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We are Nico and Marlies Wobben and in February 2008 we moved from the Netherlands to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada! Nico is an RN at the General Hospital and I (Marlies) work from home, as an administrator at Canada Life and for my own web design business Feel The Fire. And we have 7 cats!
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Motorhoming! – Visit To Gravelbourg

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Instead of a regular camping weekend, we decided to visit our Gravelbourg friends! The Solstice Festival was a bonus πŸ™‚ We took the motorhome, plugged in at Cees and Carlien’s motel and had a great time with them (thanks for lending us your car!)! On the festival we also ran into our awesome realtors Jennifer and Angelo Coppolla, they love to visit small town summer festivals and were camping at Thompson Lake! And on Sunday we visited Toos and Darcy in their beautiful home and Fred and Jackie in Glenbain… without taking kittens home this time! πŸ˜‰

Motorhoming! – Craik & District Regional Park; Moose Mountain Provincial Park (SK)

Craik & District Regional Park

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After our Rockies trip with a lot of driving, we just wanted a relaxed weekend in a nearby campground. As some of the provincial parks still battled the flooding during this busy May Long weekend, we decided to check out the regional park of Craik & District, a bit over an hour from Regina along the 11 to Saskatoon. The park is situated in the small Arm river valley. There are a few short trails, one that we walked several times led to the dugout house (a historic pioneer home build in the hillside), and the Arm reservoir. The weather wasn’t too bad, cloudy, a little bit of rain, but we could be outside quite a bit. On Sunday the sun came out and we stayed until 2pm to enjoy it! Such a cute campground with friendly people – definitely a place to go back to!

Craik & District Regional Park campground

Small, cozy campground in a nice prairie valley setting. Spacious sites, partial shade by trees and shrubs. Various power and water sites, we had a 15 amp site with water for 23$ (and payed $5 per day for park entry instead of getting a year pass). There is a.o. a pool, mini golf and concession on site, golf centre and restaurant near by as well as the Arm Lake (Craik reservoir). Town of Craik is 1.6 km away.

Moose Mountain Provincial Park

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For our first 4 day trip we wanted to go to Greenwater Lake, but we ended up following the (slightly) better weather forecast to Kenosee Lake, Moose Mountain Provincial Park. We even got to go on Tuesday as I didn’t have to work this week (temporarily not enough work). Tuesday and Wednesday were gorgeous, sunny days, but the rest of the week was mostly cloudy, chilly, very windy with some rain and only some sunny parts. We did go for walks and bike rides, but couldn’t sit outside much until it cleared up, usually in the evening (BBQ, fire pit). There was still a lot of water everywhere, many sites were wet or muddy and the water in the lakes was still high. Unfortunately that meant that the trails were also muddy and wet (if not flooded), so we stuck to the paved roads. We’ll have to go back when it’s warmer and dryer!

Moose Mountain Provincial Park campgrounds

Beautiful campgrounds in the forest, perfect level sites with fire pit/bbq and picnic tables, situated between Kenosee and Little Kenosee Lakes. Our electric site was $22, day/3 days/weekly/transferable annual Provincial Parks pass needed ($50 for 2011). It’s a few kms back to the beach, Kenosee Inn, mini-golf, and the golf-course and more amenities in the village of Kenosee Lake.

To The Rockies With Els, Maurice And Brian!!

Finally got the Rockies update ready, Craik and Kenosee camping trips updates coming up!

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Sunday May 1st

For our 5th visit to the Banff-Jasper area (and to meet our Dutch friends Els, Maurice and their son Brian), we left Regina at 1.45pm (Nico came out of nightshift and had to sleep some hours). We stopped in Swift Current for gas and propane, which took some time as we had to find that first. Turned out the Co-Op had it on the north side of the highway, but we didn’t see it until we were already crossing the road to go to Husky on the south side. After that fairly long break, we kept going until sunset and made it as far as Brooks, Alberta! In the afternoon we got a text from Els that they arrived in Calgary (flew in with a direct KLM flight from Amsterdam). We’re close!

