Friday, 6 September 2013

North Thompson Provincial Park (Days 2 & 3)

So very peaceful here. Lots of walks, campfires and some pouring rain. I do find it strange to get used to being here on our own. It has always been with family. There are quite a few campers here and lots more that pull in off the highway after a day of driving. It is fun to watch new campers arrive between 3 pm and 6 pm each day!  It costs $21 per day. There are NO services here at the sites. There are lovely (if you can use that adjective) outhouses and  running water. The water is potable (drinkable). They rangers come around each day and will sell you a Rubbermaid tub full of firewood. They used to have the firewood in big outdoor bins and you could just help yourself. Of course, with money cutbacks and some greedy people, they had to stop that. A tub of firewood costs $6. We bought one tub and it easily lasted us for one whole evening of campfire enjoyment, about 3-4 hours worth. Although, if it were rainy and you had lots of people that wanted a campfire, you could easily spend $18 per day for a campfire. Oh well......campfires are part of camping for us.

Arc-house firmly in place. For those not familiar with BC Parks, this is pretty typical of what a campsite looks like. The outhouses and water were just across the road from us.....

The road circiling the campground. It was about a 1.2 km (3/4 mile) walk around

In between the rain showers....

The wildlife is rampant.....Not to worry about our safety, I had my slug-bell on!!

Pathway down by the North Thompson River....

 

This is called Pogey Playground. Rumour has it, many years ago, that any of the townspeople that were on Unemployment insurance due to lack of jobs (pogey) came out and together they built the original playground. This was the site of SO many of our hours with our kids when they were younger. I can HARDLY wait to bring Gus here.....  

Even aptly named, of course!!
 
The only problem we had was with the wasps. It is the time of year that they are very aggressive. As I stepped into the van to get something, a wasp flew UP my shorts and stung me on my butt...ass!! I had my shorts off and was screaming, like a little girl, in about 1 second. Doug couldn't believe his luck!!!!! (ha ha ha) Anyway, little pesky guy ended up dead as a doornail after I got done with him!!!!! Man, did that ever hurt!!

Decided to set up our shower tent!! 
 
Now, this is camping. See why I had NO internet service??

Now, onto that campfire set-up.....
 
But not until the wine is poured!!

More wildlife!!

 This is your "ah-ha" moment....

  Contemplating life....
 
So, tomorrow morning, it's off to Edmonton. Pretty easy drive up the Yellowhead and into Edmonton, going through the beautiful Jasper National Park along the way....Stay tuned!!
 
Cheers friends!!

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