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RE: Jumpin' the Rez

Glad to hear that, it was really nice to see you both again! And as they say where I come from, Y'all come back soon, yer hear!
Orion 08/28/15 06:45am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Sooke to port refrew

We did the Pacific Circle route a few years ago and found the section between Port Renfrew and Lake Cowichan to be much better than the section between Jordan River and Renfrew. It was originally a logging road, but now it is all paved.
Orion 08/22/15 11:25am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Failing to Declare a Firearm at Canadian Border Crossings

amandasgramma, you will NOT be arrested if you declare your handguns, but you will not be able to cross the border with them, unless you have the correct permit. The government website seems to imply that as long as the handgun is not in the PROHIBITED category, you can get the permit. From what I have read here over the years, there is a very short list of reasons for which they will issue the permit, a registered shooting match is the most common one. I am in no way an authority on this, so double check this before you arrive at the border.
Orion 08/20/15 05:01am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Back from Vancouver Island trip!

Nice Report! I didn't know they had a beach at Living Forest, I thought it was just the view. That isn't really the ocean there IIRC, I think it is a tidal estuary. The best beaches, with nice sand and warmer water are a little to the North at Qualicum and Parkesville. They can do fires at Tofino as it is in the 'Fog Zone' Tsawwassen- not sure what the original pronunciation was but I say 'Ta-wassen', with a 'hissing S' not a 'Zingy One!'
Orion 08/16/15 04:53pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Perseids Meteor Shower Peaks

I'll be watching them this year as it looks like it's going to be clear. We have seen a few already, but it should increase late tonight. Most sources though, do give Wed. night/Thurs. morning as the actual peak. You do see more after midnight as this is when the part of the Earth where you are turns to the 'front' as the Earth moves through space. Kind of like how you get more raindrops on the windshield than the back window of a car!
Orion 08/11/15 10:32am Around the Campfire
RE: Speed Limits in Canada

No, a 'ton' in the UK is still 2240lbs, but for trade it appears that they use the metric tonne, 2204.6 lbs.
Orion 08/06/15 10:00am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Winter tires

We live in Victoria and do not need winter tires, except if we travel 'Up Island' as we have to travel on the 'Malahat', the 1000' high short section of road, as that DOES require winter tires. Our car, a Mazda 6, has wide, high speed, low profile, all season, tires, which I thought would not allow us to go up Island in the winter. Then I see that they do in fact have the 'M+S' symbol, which amazingly DOES count as a winter tire! I always thought that an M+S tire had large, knobbly type tread, ours certainly don't!
Orion 08/05/15 10:21am Roads and Routes
RE: No need to go to Alaska....sit back...grab a beer....

Thanks Gary for posting the pix.
Orion 08/01/15 10:10pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Dentist pays over $50,000 to kill a Lion

Legal or not, how could you shoot that, and just take the head and hide? I wouldn't want that bozo to be my dentist!
Orion 07/29/15 07:09pm Around the Campfire
RE: Use caution camping in the Chilcotin!

We lived in Port Alberni years ago. It used to be the same there on some of the backroads. Breakdown with your truck & boat on one of these roads and one of you would have to stay with it until you could get help, or there would be nothing to come back to! The road(s) to Bamfield or the West Coast were especially bad.
Orion 07/27/15 07:33pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Repair canopy water seal.

I bought the black RTV silicone and put it on yesterday. It was difficult to get smooth as the damage was very ragged. It doesn't look too bad, as long as it seals it and doesn't leak, thats the main thing. Thanks again for you help Gjac.
Orion 07/24/15 11:03am Tech Issues
RE: Speed Limits in Canada

To be fair, the Sun only sets EXACTLY in the West and rises in the East on only two days a year, the equinoxes, everywhere on Earth! The closer to the equator you are, the closer to East & West the sunrise & sunset will be.
Orion 07/24/15 09:31am RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Best route Detroit to Fernie BC

