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n May, 2018

Here is the more or less monthly news update about us and our corner of the world.

May 2018

Only 6 weeks or so since my last update - that’s an improvement. Mostly it has to do with timing. As I type these first few paragraphs we are camped at our favourite Provincial Park near Whitecourt, AB; about a 90 minute drive from home. I woke up early and Tess and Camper are still asleep. We have fresh rainbow trout n the freezer, and a chipmunk and a bunch of blue jays visiting the site nibbling on the seeds I put out. You can read more about this trip here.

Winter was the longest I can remember with something like 168 consecutive days with temperatures below freezing. Often way below freezing. Like 70 degrees Fahrenheit below freezing! Sheesh! Spring has finally sprung and things are turning green, the birds are back, the motorcycles are out of hibernation and camping season has arrived.

I purchased and installed the towing assembly for the front of the new Toad and although I can feel the extra 1,000 lbs difference between the Tracker and the CR-V, we are still well within the limits of the motorhome. No doubt gas mileage will drop a bit more but that’s the way it goes.

Our son Mark and granddaughter Isla were over for their weekly visit the other day. We went for a bike ride around the neighbourhood and Isla declared that she wanted her training wheels removed because they are too noisy. She is 4 years old and a very determined kid so I am sure that in a few hours she will be two wheeling.

And speaking of Isla, she started snow skiing this past winter. She took a lesson (one) in February at the local bunny hill. Later her Dad took her on the bigger bunny hill wearing a harness. Kind of like a leash in case she loses control. (Below)

By the end of the season she was skiing down the green runs at Marmot Basin and Lake Louise in the Rocky Mountains without the leash! Her great grandfather would have been proud.

She carves turns around the slower adults and sings “my name is Isla and I’m going to the Olympics”. She just might!

Mark took a video but at 150MB, it is too big to post here. Drop me a line and Ill share it with you via dropbox.

You can see a new batch of Isla photos here.

The Provincial Armwrestling Championships were held this month in Calgary. Mark won both arms in the 100 kg class. This qualifies him to compete for the National title in Laval, Quebec. A good showing there will qualify him for the World Championship to be held in October in Turkey. Good luck Mark!

A belated happy birthday to my brother Todd (last month) and my sister Carol (this month).

Tess and I are busy planning camping trips over the next few months. Being away more than a few days means arranging for someone to be in the house, water the plants and garden, cut the grass, and all that kind of stuff. Being retired and travelling is hard work!

Type to you next month.

Greg, Tess & Camper