We just finished our second family camping trip ever. We returned to 20 Mile Bay at the north end of Harrison Lake. We came up on Monday and left earlier today. It was great to say the least.
Our first day up there was mostly navigating the 33km dirt logging road for a little over an hour. Followed by setting up camp. The smoke from forest fires on the opposite side of the lake sat heavy in the air. But our camp view was breathtaking to say the least. ($15/day to enjoy it? Going to double our stay next year thank you!)
The next day my daughter and I decided to paddle in our inflated rafts to a small island in the lake. A little over an hour of rowing, complaining, floating, and more rowing got us to our goal. We wandered the island and then we relaxed in the water before trekking back. When we returned, I needed to take a couple of Advil for the muscle pain , followed by a nap.
Later that afternoon it began to get a bit windy. So the kids pulled out their dollarstore kites and were entertained for a couple of hours. It seems that they now want better kites for future use.
On Wednesday morning, my son wanted to go out on the inflated boats with me. We decided to stay close to the shoreline and went around the campgrounds for a couple of hours. I was still pretty sore from all the paddling the day prior, so this one was more leisurely.
A couple of friends were going to come up and meet us at noon. Last year we had no cell service, so I didn’t turn on my phone this time around. By three o’clock I decided to try and turn on my cellphone. The service in our spot was spotty and intermittent. But better than anywhere else on the campgrounds (no, I am not telling you the site number- my secret). Unfortunately the text messages that came through meant our friends were not going to make it. So I took a nap. Naps are the best.
After my nap I decided to get “Girl Drink Drunk” (old “Kids in the Hall” reference) on Growers cider that we were going to share with our friends. I suffered so much heartburn followed by a decent headache before bed to regret my poor choice. I’ll stick to my casual beers from now on.
Over night was a pretty good windstorm. The side of our tent was blowing over onto my wife. We giggled at 2am for at least an hour while my wife cackled about “Tenty is trying to eat me!” Thursday morning the water was choppy and it was still extra windy. My wife and I wandered around the camp on a hike and just admired the views and each other’s company. We enjoyed all of our days there.
We enjoyed the nights as well. Our evenings were spent around a propane campfire pit. We also had music from an old iPod on shuffle playing through a Bluetooth speaker. These were the two “luxuries” that we afforded ourselves. No DVD players or internet. (Cameras and camp stoves were a necessity for reasons). The kids sang along and danced to music that they once made fun of me for enjoying.
Every free moment was spent reading. We all brought books and just lounged lakeside and read. These five days were the best $75 I have ever spent on a vacation.