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Marsha/CA

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Heading to Canada
« on: May 19, 2009, 09:10:12 AM »
After spending several months completing the front yard landscaping on our newly built house, we are finally on the road again heading to Indiana then crossing the Canadian border at Suet Saint Marie.  Our plan is to visit the Canadian Maritimes using Betty and Ardra' logs as guidelines.

Yesterday, we pulled out of Kernville, CA after several days cleaning, loading and getting ready.  We tossed the 2 cats in, with the dog plowing his way past us trying to get in to the coach first.   Last night we stayed at the Elks Lodge in Mesquite, NV in 100 degree heat.  We decided to boondock thinking the evening would cool off; but I don't think it saved us much as we ran the generator to keep the coach cool.  We turned the generator off around midnight because we were leery of running it while we slept, so it was a warm night.

Today we head to Green River in Utah.  We plan to stay in the state park, then on Wednesday we will be in Breckenridge for a couple of days.

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #1 on: May 19, 2009, 10:41:00 AM »
Marsha,

I wish you had been on HSJ as I am carrying a guide book on the Maritimes in my coach for your trip.  Russ loaned it to me  telling me to give it to someone who was making the trip.  Oh well you will find the way.  Send messages or questions any time as we still have vivid fond memories of the trip.  Hopefully you will not run into the very high fuel cost we encountered.  Get fudge and ride a surrey in Mackinaw.

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« Reply #2 on: May 19, 2009, 11:04:39 AM »
Have a great and safe trip Marsha.  You are welcome to stop by Sam's Camp should you get near Montana.
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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2009, 11:39:16 AM »
Betty, any chance you could drop it in the mail for me?  The first wedding we will be attending is in Angola, Indiana so we'll be there for several days, arriving on the 28th.  My sister lives there.  I'll be glad to pay the postage if you wouldn't mind sending it to her house.

BTW, Kasey, our granddaughter, had a great little recital; of course she was the cutest one there  8).  I'm really glad we didn't miss the first one.  Since we had only sons, I was used to little league, T-ball and soccer.  A dance recital is a whole 'nuther ball game.

Ron, we will be heading back toward home sometime in Sept and just may go through Montana.  I'll let  you know as we go along.  We are trying to be very "free and non-committed" on this trip.

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« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2009, 11:55:28 AM »
Understand Marsha.  Just wanted you to know you guys are always welcome to stop by.
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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #5 on: May 19, 2009, 04:11:24 PM »
Marsha,

Send me a personal email with address and I will be happy to mail the book. (if I can find it now )  You know how easy it is to lose things in a big motorhome that you haven't used for a day or two.



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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #6 on: May 19, 2009, 05:13:57 PM »
...on Wednesday we will be in Breckenridge for a couple of days.  Marsha~

I thought Detroit was the only place on earth one could spend a couple of days.... on a Wednesday ;) :D :D

You guys have a great summer trip.  I need a few more do not miss  places added to my trip list.  I keep saying.... maybe next year...
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« Reply #7 on: May 19, 2009, 08:04:25 PM »
     Marsha, Donna and I are still traveling, in fact we're in Michigan City IN now.  We're not sure what this summer will bring, but we should be around either at home in Dartmouth, or at the cottage neaar Shediac NB.  As time goes by, keep us informed and we will need to meet, maybe even travel together a few days.  If we're at the cottage depending on timing, there might be availability of boondocking, and I can almost guarantee that you won't need the air.

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« Reply #8 on: May 19, 2009, 09:38:00 PM »
Marsha,

In Sault Ste. Marie MI there's a campground right on the river by the "Soo" locks.  It's fun to take your chairs down by the water and just watch the big freighters go by.  Also, one of the ferries has a fenced and locked lot in which to park the RV when you go over to Mackinaw Island - which you shouldn't miss.

Sure hope you have up-to-date GPS maps for Canada, as well as the latest TL campground directory.  Finding campgrounds is not always an easy process.  OTOH, people are pretty friendly and helpful.  Our first night we couldn't find the first two campgrounds we were looking for, stopped at an empty store and Jerry went across the street to ask that store owner if he thought it would be okay to spend the night there.  He said no problem but it might be a little noisy and why don't we just go down the road another half mile to the RV park there - the one not in the book, of course.  It was a great example of Canadian hospitality.

