Monday, June 30 to Thursday, July 6, 2017 (Tunkwa Provincial Park, Logan Lake, BC)

We were up, packed and ready to head out by 8:00 Friday morning. After big hugs, we said goodbye to Chris and Angela....thanks for your hospitality, we'll be back July 16 (originally July 9, but we had to delay it by a week due to a staff shortage at the park...so our appointment to take the truck back to Berhausen Diesel is now first thing July 17).

Our trip back up to Tunkwa was uneventful...it was a beautiful travel day! It's going to be a busy long July 1st weekend with such great weather.
This is the snow shed at Box Canyon, as we head up the Coquihalla highway...
 Nicola Lake outside of Merritt where we worked at Monck Provincial Park two years ago...
We arrive back at Tunkwa just before noon, unloaded everything from the truck, unpacked and after a quick bite to eat, we relaxed for the rest of the afternoon. I would be doing a round of outhouse cleaning early this evening and Steve would be doing security and selling firewood.

At 6:00, I gathered all of the cleaning stuff and started my rounds at Leighton Campground. About an hour and a half later, I was back with "Bentley" (truck) and Steve headed off. I was in bed "watching" TV (more like dozing) when he came in after his shift. All was quiet out there.

Saturday I would be working a split shift...a couple of hours in the morning cleaning outhouses, and then again later that evening. Steve would be doing security and selling firewood again tonight.

So, I headed out at about 9:00 leaving Steve doing his resistance exercises...something that we have both been neglecting lately due to our work schedule (good excuse, I'd say LOL). I was back at around 11:00 and then we spent the afternoon relaxing in the shade...and waiting for word from our son, Rob...he and Conner are coming up for a visit. SO looking forward to seeing them!

It was around 4:00 when they arrived...they had caught the 9:00 ferry from Vancouver Island this morning but I guess the traffic through the greater Vancouver area was horrific on this long weekend. They also made a couple of stops along the way.

Conner's eyes lit up when he saw the gator...volunteer Hugh took him for a ride. Hugh is probably the hardest working volunteer in the Provincial Park system!

We had a quick dinner of barbecued burgers and then I changed into my uniform and headed off for my shift. When I got back, their tent was up and they were getting settled in.

Steve headed out on his shift while Rob tried putting Conner to bed in the tent. Steve was hoping to take Rob out with him later but Conner had a hard time getting to sleep.

Steve's main focus on his rounds tonight was to ensure there were no fireworks being lit in the park...they are not allowed in  Provincial Parks. Steve had just finished patrolling Leighton and North Leighton campgrounds and was at the far end of Tunkwa campground when he heard a radio call from volunteer Brian at Leighton. Apparently some folks were lighting fireworks off from their boat in the lake. Steve raced back and ended up being the "party pooper" to the crowds gathered along the shorelines at both campgrounds. Steve had to intervene and put a stop to it.

He had just gotten home and was in the middle of getting undressed for bed when we heard fireworks again. He threw his clothes back on and dashed outside...it was folks in the privately run resort down the lake that was having a fireworks display. Nothing we can do about that.

Sunday morning we didn't have to work until mid-morning, so with Rob and Conner up early too, we took a walk down to the dock for a little fishing...


Steve and I both worked short shifts this morning, allowing us to have the afternoon and evening off with Rob and Conner (thanks, Doug and Sue!)

At about 2:00 we all decided to go for a hike up to the bench on the bluff above Tunkwa Lake. It was our first time there this year. Of course, we picked the heat of the afternoon for a hike, but we lathered ourselves with suntan lotion and packed bottles of water and headed off. We are finally experiencing hot summer weather...with temps up into the mid 30's (90's F). By the look of the long term forecast, sunny weather is here to stay for awhile!

Conner and Rob on the foot bridge across the creek above the waterfall to Leighton Lake...
Wow! Look how calm Leighton lake is!
 Swallows are still nesting in the information kiosk near the foot bridge...
We noticed some people jumping off the cliff into Leighton Lake but as soon as Steve got the camera out they were done...
 On the trail...
A bit of a climb here...
We made it! You get a great view of both lakes from up here...
After enjoying the view with a bottle of water (and watching Conner race around the stacked rocks), it was time to head back...

 Back at the creek, we walked down to see the waterfalls from the bottom at Leighton Lake...
Hot, tired and thirsty, we made it back to the compound. Rob has set their tent up in a nice grassy area on the edge of the service area, just outside of the compound...
 Boneless, skinless chicken thighs were on the menu for dinner tonight and Rob offered to prepare them...he mixed a bunch of seasonings together and then tossed in the chicken. I spread them out on a cookie sheet and baked them...they were yummy!

