FINAL PREPARATIONS AT COUNTRY ROADS

Final Preparations at Country Roads

Our Nov-Dec rental of our Parkmodel was cancelled due to health reasons of our customers so we moved into our Arizona home for the first time. We had three major improvements planned and ended up spending 6 weeks working daily on improvements that we saw that were needed. Major improvements included a washer and dryer, water softener, reverse osmosis water system, upgrading the steps, painting, cleaning etc. We spent all of our time there maintaining and cleaning knowing we had three months of R&R ahead in Australia

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WE ARE GOING TO AUSTRALIA!!!!!!

MONDAY, DECEMBER 11, 2006
How This Trip all Began
How this trip all began (Spring of 2006)

We had thought about doing something else in the winter besides going to Country Roads in Arizona. We have been going to the same fabulous resort for 16 years. However, we wanted to experience other opportunities available but we just didn’t know where to go.

We also had obligations of family, new grandchildren, a dog and a cat.
In the spring of 2006 we lost our dog due to illness.
At the same time we decided to sell our too large 5th wheel and truck and do something different besides RVing.
Over the past few years we have been tempted to travel to Australia but our obligations and the long flight held us back.

Our friends John and Joyce had given us a great opportunity to know where to start Australia with great accommodation and location based on their 4 years experiences there.

So in the spring of 2006 we started to think of alternatives. John and Joyce stopped in to see us in their annual trip back north to Whitehorse and we got more confidence about making this trip. We then discovered that there are direct flights to Brisbane from LA that are only 13 hours and we started to commit to making the trip.

We started making a plan to cover all of the details that you need to consider to “Go Down Under”
We organized our accommodation based on John and Joyce’s recommendation “Coolumseaside.com”
We needed to deal with the financial implications of changing money and discovered that just converting through your US or Cdn Visa or ATM was the easiest. The savings of converting large sums of money to Australian was the easiest. We ended up using Cdn or Us Visa based on the relative exchange reate at the time. North American travellers cheques even in Australian dollars are not easy to cash in Australia.
We had to find a temporary home for our cat Sarah and Chuck and Helene stepped up and volunteered to cat sit Sarah.

In one of our planning sessions with Helene and Chuck we decided to phone the lady in New Zealand (pen pal) Helene had been corresponding with for 20 years but had never seen or talked to. We phoned her from our home and we all had a great conversation with Dorothy Rush and we committed to meeting up with her on our trip. Helene decided to accompany us on the last three weeks of our three month trip.
We sold our too big trailer and truck and decided to fly to Yuma with our cat as we had a vehicle there at the home we rent out. We were to stay there until December, fly to Australia and we would find some kind of accommodation back in Country Roads for the month of March when we returned from Australia.

Final Preparations at Country Roads

Our Nov-Dec rental was cancelled due to health reasons so we moved into our Arizona home for the first time. We had three major improvements planned and ended up spending 6 weeks working daily on improvements that we saw that were needed. Major improvements included a washer and dryer, water softener, reverse osmosis water system, upgrading the steps, painting, cleaning etc. We spent all of our time there maintaining and cleaning knowing we had three months of R&R ahead in Australia.

A TOTALLY UNEXPECTED EVENT ON THE WAY TO AUSTRALIA

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17, 2006
Totally Unexpected Event On The Way To Australia

While we were doing the work on our Parkmodel we learned that our good friends were going to sell their Monaco Diesel Pusher Motorhome. We had sold our first lot in Country Roads to them and we had always admired the Motorhome that they had custom built for themselves.
We even did a thorough investigation of a Motorhome purchase in 2005 and we concluded that a Monaco was the best suited to us. Unfortunately we were not in a position to do anything as we still had our Teton trailer and truck.

Roberta and John had decided to sell their Motorhome this fall and it seemed like it was meant to be. It was clear that they were parting with an important part of their life and were concerned who would take care of it like they did.

Well, we did buy it and we finalized the payment from Australia. So, although we were excited about going to Australia, we are now excited about getting back and RVing again with the RV that we had always dreamed of.

We have taken the Motorhome operating instructions with us to Australia so we can learn haow to operate this machine in order to get us back home in the spring.
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WATSON LAKE

Watson Lake was to be a key stop for our group as Jim and Ruth were going to place88 Illinois license plate there. We stayed at an RV Park that started to set the standard for the north where it is like a gravel parking lot, very close side by side but full hook ups. The Mosquitoes start to become a little more noticeable but not bad.
We took in the Northern light presentation of what it is like to view the northern lights and the understanding of what they are from pervious generations.
We met a lady in the visitors centre who remembered John Doyle and she was sure that her husbands parents knew him as they owned the local hotel for many years.

TAGISH YUKON JUNE 17TH & 18TH

Tagish is a short distance south of Whitehorse and at the head of the Southern Lake district so we decided to stay there for a few days while we explored Skagway and Atlin. We found a lovely campground/motel/store/restaurant/post office that has been owned and managed by a German couple for the past 4 years. Their establishment is the only one to provide these services for the surrounding area. We only had water for camping but a dump station that we both needed prior to leaving. So far this is the only place that we encountered mesquites that were annoying. We had pre arranged dinner at the restaurant for our return from Atlin on the 18th as they only serve dinner on Saturday night but they made an exception for us and took our order before we left so they could make the necessary preparations. We returned that evening to the most enjoyable dinner salads, rack of lamb, pork ribs and bratwurst that we have had on our trip so far.

Wild Life Sightings
On our trip today we saw a Cinnamon bear

SKAGWAY ALASKA, JUNE 17TH, 2010

We headed southwest to Skagway, Alaska about 100 km drive. The scenery is now getting spectacular. High ragged mountain peaks and blue, green and turquoise lakes and streams. The highway through the Yukon so far has been excellent, gentle curves and leveled out hills. The hill down Route 2 into Skagway is another story: very long and steep, but great scenery. You leave the Yukon, travel a few miles through British Columbia and then enter Alaska. We had to clear customs on the way down as well as on the way back.
This was our most interesting day so far on the trip as we had so much scenery, exploring all of the shops and seeing three large Cruise ships. Two from the Princess line and the Statendam from the Holland America line.

Ruth and Tricia were thrilled at the prices in the shops. For example they each bought an Alaska jacket with hood for $20. Tricia bought one first on her own and then Ruth went back and bought one and got Tricia a $5 reduction as they were $25 each or 2 for $40.

The White Pass which is both scenic and interesting. This was one of two routes taken during the Klondike Gold Rush of 1898. Over 30,000 “hopefuls” came through Skagway and Dyea (now a ghost town about four miles from Skagway in the search for their fortune. Almost all where to find that all the worthwhile claims were gone by the time they got to the Dawson City, YT. Many interesting stories are still being told about this brief period in history. Thousands of men suffered through a long cold winter in the mountains for nothing, and also lost everything they had. In the evening Marie and I drove out to the old cemetery and took a short hike to see yet another wonderful high waterfall. We even saw some gold dust in the sand at the foot of the falls