Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Trip Log: Balsam Lake Provincial Park - August 20-21, 2013
This was just a quick one night trip with the Boler. Bubbie wanted to bring her friend camping with us, so we just picked a spot fairly close to home, and brought the kids bikes.
For a last minute trip, we obviously didn't have a lot of choices as far as sites go and ended up with one of the back sites in the lakeshore area. It was fairly close to the bathroom and the park store, so we figured it would be fine. We'd actually put a lot of thought into picking a site. Since Bubbie and her friend would be in the tent, while the rest of us were in the Boler, she was worried about being too far back in the bushes (not really a huge issue in Balsam) but since her friend is used to back country camping, Bubbie also didn't want to look like a giant wuss being out in the open.
Mostly, the kids just rode their bikes around. Balsam is great for that. There are so many roads through the campgrounds you can ride all over, and the kids had fun making their own little routes.
Supper was spaghetti, and maybe salad or garlic bread. I honestly can't remember. Only two memorable things stand out about this trip. First, Squatch had some issues with his bike, and ended up getting left behind. The girls showed up without him, and had no idea where they'd lost him. Bubbie and her friend had to go look for him, on their bikes while Chris and I went on foot. I had a minor panic over him disappearing, but it all got resolved with no problem.
Second memorable thing was sometime in the night, I could hear the people across from us talking. The grandparents had brought their two grandsons, and they had two tents. One of the tents was a pup-style tent, and I guess the grandfather and one of the kids had slept in it, while the other kid was with the grandmother in the dome style tent. For whatever reason, they didn't have the pup tent zipped closed all the way, and the grandfather woke up to an animal nosing around his face. He figured it was a squirrel and swatted at it. Turned out it was a skunk. They ended up spending the whole night showering and washing bedding and clothes.
Oddly enough, none of us smelled anything. Usually if a skunk sprays 10 feet from you, you notice. I picked up a hint of it in the morning, but not very strong. We woke up to a bunch of sleeping bags drying over the side of their truck's box.
We had spam hash and eggs for breakfast, did some more biking, then headed home. The kids had fun, Chris got to relax a bit, and I was just happy to be out camping. We didn't take too many pictures, but the ones we did take...well Bubbie's friend doesn't like having her picture taken I guess and she deleted most of them.