After too many nights in, sometimes you just need to spontaneously vacate your nest and hit the road. Seeing as it was the beginning of March, Tyler and I hadn't expected to be camping anytime soon. But, when we felt the warm rays hit on our skin Friday afternoon and saw a sunny weekend forecast we knew it needed to happen. Early Saturday morning I woke up a begrudging Tyler - he's not much of a morning person. But, even he couldn't resist hopping out of bed throwing a couple of things in a backpack, hooking up the trailer and peeling out of the driveway (ok, maybe that's a little dramatic, but not too far from the truth).
We drove about an hour out of the city to Golden Ears Provincial Park where select sites are open year round. We rolled our little trailer into a lovely spot and then proceeded to have the obligatory, albeit whispered feud (I mean you wouldn't want people to hear you having less than an idyllic time) about how and where to park it - a regular occurrence among trailer owners. As I recount this in writing it literally makes me laugh out loud. We are basically the incarnate of National Lampoon's Vacation sometimes. I will however give Tyler huge kudos for being a great parker - when I drove down the California with a girlfriend and the trailer in tow I semi-dreaded the trailer parking part. Everyone watches you fail and lose all your pride as you have to wedge it back and forth and think about how the trailer reacts in the opposite way to a car when backing up. Confusing right? Anywho, all the years Tyler has spent touring and backing vans and gear-trailers into back alleys and weird venues has paid off big time in this respect. He can park a trailer anywhere - it's more just about deciding the where where we get caught up.
After the camper was in and propped up we spent the afternoon happily exploring. Right behind our site, down a steep hillside was Alouette lake, where we lay on rocks in the sun soaking in the Spring warmth - like lizards in spring. We then made a quick lunch, went on another walk, threw rocks on the beach and then made our way back to get the fire ready. After the sun set it got chilly pretty quickly and we quickly built a fire, made a great dinner (especially considering we only had time to throw a few kind of random things from the fridge into a bag before we left), ate some s'mores and then snuggled into the trailer for the night.
All in all, such a good and simple weekend. Hopefully just the first of many Summer adventures to come.