Planning another adventure

I’m planning another adventure. It’s been on my todo again list for a while but after taking a summer job this summer teaching online I figured I could afford a little adventure on my 2 weeks off. So I’m headed down the coast. The last time I did the Oregon coast I was a teenager on a family roadtrip. It was filled with one mishap after another and is often referred to as the ‘worst family vacation ever’ but it’s all the one with some of the best stories to look back and laugh at.IMG_8147

My destination is Fort Bragg as I’d really like to see Sea Glass beach for myself. The trip down is a bit of a meander along the coast. I’ve reserved some sites but not all as I’d like to play some by ear. The trip back is a bit more rushed.  Here is the tentative itinerary.

Night 1- port angeles to Forks area – no reservations yet

Night 2 – reserved at pacific beach state park

Night 3 – reserved at cape disappointment state park

Night 4 – reserved at RV resort at cannon beach

Night 5 – walk up only Nahalem Falls campground.

Night 6 – somewhere near Lincoln city

Night 7 – Dunes city Oregon.

Night 8 – somewhere on the southern Oregon coast

Night 9 – make reservations for redwood forest area

Night 10 – reserved at mackerricher state park / Fort Bragg.

Night 11- somewhere Southern Oregon /northern cali

Night 12 – stay with family in McMinnville

Night 13 – centralia

Night 14 – mount Vernon area?

Night 15 – Deception Pass

Night 16 – Home I work the next day

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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.


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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Another day another province 

After a tremendous storm we awoke to blue skies. We had a relaxing morning catching up with Nicole before hitting the road.  First stop was the curved bridge of Kiskatinaw.

    

We continued down the last (or first stretch depending which way you travel) few miles of the Alaska highway   Past the rolling farm hills.

Until we reached mile zero in Dawson Creek


      

Then we continued south east towards  Grand Prairie. We crossed in to Alberta  and were greeted with more farms.


    

We stopped briefly in Beaver Lodge to get a picture with the giant beaver.


  

Grande Prairie was too big for my liking so we relied on Siri to find Costco, picked up some dog food for the girls and headed south towards grand cache Alberta. We passed more farms.


Eventually we passed forests and a large open pit coal mine but I didn’t get pictures. We arrived set up camp and saw my storm from last night was rolling in. The girls slep on the bed while I knit.


We had some bright lightning and loud thunder and a bit of rain, nothing like last nights down pour. Currently everything seems to have stopped.

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Wildlife sightings none.

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Batten down the hatches

Happy BC day everyone. Karma’s parents and friend were meeting us for breakfast so I staged Dorny the boler to show off all of her beauty to the visitors.


   We all pitched in to prepare the feast and had a lovely morning breakfast With everyone.


  

After breakfast we played at the park, sat by the fire and relaxed. There was an environment Canada weather warning for lightening and rain. Karma and her family packed up their tent as they were heading home later in the afternoon. I put away the bug tent and prepared for a stormy afternoon. Then we all visited in the boler.


  

We played some cards and cribbage. After everyone left the thunder and lightening arrived this evening. The girls and I are once again reminded why we rv instead of tent. We are relaxing inside the dry, warm boler as the storm rages outside and the rain bounces off the roof.

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Wildlife sightings none. Not even squirrels

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