have lunch and to visit the just opened for the season, Desert Hills Farm Market. Jonathan, Paul and Giselle's son, asked to look after Freya for the day. She has adopted their family anyways as they all throw the stick for her! The drive is only about 45 minutes on Highway 97C and most of it seemed to be beside the huge open pit copper mine, Highland Copper. This is the largest open pit mine in North America, not very picture worthy. The hill going into Ashcroft goes down for miles before you reach the Thompson River. The topography sure turns to desert from high mountain pines as you start down into the valley. It was also 5 degrees warmer in Ashcroft than in Logan Lake.
The market was very pretty. They had goats to see, old farm equipment, a picnic area with hot dogs provided, a raspberry patch for kids (and adults) to pick a few berries, as well as the store to buy produce.
|Hello down there!|
|Field of green peppers|
Paul and Giselle invited us over for Barbecued Ribs for dinner on Monday night … yummm.
|Thanks a bunch for dinner guys!|
Tuesday we took the coach into Logan Lake to dump (black tank full) and refill with water to last 3 more days. Did not want to bust a gasket climbing up and then down into Merritt! The plan is to stay at Claybanks RV Park for 2 nights (Friday and Saturday) so I can do my 3 weeks worth of laundry and then go up to Peter Hope Lake for 3 weeks.
|Little Paska Lake|
|Bye, bye Paska Lake ... maybe see you next year!|
As it turned out, Tuesday I noticed that our fridge was not cooling and was staying at 55 degrees. The freezer was still was okay though. I checked my manual etc. and concluded that the fan was not working which was nothing that I could deal with. We contacted a repair guy in Merritt and he told us to stop at his house at 9 am Friday morning (the day we were leaving for Merritt anyways) so he could check it out and order parts if needed. He determined that the fan was not working as well. However it could be caused by the fan motor itself or the computer board. We ordered both and if it is not the computer board we will keep it for a spare as apparently these things do go. Ray and I did not want to delay waiting another 2 days for parts if it turns out that we needed the computer board. I now keep a block of ice in the fridge so all my condiments will keep but got rid of milk etc. and bought a styrofoam cooler to keep milk, beer etc cold. So now I have 4 days to get the laundry done instead of 2! Yeah me. Thankfully Claybanks had space for us for the extra 2 days and possibly 2 more if we need it.