Monthly Archives: July 2013

Camping with Jeff

This is kind of a love story….

Whisky and Wood

Whisky and Wood

You and me Going Fishing in the Dark

You and me Going Fishing in the Dark

Campfire DnM's

Campfire DnM’s

Mark decided it was time to shave....Jeff disagreed.

Mark decided it was time to shave….Jeff disagreed.

Coffee and Fish...Breakfast?

Coffee and Fish…Breakfast?

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Eight Days on the Bowron Lakes

If you’re a keen paddler, then the Bowron Lakes circuit seems almost too good to be true.  The chain of ten lakes forms a kind of square circuit so that you can paddle along all of them with just a few short portages and then finish back at the starting point without backtracking at all.

Portaging between lakes

The first few days of the trip were cold and rainy.  But there wasn’t much wind so the lakes were calm and perfect for paddling.

When the sun came out we tried to make the most of it.

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The campsites were all perfectly maintained and most nights we had them all to ourselves.

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Almost every evening, the wind died down and the lakes were overcome with a glassy calmness. Also, the rocks on the beaches of Isaac Lake were all perfectly flat and smooth.  Ideal for a bit of rock skimming.

On day four the skies cleared and we had beautiful weather for the remainder of the trip.

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10 Bowron Lakes - 09

We had to paddle a few sections of river between lakes, with some fun little chutes and roller coasters.  The Cariboo River was filled with hazards so we were told to keep a keen eye out for sweepers and deadheads.  Becci was a great navigator.

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We had pancakes planned for breakfast, but we forgot to bring a spatula. A perfect excuse for a bit of whittling by the campfire.

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I think this trip could easily be done in six days.  But taking eight days gave us the time to do some shorter paddling days and take the time to read and relax and swim in the lakes.

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We had arranged to meet Jeff at Unna Lake.  We only had a short paddle that day so we got there early and set up up camp and waited… he paddled about 30 km in one day, including two portages where he had to carry his kayak on his head.  What a marathon effort.  We were really happy when he made it, and he was just in time for some moose spotting.

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The next few days were spent paddling and camping and fishing with Jeff.  A great finish to an amazing week.

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This was definitely one of our favourite backcountry trips so far. You can fit lots of food as well as wine and whisky in a canoe.

 

I’m a Going Fishing

We were driving out of Valdez and a couple of hours down the road we crossed the Copper River. There were a bunch of people lined along both sides of the bank fishing. We decided to have a closer look and stopped to see people just hauling in salmon, one after the next. Everywhere we’d been so far people had been saying “you’re just a bit early, the salmon will be running soon”. Finally we were in the right place at the right time.

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

We checked into the aptly named King for a Day RV Park, got ourselves some licences and a bit of tackle and were raring to go. The saying “like shooting fish in a barrel” would seemingly apply in this situation. Some guys made it look just too easy. We perhaps had a bit of false confidence going in; however, it was still a lot of fun. A lot of fish got away and Mark apparently hooked two massive ones that broke the line. Unfortunately I wasn’t there, so cannot vouch for him on this one.

Fisherman or Gentleman?

Fisherman or Gentleman?

I caught what one guy referred to as ” a nice looking white fish” and we cooked up a pretty tasty dinner with the pathetic supplies that we had in the van. Obviously I was singing away “you can bet your life that your sweet wife is gonna catch more fish than you”.

Waiting, Waiting

Waiting, Waiting

My Little Fish

My Little Fish

Dinner - Salmon in a Spicy, Garlic, Tomato Broth

Dinner – Salmon in a Spicy, Garlic, Tomato Broth

After dinner with determination and stronger line Mark set out again. This time he caught a fairly decent sized fish and was pretty pumped.

Big Fish

Big Fish

Mark obviously wanted to keep fishing; however, we didn’t have anywhere to store any more fish. Although we have a fridge Mark hadn’t gotten around to hooking it up. What I have learnt is that there is nothing like fishing to motivate a man. He stayed up late that night wiring up the fridge so that he could go fishing again in the morning.

Hobo House? Fridge Wiring Process.

Hobo House? Fridge Wiring Process.

Now I have  a cold fridge, full of fresh salmon and couldn’t be happier.

Here are some food pictures from salmon week.

Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

Salmon Burgers with Wasabi Mayo

Salmon Coconut Madras

Salmon Coconut Madras

Crispy Salt and Pepper Skin

Crispy Salt and Pepper Skin

Salmon with a Creamy Dill Sauce and Veg

Salmon with a Creamy Dill Sauce and Veg