We’ve been talking about going camping ever since we got married. Aside from the odd night spent in someones backyard, I had never been camping before and it was something I really wanted to experience. We had put off going for a while because of the expense of equipment, but we were finally able to make it happen this September. We had planned on spending Labour Day weekend at a little campground just outside of Jasper but when Levi’s family asked if we’d be down to meet up with them somewhere for the weekend, we quickly changed our plans. We decided to meet at Latremouille Lake, BC and hoped for good weather.
The drive there on Friday was long and rainy. When we arrived at the campground, we were driving through heavy clouds and fog. Levi had to walk down the road before taking the car down because we couldn’t see what we were driving into…
Taking a look around the site… the lake was completely covered in fog. Super cool looking.
Another view of the lake… and the campsite pit toilet. The other girls were pretty disgusted by it but this first-time camper was thankful for the seat and the toilet paper. ha. TMI? sorry.
We set our tent up pretty quickly because the temperature was dropping and it was starting to rain pretty heavily… ours is the little blue one. Levi’s older brother and his family had the orange tent next to us.
The rain let up for a bit and Levi was itching to go fishing, so I followed him down to the lake and took a few photos.
I wish I’d had my phone on me to video this… the steam was moving across the lake really quickly and it was almost mesmerizing to watch.
It rained all night and was clear for a few hours on Saturday morning before it poured almost all day. And it was coooold. We were up in the mountains and the peak across from us had fresh snow. Definitely not ideal camping conditions but we were determined to make the most of it.
Rain or shine, Levi’s dad and older brother were determined to go fishing. They were out on the lake for most of the afternoon. The girls stayed under the tarp shelter by the fire. Levi stayed by the fire until the rain let up for a bit. We went out in the canoe so he could get some fishing in… only to get rained on while we were out on the water. ha.
The rain let up again in the evening so after supper, we all huddled around the campfire.
Sunday was cloudy and wet all day… but very little rain. Hooray! I was able to sit by the fire and read for most of the day which was so wonderful and relaxing. Of course… I didn’t get much reading done once this cutie was up from his nap. No one did… we were too busy giggling over his antics.
After a delicious supper, we all huddled around the fire again for the rest of the evening. We made s’mores and tried to get as warm as possible before heading off to our cold tents.
Monday morning, we all had breakfast and then packed everything back up to head home. We had rain for our whole drive back… it was a pretty view at least, and we were in the car with the heat on so it was okay. ;)
Overall, I wasn’t thrilled with this camping experience as a whole… but I did thoroughly enjoy the time spent with the family. My sister-in-law said weather like we had was absolutely no fun to camp in. We were all cold, wet, and generally pretty uncomfortable. However, aside from the (literally) freezing temperatures and the rain all day, there were a lot of things about the trip I enjoyed. I loved sleeping in a tent. The rain falling on the tarp overhead was one of the most relaxing sounds to fall asleep to. I slept deeply every night and loved waking up by the fire with my coffee. Sitting by the campfire reading in the afternoon was incredibly relaxing and peaceful. I loved being so close to the lake and hearing loon calls. I loved spending the entire day outdoors.
Now that we have almost all of our gear, I’m super excited to be able to go camping next summer. In some warmer, drier weather. ha. There are a lot of campsites within a few hours of us, and I’m looking forward to being able to do weekend trips. And I’m hoping we can start an annual family camping trip tradition… maybe in August instead of September though. ;)