Before you go and spend a fortune on tires, I don't know about Alberta, but in BC, M+S tires count as winter tires. Our Mazda 6 has low profile, 50s, all season tires, and I was amazed to see that they have the M+S markings on them. Of course, they are not as good as snow tires, but they are legal!
Orion 07/23/15 05:34pm Roads and Routes
RE: Speed Limits in Canada

I can work between the two systems, but I find that metric does take longer to visualise. This is despite having a scientific background and coming from another country, I do not have the old French/Trudeau bias that many other Canadians have. "It's being forced on us!" I have heard this attitude many times, it's a 'French' thing! I can easily visualise small measurements, but 18967 kg means little, other than it's a lot. I still have to think, "mmm, that's over 40000 lbs or about 20 tons, I have an extra complication as a ton is 2240lbs to me! I also know that 937 mm is almost a metre so about 3 feet, and 937 metres is almost a kilometre about .6 of a mile, but 937 cm. is um, um , sorry couldn't get it in 5 secs so gave up! Maybe I'm not as 'Bi' as I thought!
Orion 07/22/15 12:39pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Speed Limits in Canada

I can go both ways with measurements, probably a little more than the average Canadian of my age, maybe because of my science based interests. However, I still prefer the 'old' measurements in some instances. I do prefer Fahrenheit, and cannot think of any disadvantages to it. With the exception of one year, I have never lived in a place where the temperature range is more than 0-100F, so this suits me. In addition, the Fahrenheit scale is a more finely graduated scale. I prefer the MPG method, rather than the, to me, bizarre system of Litres per 100Km. in which the lower the number, the better. BTW, the 'magic' number to convert L per 100KM to MPG is '280'. Divide the metric number into 280 to get the MPG, so that 7L per 100km is 40mpg. Cumbersome, but it does work. I can also remember being very confused when helping a friend with some house construction, when we ended up using a metric only tape measure. 8ft 11 3/4 inches is easy to see, but 239cm plus 7? caused some problems initially!
Orion 07/21/15 06:06pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Speed Limits in Canada

I know that the US gallon is smaller than a real gallon, as is a US ton, but inches, feet, yards, miles, ounces, pounds etc. are all the same. I was born and raised in the UK, and when I drive down to the US with all the mile signs on the roads and the pounds and ounces in the shops, it's almost like going home again, and I often find myself whistling 'God Save the Queen'! :)
Orion 07/21/15 03:04pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Repair canopy water seal.

Thanks, I can look for that. I did see on Youtube, people attaching that kind of strip with silcon RTV goop, so if I could get some that was black , it should work.
Orion 07/21/15 12:35pm Tech Issues
RE: West Coast Vancouver Island

That'll be Sprout Lake, Paulj! :) Avast Matey, You need to develop a Scottish Accent ,because it is Sproat Lake! Not Sprout! I live on Stirling Arm which sometimes gets misspelled as Sterling! In any event it is one of the Cleanest Lakes to be found on this Planet and definitely the best place to Camp while Visiting Tofino or Ucluelet! Pronounced Toe Feen Oh. And You Clue Let! Sorry about that! Yes indeed it is, it's just that I still have a bit of a Welsh accent, and that's how it comes out! I should have known better though as I used to live, and work in Port, way back in the last century.
Orion 07/20/15 11:18pm RVing in Canada and Alaska
RE: Apollo 11 on the moon 46 years ago today !

I saw them take off from the Cape, and the Moon Walk itself from a hotel room in Miami Beach along with a dozen or so folks from the Apollo 11 Tour that I was on from the UK. We were also at Mission Control for a tour just a couple of days before the launch. We didn't see any astronauts, except the three pairs of shoes from the crew of Apollo 12 outside one of the simulators.
Orion 07/20/15 10:00pm Around the Campfire
RE: Repair canopy water seal.

http://i.imgur.com/olmE2Mml.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8 http://i.imgur.com/XJU69MCl.jpg "border=0" http://bit.ly/1CIRlV8 The rubber, which is more like a very soft foam rubber. It needs to have the loose bits glued back together and the rough parts smoothed out.
Orion 07/20/15 08:44pm Tech Issues
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