(The last couple of posts have shown up on time on other blog's sidebars, so I guess I'll continue with this run of good luck and try to get the blog updated and closer to real time!)
|Our little spot by the river in the foothills|
We had just returned home after spending some time camping in the foothills to the west, not too far from home. The September long weekend was approaching, and I'd thought that the best plan might be to stay at home and just avoid the traffic and the crowds.
But ... the weather was looking good, and we had not been to one of our favourite lakefront camp spots since a lot earlier in the summer. IF we could just find our spot vacant, it would provide the perfect, quiet hideaway ...
SO, after just two nights at home we loaded up and headed west to BC again. Actually, during a summer like this, the camper never gets unloaded, just re-stocked on occasion with a few essentials. But wait, a flat tire at the worst possible time! Brand new tires, too. But it was not right flat, and after pumping it up, we could drive to town to have it repaired without having to put on the spare. The tire shop found a sharp rock, still imbedded in the tire, having punched right through a lug on the tire, not even the space between the lugs. They fixed the tire for free, as the tires were purchased there, barely a month before!
Ok, so back on the road west, through Canmore, Lake Louise, Golden, and Revelstoke. From there it was south, across the ferry on the north end of the Arrow lakes, hoping that our spot would be vacant. But it wasn't :-(
Another nice spot about a mile away was available and so we pulled in there. It has nice beaches at low water too, but the parking spot is right in the heavy timber, so there is virtually no chance of any solar.
We spent the night there, listening to the sounds of a nearby waterfall, and blew up the (inflatable) kayak in the morning. An aerial reconnaissance showed that my preferred camp spot was still occupied - as I was worried it would be for the entire long weekend. But luck was in my favour as a bit later two ladies paddled by in kayaks that I recognized from 'my' spot. When I asked if they were staying for the duration, I was thrilled when they told me that they were departing within a few hours and that I was more than welcome to come over and take over their spot!
So, of course we moved over there ASAP, and then had the spot to ourselves for the whole long weekend! There may have been crowds and traffic jams elsewhere, but in my little piece of paradise, I only saw a couple of boaters go by, and a BC Fire warden stopping by to check on the fire situation. There was no fire ban or restriction in effect, so a fire out on the point was in order.
There were thousands of these little moths around. It seemed like most of them inevitably ended up drowning in the lake.