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Monday, October 20, 2008

Automn in New England


New England in October

Some times leaving the best part of the meal to the end makes the whole meal much better.

We love to RV, meet people from different places, make a fire, hike and feel the freedom but as summer ends and the cold weather is getting to our bones we store the rig and would usually fly home to Israel, but as I wrote before we have two kids in North America, one in Toronto and one in Boston with his family.

So maybe the summer RV season is over but NOT the entire trip.

This year we had a great time traveling with our young son from Toronto to Barrie, a small town next to a lake just an hour drive north to the city.

It was a bright cool day as should during this season, actually the weather was better than we sometimes had during the summer in Newfoundland, amassing..

After spending time in Toronto and the area we flew to Boston and had a fantastic week with our middle son, his wife and their daughter that had her 2nd birthday celebrated with us.

She grew a lot since we saw her 5 months ago and now she mixes English with Hebrew in one sentence what makes it funny but sweet.

In the weekend we took a drive to Salem, Rock port, Concord and had a great time.

The weather was just cold enough to remind us that we are way after the summer but still before the really cold days, the sky was clear blue and the Autumn colors were everywhere a real celebration of red and yellow leaves on trees and on the ground , the ones on the ground looked some times as big great color carpets.

I took a few shots hoping to grasp the atmosphere of this time and place-enjoy.

Tuesday, October 14, 2008


We are on the way to our home in Israel after our summer RV trip but there are always 2 stops on the way,one in Toronto where our young son lives and one in Boston where our middle son and his family are stationed.
It usually takes us a while to arrive in Israel from the time we store the rig, it is a lot of fun and we take the time to enjoy and cherish this beautiful time with our family.
After 2 weeks in Toronto we finally made it to Boston not before being bounced from AA first flight
of the day due to overbooking,but we made the second one after 4 hours and it is fair enough as we are traveling on S/B bases.
Meeting our family after 5 months it is always a joy and especially Rony that turns 2 this month, we could see a huge change ,she speaks now Hebrew and a little of English and some times it all gets mixed up in a very funny nice way.
The parents of our daughter in law are here to visit so we are going to celebrate Rony's birthday all together and give her the best feeling possible as she misses her "home" atmosphere.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Down Town &Toronto Islands-October 2008

The rig is always stored at the end of each summer trip and can be a different location from the last year but we always fly through Toronto because of several reasons, first of all our youngest son lives in Toronto so we can be with him at least twice a year and second there is a direct flights to Tel-Aviv.
We also get over the jet leg after the long flight from Israel and take the time to explore different parts of the city and the surroundings.

This year we spent time in down town and on the Islands.

Down town and the close area except being a business's center has many beautiful spots, like China Town, Kensington Market ,Distillery Historic District and others.

Walking the streets or taking the subway you wonder if you are in Canada or in some other place in which people speak different languages , so many nationalities and cultures and all get along well together-amassing.

I general I prefer the nature, the outdoors and the space I have while traveling with the trailer,but I found that Downtown Toronto has its special appeal and I can sit in a coffee shop listen to street singers and just watch the people .
In my first visits I got uncomfortable with all the crowds especially after RVing in open area's that are nothing like this place,but I learned to get along and even enjoy this loud crowded place as well, it is different but nice.

Will be flying from Toronto to Boston to visit Yariv our middle son,his wife Ayelet and their daughter and our youngest granddaughter Roni that turns 2 this month.

We are grateful to have at this era Internet,so we can share,talk and even see friends and family at any given time when being far away.
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2008 7th RV trip-East Canada

We flew to Toronto to visit our youngest son Nimrod , and then to Boston to spend time with our middle son Yariv, his wife Ayelet and Roni our youngest granddaughter,this way we see them at least twice a year once on the way to the trailer and once on the way home at the end of each trip.
The visits are always emotional as they are relatively short and only once in half a year.
Getting back to the starting point we were meet by Nancy and Llyod that are going out of their way to help us getting on the road.

After a few days we headed to North Sydney to catch the ferry to NL as a begging point to make it on time to see some Icebergs before the melt or go South.
From that point we started slowly to circle this beautiful Island, I planned one and a half months but we traveled along we decided to give it another whole month-and we are not sorry a bit.

