One Mile Lake

A short 1.5km hike from Nairn Falls Provincial Campground. Although we have yet to do the hike as carrying the canoe seemed like it would be challenging in the hot weather. We drove and parked in the very limited parking lot. The lake itself is not very big and does not allow for a motorized boat which is perfect for a short canoe paddle or to try paddle boarding. Edges of the lake have groups of lily pads and flowers which make for some nice pictures. They have a small shop that rents paddle boards which we would like to try one day.

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The little park and beach are very nice, perfect for an afternoon lazing and swimming. The lake is almost surrounded by a unique board walk, perfect for strolling or to carry a floating bed to the far side of the lake and drift back to the beach. Definitely a lake worth spending more time at during the warm months.

Day 1 through 3 – Nairn Falls

Arrived and left with no issues, finally. We seem to have a knack for running into issues when we leave to go camping; incredible amounts of traffic, accidents in the tunnel, bridges or highways. But this time we sailed through without delay.

Popped in to see Claire, Stu & Daniel, had a really nice lunch and catch-up. Daniel showed us his new bike and riding skills. Definitely going to be ‘the local’ in future races. Good luck guys, I see a future not in skates, sticks and training camps but bikes, new bikes, repairs and race weekends, enjoy!

Nairn Falls Provincial Park once again impresses. Our site is pristine and nicely spaced from the other camp sites. Special kudos to the people that run this site, they really keep it in good shape. I think most BC Provincial Campgrounds are well kept, save for a few around Vancouver that are overrun with people.  It appears the constant cool breeze from the river has some impact on the number of mosquitoes.  We spent most of the evening playing crib, I lost two straight and the third double or nothing, did not see a single mo’.

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We spent most of the day exploring around Pemberton, paddling on One Mile Lake and went for a short hike to Joffre Lakes. We may not actually be getting this slow-down-its-vacation thing.

P.S. Got some news that Mom and George may be buying a Class A bus, this is exciting as we will be able to spend more time with them camping, burning meat and other grape type adventures.

Two more sleeps

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Its pretty much time to go. We are leaving Monday morning and heading to Squamish to meet some friends; Claire, Stuart and Daniel, been some time since we have met up and the timing finally worked out. We are excited to see their new home, even though they have been in it for a few years already, it’s still new for us.

The trailer is pretty much good to go, groceries are loaded, loads of clothing stashed away, clean water tanks full and the yucky tanks are empty, seems to be an ample amount of malted beverage and grape nectar for the first leg.

From Squamish it will be a quick Drive to Nairn Falls where we will dry camping for three nights. Hoping the canopy of the big trees gives us some shade and trailer is not too hot at night as will not have any air conditioning. I know, first world problems…

Hoping to hang low at Nairn and get a few nice hikes under our belt. The first is a short walk up to the falls which I did earlier this season with Ashley, Nevin and Mr. Mr. (aka Jesse). The hike is easy with almost no elevation change and taking about an hour round trip, but the view is amazing. Check out random pics of the falls here.

The second hike we would like to take is One Mile Lake. It’s a short hike from the camp site and listed as one of the five lakes to visit when in Pemberton, maybe we can get the canoe in the lake as well.  Lots of nice pictures here.

This should keep us busy for a few days.

Glamping Defined

GLAMPING  – Shorthand for glamorous camping; luxury camping. – Urban Dictionary.com

“I ain’t sleepin’ in no tent! For real, I’m goin’glamping!”

We started camping more than a year ago and a statement were hear from many people is that we are ‘glamping’. Initially I thought, sure, the trailer is nice, spacious and has many awesome amenities. Of course, it’s a trailer as long as a city apartment, indeed it’s got many comforts; running water, flush toilet, shower, hot water, microwave, air conditioning, TV and a fireplace. We love the fireplace in the winter! Okay the fireplace is electric, but the fake flames are pretty convincing.

But are we glamping?

With a little research, I found we are not glamping, we are RV’ing, glamping is a whole other world. For more information, check out this website who’s author states “it’s high time for an official, designated glamping weekend. And who else to decree it but the woman (moi) who pioneered the concept?”.

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Equally as interesting is a link to an Airstream Restoration Project. Not technically detailed but has great pictures and information on the restoration and ultimate birth of a glamp star.

Packing the fridge for travel

 

One of the challenges faced when moving an RV is how to keep stuff from moving when the RV bounces down the road.

We have used extra towels to pack between the dishes, which works pretty well at keeping the glass items from rattling and breaking. Also have used the little $5 blankets from IKEA shoved into drawers to stop items, chairs and other things from having too much movement.

The one remaining item that blankets and towels do not make much sense is the refrigerator. When heading out for a trip it is not much of a problem since we almost always over pack the food. But when the weekend / trip is over and its time to pack up again, it seems that the fridge needs some extra attention. We have used fruit, empty Tupper-ware and extra beer cans (full) to fill the gap. Essentially trying to stop items in the fridge from bouncing around and damaging the inside.

Tripped across Suction Bungee while browsing the Pinterest Happy Camper & RV – Inside Storage & Tips. It’s a set of bungee cords with suction cups. Seems like a reasonable way to hold things tight while traveling and would be convenient since they can be shoved in a drawer when not in use.

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May be worth trying one day, not 100% certain that it will hold up to the rigors of RV travel but for a few bucks it may be worth trying.

Hard to start air conditioners

Trying to prepare for dry-camping and wanting use the A/C as required. Seems that unless you are willing to spend a significant amount of money on a large generator, and an equally huge amount of weight, you may not be able to run an A/C with a lower end generator.

Most RV A/C units are 13,500 BTU but the unit in our trailer is a 15,000 BTU. BTU in this case really refers to how much cooling is produced, the bigger the number the more capacity for cooling an of course, the more power generally required to start and run the A/C.

Earlier we purchased a generator to provide power while we dry camped. Essentially I never wanted to get caught with a dead battery and no way to drag the slides in. Our trailer has one slide that you can hand crank but the other slide requires the motors to be manually disconnected, pushed in by hand (it weighs more than 500lbs), and then the motors must be reconnected so the slide does not fall out while driving. We found the generator is just not big enough to run the A/C, but knew there were people actually doing so. So rather than looking to buy a bigger generator or just give up on dry camping we went looking for alternative methods.

Found this informative article on using a capacitor to start your unit with a smaller generator. Installing a Air Conditioner Hard Start Capacitor.

For the all in cost of $20-30 and the promise of being able to install this myself I ordered the SPP6E from Amazon.

Fingers crossed we will be dry camping and running an A/C if required. I’m certain there will be more posts to follow on this topic.

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Activities out and about Whistler

There is so much to do in Whistler, not only in the village but out and around. Informed about Whistler and Garibaldi Hiking Trails and Maps from the great folks at Whistler RV Park.

The interesting part of this web site is that they have taken some time to break out each adventure by mode of travel; hiking, walking, snow-shoe, flying and additionally by how difficult, length etc.

If you don’t frequent Whistler often then the section titled Plans is a great place to look. It includes trips that are best for the time of year that you visit. This could be a great time saver if you just want to get out and do something.

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