Thursday, November 01, 2007

Update...We're Here!

We are in Gibsons! We left Kelowna on Monday, a little later than expected, around 2:30 p.m. There were a few last minute things that needed to be put into storage, then the car needed packing and a few more things needed to be put into storage. Yes, the car was LOADED! Even the rooftop carrier was packed to the gills. We were a little worried about how full the car was, but it behaved very well.

We chose not to take the most direct route to the coast (the Coquihalla Highway) because of some of the hills and the possibility of snow in the higher elevations. Instead, we took the Hope Princeton Highway and pulled in to my mother's driveway at about 8:00 p.m. That night, after a quick supper of steak that needed to be eaten, we stopped in to see my son and my newest grandson, Jonathan. The following morning, we visited my youngest daughter and her two kids and then stopped in at my older daughter's workplace to chat with her for a few minutes. That done, we continued on to Vancouver, where we enjoyed lunch with John's dad and 3 of his former golfing buddies. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time! What a lively bunch of men, all of them 70+.

Once we'd finished lunch, we visited with John's dad for an hour or so and then headed to the ferry, where we managed to catch the 3:30 ferry, arriving in Gibsons shortly after 4 p.m. Right now, we're staying in a friend's fifth wheel. It's comfortable, so it will do for now. We're actively looking for a place to live, but if we can't move into something right away, the trailer will do nicely in the interim.

John started working at the restaurant today and I'm looking after business stuff in the restaurant office (our business, not restaurant business). Cara has graciously allowed me to use the computer here for anything I need it for.

As for knitting, I had absolutely no inclination to knit on the trip down. The only time I picked up the needles was on the ferry, where I met two women who were knitting to pass the time. I struck up a conversation and later joined them for the last part of the 40 minute ferry ride. Since then, though, I've been working on a Malabrigo lace scarf (from Victorian Lace Today). When I can, I'll post pictures. I don't have the camera with me today and I'd have to figure out how to download pictures from my camera on to someone else's computer (well, to one of my memory sticks...wouldn't want to clutter up someone else's computer with my pictures, would I?).

Ok, this wasn't such a quick update. At least, you know that we've made it here safely. And, so far, the scenery!! Oh my.... I will post pictures, I promise! And now, I'm off to explore some more.


  1. Congrats and welcome! The Hope Princeton is pretty much the only way we go to the OK. What a beautiful day for you to arrive. I'm away this weekend but let's meet up and have tea sometime.

  2. Glad trip down was managed safely, snow always a concern this time of year. Unbelievable that we haven't yet seen any on the ground in here, mountains nicely covered but so far we've lucked out.

  3. Great to here from you!! I'm glad everything went OK.
    I hope you are happy over there.
    Bye the way..........kun je nog Nederlands lezen, schrijven en spreken??

  4. I'm so glad to hear from you and to hear that your trip was good and your digs acceptable for the nonce.

    New beginnings can be very exciting and I'm jumping up and down for you and wishing I could tag along on one of your little exploratory junkets :)

    Holding a good though!

  5. Hi Ev,
    We are so glad you got to spend some time with the kids and grand kids. We are looking forward to visiting you in Gibsons. For sure on our next trip up the Sunshine Coast. We will let you know!
    Don & Gail

  6. Glad to see you got there in one piece. Sounds like you had a great time visiting along the way too. Keep us updated about all the events in Gibson's!!!And, welcome to the Rain Forest.

  7. Ev....So now you can get settled! Its wonderful that all the family lives "along the way" , makes it so much easier for visiting. Have fun (and success) with your home hunting. There is so much to see on the "Coast".

  8. Hi Ev,
    Very happy to read that you have arrived safely and got to see all the family on the way. Good luck in finding a place of your own quickly, so you can settle in and become a part of the landscape.

    Oh yes, your file sharing site is working great. Just gave it a try, and all went fine, and very fast too. Thanks for the pattern.

    Take care, have a great day. :)