Still Wanderin’

So it is fair to say the world has been somewhat turned upside down these past few months. The COVID-19 pandemic has been a nightmare of a super-storm, wreaking havoc on countries, communities and families alike. Lets remember however, we may be in the same storm, but we are all in different boats. Social distancing is becoming a new norm, as well as wearing face masks, gloves, and excessive (but very necessary) hand-washing. It’s been a hard time for a lot, a lot, of people. And that is still putting it very lightly. I personally have struggled with my own mental health during this time, noticing my anxiety ebb and flow daily with the different news headlines and COVID numbers coming in – I know many of my friends feel the same. The last few weeks I feel I have balanced out somewhat. I am a pretty proud British Columbian when see how BC’s efforts has indeed made a difference. I can see how life as we know it has already changed and going forward there will be norms left, right and center. I think it is important to remember to do things that make us happy, keep our heads up, when its so easy to get down. Which brings me to the point of this post!

Joe and I have been doing a good job with social distancing and staying at home. Both being able to work from home helps a lot and the fact we haven’t fought is pretty awesome – as long as one of us doesn’t forgot to set the coffee machine timer. We both see the importance in staying home, however cabin fever was starting to poke at us. Joe has a handful of “truck buddies” and the crew will all go 4x4ing to alpine lakes, along forestry roads and simply to places off the beaten track – no trespassing or anything illegal. It’s pretty incredible what BC has to offer in her own backyard and I’m talking even just an hour outside the city of Vancouver. (I highly recommend Backroad Mapbooks for your backroad and adventure needs!) So it was decided we should make a (socially distant) 4×4 day happen to get into nature and inhale some fresh air. There were three trucks, each carrying a couple or people who live together. Since we would be driving as the main activity, this seemed like a fairly good activity to partake in while still being socially distant.

We started our day between Squamish and Whistler where we got onto a forestry service road, meandering through the forest climbing up to find the snowline.

Found the snowline! We had some fun trucking in the snow however due to the warm temps it was pretty slushy, slippery snow so eventually we had to turn around to go back and try a different fork in the road. As is life with backroads, you’re never sure exactly how far you’ll be able to go.

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Pretty spectacular views – if you get past the clear cutting. Arg.

The day was exactly what we needed: fresh air, familiar faces, and some good ol off road truckin’. We plan to make this a very regular thing this summer. We also plan to make the trek up to Howes lake rec site again, which is just past Lac La Hache. We spent one night there at the beginning of our BC road trip in 2016 (the reason I started this blog) and have wanted to go back since. Just a lovely, small, secluded lake side rec site a good 5+ hours out of Vancouver. I’m typing this to hold myself accountable and make sure this trip happens!

Until next time,
Be kind, stay safe and wash your hands!

 

Muncho Lake lunch

This picture may not look like much but it is absolutely one of my favourites. Traveling through the Northern Rocky Mountains Provincial Park on our way towards Liard Hot Springs (!!!) we were met with breathtaking scenery around every bend. Around lunch time we started driving along the emerald green waters of Muncho Lake. We found a pull out, made a quick decision and set up our camping chairs for a highway side lunch. Continue reading “Muncho Lake lunch”

Way, way, overdue.

I am embarrassed by how long I’ve been away from the blog! I guess you could say that thing called life got in the way.

To make up for my lack of presence and to kick off getting back into blogging and writing I plan on sharing my 10 favourite photos from our BC road trip back in September 2016. It is crazy how long ago that feels now. Just a reminder that life can move fast and to get out there and explore what this beautiful world has to offer.

To start off, here is a photo from our very first night on the road at Cottonwood Rec site, after Pemeberton and a bit before Lillooet, British Columbia.
Continue reading “Way, way, overdue.”

#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”

#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.

Navigation skills needed. ASAP.

I suppose by default, I will be taking on the role of navigator during our trip. This worries me for several reasons:

  1. I don’t have the best eyesight.
  2. I seem to confuse my lefts and rights in times of panic…yes I’m 29 and no not just in times of panic.
  3. Without seeing downtown and the North Shore mountains, I have no clue where I am.
  4. Last time I used a legit compass (properly), I was in Brownies.

I can only imagine this is foreshadowing for stories to come..

 

Trying to absorb map/navigation knowledge similarly to how I studied in university: staring at it… Oh look, a picture!

The road ahead..

Hello friends!

As some may know, throughout the summer Joe and I have been planning and organizing for our BC and beyond road trip. We plan to take 2 – 3 weeks and simply explore beautiful British Columbia and more.

We are taking Joe’s 2nd generation Dodge ram – affectionately named Sally – and he is pretty excited to stretch her legs…err wheels… on the backroads of BC. Sally has had a bit of a makeover and now has an air compressor, mini fridge, extra batteries, sleeping platform, fancy lights, storage, among other things! I am one proud, and lucky, girlfriend with all the hard and professional work he has put into this.

We are both super excited to get on the road and of course are always looking for recommendations for things to do, see and eat along the way. I hope to keep this updated with our adventure happenings so do check back/follow.

We will use the hashtag #GoingNorth2016, for those who are hashtag savvy.

 

 

 

 

 

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