Monday May 2nd

We only had a few hours to go to Airdrie, where we’d be meeting Els, Maurice and Brian, so we didn’t have to rush. We stayed in touch while we were on our way and they were getting their rental motorhome from Fraserway. We would see each other at the Walmart parking lot and we got there at the same time, around noon, such timing! :)) After a great reunion after 3 years, admiring each other’s motorhomes and our cats and some shopping in the Walmart, we drove to Banff over the 1A. That was a first for us (we had always taken the 1 or the 22X underneath Calgary) and we enjoyed the different views from the other side of the valley and through the forest. Near Canmore we saw a lot of bighorn sheep! In Canmore we joined the 1 again and soon after we entered Banff National Park where our friends had to get their National Parks Pass (ours from last year is still valid). On the Tunnel Mountain Campground we asked for sites near a shelter, so we could BBQ in there (it was still wintery cold). We (except Nico) first took the bus to town to check out the stores. When we got back around 8, Maurice got a fire going in the stove in the shelter, we admired the elk that walked by on the campground, Nico barbecued and we had a great first night together in there!

Tuesday May 3rd

We took our time for breakfast, Maurice made us eggs, bacon and hashbrowns πŸ™‚ Then we left the snowy campground to go to Lake Louise. We took the Bow Valley Parkway and stopped at the Johnston Canyon. There still was a lot of snow and ice in there, so most of the path was pretty slippery! We made it as far as the first falls though and it was very pretty in this winter setting. On our way up, we suddenly heard some growling and all stopped dead in our tracks right away.. then we didn’t see or hear anything! Did we hear a bear or cougar?? Was it a sound from further away (but where, in the canyon?)? Nobody was sure what we heard, so we continued. When we came back another woman told us in the same area she thought she saw a bear or heard something… what?? Nico doesn’t believe it, but I think there must’ve been something! As the giftshop/coffeecorner was still closed, we continued our journey on the beautiful Bow Valley Parkway. We wanted to stop for a picnic at the Storm Mountain viewpoint, but it was still closed, so we decided to get coffee and a snack in the bakery in Lake Louise (Village). After that break and a little snow storm, we went to the visitor centre and to Lake Louise itself. It looked just like it had all winter, still frozen and piles of snow! We also checked out the Chateau and then went back to the valley to check in on the campground. Only part of it was open (again because there was a lot of snow) but we found a double spot for the both of us. Time to BBQ again πŸ™‚ And shower, and sit together for the rest of the night.

Wednesday May 4th

Icefields Parkway time!! Luckily the sky looked much brighter today, a mix of sun and clouds. After getting gas, we took the famous 93 up to Jasper, around 10am. First stop was my favourite spot, Bow Lake. I had suggested to have breakfast on the pullout on the side of the lake, but once again it was closed (not cleared of snow). We could turn into the access road to the Num-Ti-Jah lodge and park on that parking lot, but weren’t able to get close to the lake there as someone was still shoveling the huge amount of snow that was still there. After having breakfast together on the parking lot (Maurice made pancakes), we stopped a few kms further to get to the Peyto Lake viewpoint. We had wanted to drive up the road to the parking lot for buses and the handicapped, but no such luck. We had to walk through the snow, a narrow trail was made over the road we had planned to take (so not the normal trail in the summer). But it was worth the effort as the view over a white Peyto Lake and very clear valley was fantastic again! Everything looked fantastic on the Icefields Parkway, esp with so much snow on the mountains and the great weather! It was our 5th visit and 8th time driving this Parkway and the scenic route possibly looked more beautiful then ever! After lunch at the Crossing (Saskatchewan Crossing), we briefly stopped at the viewpoint after the Big Bend and visited the Icefields Centre at the Athabasca Glacier. After that we stopped once more to visit the Athabasca Falls. There wasn’t much water yet, the falls were partly frozen and we could only get to the first viewpoint and not to the other side (still closed) πŸ™ We got to the Wapiti winter camping around 6.30pm. See how only 230km and just a handful of the sites along the way, take you a whole day! The campground was initially a disappointment for me, because I had expected that a part of the regular campground (in the forest) would be open, but it was only an open parkinglot, with electric hookups and a shower building though. But all in all the surrounding scenery is still awesome of course and we did have a good time there. In the evening we sat inside anyway and we were still so full from lunch that we only had smokies on a bun (took us a while to convince Brian that smokies are smoked sausages and we weren’t going to eat our Smokey ;))

Thursday May 5th

No rush today, so we could sleep in a little and have a leisurely breakfast on one of the picnic tables around the parking lot, erm I mean campground. Our chef Maurice prepared a hot meal again with eggs, bacon and hashbrowns πŸ™‚ Then we checked out Jasper, did some shopping and had a coffee. We chilled for a bit on the campground before heading back to Jasper for supper (Maurice and Els took us out to a restaurant for our last evening together) and had a great meal at “Somewhere Else” πŸ™‚ Then we took the Maligne Lake Road to Medicine Lake and Maligne Lake, hopefully to see some wildlife. It was a beautiful drive as always, but esp. at Maligne Lake there was still so much snow that you could hardly get to the lake. I went as far as the deck of the restaurant that was still closed. The lake was still frozen as well. We didn’t stay long and drove back to Jasper. We didn’t see any wildlife until we were back on the 16 where we saw a coyote and lots of elk. We ended the evening with some drinks at the Loonens’ motorhome.

