We just got back from a little trip in the RV. This one was 2 weeks so was a good test for us. We drove 3,300 km on this trip so it also gave us a really good sense of gas mileage to expect. We ferried over to Vancouver and turned north at Hope to Cache Creek and on up to Williams Lake, Quesnel, Prince George, Dawson Creek and our destination Fort St John. We visited with our daughter for a week and then went to the Tumbler Ridge area, then back down to Quesnel with a detour to Barkerville, and then on home.
Something we noticed on this trip was that these roads are really terrible in a lot of spots. The province is out repairing mostly bridges, not so much road resurfacing is going on. There are also really big mosquitoes out there at this time of year. Really really big. We had not been through this area of the province in many many years. I am sure it was prior to the Coquilhala being built. Really enjoyed the beautiful scenery and loved going back to visit Barkerville.
We did find that we traveled less km’s per day than we would in our other vehicle. But that is to be expected I guess. It was nice to be able to just call it a day whenever we wanted to and make camp. It was mid June so we could just pull into a park pretty much anywhere and there was lots of availability. This would likely not be the case in July and August where calling ahead might be in order. We loved the provincial parks and stayed mostly in those. It was nice to discover that prior to June 15th, the provincial parks camping fees are 50% off for seniors. We did stay in 2 places that were private full service RV parks. Once on the way up north and once on the way back. We have found that having full services every 5 days or so is good. This gave us an opportunity to hook up to water and sewer which was good. For just the 2 of us we can hold out for 5 days without too much problem as long as we are frugal with our water. We did carry a couple of 4 litre jugs of water as well just in case. When carrying a bit of extra water we can go for a full 7 days.
The 2 weeks also gave us an idea of a few things we would like to do to make life in the RV a little more functional and maximize storage. So we will work on those things in the next few weeks before we go out again. We also want to give it a really good wax and polish before we go again.
The above pic is from the way up north.
We did find that we enjoyed camping and can’t wait to get out more. We have planned 2 weeks in Alberta for late July, early August. Husband wants to get out fossil hunting at some of his old haunts in Alberta, so we will do that so that we are back by mid August at the latest so I can prepare for my trip to Scandinavia.
An update to this post is that we got home in the nick of time. One wild fire had started near Lac La Hache when we were coming home. Then all hell broke loose and there are wild fires everywhere. So very scary for those people affected. The weather across central and southern BC is very hot as is central Alberta. So in view of all of this we have decided to postpone our Alberta trip for a bit. Sitting in 39 degree temperatures in central Alberta does not appeal to me whatsoever. Especially if we are dry camping and can’t use the air conditioner. As we are retired, we can just revamp the plan, so we did. Will try and fit in a Alberta trip as soon as I get back from Scandinavia in mid Sept. There is only a small window there as we are expecting guests on Oct 1. But we will make it work. We don’t want to wait until mid Oct when our guests are gone as it will be getting cold there. Small window for sure, but this is Canada!
We did manage to go on a bit of a staycation though. We went to a park on the beach just 20 minutes from our home for 5 nights. Our campsite was directly facing the water and weather was beautiful. I loved being there and we plan to do it again. Greg got half of the motorhome cleaned, waxed and polished and is starting on the other half tomorrow. We are enjoying our motorhome and learn a lot everytime we go somewhere in it. Buying it this year when our big trip across Canada is next year was the right move for us. By the time we get underway next summer we will feel at ease with it. The more we use it the more we realize that the small size unit we got was the right one for us. We are able to pull into anywhere, park easily and set up camp very quickly with little aggravation. We have watched people with really big rigs, trucks and trailers and 5th wheels go through lots of aggro trying to back these things into camping spots and get set up. We are already having a beer when they are still trying to back in! Like everything else there are pros and cons to this. On a long trip like the one we have planned for 2018, perhaps we will be feeling cramped in our little motorhome while others will have the luxury of more space. But so far we are happy with our little unit. I hope you are all enjoying your summer as well!
Our staycation at Kitty Coleman park.