Our daughter Lindsey, and grandkids Cameron and Sadie out for a walk at Baxter Conservation Area south of Ottawa, Ontario. Photo taken by Ruth October 26 2016.
Where are Kevin and Ruth right now? Osgoode, Ontario, Canada. Just south of Ottawa.

And where are they going next? We leave November 1st for a six week trip to Romania and Moldova.

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Whiskey's Tree

Our regular readers will remember the sad day at the end of September when our faithful traveling companion Whiskey passed away. We buried Whiskey here at Hacienda Contreras RV Park and to mark her grave with a memorial at the time, we planted a tree.

We chose a Bottle Brush tree because Barb and Sal already had a couple of them here at the campground and they seem to do well with the soil and climate.

Whiskey's gravesite on October 18, 2011, the day we planted the tree.

In March of 2012.

Yesterday, one year later!

I know that Doug and Nancy had taken a photo of Whiskey's tree when it was in full bloom while we were away in January and February. I'll  try and remember to get a copy from them.

We spent yesterday getting ready to leave and sorting through everything we need to take with us. Had an email from our employers at Sturgeon Lake Regional Park in Saskatchewan...they said they're looking forward to our arrival, "but don't rush because the lake still has 3 feet of ice on it and the campground is still covered in 3 feet of snow!" Hopefully it will all melt by April 24th or so when we arrive, but I wouldn't bet on it!

Another beautiful day at Hacienda Contreras RV Park.


  1. Whiskey's spirit is making the tree thrive.
    Are you planing a stop here on your way north?

    1. It certainly seems to be. No, we won't be going in your direction this spring.

  2. I agree with Donna. Whiskey is keeping a close eye on her tree for you. Happy Easter.

  3. I was hoping you would post a photo of the tree. A perfect memorial.

  4. I love that you planted a tree for Whiskey. She will always be remembered. Either that tree has really grown or Ruth is getting shorter!

    Grace (in Tucson)

    1. We look forward to our visits at Hacienda to say hi to Whiskey as we pass by her and her tree each morning on our power walks around the park. It really has grown over the past year.


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