As you know we are social campers, not back country hard core campers. We love to gather with friends and family at a lake and hope for sun. This usually involves several women blowing up individual flotation bed and paddling several feet into the lake. I realize this sound terribly laborious and you must marvel at all the obstacles we have endured.
- How can so many women chat while continuing to floating away from each other?
- How can your drinks still be full by the time you reach your destination?
- Doesn’t the lake keep pushing us back to shore, resulting in constant paddling.
You are correct, we needed to find a solution. Sure enough the solution arrived. On our way to a camping trip in Osoyoos we stopped at Costco to pick up some steaks. As we wondered through the aisle we saw the solution, right there, hanging from their ceiling. Now if you are familiar with Costco you will know how big something has to be if it is hanging from a Costco ceiling. This flotation is huge, but we were heading to 40 degree weather and impulse shopping has never been our strong suite so $250 later we left Costco with 4 steaks and an over sized flotation the could house a small town.
Was it worth it? I think you can tell from the photos that is solved many of our serious flotation issues.
Pros and there are many
- It seats 9 comfortably: we could finally visit without the stress of floating apart.
- All the chairs have cup holders: necessary when social camping.
- It has two cooler spots, we use one for drinks and one for empties: saving the constant trips in for refills.
- The center netting is very helpful for climbing in and across: very helpful as our ages seem to advance quicker than our drinks empty.
- The swim grid makes climbing on much easier: picture a seal approaching at Sea World to get a fish, that’s us trying to get back to our beverages after a swim.
- It comes with an anchor bag: keeps us from floating back to shore unnecessarily
- The huge size and bright colour makes you visible in the water: great for when you need to head back out after a bathroom break.
- It is very, very, very heavy: It takes a team of sober people to get it into and out of the lake
- It will never fit back in the box: I am not sure how they got it in in the first place, but trust me, it wont go back in.
- The size makes it hard to inflate and deflate: more than a foot pump is needed for this job.
- You will lose track of time: once on the island only trips in for more drinks and bathroom breaks will keep you connected to land.
We have used it on two trips this year and we love it. We have kept it tied to the dock during one trip giving an entire new meaning to lazy but it was easier for bathroom breaks and new arrivals to come aboard.
If you spend any time on the lake in the summer and have the room to store it, I would say get one. The fun times and endless laughs make all the over-sized efforts worth it.
We camped at Lightning Lake Campground a couple years back on our anniversary but just realized I did not do a complete review. Lightning Lake Campground is one of 5 campgrounds located within E.C. Manning Park and it is by far the most popular making it difficult to get into. We also stayed at Coldspring Campground the same trip and you can find it’s review here.
Okanagan Falls Provincial Park is a small park made up of only 25 unserviced sites which are 100% reservable. The park is now officially called sx̌ʷəx̌ʷnitkʷ Provincial Park, and is located in the small town of Okanagan Falls. The park lies below the outlet of Skaha Lake on the Okanagan River.
It has been several years since we have stayed at Haynes Point Provincial Park now named swiws Provincial Park. I did my first review several years after our stay so had to rely on my memory. After reading my review back I can say it was fairly accurate but I felt an updated review would be a benefit.
I have to thank my sister for getting the site. For 3 days she went into work early so that she could be logged onto Discover Camping in order to hit the booking button as soon as the reservation system opened. It was a difficult task but on day 3 she had success and was able to secure a site for 6 nights. Due to the popularity of this park you can only book 7 nights at a time but really it is still near impossible to get a reservation.
We are 2 weeks into one of the worst forest fire seasons in British Columbia’s history and there is little relief in sight. Currently there are 162 fires burning and a total of 131000 hectors of forest scorched. With little rain in the forecast it is hard to know when things will improve.
HO / THE CANADIAN PRESS
Let the count down begin! In less than 24 hours campers across BC will plant themselves in front of computers, anxiously ready to hit ENTER, and crossing their fingers hoping to reserve a campsite at one of BC’s coveted Provincial Campgrounds.
You can only book 3 months in advance so reservations for dates of June 15th and prior are only accepted. In June, if you are able to camp during the weekdays, you should be okay getting a reservation but weekends will book up within minutes. As the calendar moves into July and August any date is near impossible to secure. We have been able to get into most of the popular Provincial Parks at some point over the last 20 years but each year it gets harder and harder.
We have yet to tarp our new RV
We are now into our second winter storing our RV and each year we debate whether we should buy an RV cover or not. When we had our tent trailer we did the unthinkable and covered it with a blue camping tarp. I can hear the collective gasp. What might surprise you is we did this for 10 years and not once did our trailer leak. Adding to our inexperience, not once did we (get ready to gasp) reseal our seams or treat our roof. I know shocking!!! Continue reading
12 months of blogging and it has been an interesting ride. With the help of my husband we have created an electronic scrapbook of all our family camping trips. We have shared our reviews, tips and funny stories all while researching new products and campgrounds. We have connected with so many other campers and learned that camping outside of Canada must be on our bucket list.
Christmas 2008 was spent enjoying the snow at our trailer. Still one of the most memorable holidays we have had.
Originally posted in March here are some great sleeping bags as the weather starts to Change.
Super Hero Snuggie
The adult version of the bag I featured earlier. It’s like a sleeping bag snuggie and also comes in several super hero themes as well. The Original model is good to -9 Celsius. There is also a model for warmer weather.
sells from $149 to $199 USD Continue reading
We all know how much dirt gets tracked in and out of an RV at any given time. Whether it be from the dogs, kids or any other visitor, I seem to sweep my RV several times a day. I would love to have a carpet under my feet when I am doing dishes but with all the dirt it just isn’t an option.
While researching for my blog I came across this washable nonslide rug that just might be the answer for us campers. Has anyone tried this product?
They are affordable, washable, and come in various sizes and colors. Sounds like the perfect partnership for camping. I just might have to try this out and if I do I will let you know how they work.