Friday May 6th

Unfortunately it was already time to say goodbye to Els, Maurice and Brian. It has been so good to see them again and it was too short, so it was tough, but at least we’ll see each other again in September. We drove to the 16 and literally split up there, they went left to B.C. and we turned right to Edmonton. Our first stop was Edmonton where we visited Ben’s Meat & Deli for some Dutch goodies (way too much liquorice and sweets, but also frikandellen, bamischijven (they called them Indonesian bami pucks) and croquettes)! Then we briefly visited Sebastiaan (CBB) and little Lars (Mariska was at work) in Sherwood Park, just east of Edmonton. We couldn’t stay long, as we wanted to be in Lloydminster at supper time. We got there at 7pm, it was good to see Mark again (who lived with us for 4 months a year ago) and we had supper at a Chinese buffet. Yummy!! Back at his place we chatted a bit, watched TV, surfed the net, and went to sleep in our motorhome (in front of the house) in time.

Saturday May 7th

Time for the last part to Regina. It was still pretty long and tiring. We saw a coyote outside of the Battlefields, took a break in a field near Maymont and stopped in Dundurn (south of Saskatoon) for a late lunch/early supper. Around 6pm we were finally home again!

BC Trip Photoalbums Online!

Finally, the photos are online! You’ll find 5 albums:

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BC Trip – Kimberley, Taber, Home!

setting sun on the Rockies

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Sunday September 5th, Nakusp – Kimberley

A long drive through the mountains and along big lakes… a beautiful drive! But including a few small breaks, waiting time at the ferry, losing one hour going back to the mountain time zone and a great visit in Creston, it took us from 9.40am until 8.30pm to get from Nakusp to Kimberley.

Marlies on the ferryThe weather was mostly cloudy, so we didn’t get the best of pictures, but the views were still great. In Kaslo we took a small break and saw the sternwheeler downtown. We didn’t stay long because we hoped to get on the 12.20pm ferry in Balfour, but we didn’t make it. So we spent some time on the ferry landing (of all places I found a dress there that I was looking for) and got on the 1.10pm one. That was the big Osprey 2000 and we loved the views on the Kootenay Lake!

us with Sophia and the viewAround 4pm we were in Creston/Erickson where we visited my online friend Sophia and her husband Murray (and last but not least their 4 cats :)). I know her from a Dutch forum about Canada (vacation stuff mostly). They live in a gorgeous house on a hill by a canyon with a spectacular view! It was great meeting them and they fed us yummy sandwiches and such, so we didn’t have to worry about supper anymore later! Thanks for the hospitality guys, we had a great time!!

It took us 2 more hours to get to Kimberley. This included turning for a ‘bear’ sighting… but it was a wooden bear in someone’s yard LOL. We did see a beautiful big elk bull crossing the street though! When we got closer to Kimberley, we could see peaks of the Rockies above the clouds in the orange-red light of the sunset! On the campground we found our spot (the sites are less spacious and private then I had expected), but forgot to ask about the internet option (didn’t find any network at the site).

Monday September 6th, Kimberley

jodelahiti!We chose Kimberley, because we wanted to visit another Dutch couple, Anja and Theo, who came to Canada a year and a half ago and took over the Alpenglow bed & breakfast. Like Chantal and Suus, we know them from the CBB, a forum for Dutch immigrants to Canada. Kimberley has a beautiful campground, but it’s about 8 km away from the B&B, and Anja generously offered to come pick us up! She took us to Kimberley’s Bavaria-style downtown, the Platzl, where shops look German and you’re greeted by jodel-music πŸ˜‰ We hit the shops and after that we went to the B&B where we met Theo and chatted for a while. We were supposed to go back to the cats for some hours before our dinner plans together, but we had such a good time that we just deciced to stay πŸ™‚ Another couple vacationing from Holland, Herman and Liesbeth, joined us later in the afternoon, we all went for a little walk and for a luxurous dinner at the Bavarian restaurant across the street. What a great last vacation day – Theo and Anja, thanks so much for a wonderful day!! It was after 9 when Theo brought us back to the campground and on the way he and Nico were pretty sure they saw a moose in the ditch! We turned, but it was gone πŸ™

