Camping at Hicks Lake, BC

Last weekend, we had our second camping trip of the year at Hicks Lake in Sasquatch Provincial Park with a few good friends. We would’ve like the weather to be nicer but it didn’t rain

so I’d consider that a win! Mia was ecstatic running around on the trails and in the lake. We didn’t do much hiking or fishing – we just sat back, had a few beers and enjoyed each others’ company.

The campsite itself was nice – a bit wet and close to our neighbors for my liking but given that the park was fully booked, I’ll take it. Our friends arrived earlier than we did, and by the time we got there, they had set up their tent and had a fire going already. The fire was probably the topic of the weekend (haha) – neither of the girls had camped very much and needless to say, neither of them brought an ax. So when asked how they got the fire going, turns out, we had a very handy neighbor who proved to be useful several times over the weekend!

The first night was a little chilly but having grown up camping in Rockies and other mountainous regions, I’m quite used to it (and have the appropriate gear). By extension, my husband is also prepared for colder nights. The girls, on the other hand, had a rough first night so we just really hoped that the weather would take a turn for the better that second day/night. We took a walk around part of Hick’s lake and found a nice rocky area to relax on while Mia played in the water. It was quite cloudy and wind was chilly so we didn’t stay out too long. We ended up going back to the site and started our fire. That was pretty much it for the day.

The next day, we cleaned and packed up the site. Lucky for us, the night was much warmer – that being said, I always struggle when it gets warmer because my gear is more tailored to colder nights. And the other down side about warmer weather is that my allergies become more severe. I woke up and knew right away that it would be a rough day. After packing up, eating and cleaning, we headed back to the lake to enjoy the little bit of sunshine that was starting to peak through. Of course, my nose was running, I was sneezing like a mad woman, and I really couldn’t see well (my contacts crapped out on me so good thing I brought my glasses, but that also means no sunglasses). We left Hick’s and went into Harrison for a walk, coffee and ice cream. By the time we were finished our ice cream, I couldn’t take it anymore: I was miserable.

On the drive home, I closed my eyes and took a little nap hoping for some relief but to no avail. We stopped at our organic grocery store and I picked up some bee pollen. Hopefully it’ll help – I’ve been having it in my morning smoothies every day since Sunday so it’s still too soon to tell if it’s effective.

All in all, it was a wonderful weekend with good friends. Looking forward to the next camping trip!

I’d say the D5000’s first time out and about this summer was a success! Can’t wait to take the X100 out for a spin!


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