Ten Mile Lake
Running away from the rain
: Prince Rupert
We knew it rained a lot in Prince Rupert and we brought wet ware to
put up with it. That said, we read the weather report and a
storm was coming and it wasn't just going to be wet on the Coast,
the water was going to go inland hundreds of km. Our way back
when plan for after the Prince Rupert was to visit the Nass Valley
North of Prince Rupert (Hot Springs, cool bridges, hiking in a lava
covered valley and some really interesting native communities), but
with COVID, all of those attractions were closed. We decided
to spend a day back at Lakelse and then drive back to the dry
Kleanza Creek Provincial
It feels funny to stop just a few minutes after leaving your
campsite, but I knew there was a lot of driving today so I wanted to
get at least a little hiking in. Kleanza Creek Provincial Park
has a nice hike to a box canyon and a pretty lively small
campground. The camp operator had a small food truck.
The trail was almost wheelchair
accessible and wasn't too long to get to the canyon. It was
raining a little so we didn't want to go out onto the rocks to take
a real look.
The plants in park were quite nice. Any time I see Maidenhair
fern, I'm a happy camper. Finding an Orchid was a pleasant
surprise. I found an example of Pipsissewa just begging to
have it's photo taken.
I usually think of Fungus as a fall thing, but Fungus was growing
here. A few examples:
And we drove East. I was quite sad to be missing the Nass
Valley and I knew that the Kispiox Totem poles were also closed
because of COVID. I was quite surprised to find that 'Ksan was
open in a limited fashion so we stopped in. 'Ksan is a museum
with has a number of big houses, each telling a story of a time
period. Because of COVID the houses were closed, but the site,
gift shop and small museum in the main building were still
The houses are quite impressive and a bit of rain really makes the
art pop out.
We poked around, but had to get back on the road. As we left,
we found out that Kitwanga (perhaps 45 minutes behind us) was also
open. Oh, well - next trip.
Our destination for the night was Beaumont Provincial Park - roughly
4 hours away. We stopped for a late lunch (and a bookstore!)
in Smithers and then drove a few more hours on to Beaumont
Provincial Park. We didn't have reservations, but being
Thursday night we weren't worried. Our nightly camping fee was
$20. We arrived in time for one last dip in the lake, dinner
and then bedtime.
Speaking to the Camp Operator, Beaumont is basically a poor man's
cabin for many families. Dad drives the RV up mid week and
leaves it parked for two weeks. Dad goes back to work while
the wife and kids spend two weekends and a mid week at the
Back to back driving wasn't really the plan,
but it was Friday night and we wanted to make more progress
south. Although we had reservations at Lac le Hache (5 hours),
we decided to try for 10 Mile Lake (about 3 hours). Without
reservation we were going for a first come, first serve spot and we
were quite lucky to get one as there were only three spots
available, on night only that day. Of course the kids wanted
to be on bikes and got to the lake for a swim.
The lake was decently
warm and had a nice beach. We found that a single floaty was
enough and the lake was shallow enough that the kids had lots of
places to play.
I was quite enamored with Orange Hawkweed. This flower is
everywhere in this part of the province and it turns out to be a
noxious invasive. The flowers open over the course of the day
and close again the evening making an ever changing palette.
It grew between almost all of the campsites.
I got out the big lens and tried a little birding.
My goal for this trip was to see a Loon and I
had seen several, but they were always in some small pond next to
the highway. This was the first time I saw a loon close to our
side of the lake. One more bird checked off.
Quesnel Farmers Market
Traveling is funny - in Vancouver we like to go to markets, but we
might only go once every few weeks. When traveling, we really
try to line them up because they are a great way to see a bit more
about an area. The Quesnel farmers market had some nice treats
and fresh veggies, but we also met a photographer showing his work
and had a good conversation about local wildlife. We had a
And we continued south. Our plan was to stop just outside of
Cache Creek at a Willow Springs RV, about 3 hours down the
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