Out running the mosquitoes 


This morning I’m updating Westlakemusings using my iphone.  Forgive me a thousands sins.  I never would have imagined writing a whole blog on my little phone but what are my options?  Wait until I’m home in August? 

 I’m currently camping just outside Dawson Creek and tomorrow we start our quest north up the Alaska Highway. It is a rarity to even have the internet.  My life this summer is all about living in the moment.  I’m just going to write and post whenever I have the opportunity.

The trip so far has been smooth and according to plan. I locked my front door on May 19th and began this adventure.  First driving my car west to Edmonton. There I joined up with Warren and our RV. 

For six weeks before this vacation I ran around working like crazy trying to get my house ready for the renters.  All my solarium plants needed to go into the garden.  I edged, added mulch, washed windows,  shampooed carpets  and even painted outside trim.  It was a mad dash against time.  I left everything in perfect shape and to keep it that way I have hired  a team of friends, neighbors and a very nice house keeper/property manager to look after everything until I return.  

I was already exhausted before I left and after 4.5 long days spent in the car I was happy to have a whole week of down time visiting family in Edmonton before the trip continued.

It is now day three with Warren, Libby the dog and the RV. Since arriving in British Columbia we have spoken to a few fellow RV travelers coming up from south of and they all say the Mosquitos have been unbelievable.  Apparently we are outrunning them in our quest north 
I did have a scary encounter with tent catapillars   Yesterday morning just having returned from a long wet walk with Libby in some tall grass, I noticed, to my horror that I had tracked in 20 – 30 tent catapillars.  They were clinging to my pant legs.  GROSS 

I guess given the option I would choose catapillars over black flies, Mosquitos or bears any day 

For those wondering, Libby is coping but not enjoying herself.  I have been giving her daily herbal treats that promise to calm and reduce stress but I don’t believe they are doing anything.   My vet also sold me a pump which is called “Kalm Aid”.  Again it is meant to “to promote relaxation”.   All she wants to do is lie on my lap and pant.  Poor thing. 

Last night we stayed at a camp site called The Northern Lights RV Park.   It was located on the side of a north facing huge valley with vistas that went on for miles.  Sadly the sun doesn’t even set until after 1 pm and rises around 4 am. For those remaining three hours it only gets dusk. On top of those conditions we had a full moon last night.   Can you believe that I have never seen the Northern Lights?  Sadly I don’t think it will happen on this trip. 

Ok I just got a Low Battery message on this phone.  Stay tuned.  I hope to send regular musings from the road. 

  

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About westlakemusings

In 2013 my husband and I retired. We bought an old pre-confederation house out in the country. This blog is about our new world in the country as we explore all of life's possibilities.
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2 Responses to Out running the mosquitoes 

  1. It sounds like you’re on a great adventure – enjoy!

  2. Donna says:

    Have a wonderful time..and hopefully Libby will become accustom to her surroundings and relax.
    We look forward to your next chapter of your trip.

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