The nature,the sea food and especially the PEOPLE make New Foundland a great unique place, we have made a lot of friends on this Island and we loved every minute we spent there although the weather was not always as summer should be.
We hiked,visited festivals,went to dinner theaters,pubs with Celtic music and socialized with locals all this made the stay in New Foundland great, we will come again..

Our next destination was the famous great Cabot Trail in Nova Scotia,nature at it's best..every turn a new and beautiful scenery appears and you start to wonder if this is for real.
We had some mechanical problems with our truck, usually I do not get into it on the blog but this time I am doing it because I wanted to thank the people from Sydney NS that went of their way to help me out,they fixed the problem in no time even in the weekend,left me their personal car so I will be able to drive around and did not let me go till they were satisfied with the repair.

P.E.I is a place to end a long trip, it is relaxing,beautiful and groomed all together, we spent there 10 last days of the trip before heading back to N.B passing through the Hopwell Rocks to see the magnificent phenomena of the TIDES, we walked on the ocean floor when the tide was out and saw the rocks all covered with 16 meters of water when the tide is in, what a sight.
Now the rig is stored in our friends property and we are on the way home through Toronto and Boston, it is the end of our 7th trip (unbelievable) but there is always next year.....till then.
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Monday, October 6, 2008

2007 6TH RV trip-Ontario,Quebeck

Starting from Thunder Bay we headed east along the North Shore of Ontario Lake, we had to remind ourselves that it is a lake rather than a sea,it is so large , the waves are so strong that it gives you the feeling that it is a sea.

The parks along this route are outstanding, long sandy beaches,trees,Islands,waterfalls-Paradise..
The diamond on the crown this year was meeting Nicky and Grant in Sue San Marie and then at their place in Whit Fifth Falls.
It was a complete surprise to see their fantastic house and the boat docking at their pier, we were invited to join them on a cruise around the area and had enjoyed every minute of it-Thanks friends and hope to see you again.

We also were able to meet with Jim and Sylvia that came all the way from California to meet us in Ottawa and spend time with us in Mount Tremblant before heading back home.

We continued to Quebec and all around the beautiful Gaspe Penninsula,watching the "big" whales play around
Ending our current trip in New Brunswick at Nancy's and Llyod place, a great couple we "meet" on the RV forum.
They made us feel at home and for that -Thanks a million.
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2006 5TH RV trip-Montana-WY-S.D-Minnesota

This year we started with our brand new Trailer, that was already loaded with our personal things since last year and was waiting for us in the dealers yard together with the truck.
Things went well till we reached the Alberta - Montana Boarder,there the US customs pulled out from the trailer food they said that was not allowed to enter the US,but we overcame this although we thought is was not handled properly.
The main attraction this trip was BRANDING in Sheridan Wyoming, it all started a year before when we meet with Eddie and Dee during a beer fest in New Mexico, they invited us to participate in Branding their cattle the following year, well it took us 2 seconds to except their offer and showed up in time for the event.
It was like in the good old days the traditional way (as we saw in the movies), build the coral,gather the herd,brand,vaccine,castrate the caves and then have food&grab laughs and more beer-it was fun- ,my back remembered it for a while..

South Dakota was special to visit ,Mount Rushmore and Bad Lands gave the place fine flavour.
In one c.g we had a Snake coming up our sewer pipe chased away by a BIRD..it was an interesting scene all together.
In Minnesota we meet face to face with "Internet" friends Hal and Jan that live on a beautiful river in South Minnesota and had a fantastic week together.
The way to Thunder Bay from Duluth in the Autumn with all the colors changing was an outstanding event, its like driving in a dreamland.
In Thunder Bay we meet with Peter and Cheryl a couple we meet in 2002 on the way to Alaska , it was nice meeting them again and sharing some time together.
After storing the rig in Thunder Bay we took off for the winter...
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2005 4TH RV trip-North New Mexico-Colorado

This year we started from Albuquerque after visiting the balloon festival that took 3 days, it is a event that is worthwhile to see.
Air balloons from all sizes and shapes colored in magnificent colors were taken off from the field at the same time, that was a sight to see-wooow, at night the lights were lighed reflecting the colors from the balloons and it was just
As we travel with a general plan and have no time schedule it is easy to take the road to non planed places like the one we took after hearing about it in a cowboy store, we headed towards THE hunters gathering in North New Mexico.
These is one of the pleasant surprises that can lighten your day,people lived in a camp like the old days wearing leather and shooting black powder-it sure was an adventure.
Morris and Lavern from Texas were camping next to us and since then we are in touch through the net, Morris is a great fi
sherman and I learned a thing or two from him.
Colorado with its amazing scenic area welcomed us and we took it with two hands,lakes,sand dunes,National parks and wild life amazing.
Getting closer to Edmonton we traded our good old 5W for a 2006 new Cruiser from Crossroads.
The dealer took good care of us and agreed to store the rig in his place for the winter- Thanks Doug.

