Saturday, April 30, 2005
We liberated Dad from South Africa in 1999 and then in 2000 he landed up in hospital having open heart surgery for replacement of a calcified Aortic valve. This left him very frail and we cannot leave him on his own for too long. Now that he may be going to the US in July, this leaves us freed up for a week long trip somewhere.
Thinking of going to Northern Ontario somewhere, maybe Halfway Lake or in Lake Superior Provincial Park. Another possibility is The Pinery on Lake Huron. We've never been there and have heard good things.
I would like to try dry camping again as we do have 45 watts of solar panels. We used these panels 2 years ago when we dry camped at Assateague State Park in Maryland. It is enough to keep the battery charged, plus a bit extra for an hour of TV a day. When we go fulltime, we will have enough solar energy to keep us powered up for computer, satellite and TV as well as the monitors and fridge. This is something that we are still investigating. Something else that interests us is wind power. If anyone has any experience with this please email us.
Wednesday, April 27, 2005
Tuesday, April 26, 2005
Of course the awning and the outside need to be washed. We store the trailer at a campground only about a mile from us, so it is very convenient. There is water, electricity and several dump stations. These days it is used mainly for storage of RVs.
This week we will be opening up the trailer. We have some minor repairs to do as well as lots of cleaning. When we winterized in November, we forgot to depressurize the water system before opening the outside valve and blew the white stopper thingy out. Last weekend Michael bought a new part and he will fit that this weekend. Silly thing to do as it is the second year in a row that we did it! Maybe this winter we will remember to open a tap first.
Monday, April 25, 2005
The latest Trailer magazine arrived today and I was pleased to see that it was the 2005 models issue. I am going to spend the next few days browsing through, although I do know what is on our short list. We just have to decide how mobile we want to be.
Whenever I get a new magazine I read all the ads. There is so much to learn!
No photos today as I cannot upload anything from home and I am typing this in the library.
Sunday, April 24, 2005
We had a wonderful time, spending 2 weeks in the Cape Town area. This area is famous for the wonderful South African wines. We toured wineries in Stellenbosch and Franschhoek. We swam at Clifton beach, watched seals at play on the rocks and soaked up the ambiance and flavour of the Cape. We went up into the mountains inland from Cape Town, took the cable car up to the top of Table Mountain and waded in the icy cold waters of the Atlantic at Bloubergstrand.
Saturday, April 23, 2005
When the children were 5 and 7 we bought a tent trailer. It was huge and heavy, but it was great fun. We camped at Park Reynie on the Natal South coast and at Umlalazi in Zululand. It was great to hear the monkeys playing on the roof of the trailer in the early mornings. They really are entertaining creatures.
In 1989 we emigrated to Canada and we were back to tent camping, exploring our new home country. We started off with a dome tent, air mattresses and sleeping bags. That was entertaining. Our last tent camping episode was in 1999 to Northern Ontario to see the colors in the Agawa Canyon. On the way up we camped at Killarney Provincial Park. Being October it poured on our last night there! In the morning we packed up and I ended up falling face down into the mud.....
"That's IT! No more camping until I have dry feet, bed, and a roof over my head!" So the next year we bought a small Keystone Bobcat Hybrid trailer. It was 17 feet long and had 2 bunks that opened out at each end. It was luxury, but Oh so small!
My dad had came to live with us, as we found the space a little too small and so 2 years later we traded up to a 22ft hybrid. A Trail-Lite Bantam. That was a lot more spacious but after a trip to Quebec in September 2002 we got tired of opening and closing the bunk beds at every stop. Another upgrade to a 25ft Travel Trailer this time, with an island queen bed and a bigger bathroom. We love it!