Our new hometown; Cochrane, Alberta

We recently moved back to my home town, Cochrane, AB. Both Della and I feel like its home. It’s a beautiful part of Western Canada. We could post pictures all day but here is a few of our favorites.
Cochrane is barely outside Calgary, home of the famous Calgary Stampede. While Cochrane and Calgary share a western history, they’ve both grown. History is easily visible yet so is the influence of many other cultures. After all Calgary is 1.1 million people and Cochrane over 20 thousand.
We’re in the Bow River Valley so we’re heavily influenced by the Chinook Winds. Chinooks can change the temperature from -40 C (-40 F) to 0 C (32 F) in hours. That’s in winter for anyone not from around here. Temperatures during summer days are moderate. Nights can be cool as we are in the foothills.
Cochrane is in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. Canmore, Bragg CreekBanff and Banff National Park are nearby.  Banff is  just 100 kms (60 miles) west. Nature is right on the doorstep as Cochrane Ranche Park and Glenbow Provincial Park are just minutes from us.
Our doors are open for coffee or the weekend. Were happy to have coffee or show you around the area. We have a couple of spare bedrooms so bring a weekend bag.
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Rockyview Hotel, Cochrane

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Main Street Cochrane

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Bow River Valley and Rockies west of town

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Magnificent Blue fall skies

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View west from top of Cochrane Hill

Change of Plans

The economy, health and moving expenses have caused a change of plans. The dollar is hovering around .75 cents US. That causes us to reconsider our travel plans south this summer. By all accounts there is not going to be a turn around for a while. The Canadian election may cause some stability. A change … Read more

Were on our way to Cochrane

We’ve begun our move to Cochrane. We’re planning the paint schemes and doing as much as possible before the movers come next week. The old blue is getting changed out. We want to go with colours that we’ve not used before. Since we’re looking at so many new colours we had some help from a … Read more

Williams Lake Campground

When we stay in Williams Lake, we stay at the Stampede Campground. It’s handy for us to visit friends in family while we’re in town. It’s a clean, friendly, fairly quiet place with a lot of history. It offers tenting through pull through units for the 40 footers. the grounds are clean as is the … Read more

We made it to Williams Lake

We took our time stopping in Cochrane and Sicamous having wonderful visits with Camdens and Crandlemire’s. We’re here for the next month visiting family and friends and planning a Juice Plus+ event on the 27th. Here’s a couple of photos of the trip.        

Our first retirement adventure – planned May 2015

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We soon begin. Our first trip has a couple of purposes. We’re headed out to the Okanagan to reacquaint ourselves with the RV lifestyle, visit friends and to check out a wifi booster.
A reliable Internet connection is important for us to stay in touch. Getting a connection from a campsite can be a challenge.  There is a vendor in Penticton for Wifi Ranger that looks like a  solution. We’re looking at a roof mounted Internet antennae with a router to provide our wifi connection inside the RV.
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