Wonderful World of Melrose and Bill
Monday, September 20, 2021
      ( 4:27 PM ) melrose  
Our final stop of the day was at the rest stop at beautiful Kamloops Lake where you have a nice view of the new and developing Tobiano Golf course. To-day was a gorgeous day for a drive.

      ( 4:15 PM ) melrose  
Then, we were off to the Highland Valley Copper mine where it looks as if the mountains are "Man Made".and the Earth appears as if it is a wasteland with a beautiful Turquoise Lake ... Then, on to the Heritage Village of Ashcroft down the 16 mile Hill.

      ( 3:14 PM ) melrose  
Last week-end, we drove to Logan lake by the Tunkwa/Leighton Lakes area to see where the Forest fire was. How sad it was to see mountains of burned forest... for miles as we drove. We do not know the significance of the hats on the fence posts ... but they were there last year when we were there.... they appeared,again, as we were getting close to Logan Lake ~ some had been burned from the fire.... The stump is an example of the phrase" Burned to the Ground" ... and it looks as if the last tree was struck by Lightning.

Wednesday, July 07, 2021
      ( 11:25 AM ) melrose  
We just enjoyed 5 days (July 1st ~ 5th) of being together with the family. Jim, Ellen and family,along with us were at Meadow Creek. Glen, Susan and girls at their cabin in Anglemont. It was very nice to finally see everyone together ~ a good reason to celebrate. We do hope, the Covid now stays controlled. We had a beautiful afternoon at Lakeview Park where all the younger generations went swimming.... Bill and I enjoyed watching...sitting in the shade. We celebrated 'Christmas in July' - which we could not at Christmas time. On July 3rd, we celebrated Bill's 82nd Birthday which was actually on the 4th ~ the day we all traveled home because some had to be 'back to work'on Monday. What a busy fun time we had. It was extremely hot for a couple of the days ... but fortunately Bill and Zachary had the brilliant idea to take along our portable Air Conditioner ... which kept the temperature bearable inside the cabin.... and just when needed ~ we had a rain shower during the night and everything cooled down. It was perfect. Glen had his Drone (which he has a License to operate). He enjoys it at the lake where there isn't anything that it could interfere with. It is really handy and unique for taking Family pictures .... so, here we are ... along with Glen and Susan's dog "Spot" who thinks he is totally "Kayla's Dog". Also,an aerial view of the cabin, and Bill's Birthday pictures.

Tuesday, July 06, 2021
      ( 11:25 AM ) melrose  
Oh, my Goodness ~ I have not posted since May 17th and I really don't know how the time has flown by so quickly. Will now do some "catch up" posting. Here we are on June 6th when we went out to the Shuswap to check on the cabin. We are always happy to see that everything has survived with no problems. We also checked Earl's property at Sorrento and see that again more of the fence has fallen or disappeared. ~ the picture is of Bill inspecting the fence when only the posts are standing. The picture of me is at the cabin at Meadow Creek where the Lupins were blooming beautifully. We say everytime when there ~ "What a beautiful place to be".

Monday, May 17, 2021
      ( 5:00 PM ) melrose  
On Sunday,May 16th, we took our first 'real ride' on the River's Trail along the North Thompson River on Schubert Drive in North Kamloops. Up until this time we have been on short rides ~ practising our skills of riding. Must say ~~ it definitely feels as if we are learning all over again... but we are improving ~ ever so slowly ~ each time out. Up until now, I did not take my camera along ... I had enough to concentrate on. So, here are first pictures from our ride. It was a beautiful, sunny, hot day and was just perfect. The trail was not at all busy which was a bonus. The last 2 pictures were taken at our Dear friend, Janet Wallace's Memory Bench and the view from that spot is beautiful.. Sadly, Janet passed away almost 10 years ago. We will always stop for a moment of remembrance when on this trail.

