From Oregon to Vancouver BC

Well we were able to break free of the Oregon tractor beam. We left Clackamette park in Oregon and we decided to head North to visit some relatives just outside Vancouver BC. Our first stop heading north was Maple Grove resort. It is a very nice golf themed park…unfortunately we aren’t much into golfing due to the fact we sold our clubs during the down sizing…and, oh yea, we also suck at golf. There were a few nice hikes that we were able to go on.

Come on guys you're too slow...

Come on guys you’re too slow…

This is my new Man Cave.

This is my new Man Cave.

Aurora clearing the path

Aurora clearing the path

This is one big tree!

This is one big tree!

Our next stop was Lake Sawyer resort. It was sitting on a nice little lake that made for some awesome floating and relaxing. The park itself was quite tight and although we didn’t have any issues we talked with several other campers who had low power issues.

Beautiful Lilly Pad Blooms

Beautiful Lilly Pad Blooms

Lilly bloom close up

Lilly bloom close up

Our final stop on this leg was in Blaine Wa. It is located just about 8 miles this side of the Canadian border and made a good spot for a few nice day trips. The little town of Blaine is situated on the edge of Birch Bay making it nice to walk around and enjoy the quant little stores and restaurants.

Dinner with my Beautiful wife overlooking Birch Bay

Dinner with my Beautiful wife overlooking Birch Bay

One thing we wanted to get off our bucket list was seeing Killer whales in the wild. We used Outer Island excursions to accomplish this. They were based off Orcas island, but the great thing was they came right to us to pick us up. Great customer service as this would have taken easily a couple hours and several dollars to get to them. They said for our trip we were extremely fortunate as they usually only get to stay with the whales for 30-45 min before they leave. We stayed near them for over 2 hours, and boy they did not disappoint. They put on a great show both from a distance as well as close up. This was how we are suppose to see them, not in a little pool of water at SeaWorld…stepping off my soapbox now.

Blowing off some steam.

Blowing off some steam.

Get Up..

Get Up..

Get uuuppp  I say!

Get uuuppp I say!

Free Davy!

Free Davy!

Do I hear the Theme music for Jaws?

Do I hear the Theme music for Jaws?

Is this a Nude Beach?

Is this a Nude Beach?

So Proud!

So Proud!

We took one day to go up into Vancouver to visit Aurora’s cousins, Rose and Roreen. They were so great to take us on an awesome trip seeing some of the Highlights of Vancouver. They first took us to an authentic Filipino restaurant for lunch…YUM! Next we drove up to a viewpoint just across the bay from Vancouver for some awesome views of Downtown Vancouver.

Downtown Vancouver BC

Downtown Vancouver BC

After that we drove over the Lion’s Gate bridge into Stanley Park. There were so many great views and sights…

The Lion's gate Bridge from Stanley Park

The Lion’s gate Bridge from Stanley Park

Vancouver view from Stanley Park

Vancouver view from Stanley Park

Native Totems in Stanley Park

Native Totems in Stanley Park

Next we went into the downtown area. It was a lot like downtown Portland, with the cute shops and restaurants. We also saw their Steam powered clock..pretty cool.

Steam clock in downtown Vancouver BC

Steam clock in downtown Vancouver BC

We drove over to Granville which was very artsy and filled with Farmers markets selling everything under the sun.. There was way too much to do to fully enjoy Vancouver in one day. We need to make a point to spend more time there during our next visit through this part of the country.

When we leave Blaine we are going to head over to Yellowstone for Labor day, then head southish as the weather allows for visiting friends and Family in Nevada. while taking time to visit some of the National Parks in California and enjoying some Boondocking opportunities. Until Next Month… Make everyday Great!

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