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2004 3RD RV trip-AZ,UT,N.M

Arizona,Utah and New Mexico is blessed with Natural Parks ,Natural Hot Springs ,Caves and open land as an eye can see.
We have hiked in Bruce N.P ,Zion N.P,Black Canyon and others thinking that each park was created by artists that competed among themselves who is going to create the most beautiful one- I have no idea who won...they are all unique and can be visited again and again.
Each hike showed another angle,color and shape and did not stop from amazing us.
We also were invited by my cousin Marcus to join a rafting group for a week on the Green River, it sure was a great experience.
The views,company, food and weather were just outstanding.
In our last days before flying out from Albuquerque we meet Dennis and his family in a C.G , and before the evening ended we had a place to store our rig for the whole winter in his son yard...

2003 second RV trip -CA-AZ

We spent a great winter back home,visited all the small places we loved to go,walked on the beach that is especially nice and non crowded during this season and spent a lot of time withe family and friends.
During the winter we have planned our next RV trip , I love this part of the trip planning is a lot of fun,I consult with RV forums and use the Internet .
This trip will start from Edmonton (the place we stored the rig last Autumn)through Oregon coast,California coast and end in Phoenix Arizona.
The rig held well in the harsh cold weather in Alberta and it was a pleasant surprise to insert the batteries and hear the trucks engine start..what a relief..

Here we are on the road again, happy to get away from the city to nature.
Following the Oregon coast all the way to the California coast was a great treat, huge beautiful beaches and rock formations that we never experienced before.
We also had the opportunity to meet my cousin Marcus and his family in California and Ray McIntyre in Half moon bay and had a great time with them both.
Visiting Sonoma Valley was an outstanding experience,the tastes the smell were overwhelming,hard to keep straight on your feet...
We also took some time in Las Vegas to see "Paris,Venice,Egypt ..."
Arizona was a lot of fun and hot,
Lake Havasu,Tombstone and meeting with Rody and family made the trip Worth every minute.
We stored the rig in Phoenix (no need to winterize...) and took the road home.
Till we meet again..

2002-First RV trip to Alaska

Our first RV experience started in Edmonton,we knew that we wanted to RV but had no idea what and how to purchase a RV.
It took us 2 weeks to figure out what we want and what we could afford.
Finlay we purchased a Ford F-250 1994 Turbo diesel 7.3 Lt (have it till today) and a 27" 5W with one slide 1996 in a perfect condition.
It looked as a good choice as we love to hike and do side trips without having to pull a small car behind, just leave the trailer in the C.G and tour the area with the tow.
It took us another 10 days to get the paper work,stock the fridge and learn how to use the rig and we were on our way NORTH.
Edmonton-Jasper-Banff-Vancouver Island-Yukon-Alaska and back all in 5 fantastic months.
It was fantastic,the nature,people,hikes and wild life we experienced was way above our expectations.
My cousin Marlon & his wife Sally( a local Alaska girl)live in Nanwalek across the English canal and we had the great opportunity to stay with them for a while and experiance their way of life,enjoy the wilderness,go fishing with no time limit but the tides and meet my family-oh that was OUTSTANDING-thanks Marlon&Sally.
We meet Yariv and Ayelet in Anchorage in the beginning of August that joined us for a whole month traveling around Alaska, it was a pleasure having them with us.
We actually had to pinch ourselves that we are DOING it,after so many years of dreaming about getting away and exploring North America with no time table and as flexible as possible.
strong>Yes we were living our dream and not from the window of our
room, it took some planning and of course being away from home ,family and friends for 5 months but "you can not eat the cake and still have it".....
To all our friends we say "do what you want if you can afford it".
We stored the rig in a C.G near Edmonton,winterized it and flew home just to start from the same spot next spring....what a journey...