Tuesday September 7th, Kimberley BC – Taber AB

Kootenay RockiesTime to go home (in 2 days) πŸ™ We didn’t really leave early, we phoned Amalia first for her birthday and we went to the Overwaitea supermarket first to get a few Dutch things (Anja told us about that). We had a good drive through the Rockies (Crowsnest Pass), but we didn’t feel like stopping at sights anymore. We wanted to see how far we could get today. In Lethbridge we visited the Dutch shop there, the Wooden Shoe. We keep saying we don’t really miss much, but we left the store with $200 worth of groceries LOL! Some specific snacks, biscuits, pudding, porridge, liquorice, nasi spices etc etc! And we again visited more Dutch people (the 6th family, not bad haha), Tontje and Joyce moved to Lethbridge 5 months ago (I also know Tontje from Canada forums). It was again great meeting them, but we needed to keep going so we didn’t stay very long. It was already getting late though, so we put up camp not much further in Taber. Tontje had sent us to a Chinese restaurant there and we are now on the very lovely municipal campground on the shore of the Oldman river.

Wednesday September 8th, Taber AB – Regina SK

Home! After another long drive on the prairie and lunch in Swift Current (Husky as usual) we got home around 5pm. Soooo tired and I have to work tomorrow, so I better turn in early!

We had a great vacation, so many new impressions that it felt longer than 2 weeks and we’re tired from all the driving. We’ve seen amazing scenery and it was fun to meet in person with fellow Dutch immigrants Chantal and Suus, Petra (I already knew her from way back), Tontje and Joyce, Sophia (and Murray) and esp. Anja and Theo, and John and Diana! Thanks for all the hospitality, fun times, food, drinks, rides, showers and laundry!! πŸ˜‰ Our doors are open if you ever end up in Regina, but it’s not much to look at compared to the amazingly beautiful British Columbia! But for now it’s home (who knows if we ever end up in BC hehe) and it’s good to be back πŸ™‚

BC Trip – Nakusp 2

Nakusp

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Saturday September 4th, Nakusp

Finally a chance to sleep in again, we apparently needed it πŸ™‚ Around noon we biked to town, had a lunch at the Broadway Deli and walked around for a bit. When we had a drink at the Leland Hotel patio (overlooking the lake), some showers moved in, so we had to cut our downtown visit short and hurry back to the campground (so we skipped a few sites and trails we had wanted to see). We made ourselves comfortable in the RV for the rest of the day, watching movies and still using that open network to surf πŸ˜‰

Tomorrow we go to Kimberley and we’ll be visiting an online friend, Sophia, in Creston.

BC Trip – Nakusp

Kalamalka Lake

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Friday September 3rd, Westbank – Nakusp

After they made us breakfast, we said goodbye to John and Diana. We had such a great time with them!!

Marlies on the ferry by NeedlesWe took the 97 to Kelowna and Vernon, passing several lakes, the biggest being the very impressive Kalamalka Lake with its turquoise colour! We didn’t expect it, but the Okanagan left a big impression on us! In Vernon we took the 6 to the east, through broad valleys as well as narrow, winding roads through the mountains. We had lunch at the Gold Pan CafΓ© and about an hour and a half later we got to Needles on the Arrow Nakusp sunsetLakes. There was only a short line up to the ferry and we only had to wait 15 mins (the crossing was fast too, about 10 mins). The 6 continued north along the lake and was mostly very easy, it didn’t take us long to get to Nakusp. We checked in on the small municipal campground by the park and relaxed for a while, the cats were already enjoying the many small tree squirrels that came to dare them making lots of noise πŸ˜‰ After we made some supper we walked to town to see the beach and lake at dusk and explore the main street a bit. Back in the RV we found an open network that we used to quickly update this πŸ™‚

BC Trip – Fintry, Westbank (Kelowna)

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Tuesday August 31st, Clearwater – Fintry Provincial Park

