It was a chilly 10.5C in the trailer when we got up this morning...brrr. It was a cloudy start with some fog over the lake. Mind you, I think that some of the cloud was really smoke. The cloud did thin as the morning wore on but it was still quite hazy and windy...hopefully it will clear the smoke!
Shortly after 9:00, we all piled into Deb and Ray's car and we were on our way. We started by driving into Merritt so that we could drop off our garbage at the municipal sani-dump. We drove through Claybanks Municipal Campground, where Ray and Deb have stayed numerous times...and where they will be going on Sunday. They leave their motorcoach there when they travel down to the Vancouver area or over to the island to visit family and/or go to medical appointments.
Then we were off heading east on Hwy 97C a short distance to the turnoff to the Marquart and Lundbom Lakes Recreation Sites. The gravel road is fairly narrow and rough (for our truck) but visibility is good given the open grassland terrain of the area.
There were hundreds of tiny frogs at the edge of the lake...
After returning to the highway, we continued another short distance east to the turnoff to a string of lakes with rec sites....Kane Lake Rec Site, Harmon East Rec Site, Harmon Lake West Rec Site, Shea Lake Rec Site, Tahla Lake Rec Site, Boss Lake Rec Site, and Davis Lake Rec Site. We were checking out the sites that we could fit into. Ray and Deb have stayed at Harmon Lake and have traveled through the area checking out sites that are large enough.
Since Ray and Deb had already checked them out, they knew that both Shea Lake and Tuhla Lake Rec Sites did not have spots large enough for us, so we didn't go into them. This is Boss Lake....
Forgot to get a photo of Davis Lake...a very busy area with lots of ATV'rs.
We completed a loop on the gravel road to Coalmont Road, to Hwy 5A, and back to Hwy 97C to Merritt. It was going on towards 2:00 by this time and we were hungry! So we stopped for a great lunch at the Grand Pub and Grill.
After a stop at Cooper Foods for a few groceries, we were on our way back to Paska Lake. We arrived home shortly before 4:00...what a great day! Thanks so much Ray and Deb, for showing us the area!
We relaxed outside for a bit, having to take shelter under Deb and Ray's canopy as a light rain started. We actually went inside their motorcoach for a little while until the rain stopped and the sun poked through...then we headed back outside. It was cool and windy, so we all ended up having to change into warmer clothes. Of course, as soon as there is a fire ban, the weather cools significantly and it would sure be nice if we could have a campfire!
Shortly after 7:00, we all went over to our place where Steve barbequed burgers that Deb had made and I set the table inside...we decided to eat inside out of the wind, where it was much warmer!
After a late dinner we chatted for a bit and then decided to call it a night, all deciding to just chill inside our own rigs for the rest of the evening. The end to another great day!