The end of June was upon us, and it was time to hit the road again for another camping trip! Last time, it was to Saskatchewan, so it was British Columbia's turn again!
Not being in tune with the calendar, I didn't realize that it was a long weekend coming up, so the traffic was a bit on the heavy side. While Hailey has spent most of her traveling career in the front of the truck with me, she really hates being moved back and forth. So lately, she has been riding in the camper, where she has access to her food, water, litter box, and a wider variety of places to sleep. But on this trip, as we descended into Golden, the outside temps were approaching 40C, and it was just too hot for her. I was surviving in the cab with all the windows down (I'd rather have fresh air than A/C), but instead of enjoying the breeze, I found her wrapped in blankets! So finally it was time for her to join me in the front with the air conditioner keeping us appropriately chilly. I often use a spray bottle to 'mist' her with water in hot conditions, which she protests, but secretly appreciates!
From Revelstoke, we headed south and took the Shelter Bay ferry to one of our favourite off-grid camping spots. Lake levels were extremely high as a result of all the hot weather, so there was no beach at all - water reaching right into the trees. But at least with my inflatable kayak, I am able to get out on the water.
|That structure is on a dry sandy point, when the water levels drop later in the summer.|
After a few days there, with no cell service, it was time to make contact with civilization again. After a short stop back in Revelstoke, some reprovisioning, and coffee with another retired park warden, we headed out again, this time to the north.
Revelstoke Lake stretches for over 100 km, and has a great variety of boondocking spots, as well as a provincial park campground, and a couple of designated recreation sites. Over the years I have camped at a lot of them, but am still discovering new and better ones every time!
There is active logging occurring on both sides of the lake, so there are several of these barges used to ferry logging trucks and equipment to the far side of the lake.
Unlike many lakes in BC, there are essentially no cabins or other developments along it's hundreds of kilometers of shoreline.
The north end of the highway is being re-paved presently. I guess this is for access to the dam for maintenance etc? It certainly makes access to all the great camp spots easier. Ironically the pavement ends just past the dam, and 200 yards further down the rough gravel road is a sign saying that that's the end of the road! So essentially, the road is paved - to nowhere!
There is a very rough forestry road past that point, including some rec sites, but I still find it quite ironic, and possibly a wasted expense?
Mica dam, at the north end of Revelstoke lake.
Where are we off to next? Stay tuned! Hint: Hailey says we haven't been to Manitoba in at least 10 years!
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