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Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
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Trip End Dec 31, 2007


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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

  From July 3rd to 5th, we were  at our Thousand Trails Membership Park on the south end of Cultus Lake in British Columbia - not too far from  Chilliwack, B.C. (don't you just love that name? - I can't help but think "knick knack, Chilliwack - give the dog a bone!), or maybe more recognizably, a little ways from Vancouver, B.C.
  What a beautiful campground - it's on the south end of Cultus Lake, which is also a Provincial Park with lots of campgrounds - very busy during this week of Canada Day (July 1 for you of the non-Canadian persuasion!).  The entrance to the campground is a beautifully landscaped par-3 golf course, complete with a 10th hole little "fully licensed" cafe - which means they have an alcohol license.  Although there is only one very-large swimming pool - it is such a wonderful place to swim - surrounded by very tall very green mountains.
  Only here for a couple of days, we didn't plan to do much, but took a drive through the Fraser River Valley - which is home to many BIG farms and much of the agriculture that feeds the area.  We intended to visit Bridal Veil Falls, but after about three of the 15 minutes it would take to hike into the falls, the swarm of mosquitoes drove us away.  We drove back to a parking lot that gave us a glimpse of the top of the falls so I could get a picture or two!  The mosquitoes were the hatch brought on by the solid month or more of rain they'd had in this area.  Evidently, the two days we were here were the first all-sunny days they'd seen in recent memory - and, once that sun came out - it started getting incredibly HOT - up in the mid-80's, which is incredibly hot for this part of the world. 
  We got some grocery shopping done, as we had run ourselves out of most of the meat and fresh vegetables in our fridge before attempting to cross the Border into Canada.  It all depends on the agent, I guess - we've heard of them boarding the RV's and taking all the uncooked meat from the freezers.  We've never had a difficult experience, but it's easier to know you don't have anything to worry about.
   It was a nice surprise that our campground had free wi-fi, and we were parked close enough to the lodge that we could get online from our coach, so I'm able to do some updating as it occurs, instead of having to play catch-up next week!
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