It’s 3am and the sound of rain and someone else’s tent zipper opening wakes me up. I’m itchy from the day’s mosquito attack and I have to pee but the bathroom is a couple hundred feet away. The guys next to me have been swallowed by their sleeping bags and I have to check if they’re still breathing inside. And I think a bug has crawled into my ear.
This is camping.
I’m not crazy about the overnight part. But I do like the daytime and Alice Lake campground trulyhas a lovely lake. (It was even pouring there on our first night and we had a good time throwing rocks and watching them splash between the raindrops. By day two it was almost perfectly divine, except for the crazy geese who chased kids and pooped EVERYWHERE.)
The sites are large and quiet. (We’ve been to other campgrounds where you can hear the highway at night. Not here. It’s oh so quiet. Hence the freak out in the middle of the night. There is NO technology here to distract me.)
We had good times and s’mores. (The hubby and I are at war to see who makes the best marshmallow/melted chocolate/graham combination. )
Treats from Thierry bakery in Vancouver. (You know I can’t resist a bakery. This one also has really yummy macarons.)
Wayne Gretzky wine. (Yes, the Great One has his own wine.)
Someone brilliant (not me) even brought glowsticks for the kids.
But it’s not easy to get a site-apparently you have to book a couple months ahead. (Thank goodness for our smart friends) So choose your dates for next year now and send yourself a reminder on your calendar. Nature beckons at Alice Lake and if it rains, Whistler is just a short drive away.
(PS. we haven’t been to Whistler in AGES. What does one do at Whistler with kids?
PPS does anyone else think camping could be so much better if you had your own private bathroom?)