Vic got home at around 5:30 and we left at around 6:15PM; Cultus Lake Provincial Park is only an hour’s drive from my house so we got there at around 7:30PM and started to set up camp. I had picked up a small kitchen tent so we made sure to set up our tent and the kitchen tent before we started losing light. I had also picked up a new lantern (yay!) and got a chance to use it – it was awesome! I have an LED one and used to borrow my parents’ old Coleman lantern but I found a great deal at Canadian Tire so I picked up one of those Instastart lanterns when I got the chance.
It was just Vic and I for the first night – Johann and Michelle drove up the next day and met us at camp since she had an exam to do that day and Johann was doing a couple of work-related things. It was the first time that Vic and I camped together on our own and I’m glad to say that I survived. We had a rain-free July and so unfortunately, the campsite had a fire ban. It sucks not having a fire while camping – half the fun is listening to the fire crackle and making s’mores. I think I lucked out though – I guess the campsite was prepared and they had some propane campfires for rent; I managed to sneak out Saturday morning and rent the last one for Vic. :) It’s still not the same, but at least it was something.
It was a pretty chill day on Saturday and so we decided to venture out to the lake on Sunday. We rented a 4 person paddleboat and took Chloe on a water adventure at the lake. The poor thing – I don’t think she was a big fan of the water in general but it was such a hot day that we thought it would be nice for her to cool off a little.
Even though we were only out for about 2 hours, we were all exhausted when we came back from camp. We had a little nap (Chloe’s nap was much longer) and had another easy night in. We were just finishing dinner when fireworks started going off – it was a little odd because although I’m glad to get a day off in August, BC Day isn’t exactly a fireworks-worthy holiday.
We managed to pack up and get everything ready to go by 10:30 the next day and made it back home by 12, which was right on schedule for me!
Honestly, I wouldn't go camping at Cultus again if given the chance. While the amenities were nice enough, we were right next to the washrooms and the showers had actual handles instead of those annoying push buttons for water, all the sites were too close to a main road and people there were generally LOUD! You'd think that people would know to lower their voice when it's midnight and most of the other campsites are dark because people are sleeping, but no. Too many rowdy kids getting drunk on a long weekend. Not that I have anything against that, that's just not how I like to camp. I guess we were lucky too because there weren't very many people there since it had just rained the day before and there was a fire ban in place. I had been looking forward to doing some trails too but it just was too far from our campsite to even start out. By the time we left, there was no more parking left in the trail lot! :(
I did manage to finish two books during the trip though: 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea (good, a little too much description for me) and Feed (Book 1 of the Newsflesh Trilogy – awesome!) and now I’m hooked onto the second book, Deadline.