Monday, June 29, 2015

RV Friends, A Surprise, and Some Knowledge.

The past seven days have again offered up a lot of busyness.  We had a full week.  And a good one it was!
RV Friends - Hector, Diane and Chico - were visiting from Vancouver Island
We were well aware that Hector and Diane (along with Chico, their Portuguese Water Dog) would be our guests for a few days, this past week.  The reason was two fold.  The primary reason was to attend a special birthday surprise party for another of our RV friends, that was held this past Friday evening.

The other reason why they traveled in the motor home was to show it, and possibly sell it, to a Langley based couple who had been shopping for a high end motor home.

Enjoying some chat time on the deck
Ginette, Easton and Brie - who have met Hector, Diane and Chico before - dropped by for a visit.  And the grand kids got to spend some quality time with Chico.  And Chico did not disappoint.  That wonderful Portuguese Water Dog was a good attraction for the little ones.
Easton and Brie got to pat Chico a lot.
Lots of fun with Chico
This past winter and early spring, Hector and Diane - long time RVers - made the decision to sell their beautiful Travel Supreme RV coach for a more permanent Palm Springs and area snow-birding living arrangement.   As arduous a decision as it was, once their minds were made up, they advertised their coach for sale.  Amongst other interested buyers, a Langley, BC based couple (with plans to full time) traveled to Hector and Diane's home near Nanaimo, BC (on Vancouver Island) and took a serious look at the Travel Supreme.  Their desire to purchase it was quite strong. 

Wanting to take a second look at the coach - and with Hector and Diane coming over to our Langley home for the surprise party - they drove their coach onto a BC Ferries ship and showed up at our home.  The interested buyers live about 15 minutes from our home.
Hector and I in our formal sitting room waiting for the potential RV buyers to arrive.
The RV shoppers - a lovely couple that are soon to retire -  came by, took a solid second look in and around the Travel Supreme, asked a slew of questions and confirmed that they would return the next day for a final look and a potential offer.
Jeanette poses with Hector.
Long time readers may recall that Hector had very long hair these past two winters.  That was evident in many of our blogging photos. I can now tell you why he chose to grow it.  That was a gift for present and future cancer victims.  He grew his hair long to donate it to wig makers who make real human hair wigs for cancer survivors.  His hair is short again.....and he is most happy about that.
Enjoying the really hot weather in the shade of our back yard deck.
A hike in the Aldergrove Park forest.
While Hector was busy with the potential new owners of his coach, Diane joined Jeanette, me, Ginette and our two grand kids and dog, Chico for a hike in the thick forest nearby.  It was a nice respite from the high heat.  
While hiking, Hector called our cell to inform us that the couple had made a formal offer and that Hector had agreed to their price.  The Travel Supreme motor coach was sold.  It was a sad moment for Hector and Diane but they had resolved to move in a new direction with their winter snow-birding adventures. 

Friday evening had the four of us drive about 30 minutes east and into the Fraser Valley to attend a surprise 75th birthday party for another RVer we met and have become fast friends with.   Trena had long planned a surprise party for her husband, Lucky.  As it turned out, he had no clue about the party till he arrived at the lovely Yarrow Community Centre, tree canopied park where a very nice group of friends had gathered on a beautiful summer evening.  While approaching the party area, we all began singing 'Happy Birthday'.  Lucky was completely surprised to see so many friends out for this celebration.  
Not big on formalities, Lucky sure was thrilled to see Hector, Diane, Jeanette and me.  Having met over five years ago at the Seven Feathers RV Resort in southern Oregon, we connected and have stayed in touch ever since.  What fun!
L-R  Hector, Diane, Lucky and Jeanette
It was nice to also know so many other party attendees.  Over the past several years, we have had occasion to meet some of Lucky and Trena's friends, here at home and down south in southern California.  
Trena (R) is chatting up her sister (L)
Although busy greeting all party goers, Lucky did get to our table.
Sharing some good laughter
Lucky and Trena's three daughters (colluders in organizing the surprise party)
Jeanette managed to capture this lovely Daddy / daughters (and one grand daughter) photo
The catered outdoor dinner was so well organized and the food was great.  Enjoying the festivities outdoors was about as perfect as it gets. 
Lucky and Trena
Trena with middle daughter, Cathy.
The birthday party setting
The birthday cake included a photo of Lucky''s older Harley Davidson motorcycle.
A long time and avid motorcyclist, Trena had the motorcycle theme - with an icing inscribed photo of Lucky on his older Harley Davidson motorcycle - on the cake   Several motorcyclists (us included) were in attendance at this surprise party. Several family members were present too. And we got to meet most of them.
A little birthday cheer before cutting the cake.
Back at our Langley home, Hector was meeting with the new motor coach buyers to complete some paper work on Saturday morning.  Once done, we drove to our daughter and her husband's home.  They had offered to store the motor home on their large (and deep) driveway at their home in Langley City till the new purchasers can secure some RV storage.
Easton looks on as Hector back the motor home on the driveway.

Backed in and locked up.
Once the Travel Supreme was parked and secured, we enjoyed a visit with Trevor, Ginette, Easton and Brie before returning to our home.

Diane has a last look before we left our daughter's home.
By mid-afternoon, Saturday, we drove Hector, Diane and Chico from Langley to Tsawwassen, near the BC Ferries terminal, where Hector's son lives.  Although we had not planned on spending several hours there, Sean (Hector's son) and his friend (Beverley) - once back from their bicycle ride and along with Hector and Diane - insisted on ordering in Chinese food and wanted us to stay for dinner.  We did  just that.  And we sure enjoyed our visit, the chat, the food and companionship.  Jeanette and I left well after 9:00 pm to return home.
A beautiful view from Sean's deck looking out towards Boundary Bay on the BC coast.
Hector and I enjoying the view
Hector, Diane and Chico were to take the BC Ferries back to Nanaimo on Sunday morning.  Sean was going to drop them off at the passenger area.

I will quite likely see Hector, Diane and Chico very soon.  The Sockeye salmon are running on the west coast of Vancouver Island and I have been invited to go fishing for a few days.  And I look forward to that.  As of this writing, I plan to motorcycle out to Nanaimo - on the Island - this Thursday, July 2nd -  following our July 1st Canada Day holiday.  More on the fishing trip when I next blog.

Sunday morning had me riding off to Tim's House of Knowledge - better known as our Sunday morning 'Open Mic' session at Tim Horton's coffee shop - where we learn and share so much wisdom.  LOL.

And that covers things from here for now.  Thank you for dropping in.


  1. Great news for Hector on the sale of his RV. I assume they must have brought it over empty of their personal items.

    Good luck catching some salmon.

  2. Yes Contessa, their coach was completely empty and was finitely detailed. The purchasers were thrilled to bits.

  3. A bittersweet moment for sure, but I am thinking the next stage will be better yet. Only time I miss our coach is when I see another one heading out on an adventure, and darn there are a lot of them out there. That said it is pretty nice having a permanent base to anchor us at Dogpound South. Good luck with the fish.

    1. Agreed, JB. And I am looking forward to plying the waters near China Creek in search of some Sockeye.

  4. What fun you guys have had visiting with all your RVing friends. Good luck fishing!

  5. Good times, great friends. You're a lucky couple. Now go and slay some sockeye!