Home, Away from Home – Part 3

Part III – Move to the City

After doing what had to be done to prepare for an extended time away from Castlegar we returned back to Kamloops to do some additional searching around the area. I’m a bit saddened to say but the challenges of finding a place I’d be happy to stay at was indeed a challenge. If they were nice they were largely unfurnished, if they were furnished they were largely ‘not nice’. In the end though we finally found what would become my new home for the next few months, a furnished basement suite in the area of Kamloops called “Juniper Ridge”.

My Place

From that point on I began to develop a love for the clear skies and broad vistas of 1300 Finlay.


Over the coming months I’d take hundreds of photos I’m sure. The changing skies and beautiful sunrises and sunsets provided me with lots of enjoyment.

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My work days would be a bit limited the first few weeks however as I’d stipulated before I began that some ‘blackout’ days would occur. We had a few trips planned over the next months and I wasn’t going to change that, after all fun is fun and work is work.

It was our delight to take Madden with us again as well.

On our Adventure

After only a few weeks in Kamloops we departed in early August for a driving vacation through Washington, Oregon, and back into BC. The culmination of that trip would be my nephew’s wedding.

July – Let the Adventures Begin, Part II

Part II – Job taken

If you recall my previous post we had just decided to make a quick trip to look at a job I (Dwayne) was offered at Domtar…..

Needless to say my abrupt return to the role of gainfully employed was not without it’s challenges. The first of many was a quick trip to Kamloops to complete the formal interview process. While I essentially had the job I felt it prudent to at least go to site and at least see what I was getting myself into. That and my potential employers could size me up and see what they were going to get for their efforts as well.

Our, Maureen and I, first order of business was to de-camp in Christina Lake, where as I said we were comfortably set up and enjoying our visit with Madden. Did I mention it was his first camping trip? And we were so happy to have him, it blessed us with many memories.

At any rate we left the lake and made a quick trip home with the trailer, to drop it and the truck off and to quickly repack for a brief return trip to Kamloops. Some things had to be taken care of first though, one of which was to go see Dad and tell him of our plans. He could see Madden again too which was always a treat for him. (Forgive the photo, it was taken by one of the Care Aides. I don’t think photography was her niche.)

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We soon loaded the car and set out for some more fun and adventure. A road trip was in order and Madden was up to the challenge.

Off on our adventure

Our travels to Kamloops led us back through Kelowna where we Had to stop and say Hi to Ivy, our new Grand-daughter. Couldn’t pass up a chance to connect with her again. After all it may be days before we see her again, and you know how young’uns change.

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We started off our visit to Kamloops by finding and setting up shop in a local hotel. We expected to be there a day or two and having left the trailer behind we had no place to stay. Maureen tended to Madden’s needs in the pool or back in the room while I went to the mill for the morning to determine my fate. Madden quickly adapted to the trip and being away from home though, and his behaviour continued to be exceptional throughout the coming week. Bear in mind these are all first times for him as well, and I hope he enjoyed being with us as much as we did with him.

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The rest is history as they say. After hearing the offer and understanding that it was only going to be 3 – 6 months (ya right) I chose to take the job. It was a new adventure for us and now additional plans had to be made. We had to return Madden to his folks, travel yet again back to Castlegar, and prepare for a somewhat longer stay in Kamloops. Finding a place to live there would soon prove to be interesting.

Stay tuned for the next phase….

Another Day

This morning brings another day of travel, this time back to our home to collect things needed for a longer stay in Kamloops.

The sun is shining, albeit from behind a veil of smoke. Fires burning elsewhere have left their mark on these skies, providing a grey cast to the air and a red filter for the sun.


The travel will take the better part of 7 hours and on Sunday I will do it again, retracing my path to return here with a carload of belongings.

I’m not sure how long my stay here in Kamloops will be, could be 6 months or more. The verdict is also still out on my feelings toward it. Only time will answer both.