Ahhhhh, The Fall! There are many things people like about the fall. In my neighborhood the Shuswap, one of the biggest things is Peace and Quiet.
After a busy tourist summer, when the population here explodes and people are working long hard hours. September brings a sense of calm. The weather is still beautiful, the sun shining, the lake like glass, plants and flowers still look beautiful but it is a time for folks to relax. The majority of tourists have gone home, the lake is more quiet with less boat traffic. The single lane road in and out is no longer congested and we can find and chat with our neighbors in the grocery store.
AND IT’S TIME TO HIT THE ROAD! I’M ITCHING AND EXCITED!
Because we are RV Sometimers, we love to be in the Shuswap, at the lake in the summer and we try to enjoy the calmness of fall but I can’t help getting ants in my pants and the itch to get out on the road and see what comes next.
In this video we start Chapter 3 by showing you our most trusted RV maintenance shop, Midtown RV Center in Penticton, BC. We like to get the Beaver all tuned up and ready for the next long journey ahead. We all know she won’t be back in BC for a very long time so she needs the best care we can get for her.
People ask us where and what we get done when the Beaver goes in for a service. So, here is a list of what she got done on this visit. She got her engine serviced, oil changed, slide and roof maintenance, new awning fabric a hydraulic hose replaced, generator serviced, a closet light fixed, a review of a heating vent, and an electrical charging issue rectified. She is a beaut but she needs TLC. That’s just the life of an RV.
Once the Beaver is healthy and happy we are ready to go. Yeah! We are excited because we have some great stuff planned for this Chapter.
We are going to Texas. We have never been before, (well I have when I was kid travelling in a truck camper with 4 other people), but Kory hasn’t.
When you are on the road for long periods of time it is possible to get lonely for your friends or family. We get that. We spend a lot of time together, just the two of us, and we are used to it but we do love to meet other people to.
We are super happy to be going to a gathering of RV Nomads to celebrate the full feature movie some of them have made. This event will have over 400 other people attending and we are so excited to be hanging out with a group of people who love to live a lifestyle similar to ours. We are also excited to make the trip through many states, that we have not been to before, on our way to Texas.
Leaving Penticton, BC takes us through the beautiful Okanagan and having an uneventful border crossing we work our way to the beautiful city of Spokane, WA.
Since we choose not to tow a car, when we want one to tour around in we just rent one. For us, this is more cost effective, convenient and we always end up with something new and fun to drive. We picked up our very reasonably priced mid sized rental car from Budget Car Rental at the airport and were very pleasantly surprised when all they had for us was a Camero or a convertible mustang. We had never driven a Camero before so Kory naturally went for the beauty in black and then spent the rest of the time we had it trying to convince me that the quick acceleration that pinned me back in my seat was actually a safety feature!
Spokane was a really nice city. It was easy to navigate and we found a really great park in the middle of the city, appropriately named Riverfront Park. If you ever get a chance to go, do it. It was fun with things to see and do yet not over the top. It was still relaxing to just sit on a bench and watch the flowing water. The Spokane river has been damed for hydroelectric power and has created numerous beautiful water falls.
We were able to check out these waterfalls by taking a short ride in a gondola over them. We enjoyed spending the day in the park, oooing and ahhing over the falls, walking along the paths and checking out Canada Island.
Finding something to eat, unique and yummy, was easy. We just followed a recommendation from our awesome rental car clerk. If you ask, people just give you great ideas, and then it is always fun to follow those recommendations and see where you go. So we ended up at the Flying Goat. If you are like us, and don’t want to have to make the decision of where to go, it is a fun way to explore and end up having a great meal for our tummies! When you are in Spokane check this place out. I’m just sayin it now in case you don’t run into our rental car clerk!
We left the Shuswap, attended the family wedding, finished our service visit at Midtown RV and then got on the road between mid – end of Sept. We enjoyed staying at the Ponderosa Falls RV Resort, just outside of Spokane and then started our journey South early in Oct. 2018
We love sharing our time with you and know that many of you have travelled these roads before us or are planning to go in the future. You know how we travel by now, we just stop and see what we can see, so if you have recommendations for us (because you’ve been there or actually do the research before you go) or for our readers please leave us a comment. I know we will be back some day.
Mark SweeneyJune 2, 2020
you make Spokane Washington sound very nice which I’m sure it is and I would love to visit their thanks for giving me more incentive
DeniseJune 3, 2020
It was a nice discovery for us too. We love finding places that we hadn’t really planned on just to see what they have to offer. You never know what you will find.