We haven’t been up to much the past month or so, and it’s been getting us a bit down if I’m honest. So we sat down the other day and planned out the next few months of activities, starting with this weekend going camping again! We decided to go to Lillooet Lake, which is up past Whistler, about 2.5 hours drive from Vancouver. Lillooet is an amazing glacier fed lake, with loads of campsites down the sides. The campsite we had our heart set on was called Strawberry Point, and it’s about 6km down Lillooet Lake road. After the awful gravel logging road we drove on to get to Harrison Lake a couple of months ago, we decided to hire a pick up truck this time, as it could probably handle the roads a bit better! When Nick went to pick up the truck they told him they didn’t have the small one that we’d booked so we could have the ‘large’ truck instead. It was bloody massive! It was a GMC Sierra, and if you are vertically challenged, you’ll struggle to even get in it!
The weather in Vancouver for the past month has been amazing, 25-30+ degrees every day, so we’ve been taking it a bit for granted. So much so that I jokingly said to Nick “I didn’t even check the weather for this weekend, because I know it’ll be nice”. Oops!! Big mistake! When we got up on Saturday it was grey skies and forecasts for thunder, lightning and rain. We didn’t let that deter us, however, and set off about 10am.
We’d been driving for about 2 hours and had just driven through Pemberton when some guy who was cycling on the wrong side of the road waved his hands at us to slow down. We were so annoyed by it (even though he had a point) and were talking about it so much that we drove past the turn we were supposed to take! We ended up driving for about 50 minutes the wrong way before realising! We were pretty pissed off to say the least, and now we were worrying that we wouldn’t get a camp spot.
Anyway, we got there in the end! And we needn’t have worried about finding a camp spot, as there were only us and another two groups there, out of the 6 spots available. We set up camp at a nice spot right on the beach and cracked open the booze! I had a mishap when unloading the car, I opened the door and the bag carrying my Rekorderlig cider came tumbling out, splitting open 2 cans :(. We didn’t have to worry about the weather either, as soon as we got to the lake, the sun came out!
Nick’s sisters gave him some money for an inflatable boat for his birthday in June, so we took it along for this trip. It’s the best purchase we’ve ever made! We both sat in the boat, in the middle of the lake, with drink and reggae and were probably the happiest we’ve been since we moved here.
I think the excitement and sun got a little too much for us though, and I’m sorry to say the rest of the afternoon is a bit of a blur! We had to come back in from the boat because I had to be sick, then Nick broke his sunglasses, got stung by a bee, and then we fell asleep and woke up at 9:30pm, missing the evening!
The next morning we left pretty early, and drove a few km up the road to Joffre Lake, a lake we’d been reading about before we even moved here. Joffre is amazing, and there are three lakes, one just past the car park, and the other two are a small hike away. We were feeling pretty tired from the day before, so just went to the one near the car park.
We stayed there for a while then started driving back home, stopping off at Whistler on the way back. This was our first visit to Whistler, and it’s amazing! We only had a lunch there and a little walk around, but we’re going back next weekend to spend the day there, so we’ll have more to report on that then!
We’re now back home, tired, but happy after finally getting out of the city for the weekend. We’ve got Whistler next weekend and then our visitors start arriving which we’re so looking forward to!
Strawberry Point is a really nice place to camp, and not that difficult to get to. The only thing I’d say is watch out for all the bees there, I’ve never seen so many!!
Here are a few more pics from our weekend, plus the usual video!