After dinner, we returned outside to sit in the shade and relax. Conner is so very good at entertaining himself...he spent most of his time playing with rocks. Who needs toys when you have rocks to play with! He also has a new best friend...Tucker! Yesterday when he first met Tucker, he was terrified of him and would run in the opposite direction when Tucker came running over. But somewhere along the way today, he and Tucker became best buds!
Monday, Steve and I both worked our shifts while Rob and Conner entertained themselves with some bike riding and fishing. Steve was finished work at 2:00 and after cleaning up, he, Rob and Conner headed out in the boat for some fishing.
Fishing has been very slow...but Grampa caught one and Conner reeled it in!
That evening, I filled a cooler bag with hot dogs and all of the fixings, along with chips and marshmallows and we headed down to the day-use area to have a campfire and roast hot dogs for dinner. It was such a lovely evening!



After a couple of hours, it was time to put the fire out and head back home. Bath time for Conner...our shower stall turned out to be the perfect size for him...
Tuesday, Steve and I worked our normal 4 hours shifts...again leaving Rob and Conner to entertain themselves. They had no problem doing that...bike rides, fishing...and just plain relaxing was the order of the day for them.

Once we were finished work, we showered and joined Rob outside relaxing in the shade. Conner was having some quiet time in the air conditioned trailer watching cartoons and eventually falling asleep in Grampa's chair. Rob had to "carefully" wake him for his dinner...and after a slow start, he was full of energy playing outside with Tucker. Rob, Conner and I then took Tucker for a walk around the campground (I wish I had gotten the picture Rob took as we walked along...Conner holding the end of Tucker's leash while I "helped" by holding it part-way down). After we got back, next thing I know, they are heading out for a bike ride...Rob needed to wear Conner out so he'd get to sleep tonight after his long afternoon snooze!

Wednesday was a big day for Conner. We both had the day off, so I packed a lunch for Steve, Rob and Conner and they headed off for a quad ride. Conner was SO excited! I must admit, though, that I was half expecting them back quickly because I wasn't sure how Conner would be.

Rob and Conner crossing the creek from Leighton Lake..

 They went up to the top of Mount Savona that overlooks the town of Savona on Kamloops Lake...
And then down to the community of Savona...
And then to the little cemetery that Bel and Ron took us to last year on a ride...
 The Mika family plot. The oldest plaque was 1986...
Time for lunch in the shade...
I was sitting outside in the shade when they returned...it was about 1:00. Well, I quickly learned that they were back just to re-fuel the quads and  were heading to Greenstone Mountain! Conner was having a blast and wanted to continue riding.
The flowers were incredible...

Their destination on top of Greenstone Mountain...
They made it!

Leighton and Tunkwa lakes in the distance. Lots of haze from the various forest fires...
 
 Rest stop at the hunting camp...
Conner wondering if he can jump across the washout...
Or into it...
 Almost home...
They arrived home at about 4:30...what a day of riding! 128 kms/80 miles and over 7 hours! We see an ATV in Conner's future. What a trooper at 4 years of age!

After getting cleaned up, they joined me outside in the shade and we enjoyed some cocktails before dinner. After dinner, we returned to the shade outside and Conner played with Tucker.

Thursday morning, Conner was to decide whether to stay for one more day or head home today. He said he would make his decision after he finished his hot chocolate...he would have hot chocolate while the rest of us had our coffee in the morning sunshine. When he had finished, he said..."Gramma, I'm sorry but I've decided we should go home today". Although we would have loved for them to stay one more day, we understood...I think he is missing his mom and little brother.

So Steve and I headed off to work at 8:30...but before leaving, we stopped at the tent to say goodbye. They were starting to pack up...and were gone when I returned to the compound just before 10:30. We had such a great visit with them...and they really enjoyed it as well. So wonderful having them visit! We'll stay in touch as usual, and see you again in September!

I ended up only working a couple of hours today...but Steve worked his 4, cleaning out and fixing 10 fire pits. After showers, we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing in the trailer with the AC running. I downloaded pictures over the past week, Steve edited them...and then I got started on this blog.

And that pretty well covers the past week...as usual, they are just flying by!

10 comments:

  1. Is a snow shed to protect the road from an avalanche? I'm from the Midwest. 😉

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    1. You are correct. We have quite a few of these in BC.

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  2. Good times with your grandson!! Nice. Definitely a junior atv rider coming up there. Great to find a good outdoor activity that everyone can enjoy.
    Did you see the pipes on Steve in the dinner picture!! All that park work and exercise is good for you ;)

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  3. I think you are right ... there is a quad in Connor's future! What a great time having Rob and Connor see where you guys live and work. Great that the weather was so good so they could stay in the tent and not inside. Looking forward to hopefully see you when you come down in a week.

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    1. Conner really enjoys tenting. See you soon!

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  4. How sweet to have Rob and Conner come for a visit! A father/son get away is something special. And a great time you two, as well!

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  5. Boy, that is a different role for Steve. Isn't he the one usually starting the parties and breaking the rules?


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    1. Busted! It was a shame, they had some quality fire works and it was quite the show.

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