Today we left Clearwater to drive back south again on the 5 to Kamloops and the 1 to the east, but only until the sign for Vernon where we turned south again on the 97. This road was smaller and way more beautiful then I expected (even in the constant light rain). On the Salmon River Rd we turned left to visit Chantal and Suus in Glenemma. Their house and the location are just awesome, what a great place to start their new life in Canada (they arrived a month ago)! We chatted the hours away and around 5 we went just a bit to the north to visit Petra in Yankee Flats. I know her from decades ago when she had a rock bar in my hometown Eindhoven. Didn’t stay in touch, but learned a few years ago from Els that she had moved to Canada. I got in touch with her and today was the first time we saw each other again after so many years! She had recently moved to this house overlooking the Salmon River valley, what a view (and it wasn’t raining anymore)! We couldn’t stay long, we wanted to be in Fintry (at least an hour away) before dark. It was a beautiful drive with some stunning views over the huge Okanagan Lake. We found our campsite while it was almost dark, but sat outside for a while to take in the amazing view over the lake (the lights of Vernon on the opposite site), right from our picnic table!! Very eager to find out the view tomorrow!

Wednesday September 1st, Fintry Provincial Park

Today we spent the whole day in Fintry. WHAT A VIEW!! As nice as Dutch Lake was, this is the real thing. Campsite in the forest, but with the view on the lake. This totally reminded us of Crete. Just with pine trees πŸ˜‰ Without doubt THE most beautiful campsite we ever had anywhere.

In the morning I chatted with the camp hosts, who are the in-laws of my online friend Linda, who we had planned to meet now, but she ended up being on vacation herself. In the afternoon our friends John and Diana from our previous town Heerlen came to visit, they moved to Canada last March. So great to be reunited on this side of the big pond!! We had a blast with them, we just hung out at our campsite and also walked through the park. There had been a bear sighting in the morning, but we didn’t see any.

And I don’t know how often I have sighed “whoa, what a view…” today…. πŸ™‚
I want to live in BC some day!

Thursday September 2nd, Fintry – Westbank (Kelowna)

Another quality day with John and Diana! We drove from Fintry to Westbank and again had some stunning views over Okanagan Lake. We parked in front of their place, unfortunately not without problems though. While turning into the spot, we touched one of the jetskies on a trailer that was parked there and scraped the side of the RV. There was a bit of damage to the jetski and the cover, so we had to pay for that (esp the cover was expensive, total was over $300). We’ll just put some duct tape on our scrape and fill it with sealant back home.

Diana took us to Kelowna where we had breakfast at De Dutch, and to the Myra Canyon southeast of Kelowna, where you can find a part of the Kettle Valley Trail, an old railway track where you now can hike and bike. That was very impressive, the forest there had been burnt in 2003, but it was quite the view as you were very high on the mountain. Around 2 we had to be back in Kelowna as Diana had a job interview. Nico and I walked to the lake by the marina and the city park, we loved it! We also checked out the shopping area and at the end of the afternoon we went back to their place, where I’m updating this πŸ™‚

Tomorrow we have a longer trip ahead of us, as we’re going to Nakusp. Not sure about our internet options there, so we might not update until in Kimberley 2 days later.

BC Trip – Clearwater & Wells Gray Provincial Park

Dutch Lake in the morning

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Monday August 30th, Clearwater & Wells Gray Provincial Park

Helmcken Falls in Wells Gray provincial parkWe got up fairly early to drive into Wells Gray Provincial Park. To the Helmchen Falls is 45 km and we also went up to Clearwater Lake on the very good unpaved road (another 25 km). The park is known for lots of wildlife (lots of people see bears here), but of course we weren’t so lucky πŸ™ We did have a great drive as the scenery is again amazing, and esp. the road to Clearwater Lake was so beautiful. We walked to a few viewpoints like the Dawson Falls and Bailey’s Chute, rapids where we saw a few salmons try to jump upstream (still a bit early for the yearly salmon run though)! Most spectacular was of course the high Helmcken Falls. At the lake we had a hot chocolate and the best cranberry streusel cake after an Austrian family recipe πŸ™‚

Dutch LakeBack at the campground we had lots of time left to relax and enjoy the beloved view over Dutch Lake. We also had supper at the great restaurant there, The Painted Turtle. Not the cheapest, but sooo good! Very original and tasty food and we sat outside on their patio overlooking the lake.

Tomorrow we leave for Fintry (on the westside of Lake Okanagan between Vernon and Kelowna) for 2 nights without hookups. We have booked a site with some views on the lake, so I’m curious to see that! But first we will be visiting a few fellow Dutch immigrants, Chantal and Suus in Glenemma and Petra in Yankee Flats. Then the next day we will see our friends from our old hometown Heerlen again, John and Diana who now live in Westbank, so excited!!

