Sunday, July 24, 2011

Company and Playing Tourist

Trevor and his mom, Sandi, test out the new truck.
Our son in law, Trevor, arrived on a late Thursday night flight from Edmonton.  His mom met him at the airport and they came over to our home for a late dinner.  After a quick look at the truck, a test drive, and a walk about, we could see the excitement growing. Trevor was in seventh heaven!

Friday morning saw Trevor heading to White Rock to visit his dad and have the Ford dealer
connect the daytime running lights on the truck.  It is the law in Canada.  All vehicles must have daytime running lights.  Most European countries mandate daytime running lights too.

Trevor was leaving on Friday afternoon for Penticton and a stag party for his future brother in law.

Saturday saw Jeanette and I on the motorcycle.  Great weather called for a nice ride.

Abbotsford, BC.  The local fruit farmers were very busy yesterday.
These unique machines rattle or shake the raspberry bushes and collect the fruit.  We smelled the raspberries everywhere the farmers were harvesting. How nice that was!

Here is one of the unique raspberry harvesters.  It was on Vye Road (8th Avenue) in Abbotsford.  It was heading for a raspberry patch somewhere close by.
The local farmers have plenty of fruit and vegetables to sell and many have roadside outlets.
We took the back roads we enjoy so much.
Our destination to on Saturday was Cultus Lake.  It was such a beautiful day with plenty of sun and fair temperatures.

The Cultus Lake water park was chocker block full.  Families were enjoying a really nice summer day.

The Provincial Park picnic grounds @ Cultus Lake.
We took a brief ride into the town of Cultus Lake before heading to the south side of the lake and into the Provincial picnic grounds.  This area must easily accommodate 300 vehicles.  It wasn't full when we arrived but it was when we left, a few hours later.

Families, fun, food, laughter and games.
The Chilliwack River - from the bridge.
Check out the fisherman in the centre right of the photo.  He was in a quiet pool next to the raging white water.
 We rode east along the Chilliwack River.  It was running fast - and we believe it was at least a 'class 4' or quite possibly a 'class 5'.  Running the rapids would not be for the faint of heart.

This kayaker was in control
Maneuvering the gates
A brief rest before they portaged back up river.
Goatel 6  (Like Motel 6)
In south Abbotsford - on 8th avenue- is this wonderful little farm with a roadside fruit and vegetable stand.  The owner built this Goatel 6, these past few years (a takeoff from the popular and cheap Motel 6 chain in the US),  and it is a really neat place for families to mingle with and watch goats, donkeys, llamas and chickens.  We stopped to have a better look and take some photos.

Very friendly goats.  One was having a baaaaaaad day!!!
These goats have a great place to call home.
Note the sign and the writing on the right side.  Happy Hour all day?  Ideal for Rv'ers....and the price is right too!
So we took advantage of a truly summer like day - one of the few we have had here - and enjoyed it to the fullest.

Families were out enjoying the waters at Cultus Lake, kayaks and paddlers were navigating the Chilliwack River, farmers were busy reaping the fruits of their labour, the goats were in fine form and we got to see it all from the seat of our ride.  What a great day!

Thanks for dropping by.


  1. nice day for a Sunday Drive!!..great trip to Cultus Lake!..we haven't been there in a long time!!

  2. Great post! I sure enjoyed seeing those pics of Cultus Lake as I've never been there. Those shots of the rapids in the Chilliwack River were great too - those kayakers are either brave or crazy!!

    I'll bet that smile stays on Trevor's face for the entire week!!