Rain, rain, go away!

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Wasa Lake Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Route:  North from Athol, ID; cross into Canada; and head towards Banff and Jasper, to Wasa, BC--162 miles plus time for border crossing..
Campground:  Wasa Lake Provincial Park

We had a driving day--according to Torston.  Our goal was to cross the Canadian border into British Columbia and then find a campground with a lake for Torston to be able to paddle around in one of our inflatable kayaks.

The drive from Athol to the border took a little longer than we had expected.   However, crossing into Canada was a breeze.  Nine years ago when we crossed north of Spokane, our rig went through an extensive search into every cabinet, under the beds, and through the refrigerator.  This time, we were asked for a permission letter to take Torston into Canada (from his parents--which we had thought to get); we were also asked whether we were carrying any alcohol or tobacco.  Bob replied "only for his use."  That was apparently good enough.  Our passports were stamped, and we were sent on our way without even having to get out of the RV.  We weren't asked how much cash we were carrying; that was one of the questions I remembered from 2004.

It had been raining lightly all the way from Athol.  Just before we crossed into Canada, we called Denise one last time, as we were shutting off the cell phones.  She informed us that there appeared to be major storm warnings to the what she thought was west of us.  That storm was calling for heavy rains, hail, and winds.  As the storm seemed to be to our west, we headed on for Wasa Lake Provincial Park--north of Cranbrook by about 25 miles.  The rain got steadily heavier; however, there was no wind with it.  As it turned out, the storm was more north and east of where we were, and we were driving right into it.

This beautiful campground at Wasa Lake, with large level sites and lots of trees, was nearly empty.  The campground was across the main road from the lake, and the lake
required a short drive to get to the access points.  With the heavy
rain, we decided it wouldn't be much fun to be out in the kayaks.

We were on the generator for the evening, so Torston was able to watch a movie after beating his Grandpa at the card game "War".  Later, we played several rounds of dominoes--ending up fairly evenly matched. Meanwhile, it rained hard all evening and through the night.  I don't think I can ever remember hearing the rain that hard on the RV roof for such a long time.  Bob and I guess it was raining at least an inch an hour.  

Hoping the rain quits tomorrow.  Yes, we're on the road and "still speaking.!"
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