My husband and I, together with our scruffy dog, recently loaded up our jalopy with gear, food, kayaks, and tents and hit the open road. Our plan was to go camping for a couple of nights at a place called Tunkwa Lake Resort, just past Merritt, BC. But just as we got out of the city and onto the highway, we saw a message on one of those overhead signs that they flash Amber Alerts on, and it said there had been an “incident” on the road to Merritt and the highway was closed until further notice.
So, we pulled off to the side of the road and Googled the situation. Turns out there was an accident involving a truck transporting hazardous materials and a large area had been closed off for emergency and haz mat crews to do their thing until the danger could be contained.
Rather than taking a different route, which would add at least four hours to our trip, we decided to pick a different location for our tiny vacation. The place we chose was Deer Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park. This beautiful spot is just past Harrison Hot Springs.
I’m going to let the photos tell the rest of this story…
We got to test our little BioLite stove for the first time. Boiled water in the morning, and cooked a couple of brats for lunch. It worked like a dream! If you want to know more about this cool gadget, check out the BioLite website.
A storm rolled in on the evening of our second day. It made for some cool photos!
It was a short stay in a beautiful place, and I can’t wait to get out there again. We got to test out a lot of our gear for the first time, most of which did not disappoint. Our tent, which we got a couple of years ago, held up solidly in the windstorm.
We feel like time spent camping is good training for our future as full-time RVers. Tenting, of course, is roughing it compared with RVing, but if we can get really good at tenting and using off-grid technology while camping, the transition to RV living should be a breeze, right?
Oh, one thing we realized we need in order to make our camping experience better is finding some way of keeping perishable foods cold for longer than one day. We would love to find a cooler that runs on solar energy. Do any of you know of such a beastie? Any suggestions would be welcome and appreciated.
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