Last Trip of the Season 

it’s hard to believe I haven’t camped since the last night of my epic roadtrip at the beginning of August. I guess I was enjoying the luxury of a queen bed and hot shower. Yesterday as the sun was shining I decided to take the girls and George 2.0 

for a short Roadtrip to Rathtrevor provincial park in parksville. 

We lucked out with fall camping rates of $11 per night. Though the water pumps and shower house are all locked off. We scored an awesome site and I had no problems backing in.  


We were attached to a short trail to the beach. The girls and I took advantage of it before even setting up camp 


After setting up camp we let Huuna nap in the car while Rosie and I explored some more. 


We settled in for the night and I was worried fall camping without a furnace would be chilly so I packed fleece pjs, and a wool blanket in addition to my down duvet in the boler and let Rosie sleep on the bed, Huuna chose not to. I was completely wrong twice I woke up sweating hot. The first time I made Rosie get down as she is like a space heater. The 2nd time I took off the wool blanket. Mid October camping in Dorny the Boler was a success. We were even greeted by an amazing sunrise this morning before the rains rolled in.  




Everything that could go wrong 

our day started at 12:45 am when our ferry docked at Duke Point in Nanaimo we drove to moms and arrived at 2am. We unloaded a few things and went to bed in the house. I was up at 6:45am for Huuna medicine but went back to bed. I was pretty spoiled mom took the dogs for a walk and I slept till almost 11. Mom also spoiled me by doing some of my laundry.

We tried to go to Tidal Taco for lunch but they were closed so we went back to moms for lunch and a walk with the girls. Huuna insisted on taking Uncle Muskie’s trail to the beach.

We spent the day hanging out and relaxing. After the tide came in I took the girls swimming and gave Huuna a bath as she was a bit smelly.

After dinner we drove home and parked Dorny in the driveway.

The trip was so close to 10,000 klm I felt like maybe I should drive around a bit but I didn’t.

Fred was pretty happy to see us. Though I think she was pretty spoiled by the house sitter.

All trip long people would ask about what went wrong? Honestly the the answer is nothing. Yes I lost George which was sad for sentimental reasons but it was a 14 year old stuffed toy that I won in a vending machine back in 2001 so in the grand scheme not a big issue.

Before heading out on a roadtrip that was scheduled to be 9000+ klm long I had some concerns but tried to prepare for everything that could go wrong. I had my mechanic Daryl, whome I trust and would recommend to anyone, go over the car with a fine tooth comb. My uncle Brian helped prep the Boler and check it out. The auto shop teacher at the local high school taught me to pack the bearings and got me a good deal on spare bearings just in case Id need to replace them on the road. I purchased and carried bear spray. Mom even had me write a will just incase something went drastically wrong.

I did as much research as I could. I fully expected a flat tire so made sure I had a good spare for both car and trailer and the tools to change a tire. I also expected a chipped windshield but read that crazy glue or packing tape can be a temporary fix to keep your windshield from cracking so packed both. I had everything I thought I’d need.

I had 3 big fears before leaving:

1. The 6 bolts that hold the fiberglass ‘egg’ on the frame would give out and the egg would bounce off as I was driving down a gravel road.

2. I’d have major mechanical issues, I’d be stranded and my budget would be competly blown.

3. That while out on the trails with the dogs we’d run into a Grizzly and one or all of us might get severely injured or even killed.

But I’m happy to report that out of everything that could go wrong nothing did go wrong. I didn’t want to write earlier and jinx myself but really other than loosing George there were no issues. No chipped windshield, no flat tire, no bouncing egg, no mechanical issues (just an over priced scheduled oil change in Whitehorse) and no meetings with Grizzlies, just a missing stuffed monkey.

Now for a little PVR time before unpacking and putting everything away. I’ll also need to thoroughly clean both Roo and Dorny.

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Wildlife sightings: none.

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Homeward Bound. 

After I had a shower and the girls had a swim we left our campground and headed for Sonja’s. We were going to go for a picnic but instead we hung out at her place in the lovely air conditioning. Huuna and Rosie were happy that Zoe and Cali shared their place. After lunch I left Kelowna with a plan to drive as far as I felt but aiming for Hope.

As soon as we left the a/c it was smoking hot and there was no plans to stop till it cooled off. The long uphill drive of the connector was a slow go. It was definitely the steepest/ longest route of our entire 10 000 klm Roadtrip. I didn’t want to push Roo too hard as the last thing I wanted to be was broke down on the side of the highway in 33 degree weather. Slow and steady was our method. We got passed by lots of cars, trucks, RVs, motor bikes and the occasional 18 wheeler, however we passed our fair share of broke down vehicles. Part way up the connector we stopped in a shaded break check area to let the girls out.

When we made it to Meritt it was smoking hot so we gassed up and hit the road. The Coquihalla was a breeze compared to the connector but I’m not sure how it would have been north bound. We stopped on a side road for Huuna dinner.

We arrived in Hope and it was still hot. I was wide awake so we kept on driving. When we reached Chilliwack we decided to push on for the 10:45 ferry. We stopped for gas in Aldergrove and almost got caught up in a motorcycle accident scene but some quick thinking and a considerate driver behind me we managed to change lanes. We gassed up but sadly we missed out on corn.

We turned off on to highway 17 and the view of the sunset and the bridges was spectacular I just had to snap a photo.

We arrived at the ferry terminal with lots of time to spare. We are going to nap on the ferry and then drive to moms. After 45 nights on the road in the boler I said we’d sleep in the house. I’m sure that’s what Huuna will prefer. The ferry ride seems to be stressing her out. I think she is having flashbacks to her last epic ferry ride she’ll be happy to get to her grandmas. Now it’s nap time.