Enjoy your wedding and have fun in the Maritimes.

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #9 on: May 20, 2009, 07:57:55 AM »
     BTW I meant to remind you to loose the "EH" throughout most of Canada, particularly in the Atlantic.  Just like most Americans don't use "y'all", most Canadians don't add "eh" to every sentence.
     However, I do suggest that you brush up on your french to make it easier to spend time in Quebec where there are NO ENGLISH Road signs.  Things like EST for east or OUEST for west are easy, but caution signs, detour and the like can be dangerous, and/or frustrating.  And after driving up and down the East coast I'd consider Montreal drivers to still be the worst, so be careful.
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« Reply #10 on: May 20, 2009, 09:17:45 AM »
Thanks for all the great advice.

Ardra, Seems like the first part of this trip is a "giant" push because of timing.  Between weddings, I'm trying to spend some time with my mom in Indiana who has advanced Alzheimers to the point that the facility where she is staying is having to sedate her because of her behavior.  So I'm trying to allow time to check the situation out.  I don't want them sedating her for their convenience.  We've been to Mackinaw Island and the "soo" locks, so I won't feel guilty "flying by" so to speak.   ;D  But I didn't know about the campgrounds.  We did just buy the new Streets & Maps 2009 version, along with a new GPS.  My Trailer Life Book is very out of date so I need to pick up a new one.  I've been using Woodalls "online" but we will probably lose satellite service at some point, so the book will be invaluable, I'm sure.

Ed, I'll keep you posted on our locations and I'll remember not to use the 'eh with every sentence..... :P  We spent a great deal of time in Edmonton a couple of years back and there they do use the 'eh quite a bit.  Plus it was just a "quip" for my thread subject.  Now regarding the french, I'm gonna be in a great deal of trouble.  I'm not looking forward to that part of the trip at all.  I hate feeling lost and not knowing where I'm going.

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #11 on: May 20, 2009, 05:49:42 PM »
  Now regarding the french, I'm gonna be in a great deal of trouble.  I'm not looking forward to that part of the trip at all.  I hate feeling lost and not knowing where I'm going.

Marsha,

If you just study on on a few key words needed for navigation you will be fine.  I did not enjoy the  lack of ability to read the signs while in Quebec  but I sure felt literate when I crossed back into  English speaking territory.  I used the   language barrier to  make me  more empathetic with those who are of languages other  than English.  I try to speak to foreign tourists as much as possible.


Now about that book....................What a small world to meet you and Tim  at the rest stop Visitor Welcome Center today in Colorado.  I really would have sprung  for the postage.  What a hoot coincidence meeting.  And  we heard you honk when you went by our boon dock by the river spot in Eagle. The roaring of the rushing river is deafening and all of this for free. Life is good.  Enjoy Atlantic Canada.

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« Reply #12 on: May 20, 2009, 08:40:21 PM »
We are now in Breckenridge, CO.  What a beautiful location.  However, I70 heading east is awlful; rutted out, broken pieces...aaaarrrrggg....and it was my turn to drive up and over Vail Pass which is nearly 11,000 feet.  We are at Tiger Run RV park with snow capped mountains out the front window and to the south of us.  There is a large rushing creek next to the campground.

As Betty mentioned, on our way east from Green River, UT, we decided to stop at the Fruita rest stop because Tim didn't have a Colorado map.  As we were pulling in to the rest stop, he saw a gal waving enthusiastically, looked over at me and said..."that can't be Betty Brewer", but it was, right there in Fruita, CO.  As I opened the door, she stuck the book for Atlantic Canada in my hand and said:  "Hand delivered"

I wasn't sure if you would hear the diesel horn as we passed by your pull over spot....glad you did.  Thanks for the quick visit, it's always good seeing you and Terry. 

Tell Terry, Tim thinks he has figured out the funny little motor in the front....something to do with the step cover.

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #13 on: May 20, 2009, 09:10:58 PM »
Welcome to Colorado, Marsha. Our roads are almost as bad as California's  ;) Watch out for the cold front moving in tonight. After your 100 degrees, you'll probably freeze !

