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WestCoastWanderin'

From the beautiful West Coast of British Columbia, wandering' around BC and beyond.

Just another Backroad Mapbook… 

Can’t stop, won’t stop with the Backroad Mapbooks. 

Picked up Vancouver, Coast and Mountains for Joe and I, and the Southwestern BC fishing for a buddy. 

First camping trip is booked!

Ferries and campsite are booked, Pachena Bay here we come! Just a shame we have to wait until September. However, planning (majorly) ahead is key when you live in one of the most beautiful places on earth…ferry reservations and campgrounds fill up FAST at the first sign of summer. Mind you we are planning a Labour day long weekend trip but we were still a little surprised to see multiple ferries already full more than four months in advance! Again, a tribute to British Columbia and it being a world class destination. Pachena Bay has beaches on par with Tofino’s and is also the head of the world-famous West Coast Trail – a 75km long, rugged coast-line trail established by the First Nations. If you don’t know about the WCT, it is worth a little research. An icon of British Columbia, in my opinion.

We did a Pachena Bay camping trip two years ago and absolutely fell in love with the campground and surroundings. Continue reading “First camping trip is booked!”

New essentials for camping..

We have slowing been collecting bits and pieces for our next camping and/or road trip adventure. Joe tends to get the more practical, truck and equipment related stuff, where as I find the creature comforts that I know will be enjoyed on the road… you know, think beef jerky.

So far, I have accumulated some pretty awesome stuff: Continue reading “New essentials for camping..”

What a good day in Vancouver looks like..

It’s a sunny day in Vancouver AND our Discovery Pass from Parks Canada has arrived! Oh happy day.

Knowing Vancouver, this sunshine is just a tease but that isn’t stopping me from thinking camping is just around the corner. Continue reading “What a good day in Vancouver looks like..”

#tbt: The Alexander MacKenzie Trail

The ultimate backroad? The Alexander MacKenzie Heritage Trail is a top contender. Also known as the Nuxalk-Carrier Route, the Blackwater Trail, or simply the MacKenzie Trail. The trail is a 420 km long overland route between Quesnel and Bello Coola, British Columbia and is named after the explorer, you guessed it, Alexander Mackenzie. In the 18th century, MacKenzie embarked on his trek from Montreal to the Pacific Ocean. When he could not traverse via the Fraser River anymore, local First Nations guided him along what would become the overland MacKenzie Trail. He reached the Pacific Ocean on July 20, 1793. It was named an official heritage trail by the Heritage Conservation Act in 1987.

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MacKenzie Trail  – Quesnel to Bella Coola.

 

Today, the MacKenzie Trail is basically an overgrown, impassable “route”.

Continue reading “#tbt: The Alexander MacKenzie Trail”

Engineer + Nerd = Enginerd

As I may have previously mentioned, or you may have noticed, Joe is an enginerd. I mean this in the most loving way. If you are unfamiliar with the term, Urban Dictionary describes an enginerd as “a person who uses scientific knowledge to solve practical problems. This person can also portray symptoms of a large ego, knowledge of too many keyboard shortcuts, and overall addiction to his/her computer. Most are in denial of their ‘enginerdiness’.” Minus the large ego, this sums Joe up well – just add in generosity, kindness and good looks of course.

I am bringing this up because his truck, Sally, is a perfect example of his enginerdiness.
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#ThrowbackThursday: take me camping!

Daydreaming back to living out of the truck, cooking on a coleman, and a different camp site every night.

This Vancouver weather has given me mild seasonal depression thanks to the endless grey, rainy days. It is making summer planning pretty easy. I find looking through past trip photos helps rid the Raincouver blues – and also makes my heart ache with wanderlust but whatever.

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Howes Lake rec site, Soda Creek area.

Summer road trip planning has begun! 

Within days of Joe and I coming home from our road trip throughout BC last September, we, or at least I, was already thinking of what our next adventure would be. It is now March and it feels like a good time to pull out the Backroads Mapbooks and start thinking about summer road trip(s). Here are a few guidelines/reminders for planning this years trips:
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The last night 

The last night on our camping adventure we met up with friends at Duffy Lake. Familiar faces were so nice! They even had a homemade hot tub with them! 

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