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Wildlife sightings: none

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Hot, hot, hot

today we woke up and it was already warm. We wanted to get on the road before it was too hot so we didn’t laze around. I had a shower and took the girls for a morning walk to the river. It’s really pretty with the three bridges but I forgot my camera. After Our walk we packed up camp and it was already sweaty hot by 9:30. We hit the road which was full of traffic. Revelstoke west was beautiful with funky places to check out like a ghost town and an enchanted forest. However neither was appealing when traveling with 2 dogs on a hot day. We did stop for another swim at a big lake we drove past.

 Then we continued south through Sicamous and the Shuswap I was reminded of the many house boating trips we took with the Uvic crew. We should really consider planning a big central get together. If house boating is out because kids are too small perhaps a group campout.

We went through Enderby, Armstrong and Vernon bypassing them all. The okanagan is known for wine tours and fruit stands but we bypassed them too as it was just too hot for me and the girls.

We headed to Kekutli Bay campground and arrived just before 1 and managed to get the last site. It was a beautiful site on the hillside over looking the lake. We were lucky to have shade and a view. We were also happy there was a slight breeze to make the heat bearable.

    My friend Sonja came over to visit and we sat in the shade catching up on life. In the late afternoon we headed down to the lake. The beach was no pets allowed so we all snuck in for a swim at the boat launch.

Since everyone had cooled off we drove back to Vernon to visit a lovely orchard and get some fresh peaches.

We grabbed a bbq chicken at the grocery store and headed back to the campsite for dinner that included sweet chilliwack corn and a spectacular view.

After dinner as we sat out enjoying the view I was saddened by how quickly it got dark. A clear sign that my northern summer vacation is coming to an end. I never really needed to use a flashlight until I was coming down through Dawson Creek now it seems I need one earlier and earlier in the evening.

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Wildlife sightings: 12 quail at my campsite as well as UIC (looked like giant guinea pig with a tail. The body was over a foot long. It was light brown and fat)

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National Parks. 

We’ve been staying in Jasper National Park for the past 3 nights but today we visited a few more national parks. After saying goodbye to Kate we started heading south on the ice fields parkway.  We saw an Elk on the way out of town and then we followed the river.


The further we went the more glaciers we saw.

The girls even got their pictures taken at the Columbia Icefields.

Huuna preferred the lakes to the glacier.

  After leaving Jasper we cut through the top of Banff National Park past — lake

We gassed up in a lake Louise and the we joined the Trans Canada for the journey West. Through Yoho National Park, and Glacier National Park. We stopped to stretch our legs on a trail by a stream.

Then it was on through Mount Revelstoke National Park till we reached the town of Revelstoke. We managed to get one of the last campsites at The Lamplighters and dropped of the trailer to explore

We enjoyed a free concert while we waited to meet a friend from home. They are headed east and the timing worked out to meet in Revelstoke.

I had a lovely dinner with Leigh-Ellen and Brian and then the girls and I headed back to the campground for our evening stroll.

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Wildlife sightings: 1 elk, 1 mountain goat, 1 black bear and 2 squirrels

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Lakes, Rivers and Waterfalls. 

although we had a bit of a lazy morning we managed to cram a bunch of adventure in. The girls and I drove out to pyramid lake and walked over to pyramid island to explore. Huuna tested out the water.


We then stopped briefly at Patricia Lake another majestic alpine lake.

We drove back through town and out the other side for another brief stop at Athabaska River with the giant dandelion like flowers.

   All the adventures were wearing Huuna out.

After a bit of a drive while Huuna napped we went wading along the shores of Jasper Lake. It was so shallow and sandy along the shore it wasn’t that cold.

    We then drove back through town to meet up with Kate passing Snaring River along the way.

 Kate and I were headed out to Maligne Lake but enroute we stopped to check out disappearing Medecine Lake and the recent destruction from a forest fire.

   Maligne lake was large and had boat rentals and tours and an excellent tea house with house made baking that was excellent.

          Our last stop on the adventure back to town was Maligne Canyon with its deep crevices, rushing river and majestic waterfalls. It really was spectacular.

      After dinner at Kate’s I headed back to our campsite at Whistlers campground and got stuck in a traffic jam as the Elk were out grazing.

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Wildlife sightings: 7 elk, 2 chipmunks and 3 squirrels

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Journeying through Jasper

this morning after a walk through the campground where we spotted 2 elk, the girls and I headed out  to explore a bit while Kate was working. First stop was Horseshoe lake.

Huuna decided she needed to go for  a swim.

Then we continued on to Athabaska Falls. So much rushing water and beautiful scenery.


Rosie was busy keeping an eye on squirrels.

We then circled back towards Jasper on the old highway. Stopping for a swim at Leach Lake.

As well as the joining of the rivers.

We’d worn Huuna out and she slept on the way back to Jasper.

We had lunch in Jasper and checked out some of the shops before meeting up with Kate.

Kate and I drove up the windy road to Edith  Cavell.

We saw a weird looking chipmunk that was two different colors or perhaps crossed with a squirrel?

We hiked up to the viewing area to look over and see Angel Glacier

I took some pictures of inukshuks and even added a rock to one as there had been a sign banning them which cracked me up.

On the drive back down we saw a black bear that wSnt at all bothered by Rosie going nuts.

We finished the night off with dinner at the brew pub. The wait for a table was long, the service was crap, the food was good the company was great.

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Wildlife sightings: 2 elk, 2 squirrels, 1 black bear, 1 marmot, 1 chipmunk.

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