A West Wing Morning in Penticton, British Columbia

Between the stroll from the balcony to the water faucet and back again, I peek at the wall clock it says two oh five in the morning and I think she’s been asleep for a few hours now whilst I’ve been enjoying this lounge chair, the balcony and the rotating stars above the Cascade Mountains…

Tonight is Our Honeymoon, An Upgrade Would be Nice!

For nearly a decade whenever we found ourselves in Penticton, British Columbia or nearby we talked about staying the night at The Penticton Lakeside Resort but we always found a better deal elsewhere in a nearby accommodation at a vineyard or guest lodge. However on this particular road trip I had gone past windshield concentration…

Windshield Concentration or A Hotel, Its Your Choice!

Turning right onto highway 97 we headed north with good intentions to reach the northern side of the Okanagan Valley and possibly grab a hotel in either Kelowna (1 hr 33 mins) or Vernon (2 hrs 10 mins) or possibly as far as Sicamous (3 hrs 15 mins) which would assist us in tomorrow’s endeavour…

Kicking it with the GP’s in Osoyoos, BC

She depressed her index finger against the door bell and it chimed inwardly into the light brown stucco home where the GP’s were enjoying their mid-afternoon conversations. Moments later the door swung inward with her Grandfather standing on the opposite side just beyond the entrance mat enticing you to take off your shoes and stay…

One Hundred Twenty Five Kilometres to Osoyoos, BC

Before jumping back into the Tacoma for the hour and a half drive West towards the southernmost town of the Okanagan Valley known as Osoyoos, we opted to stretch our legs and do a bit of boutique shopping in town. “Where do you want to go?” she asked as I pulled her down the sidewalk…

Avant-garde at The Wooden Spoon Bistro in Grand Forks, BC

Weaving our way through the hospital we reached the front doors which lead us out into the parking lot and our nearby Tacoma. Her face swelled for the first time in twenty-four hours and tears began dripping off her chin. The uncontrollable tears were finally running rampant as she realized this might be the last…

Love and Honour in Grand Forks, British Columbia

“Twenty-six more kilometres and we are in Grand Forks,” I said as she starred blankly out the window watching the pine trees pass by in a blur. “Are we headed directly to their house?” Came my second first of three questions. The others being, would you like to stop for a coffee or ice cream…

Tire Repair, Recalls and Breakfast in Castlegar, British Columbia

Rising before our alarm clocks we sprung out of bed to use the restroom before Shauna’s eyes rolled open to start our next morning adventure. Today we were headed two and a half blocks to the Castlegar Toyota Dealership to have the nail which randomly appeared in Cranbrook in the rear passenger tire be repaired….

Walking Castlegar for Indian Cuisine

While checking into the hotel for the evening we were chatting up the desk clerk about good restaurants within waking distance of the hotel. “The Buddha Bistro is a delicious place, can’t go wrong there ” she says as I picked up a printed menu on the counter top. “I recall it being pretty good…

Mountain Passes and Small Town Experiences

With Cranbrook in the rearview mirror the rain began to drizzle down on the hood of the Tacoma and we flipped on the windshield wipers and the fog lights, too. As the rain continued down highway 95 towards Yahk, we began discussing the last road trip through this same part of the countryside. “When was…

The Southern Route into Beautiful British Columbia

Departing from the Bomber Museum we skirted out of town without stopping for ice cream or antique shopping, next time through I thought. “Where do we connect to highway 3? Is it at Ft McLeod?” I say driving 50 kmph thru town. She grabs her phone and starts punching in information to see what the…

Three Hours Down on a Twelve Hour Road Trip

Starting in Edmonton, Alberta at 7:09am and arriving in Castlegar, British Columbia 12 hours, eight minutes and 1 time zone later. Knock around the corner to onboard a little under a half tank of gas at $1.79 per litre or $97.56 which is unbelievable for 54.50 litres of fuel. Popping around the corner onto the…

Why Invest in the Entire Stock Market?

Investment journey… we all have one or at least we should all have one. Initially my investment strategy started at the age of 19 when I had inherited $5,000.00 after my grandfather had passed away. He held a life insurance policy for myself, of course this never came to fruition. But upon his passing I…

Where Does a Seven Hour Drive East Take You to in Saskatchewan?

This morning my eyes POPPED OPEN at an unknown hour until I reached out for the phone turning it over to reveal 6:49am. Too soon for this vacation head to move from the comfortable bed. Rolling over face back into pillow I feel asleep for another forty-five minutes. Around seven-thirty, I rolled out of the…

Living the Dream is Not Having Financial Freedom

Here in North America there is this lingering theme of “living the dream” and “having financial freedom” but what’s interesting about these ideas is most people are not taught how-to be successful at these things when they are young. The people whom we are taught and mentored by never seem to talk about business, financials…

What Did You Love About Cuba? A Dolphin Named Nina!

We met Nina on a trip to Cuba back in 2017. We stood in line like the rest of the tourists to hang out inside a giant concrete pool in the middle of the ocean. It was both super random and pretty fun. At first we felt kind of bad for these dolphins locked up….

Where Did Your Investment Knowledge Begin?

For myself the idea of investing money in the stock market began whilst I was selling cellular phones at a small shop in Bellevue, Washington in the late 1990’s when a colleague of mine who was 15-years older began talking to me about investing in my future. We would talk for hours about investment strategies…

Year Two Cost of Ownership; Its a Taco Anniversary!

Damn! Its been another 365-days which have blown past without any elongated road trips to talk about! This pandemic really needs to end, then we’ll pack up Franken-Taco for a long legged road trip out to Manitoba to stretch his proverbial legs and wrack-up some good kilometres driven. If it’s not evident, I’m still a…

Run This Scenario in Your Head; Before You Buy Your Next Vehicle

Okay look… as you might have guessed by now, I’m a total FANATIC about the Toyota Tacoma and well trucks in general. I mean there is this HUGE Vehicle revolution coming out around the corner… well one might say the revolution is upon us. But there are some diehard gas heads and diesel heads whom…

What is Your Retirement Plans?

This is really the BIG question around here isn’t it. Recently, I brought up the idea of retiring early with a couple of colleagues over breakfast as both of them have a few years on me. What I found most interesting is one of them is currently planning on working beyond his retirement age of…