BC Trip – Shuswap Lake, Clearwater

We’re at the Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park in Clearwater, time for the 2nd update!

Dutch Lake

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Friday August 27th, Revelstoke – Herald Provincial Park

After making some sandwiches and coffee, we left lovely Revelstoke to go to Shuswap Lake (only 130 km). Although there’s a lot to see on that route, we didn’t stop in a lot of places. We drove through a beautiful, narrow valley past the huge Three Valley Gap resort with its bright red roofs, Griffin Lake, the Crazy Creek falls (had I known their suspension bridge could be seen from the road for a second, I would’ve taken a picture) and the Enchanted Forest. The weather was partly sunny in the beginning, but when we stopped at a colourful looking supermarket in Malakwa, rain showers had come in from over the mountain. All this time we’d been on the highway 1, the Trans Canada Highway, which at that point is just a fairly small 2 way lane (with some sections with passing lanes) where lots of (big) traffic is rushing through as if they were still on the huge 4 lane parts of the biggest highway of this country. Needless to say as a tourist you feel rushed having to speed past this gorgeous scenery and we were glad to have the opportunity to take a rural road (the Cambie Solsqua Rd) to Sicamous after Malakwa.

Shuswap LakeIn Sicamous we forgot about wanting to see Mara Lake (we should’ve followed the Vernon sign for that) and missed the turn to go downtown, so before we knew it we were on our way to Salmon Arm and decided to go on and take a break there. In the meantime we had some great views (even with the rain) on the spectacular Shuswap Lake for the first time! In Salmon Arm it was sooo busy downtown (looks like everybody wanted to go shopping in this weather) that we couldn’t find a parking spot until we went down to the pier. In the rain and cold wind coming from the lake, we walked onto the pier for a few pics. Such a beautiful place, but we couldn’t fully enjoy it that way (despite my raincoat, I had to change into dry and warm clothes right away after in the RV). Like Revelstoke, we need to come back in good weather πŸ˜‰ We continued on the hasty 1 until the exit to Herald Provincial Park. That road was small, windy and absolutely stunning (and it was dry for the time being)! After passing many cabins and the resort town of Sunnybrae, we arrived at the provincial park and our site (11) not far from the entrance. We wanted to explore the rest of the park but were so hungry that I first made some spaghetti and then we got so tired that we layed down for a nap first… to wake up after dark! That was the end of it…

Saturday August 28th, Herald Provincial Park

trail to Margaret FallsIn the morning we were eager to explore the park, so we walked down to the beach (woooow, the view!), followed the beach to the other side of the campground (jumping over the Reinecker creek), then back to the trail along Margaret Fallsthe creek to the Margaret Falls. The forest is pretty dense by the creek and the campsites in that area are gorgeous (ours is more shrubs and less trees). Once you leave the park, the trail enters a canyon, but the elevation gain is still not much, so it’s really easy for pretty much everybody! After only 500m in total you get to the falls. We didn’t expect much as the creek is just small, but the falls were actually very pretty!

Back at the campsite we relaxed for a while and later in the afternoon we took some chairs and our books to the beach, as it was the Shuswap Lake we came here for! That was absolutely fantastic, we just sat there and didn’t read, but kept taking in the awesome scenery! It was only 16C or so, but the sun came out quite a bit, so it was great.

Sunday August 29th, Herald PP – Clearwater

When we woke up we found out the house battery of our RV was already empty, probably because we had the furnace on (even though it didn’t start up often). We should’ve used the generator more often in the hours you’re allowed to, to recharge not only our electronics, but also the house battery. The BC provincial parks are beautiful, but we missed a power hook up. No recharging without the noisy generator, no watching ‘The Big Bang Theory’ in the evenings! πŸ™

near KamloopsWe left Herald early and had breakfast in Sorrento at Toby’s Coffee House, which turned out to be a great choice! We continued on the 1 to Kamloops and past Chase the landscape changed dramatically. The hills were bare and dry, more desert like. In Kamloops we took the 5 north and soon we got into a more forested landscape again. As the 5 is still a pretty busy highway, we decided to leave it for a bit and in Little Ford we took the 24 to Bridge Lake, drove around the lake and back to the 5 (after having an expensive cappuccino at a motel in a log house on Lac de Roches, but we had a very nice chat with the Italian lady there and the setting was beautiful). In Clearwater we found the Dutch Lake Resort & RV Park and Nico thinks it’s the prettiest he’s seen so far this trip, because of the view on the little lake! And they have wifi… so it’s time for this update! πŸ™‚