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Posted: 08/28/19 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That is a very nice setup.


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Kayteg1 wrote:

We counted 22 bears on the road, most of them in BC.
They seem to like the grass and small vegetation on the side of the roads.
Beautiful pictures


Normally that's what I'd expect...well, maybe not THAT many, but this trip it was about 8 deer, 3 moose (with heads down) and that was IT! And the weather was good for it if you ask me, and we covered some 2200 miles through the interior. but it's ok, loved the drive all the same and am planning a second already!


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Emcvay, many thanks for the pics and comments of your recent BC trip. We may have crossed paths; we did a loop of the central province -- just home a week ago. Coincidentally, we also stayed at the Monck Provincial Park campsite at Nicola lake, and at the Barkerville RV site.

Monck Prov. Park
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Did you make reservations for all your sites?

Normally we do, but this trip was an experiment, in that we made none. We were able to get into every park we visited, often with really nice sites. At two, including the Monck campground, we were able to get waterfront sites. I think the trick is to drive in the morning, and get to the campground in the early afternoon, before everyone starts to arrive. Then go off exploring.

I'll look forward to seeing the rest of your pics...

* This post was edited 08/28/19 11:25am by Old Islander *

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We must have crossed paths! I think I saw your post on FB about Barkerville. Did you get there after the rain? Or did it just keep raining [emoticon]

This trip was planned in advance with some specific goals and targets and I booked all campsites ahead of time but we were on a time table for the wedding so I didn't want to risk it! Next trip? NO PLANS! [emoticon] We want to spend some US bucks in those quaint shops and towns along the way [emoticon].....well, my wife does anyway [emoticon]

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We really liked all of this trip and have other pics I'll try to share. Like this one of the lake Nicola?

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Leaving Monck

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Taking a step back (since we were using a camera and two cell phones and all the pics are not well organized, here are a couple more from Peachland...

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Yes we're having fun! and My DW loves her selfies

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Parking on main was a little tight with the dually [emoticon] but we managed.

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After one night at our 1st spot they moved us to another where the sewage would work since the one we were at was backed up. It was a nicer spot and the sun was still out [emoticon]

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Once the weather came though! It came! Nothing like BC rain to remind you of why there is so much green! [emoticon]

The kids had planned an outdoor reception and we promptly paid for an indoor one and got it all sorted for them [emoticon] Yup we saved the day!

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Thanks to prior planning we did not have to walk through the mud etc in our wedding garb as we'd booked one night in the nearby hotel for extra prep room etc and easy of traveling to the wedding etc on the big day. We did however spend a lot of time at the camper either under the awning or inside, during the week we were there...again, only one night was spent out of it actually.

On the last day we were happy to see this:
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Not happy to leave, but gotta love it when Diesel is lower than gasoline! [emoticon] With exchange it wasn't much more than US Diesel pricing either.

I'll have to get some pics of the wedding etc for ya but that's a different camera/phone and I'm off again!

1300miles down, 1000 to go, a little dirty, lots of bugs but all is well and we're ready to head for warmer weather! [emoticon] [image]

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and we found it at Lac La Hache Provincial Campground [emoticon] Love that place! Might have to get further off the road, and would like to put the boat in at the lake but for this trip it was a welcome stop on a long long day so we setup, poured adult beverages and BBQ'd some steaks [emoticon] Life is good!

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emcvay, very nice trip report and I did watched your videos with interest. It's a wonderful thing when one can go down memory lane and see the physical past. Barkerville will be a stop on our next journey up north. Make sure you sent a PM to koldad with your TCTR link so it can be archive with all the other TCTR. Also what can you tell me about Bella Coola?


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Further south we found ourselves passing once again through Cache Creek BC and into the drier parts of the Province. This spot in particular I wanted to spend some time at on the way up but it was just not a good time for it and thought maybe on the way back....then accidentally pulled over there for lunch on the way home [emoticon] Love that!

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Pull over, get pics, open slide, make lunch, relax [emoticon] Life is good!

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There were not many 'rest' areas but there were a lot of these pullouts on 97 and that worked for us.

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Not sure which lake this is but it's north of the Okanagan and south of Cache Creek. Nice views up here though!

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Right there, in the middle of those two buildings was a house. A house I lived in when I was 5 [emoticon]

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Last day, after a visit to Peachland and some icecream, was at Okanagan South park. A bit crowded for us but a lot of nice spots and certainly the ones on the water were awesome...we didn't get one of those this time but would like to come back.

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153 miles long and nearly 800 feet deep, this is a big lake!

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End of the day view [emoticon] We walked down to the beach, put our chairs out and relaxed. Love that!

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Loving the clear water too!

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Last looks before heading south again...for the final leg.

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After a short inspection we were back in the US of A [emoticon]

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The 'Evergreen State'? Ya right! ha!

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After 2000 miles she took the helm and loved driving the new truck. Took her a little getting used to but she will be driving more now.

So, 2200 miles, two weeks and smiles for miles [emoticon]

Can't wait to do it all over again! Let's go!

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c.traveler2 wrote:

emcvay, very nice trip report and I did watched your videos with interest. It's a wonderful thing when one can go down memory lane and see the physical past. Barkerville will be a stop on our next journey up north. Make sure you sent a PM to koldad with your TCTR link so it can be archive with all the other TCTR. Also what can you tell me about Bella Coola?


Thanks [emoticon] and yes it was an amazing thing to go back to the old homestead! We'll do it again too!

Bella Coola was a very small fishing town on the coast with a VERY long dirt road drive through untamed wilderness when I was last there. We flew in and boated or flew out actually and as I was last there around 42-3 years ago I can't remember much. Ocean Falls, however, I remember a lot of but you can't drive there, or Bella Bella. Look up 'The Rain People' to learn about Ocean Falls

I'll have to send a PM to koldad, thanks.

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emcvay wrote:

Took me a while to post this here because I had to come up with a new way to host pics...


It's a little more techie than a consumer picture hosting site....but I have been pretty happy using Amazon S3 for hosting pictures for forum posts. It is important to resize pictures and turn down their resolution a bit. That creates smaller file sizes which results is less storage and less transfer fees. Even so, I am only pennies per month to use it.

YMMV,
-Eric

* This post was edited 08/28/19 09:44pm by Eric&Lisa *


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