By some miracle Travis and I both ended up with two days off in the row – at the same time! We decided to answer the call for the wild that had been nagging at us and go camping. But where? In Vancouver we knew exactly where to go. But here… we had no idea!
We looked at a map and tried to find a lake that would be remote enough, but close enough. With a campground but nothing too official. Something that would remind us of our favourite spots in Vancouver. So we picked a general vicinity outside of Winfield and headed out. Winfield isn’t too far from Kelowna, and the backcountry area seemed large enough to give us lots of good options.
When we arrived at the start of the forestry roads (backcountry roads in Canada that are on crown land, but used and maintained by the forestry industry), we also started to go up in elevation. Up and up we went. By the time we had reached the start of the camping areas, it was cold, wet, and gray. The temperature difference between up there and in town was quite noticeable. We drove for quite some time in an attempt to find a remote campground that 1) didn’t have anyone 2) had a lake 3) wasn’t overly muddy.
Eventually we did find one, and it was pretty decent. It was deserted, had a pit toilet, and lake access, so we chose it to be a winner. We parked the truck and took a wonder around the area. I was pretty excited when I found some gorgeous wild orchids! And Shiso was really excited to stretch her legs.
Travis started a fire so we could get lunch started and warm up.
The warming us up part didn’t really work though, and to top things off, intermittent rain showers started. Truth be told we were just miserable due to the weather, and so it wasn’t meant to be. That, or we are just not hardcore enough. It didn’t seem like fun to be cold and wet and we didn’t feel like putting up a tent and dealing with a muddy puppy. Instead, we decided to pack everything up and head on home.
The drive down to the town of Winfield offers amazing views. These photos don’t really do any justice to the actual splendor of the green rolling hills and fields of wild flowers, but it was fun to try!
So maybe today wasn’t a success on the camping front, but it was really nice to get out there exploring the area. It was fun to see Shiso run freely and I quite enjoyed all of the beautiful spring flowers and meadows. I am looking forward to next time, for some fabulous weather and outdoorsy good times!