Lightning Lake Campground, E.C. Manning Provincial Park

Manning9We 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.

Canyon Trail Sign

Continue reading

Advertisements

WPC – Grid, Connected and Creepy

I am a bit behind on my Weekly Photo Challenge so I thought I would play catch up.

This weeks theme, Grid, was taken at Horse Lake, BC during a family camping trip. The grid is provided by my mini blinds as I watched the sunrise early one morning from my trailer.

grid

Similar to my recent post, here is my take on the Connected theme. As soon as I read the theme I had an idea but needed to complete the trip in order to gather the photos. For our 19th anniversary we returned to the lake where we were married. It was fun to take some photos at the same spot we connected 19 years earlier.

Wedding

manning8 19years

A few weeks back the theme was Creepy. I  found this photo, taken at the Museum of Natural History in Washington DC, during a family trip to the Mall. It seems to fit the bill quite well.

IMG_0152 (2)

Why I agreed to freeze? My best anniversary of all time!

19years IMG_2481

One of the main reasons we camp is to have the chance to reconnect, away from the distractions of everyday life and routine. ManningWith this in mind it would only seemed fitting that I would be excited when my husband suggested we return to our wedding spot for a weekend camping trip to celebrate our 19th wedding anniversary. Now I can hear many of you sigh at his romantic gesture and in theory I agree. You can now shake your head in confusion when you hear I was a bit reluctant to accept the idea. It’s not that I didn’t appreciate the thought, it’s more that we were married at a mountain resort and it can be very cold in the mountains in September.

Wedding IMG_2470

Weeding2We were married at Manning Park Resort which is a lovely mountain hotel in the center of EC Manning Provincial Park. The ceremony was held on the shore of Lightening Lake with the majestic mountains providing the background. The memories that the pictures did not capture were that of our flower girls shivering themselves to tears as they waited for the photographer and the bridesmaids wearing the groomsmen’s tuxedo jackets to keep warm while creating a fun wedding shot. It was a beautiful wedding but I wasn’t sure I wanted to recreate it in an RV. Maybe a stay at the resort would be more fitting I thought?

Manning9Having a camping blog I realized I should be more willing to participate and that I was sounding like a whiner towards his romantic gesture. I decided to embrace the idea and prepare for a cold weekend. If you follow my blog you will know we are rural campers and usually pick campgrounds with cell service and often electricity and water. Manning Park has none of these, so as we drove out of town leaving our kids behind I was a bit nervous about not being able to reach them. My loving husband reassured me they were fine as he continued to drive off into the mountain without a second thought.

IMG_2368 IMG_2366

As usual he was right. We had a wonderful weekend hiking the trails, enjoying evening campfires and toasting our 19 years of marriage.IMG_2364 Yes it was cold, zero degrees at night, but by the last night I had it figured out and prepared for the evening campfire dressed like an Eskimo. We enjoyed a morning breakfast at the resort as a memory back in time and returned for a photo opportunity at our wedding shore. Although I am embarrassed to admit I didn’t want to go, I can say I am on board to make it an annual trip. Who has the chance to spend their anniversary celebrating in the same spot they started their journey. Thank you Blair, it really was a great weekend.

WPC – On The Way, at least the marmot thought so

Otter 002 Otter 005 Otter 006 Otter 008 Otter 014 Otter 010

This weeks Weekly Photo Challenge Theme is title “On The Way”. The idea is to select a photo of something that happened on the way to your destination. These photos were taken as we headed camping in Osoyoos. Whenever we head to the south Okanagan we take Highway 3 and plan a stop at Manning Park Resort. This resort is very special to us because it was the location of our wedding. In 2004 we stopped for a picnic and while there, our children spotted several marmots and decided to take on the task of feeding them. It provided for some great memories, photos and laughs.