Welcome to Colleen’s Corner. This is a column meant for fun and some information About myself: I am a Freelance Photographer you often see me on the side of the road or in various places taking photos of different things animals, birds, places, people etc. l have lived in Lumby just over 8 years you have seen my photos in the newspaper (Lumby Valley Times) and once in awhile in the Vernon Morning Star, and the Lumby Art Gallery. Photography is my passion. Disclaimer: The information on some of my photos that I write about a lot of times come from the Internet or books I research them, hopefully the facts are as close to the truth as I can come.
So here we are, my first column while traveling. We left a day later than planned, there was a touch of snow on the ground and some freezing rain. The day before when we had originally planned on leaving was of course a nicer day. That very night we stayed in Osoyoos at an RV park called Desert Lake, it was nice there but cold as it’s right on the water and when the wind cme it was really cold. The woman running it, her name was Candice, she was very sweet.
The next day we made it to Omak Washington and stopped at the Walmart to get a USA phone number. If you ever want to do this make sure you talk to Winston there he was awesome in his knowledge and his great service. We talked for some time while he was setting up our new number. He liked the name Minnie Winnie so much when he first saw it about a year or so ago, (he started using that name on different things as of course his real name is Winston.) We got along great, on our way home in the spring we might just stop by the Omak Walmart again just to say hi. After we left Omak our trip began again. We drove for a few hours, and just outside of Wentachee in some tiny town that I don’t remember the name of it started to get very foggy, the fog was worse than Mable Lake Road gets. We went online and found an RV park that said it was open, nope it wasn’t. When we got there the sign said closed October 1 2023. We needed to find a place to stay for the night as we could no longer see the road. We found an all night gas station, and they were kind enough to let us park the RV at the back of their store for the night. The next morning we left fairly early and drove until we reached Hood River Washington again it started to rain and we found an RV park that said it was open, nope once again this one had also closed down for the season. So we stayed in the Walmart parking lot there. From there we made it to Eugene Oregon and found an RV park called Deerwood just outside of Eugene, and guess what! Yep, this one was opened. We stayed there for two nights. We are leaving today after I finish writing my column. Yesterday after waking up we decided to take a tour into Eugene, we took a wrong turn and ended up In Springfield Oregon instead, which was fine. We had some lunch there which was very tasty and came back to the RV Park. So far here the weather has been pouring rain, then it would stop for about a half hour or so and the sun would come out, we would take the dogs for a walk at that time, and then the wind would pick up. The wind came out of nowhere and it would be pretty strong, it reminded me of being at the market at the Oval park on a Saturday with our tents trying to blow away. Then it poured, then the sunshine, then the wind. It seems to continue like this the whole time we are here. We talked to some people that live here in the park all year round. Apparently when they get a cold snap which is usually January and February it gets pretty icy they actually close down the whole town of Eugene on the bad days as no one knows how to drive in it. Right now the temperature is 48 degrees F with rain forecasted off and on until about noon, then sunny for the rest of the day. We are heading out now, our next stop should be in California as long as the weather and highways are good.
Keep reading, and you will know where we are at, with any luck I will find some great pictures to share with all of you very soon.