Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Day 8: Celebrating Our 20th Anniversary in An RV

Our 8th day on the road to Alaska in 2007, was also our 20th wedding anniversary! The trip was Doug's gift to me, but I wanted to have some small gift to give him in recognition of the occasion. So I had made a photo book for him, with pictures from our life together.

For the cover of the photo book, I used a professionally done photograph that we had made in December of 1986, while we were dating.

This is one page of the book, with a couple of pictures taken during our Hawaiian honeymoon in 1987.

I gave him a card and the photo book that morning. He was really touched by the photo book. I don't think I could have given him anything that would have meant more to him.

We broke camp (Doesn't that sound as if we'd been doing this camping thing all our lives?) and got on our way that morning, deciding to take Canada Highway 3 to Hope, BC. It was a beautiful drive all the way. At first, Doug was a little tense and uncomfortable with not being on U.S. soil and not knowing whether we were going to get stuck out in the wilderness somewhere. Also, we had some pretty steep hills and downgrades, and we were learning that Harvey just didn't perform well on those hills.

Then we hit the very busy, very touristy town of Osoyoos. That just about finished Doug off. But we stopped at a McDonald's; and, while Doug went in and got coffee for him and iced tea for me, I fixed sandwiches for our lunch in the RV. He perked up after that and seemed to really enjoy the trip.

100_0109-Overlooking Osoyoos, BC
Overlooking Osoyoos, BC

100_0110-Checking maps at Osoyoos McDonalds
Checking maps at McDonald's in Osoyoos

You can see our tripod lying on the floor in the above picture. It's how we took pictures of ourselves along the way. And can you see that console between the two captain's chairs? We found that in an auto supply store for fifteen dollars. It had been languishing on a shelf in their back room, apparently for years, judging by the dust on the box. They seemed glad to sell it for any price, and we were thrilled to get it for fifteen dollars.

100_0114-Canada Hwy 3-Keremeos to Princeton
Canada Highway 3 - Keremeos to Princeton

100_0117-Beaver Pond-Manning Provincial Park East of Hope, BC
Beaver Pond at Manning Provincial Park, East of Hope, BC

We pulled into Hope, BC about 5:00 p.m. and drove to the Wild Rose RV Park to reserve a space for the night. After registering, we drove back into Hope and had our anniversary dinner at the Home Restaurant.

Then we returned to the RV park, got Harvey all hooked up, and visited with our chatty neighbors, who were from Vancouver Island and were huge Nascar fans, but not huge Jeff Gordon fans. After visiting with them for awhile, we took a short walk through the RV park before settling down to do some reading before bedtime.


  1. That's a memorable anniversary. Love the idea of a picture book for a gift.

  2. There sure is some beautiful scenery. I've never been out west and feel like I'd love to do that some day.. just not in a Harvey. Your anniversary gift to Doug was perfect.

  3. I think the book was a great gift too. And I don't think I ever saw the picture you used on the cover. I really like it. This is fun to read about your trip. :)

  4. Sounds like you started getting into a rhythm. Harvey looks quite comfortable.

  5. Elizabeth - It WAS a memorable anniversary, and Doug still treasures that photo book. :)

    Hilary - You manage to make beautiful photographs wherever you are, but I'd love to see western Canada through your camera's lens. As for Harvey, he was just too old. I still believe a younger version of him would be the ideal way to travel.

    Sandra - You probably saw that picture when we had it taken 25 years ago, but you've slept since then. :) I'm glad you're enjoying the travelogue.

    Ruth - With each day's travel experience, we gained a little confidence and became more comfortable with our accommodations. Thanks for following along with us.

  6. I hadn't seen this post and really enjoyed the pictures of "Harvey" and the book you gave to Doug for a gift. As always there were some great pictures of both of you and is fun to see how you looked when you first met. Of course, aging together is the most beautiful and our precious memories are what make up our lives, especially in the Lord Jesus Christ as He leads us. I liked the pictures of the birds too and the videos you took of them.


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