spent a wonderful three days with my son, Blair, camping at martha creek campground on lake revelstoke. really nice campground, quiet setting, a chilly ice green lake, and close to town.
the highlights for both of us was a fast ride down the side of a mountain at revelstoke mountain resort on « the pipe coaster » a small sled on a tube of steel and a joystick! later we visited to the « giant cedars » forest boardwalk in mt. revelstoke national park before heading back to camp. the next day we headed back to the park to climb the summit trail to miller lake, 5.5 km in each direction. it took us 2 hours up and down with a few rests along the way. my dog, max led the way and was a real trooper until the final kilometre down, when he ran out of steam (he’s has pretty short legs 🙂 you can see some photos here.
a couple of days doing nothing…perfect! my old school friend, ron, joined me for a few days of campfire smoke, free range cooking and marshmallows. we had intended to camp in manning park but a fire ban for the region came into effect one day before departure, so with a little research i found that the kamloop’s fire district was still allowing campfires (it’s not camping without a campfire).
over the years i had noticed the kentucky-alleyne park but had never ventured in, which was too bad as it turned out to be a beautiful spot. located on high semi-arid hills about 40 kilometres east from merritt and 60 kilometres north of princeton, it is situated amongst 3 smallish lakes, with old pine forest and prairie grasses. the lakes are known for excellent fishing, however our neighbour and his small daughter had no luck while we were there.
we did a bit of exploring down the kettle valley to princeton and back via the old coalmont kettle valley route through coalmont, tulameen and otter lake. on the way we spotted a road? pointing towards brookmere, a small village 10 km off the coquihalla highway at the coldstream exit and only 30 kilometres to the coalmont road, 20 of which are rough gravel (must have a 4 wheel drive vehicle) which connects to aspen grove and another 20 km to kentucky-alleyne park. we took this on the way home and though much shorter, it is a slow drive! the road should only be used if you have a a 4×4 and nerves of steel as the single track has some severe switchbacks, deep potholes and drops off into a deep canyon at many points. meeting another vehicle can mean backing up until you find a wide spot. once on the paved section you are in the small village with quaint houses, relics of the old kettle valley railway and majestic scenery.
we took the afternoon to relax and explore more of the hope area. so glad i have a beater pickup…it was a challenging road to say the least! 9 km up..UP being the operative word, a series of switchbacks and potholes slightly less deep than the grand canyon and thousands of them…hard to miss. that said, what a fantastic drive and so close to home. jones lake is a bc hydro reservoir in the most spectacular of settings, with boat launch and campsites that outdo most provincial parks…spectacular. the scene reminded me more of jasper than southern b.c.
be warned! not a road for your beamer! good breaks and strong nerves are an asset.
i rescued some stumps and logs when we got to the lake and picked up a few flat stones along the way for a new garden area – my « next year » project to create a west coast garden. nice way to end the day.