Isn't that a nice visitor center in Fruita? Nice state campground right down the road, too, if you're ever passing that way. Of course, they'll charge you an entrance fee for the motorhome AND the toad.

Safe travels
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« Reply #14 on: May 21, 2009, 08:17:49 AM »
    Marsha, the "eh" jab was with a big smile, but what you find is that Canada is a big country with many regional differences.  As for Quebec, while the language will present some challenges, I'm sure you will find that people are so friendly and helpful that you won't have any problems.
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« Reply #15 on: May 21, 2009, 09:07:14 AM »
I strongly second Hfx's view on the "eh" thing.

It is a joke that is long past it's best and tends to be irritating.  Canadians tend to be too polite to tell you that.

The other one is "Canuck".  Most of us don't feel like "Canucks", which is a word now limited to sportscasters.

And while I'm at it, Sault St. Marie has nothing to do with "Suet", see your first post  :-))     Sault means Falls, ie  Sault St Marie = Saint Mary's Falls.    Suet is a birdfeed.

Brought to you in humility and humour by an immigrant to Canada who had to learn the same things.

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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2009, 01:18:24 PM »
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It is a joke that is long past it's best and tends to be irritating.

Thank you Rankjo for expressing my own sentiments so well on the (previous) title of this thread.
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2009, 02:00:06 PM »
Steve,

Thanks for changing the name of the thread.  I titled it only through pure jest...but apparently it's offensive.  So my apologies to all Canadians.  I also have been told that "Canadian Geese" are really called "Canada Geese".   Can any of you explain that one to me.

Ranjko,

Suet was a misspelling.  I'm a terrible speller and since it didn't pop up with the spell checker, I didn't bother to look it up.  I'm also malapropic, which adds a complete new dimension to my language skills.  Add that to being born to southern parents and it's a whole new ballgame.

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« Reply #18 on: May 21, 2009, 03:51:23 PM »
Steve,

Thanks for changing the name of the thread.  I titled it only through pure jest...but apparently it's offensive.  So my apologies to all Canadians.  I also have been told that "Canadian Geese" are really called "Canada Geese".   Can any of you explain that one to me.


No one can explain the logic of naming animals or birds. There are at least two names to everything scientific in this world, the scientific one and the common one. If you see one goose then it is a Canada Goose, if you see several then are they several Canada Geese or Canadian Geese. To see how silly this can get try it with a Titmouse. Would several of them be a group of Titmice?

Why do they call Death Valley a valley when it is not a valley? Why call Bryce Canyon a canyon when it it really an ampitheater. Why call Joshua Trees a tree when they are a member of the lily family? Why call it Crater Lake, it should be Cauldren Lake.

Now if you go to Yellowstone and dare call a Bison a Buffalo in front of a ranger you will get a long lecture about how stupid you are for calling a buffalo a bison. They are the ones being stupid since they have no clue about what a common name and a scientific name is and what they are used for.

You just can't figure out how the people who name things come to their decisions. Recently the bird naming gods decided to change the common name of the Rock Dove to the Rock Pigeon. Yet everyone commonly calls it a pigeon, so why not change the name to what people actually call it/

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2009, 06:43:38 PM »
Marsha

>>Tell Terry, Tim thinks he has figured out the funny little motor in the front....something to do with the step cover.<<

The more I thought about it seemed to be a pump for the air reservoir.

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« Reply #20 on: May 21, 2009, 06:53:20 PM »
Terry,

Tim talked to Tiffin this morning and it's what you thought it was at first glance at the rest area.  It's the controller for the a/c, heat and defrost vents.  They are shipping a new pump to Indiana and Tim will replace it there. 

We are in Breckenridge with snow and rain.  Hopefully we can get out tomorrow and that I70 is all down hill to Denver.   :D

Wendy,

Going from 100 degree weather to just above freezing is a jolt.  We are "socked" in.  However, the coach is warm and Tim has headed to the back for a nap....I'm right behind him.

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« Reply #21 on: May 21, 2009, 07:33:07 PM »
Thank you Rankjo for expressing my own sentiments so well on the (previous) title of this thread.

