Hello Everyone! Yes we are still alive! I know it has been a while since our last post but we have been busy relaxing.
If there is one thing that Jason and I share a common dislike for, it is the dreaded “RV park”. We passed so many signs for “RV Resorts”, yuk! 😯 Who wants to be sardine canned into these parking lots? Once we were west of the big national parks we feared that we would have no option but to join the big rigs and road whales. Fortunately for us, the BC provincial parks came to our rescue. We found so many awesome parks and have had lovely camping spots all through southern BC. These well kept, rustic camping locations have been a real delight!
We last left you in Johnstone, our Trapper’s Lake twin. From there we traveled to Jewel Lake Provincial Park. Also another gem about 15 km north, off the Crowsnest, uphill switchbacks the whole way, but worth the journey. This lake is said to have awesome trout fishing. Although we didn’t go fishing, we enjoyed the beach and splashed around in the crystal clear water for a while.
From there we stayed at another great find, Yahk Provincial Park. Although not as secluded as Jewel Lake, we still enjoyed a relaxing night at our camp spot beside the river. We also purchased some amazing smoked candied salmon in the town of Yahk. So many awesome flavors; pepper, maple, chili, garlic!
Since we don’t really have a strict schedule we have to luxury of stopping when something catches our eye. After Cranbrook we saw a campground called Premier Lake. That sounds good, doesn’t it?! Indeed it lived up to its name being a stunning, emerald mountain lake. After a somewhat challenging gravel road pull into the campground, we expected to not see many others. We were very surprised to see that the campground was nearly full. I guess the locals thought it was premier as well.
We went for a 2 hour hike on the Turtle Lake loop. The park operator informed us when we got back that 2 hours is considered very good by the locals, so we felt proud of ourselves. From there we headed into Radium to enjoy some hot spring soaking. I’m sure 3 days of hiking and hot springs will get us right back into the mood for work Monday morning! 🙂