Monday, May 03, 2021
      ( 9:59 PM ) melrose  
Last fall, one of our neighbours was moving and said she was not taking her bike ... she kindly insisted that she give it to me. It is an excellent almost brand new 'Trek' model that is the perfect size for me. and certainly at 21 gears, has more than I will ever use and is of a higher quality than I need, but will certainly enjoy ~ once I get on to being comfortable riding again. Winter weather came far too quickly for me to get much chance to ride it. We are definitely looking forward to spending time learning to ride again ~ the bike lessons have started and we realize ~ we need lots of practice. ~ it sometimes feels as if we are new beginners. This spring, we started saying ... that Bill should also have a bike if we are to ride seriously. So, on April 23rd we went to Canadian Tire and bought the last 'adult' man's bike they had in the store along with all the other gear needed ~ like, bike helmet, bike rack to carry them on the CRV and a lock to keep them secure on the rack .... we will be ready to ride, as soon as the Hitch is put on the CRV ~ apparently bikes are so popular this year ... that the earliest appointment we could get to have it installed was May 6th. We plan to ride only on bike trails with no hills, and never on streets with cars. Kamloops has many bike trails - and the one we plan to travel most is the "River's Trail" which is actually 2 trails that run along the the North Thompson and South Thompson Rivers in Kamloops which have many beautiful views of the river and many rest stops along the way. We are looking forward to getting out and seeing all we can.
Here we are in our Living room where Bill is putting a new kickstand on his bike and switching the stand from his bike to mine. For some reason, mine did not have a kickstand and the new stand fit his better than it did mine. #

Monday, April 12, 2021
      ( 11:57 AM ) melrose  
Yes ~ there is light at the end of the Tunnel.... with the new variants ... we just have to: continue the distancing,the hand washing,staying home and being patient. These pictures were taken yesterday when at a park in Kamloops.... We do hope the light keeps shining brightly!. This Tunnel runs under the Freeway, east of town at 'Dallas' Park and you can walk through it ... to out in the light on the far side. #

Friday, March 26, 2021
      ( 8:19 AM ) melrose  
We have had our Vaccine! ..... and how very happy, we are about that. On March 24th we went to the 'Kamloops Tournament Centre' and what a smooth, efficient, painless procedure it was... so far have not had any reaction or problem symptoms. In fact, we feel better than usual. We must still remain wearing masks, distancing from others, and wash our hands often. But, somehow doesn't seem like the worry it was ~ before vaccination began. One of our recent 'back Road' drives was again along the North Thompson River on Westsyde Road to the Mclure Ferry ~ to check on the River level and see how big the Sand Bars are along the way. We were not sure the ferry would be running because of the low river level ... but it was. We returned on Hwy. #5, the Yellowhead.
Yesterday, we went to mail a letter downtown. It was so nice and sunny ... we said ~~ "we should be taking a drive" and in no time at all ... we were headed West on Highway 1 to Savona with side trips into Juniper Beach and Deadman's Creek Rd, to check on the state of the paved road into Vidette where the sign said 'completed' which means, that will be another back Road drive soon, I'm sure. Then, on to Cache Creek where we had 'drive Thru' A/W lunch. Bill decided that since we were this close to Loon Lake that we should drive on to the Loon Lake Provincial Park that he has read about in "Back Road" places to see. So, on it was North to almost Clinton to check it out. It certainly was a place to see. We were surprised how BIG the lake was ... and of course, Bill always likes to see the end of the lake .... so, that took quite some time as we drove along the Lake .... past many, many, lovely old cabins as well as some very nice new houses.. surprising to see that soon they will have 2 Fire Halls ~ one near the start of the cabins and the other near the end gives an idea how many cabins and houses the area covers. ~ There was only a sign saying where the 2nd one will be built. Another surprising feature was that the lake has very steep mountains totally surrounding the lake. This was a marvelous day's drive. All this ~ and I had not taken my camera along!. From now on ... I will take it wherever we go. We arrived home in time for supper. #


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