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Lake Cowichan view from our dock.

Thursday, 21 July 2016

Golden and arrival at Paska Lake

We arrived by 2 pm at the Golden Community Campground to find that it was fully booked for the next couple of days. They suggested we try the old KOA, Whispering Spruce Campground, a few minutes away on the other side of the river, so we did. We managed to get a fairly nice spot for 2 days and possibly one more so I could do some laundry and hopefully tour a little in the area. (full hookup with 30 amp power) Unfortunately we did not get a satellite signal so no TV. The bathrooms here are terrible but they have new ownership and are trying to clean things up. The laundry facilities were all upgraded so I guess the bathrooms with be next. The weather when we arrived was quite nice and sunny so once we were all set up we found a pub which serves local craft beer and had lunch/dinner.

Since then, however it has showered with thundershowers quite frequently in the night. Definitely not Freya's favorite thing.

Friday I did laundry and grocery shopping and we stayed pretty close to home with the rain. Homemade lasagna was on the menu with extra to freeze. Ray and I were hoping that we could tour a little bit on Saturday but we woke up to more rain so I think that it will be a bust. Ray did manage to get a few pictures of the Rocking Horse River Pedestrian Bridge near the pub we were at before the weather turned awful. There are walking paths on both sides of the river.

At this time of year people are usually tubing down the river but it has been so wet the river is way too high.

By Friday afternoon with rain pouring and the forecast being for more rain for 2 more days, Ray and I made the decision to go straight through Revelstoke so canceled our reservation as we would not be able to see anything anyways and head for Paska Lake. Saturday morning, we were on the road by 8:15 heading towards Salmon Arm. We made great time and were glad we were travelling on the weekend because there would have been lots of road construction delays. The clouds finally parted once we hit Albert Canyon and we finally saw some snow covered mountains. We overnighted in the Piccadilly Mall and left early Sunday morning for Paska Lake.  Had to wait half an hour for the site we wanted to clear and moved on in … right on the water so easy access for Ray’s pontoon boat. Good thing we arrived on Sunday as on Monday there were at least 5 rigs that pulled in and took all of the other water sites available. 

Paska Lake

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