'the great outdoors'

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Flag of Canada  , British Columbia,
Friday, November 21, 2008

we can not get any more adventure than the last few days have provided.  offered to stay on our landladys land some 3 hours drive away into more rocky terrain and complete wilderness, we jumped at the chance.  she had one of those vintage aluminium land yachts, top of the range in their day! 

we packed our bags and headed off in our hired brand new honda civic not really knowing what lay in store for us.  the mountain pass was iced packed snow covered and as the logging lorries hurtled past i took it steady for once.  it was good to see some snowy mountains again and a whole new landscape at camp. it consisted of sage covered rolling hills, dry and desert like land.  we had only one thing to occupy our mind and that was survival......consisting of a camp fire, food and drink, this resulted in a total peace of mind.  you could say we were crazy, we had no heat in the trailer and we woke to temperatures of -10, our 20 litres of water and towels froze, but under 4 sleeping bags and 2 blankets we managed to sleep well

we had great fires which made us happy, listened to packs of coyotes travel through, a visit from a bear although not seen, deer, the stars and the dark still of the night.  so 'bud'......although we didnt have to eat bugs! we qualified for a true outdoor adventure in all other respects.  not going camping for a while again at this time of year but really enjoyed the time in and around camp.    

over to Em.......

Hang on a minute, my hands have nearly thawed out enough to type! Yes, -10 is, I can confirm, pretty cold! Hilda had ensured that we left with lots of warm clothes, so we were not totally unprepared. The van, site & location were perfect - so remote, such a different type of scenery again and we couldn't turn down the chance of a 'Ray Mears' few days.  Matt was fantastic at keeping the fire not only alight but at immense heat too - we really needed it. We had a stove in the van but that was it.

The land is just outside a place called Princeton - we're everyone knows everybody else. We ventured out a few times but mainly we 'existed'! I wore loads of layers and thank god had a great hat to keep me warm.  I also contructed a monster bed for us to at least be snuggly at night - the weight of all the gear made it hard to turn over!

Our friends Chloe & Lee - and the Huskeys!, would have relished the adventure too. I have to say that the 'loo with a view' was amazing! Almost civilised! I'm so thrilled that we 'survived' the adventure with such great team work.  It doesn't really get better than being together by a fire, drinking home-made wine and watching the most stunning stars in the sky. Cold you say? - for that moment I didn't notice.

    
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budfox30
budfox30 on

All ghilled up
Ahh a proper adventure. All sounds a bit too cold for my liking. I am suprised though you didn't get yourself a ghillie suit and hire a rifle. You could have had some great food shooting that deer! The storm coulds have gathered in the UK, the credit crunch is begining to filter down and jobs are being lost left right and centre. The magic of Christmas is upon us. It gives you a warm glow inside doesnt it?

budfox30
budfox30 on

Forgot this
I was hoping you were going to tell us you had seen, or indeed found some pieces of this.

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=18GlkV73VjI

Check it out!

star-troupers
star-troupers on

Re: Forgot this
wow! that was incredible. i wish it was at our camp, funny i was dreaming of that very thing, but we did see that pic i took of large excess light pollution from a fire i guess, not really sure what caused that. i told a local about it and she said 'call me stupid but we have had many ufo's here'....ha!

unclealan
unclealan on

Chilly what!
Sounds like you had a real adventure. Thought it was cold enough here in the wilds of Hainford, but not -10. 4-6' of snow last weekend in Hainford last Sunday, we missed the snowy sign as we were in Timberland viewing Ron and Rosemary's new house, there was about an inch of snow there but melted very quickly. Their new abode very nice, and they send their best wishes. Feeding of the 5000 here at Hainford Village Hall on Sunday, only joking - 50 - for the village Christmas lunch. Really enjoying the blog, keep enjoying yourselves and keep warm and away from any roaming bears! Love Alan and Myrtle (woof - Muffin!)

mumanddavid
mumanddavid on

Goodness gracious great balls of fire!!!!
Well, can't believe how far behind I am with a comment!! What an adventure, what temperatures, what a loo, what a fire!!!!!!
More memorable pics. England will seem very cramped with all that space. Keep going as long as possible and enjoying all new experiences. x

ollieowl
ollieowl on

Ten Below
Hi you two..xx Seemed apt to steal a film title!Sounds as if you are still gaining rewarding experiences.Glad its all going well and you are looking after yourselves!Glad your able to emulate Ray Mears,but i think you show more courage,(he has a huge following of t.v. crew and a burger wagon) anyway take care and enjoy!If you get a chance,watch the film...different location but survival is paramount.Tinged with emotion and shows the real character of Snow dogs.Love M/D/FXX

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