Our camping season is coming to an end but we may be able to get a few more weekends in. Oh, we got a new camper (woo)! We spent time at Nk’Mip, Birekenhead Lake, Shuwap, Narin Falls, Alice Lake, Driftwood Bay and more. Camping is one of my favourite ways to spend the summer and here are some moments that I captured.
My 2 wounderful friends, Sarah and Emmett, got married on September 12, 2015 at Way Point Resort. This was my first trip to this part of Vancouver Island and Shayne and I made a vacation out of it. We took the camper and spent 3 nights camping at Way Point and 2 nights camping at Green Point. We hung out on the beach, in Tofino and in Ucluelet.I
For my 30th birthday week I thought it would be fun to have an adventure and Osoyoos was where I chose to have. I had never been there and Shayne and I decided to take the camper and explore that part of B.C. We spent one night (after 7 hours of driving) in a truck stop and 2 nights at the Nk’Mip RV Park and it was awesome. The lake was pretty, the people were nice and the wine was delicious. We had a wine tour, delicious dinner at the vineyard and kept it pretty mellow. Um, have you ever tried goat cheesecake? YUMMMM. It was a great way to spend my 30th birthday.
Next time, we need to spend a few more nights there because the drive is so long and there is much more to see. Have you been?
Sometimes, I forget how lucky we are to have a camper. It was given to us by Shayne’s parents and sits in the back of Shayne’s truck. I feel the most grateful when it rains and this past weekend, at Driftwood Bay, it was a tad rainy.
Here are a few other reasons why it’s awesome to have a camper:
1. You can leave clothing and camping supplies in there so all you need to sort is your food and drinks, hop in and go.
2. It protects you from the elements (rain, wind, other campers, etc…).
3. You sleep on a bed and not an air mattress (OR you sleep on cushions over the table- it depends).
4. No need to buy a cabin. You can wake up on any river or lake…as long as you can get there.
5. You can hook up electricity (plug in or battery) so you can have a few more luxuries from home and charge your devices.
6. When you are done, packing up doesn’t take forever.
7. You can decorate!
Having a camper is not “roughing it” but when you do as much camping as us, it makes sense to have something like this. It’s basically a small cabin on wheels. It may be worth it to check the local Buy and Sells, Craigslist, Facebook or anywhere else to find a starter camper. You may need to fix a few things but trust me…IT IS WORTH IT.
We were mostly dry when we were packing to in the rain and it wasn’t too terrible (we had a tarp up). Not sure if a camper is right for you? Borrow or rent one for a weekend.
Most people around my age associate drinking with a camping trip and last weekend I decided to not quench my summer’s thirst with beer and stay (mostly) sober. I’m not really a beer drinker but when we are camping, and it’s hot out, beer seems to hit the spot. With my birthday fast approaching (and looming fitness goals) my trainer told me to stay away from the beer.
I probably shouldn’t drink at all but…..I do (sometimes). So, all I brought with me was 1 bottle of wine for 2 nights (at dinner and by the fire), club soda and delicious coconut water. I thought it would have been harder but it was surprisingly easy to not drink Shayne’s beer. For me, it was nice to have a cold can of club soda to reach for and the bonus is that this kept my hydrated!
I felt great.
I love cold club soda.
Coconut water is quenching AND delicious.
So, hey, guess what folks? NO NEED TO DRINK while camping. I could have went without the wine too….but I didn’t.
Side note, if you see this coconut water BUT IT! It is the most delicious coconut water that has ever touched my lips.
My paddle is full of memories. As a child, I strived for it. I earned it. I deserve it. When it comes out of the shed, my childhood memories flood back.
B’nai Brith, proud of you am I.
It was a sentimental weekend…..doing what I love: Camping & Canoeing.
One of the first few spots Shayne and I camped at in the camper was Birkenhead Lake. We found a spot last year that is now “our spot” and we have a few weekends booked there, over the summer. This spot is private, big, close (but not too close) to the washrooms and water PLUS has an awesome spot to chill on the river. Birkenhead Lake has some spots that are reservable and some that are first come first serve and this spot, my friends, is reservable.
Upon arriving to our spot, on Friday evening, the wind began to pick up and so we thought the smart thing to do would be to set up the tent over the table and the tarp over the camper and truck. As we were doing this trees were falling down (somewhat around us) because the wind was so strong. This same wind made it a bit more challenging to set up the tarps. Good thing Shayne is so handy because all I really did was hold things in place. I’m 5”1….what do you expect from me? So, a tent, a few ropes and tie downs, a tarp and 2ish hours of windy/rainy set up we were ready for a cozy night in the camper.
This was a good test of my patience because I was really hungry and tired from a busy day and week at work. We didn’t fight. We laughed (a little). AND this was a great excuse to eat those Lipton noodle things and fall asleep before 11.
The rest of the weekend had great weather and we played games, relaxed, biked and made new friends. The tarp acted as a great addition of protection and the hammock didn’t make it up this weekend.
I bought a hammock. I’ve always wanted a hammock. Now I own one and it’s going everywhere with me (camping, travelling, camping, etc…).
It was only $59 from The Hangout Place on Granville Island and if you are in that hood, I suggest you pop in.
These hammocks are made from parachute silk (nylon). They pack down into a small pouch (below) which is attached to the side of the hammock. Their packed size is 7 inches by 5 inches diameter, and they weigh 550 grams (less than 11/4pounds).
They require just 9 feet of space to hang them, and are rated for use up to 300 lbs. A backpacking hammock is exactly what you need when a very small stored size is of paramount importance.
The days are getting longer and I no longer drive to and from work in the pitch black. It’s nice to see the shapes of the mountains and trees while I’m starting and ending my day. With the reappearing daylight and spring-ish conditions I’m started to get excited for the next 7 months! Here are 10 things that I’m looking forward to:
1. Riding my bike and discovering new trails (will begin this weekend).
2. Riding my bike/working out before work. My schedule will change and I will start at 8am instead of 7am.
3. CAMPING! Shayne and I are going to try and camp every weekend, when we don’t have plans.
4. Pemberton Music Festival. Nothing beats rocking out in my own backyard.
5. Planting our garden!
6. Fishing. I only fished once last year and I really enjoy it (and my rod is pink).
7. Taking my first trip to Tofino for a wedding in September (pic below from Ucluelet.ca).
8. Swimming and floating in the awesome lakes around here.
9. Going on a wine tour.
10. TURNING 30.
What are you looking forward to this spring and summer?