I agree, but Bob and Doug did not help our cause either.  Still love Bob and Doug though.
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« Reply #22 on: May 21, 2009, 07:52:35 PM »
We are in Breckenridge with snow and rain.  Hopefully we can get out tomorrow and that I70 is all down hill to Denver.   

Marsha,

I noted the roads were not quite as bumpy on the way over to Denver but the traffic was terrible.  I have never seen so many 18 wheelers on the road. Almost in convoys.  But weather here in Wyoming (Wheatland) is clear and 60.  We had no rain but the wind is blowing out the light on our refrigerator.

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #23 on: May 21, 2009, 08:17:09 PM »
     Enough said about the "eh"  ::)  As for Mark's comment about Canucks, it is the same reaction one would get by calling any American a Yankee, try that one on a southerner, you'd best be quick on your feet, or awfully tough.
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« Reply #24 on: May 24, 2009, 05:44:31 PM »
I hesitated to complain about the "eh"  thing, but visitors will not get a friendly response if they use it and I want Canada to give a friendly response to our American neighbors, the same way I get a friendly response when I go down to Florida for the winter.

Americans are more than welcome in Canada, and are Canada's best friends.  Who would be closer friends??

I think (this is a personal opinion) that the border should be abolished between us, although it doesn't seem to be happening at the present.

But if my home in Northern Ireland can abolish the border with the South of Ireland after all the "troubles", why can't we abolish our Canadian/American border after no "troubles" in the last 100 years?

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« Reply #25 on: May 25, 2009, 03:28:55 PM »
Rankjo,

I wish they would abolish the border also, and would do so before we cross into Canada on June 3rd.  Between now and then, I have to drink several bottles of wine, as we are carrying more than we can take into Canada with us..... ;D

We are now in beautiful downtown St. Louis across from the Golden Arch, at the Casino Queen RV park and it's raining cats and dogs.  Since we left Indiana in 1977 for California we don't see much "heavy rain"; but boy was it coming down.  You could hardly see the car in front of you.  The last time we came through (2007) to stay at this park, I was driving during Friday night rush hour..wahoo!  We were a bit worried about Memorial Day traffic, but the drive into town was a snap; wouldn't you know it, Tim was driving.

We have had rain through Colorado, Kansas, Missouri and now we are on the fringe of Illinois.  There are severe weather warnings issued, including a tornado watch for a few counties from here.  Today we drove only 130 some miles, but we were both ready to stop.  We don't seem to be able to do the long drives we used.  Ah, aging, isn't it fun?  But with the weather such that it is, it's nice to be settled into a campsite.

Tonight we plan to visit the Casino boat/ barge that floats on the Mississippi river right across from the RV park.  That is the only way you can legally gamble in Missouri or Illinois is on the river.  Tomorrow we plan to go into and up inside of the arch.  The last time we were here we weren't able to do that, so it's one of the things we wanted to do.

BTW, just outside of St. Louis, this southern gal finally got to have some "grits" today and boy were they good.  Of course after the rain quits, I'll have to walk several times around the campground to work off all the carbs in that little bit of heaven.

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Re: Heading to Canada
« Reply #26 on: May 25, 2009, 03:45:55 PM »
Marsha,

You can walk over to the metro station by the casino, ride across the river and get off at the Arch for free. Much better than driving and trying to park. Hope you enjoy the Arch ride and aren't claustrophobic....Mike can't get me into one of those pods. The museum under the Arch is great. So is the Budweiser brewery tour.

Wendy

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« Reply #27 on: May 25, 2009, 04:12:06 PM »
Marsha,

Have you and Tim been out to Grants Farm (home of the Clydesdales)?
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« Reply #28 on: May 25, 2009, 05:40:18 PM »
Marsha:

Glad you made it out of Colorado as the weather forecast seems to be improving here. ;D

We plan to head north from Cortez Wednesday and will hit the high country as soon as they take those snow showers out of the forecast!

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« Reply #29 on: May 25, 2009, 06:39:01 PM »
We plan to head north from Cortez Wednesday and will hit the high country as soon as they take those snow showers out of the forecast!

The weather forecast ain't looking so good Jeff. What'll we do the rest of the week while you wait for the weather to improve  ;D

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