May 29th to 30th 2010
"Poopy..stinky...yucky...wet... rainy weather!"I thought to myself, "I don't want to camp in this weather." The grey clouds were thick around us in a drizzling mist that permeated even the thickest Gortex layers. A shiver rain up my spine as I brought a roll of toilet paper out to the Van.
"We may need this?" I said to Rene, as I waved to the neighbour driving by, in a toilet paper salute.
Even Rene was slow in packing the van, apprehensive in spending time in the soggy nature. Vancouver has not seen an awful lot of sunshine since the olympics. Mostly wet and cold for the last couple of weeks with a stray blue sky day.
"Is there a place we could drive to that's out of this cloud cover?"
"Yeah, South towards Mexico." Rene suggested, "Only problem is, I have to go back to work on Monday." Since we had but one day to adventure, and no time to find the sun, we decided to find some hot water instead. Tsek Hot Springs here we come!
Lillooet Lake Lodge which is just 10km down this forestry service road. The road runs parallel with Lillooet Lake.
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From this cut off it is approximately 48km to the hot springs. The road is bumpy with pot holes, it looked like it hadn't been graded in a while. Our 1986 VW van ...2 wheel drive made it in. We didn't take 'Zuki' this time. It's hard to sleep 4 in a Suzuki side-kick, so we took 'Goldie' this time round.
Here's a play by play:
1km - Road beside lake, lots of flowers in bloom, electric towers on left, lake on right...'mmmm' salmon berries!
3km - beautiful bright green of new growth on the pines.. just on their tips... bumpy section.
5km - Kids napping... road must be smooth if the kids can sleep... snow capped mountains... towers now on right.. can't see lake anymore.
Towers on left again - Strawberry point recreation site, nice beach.
13 km - Open view point. Lizzie Bay Recreation site, right on water. Lizzie creek.
16 km - Driftwood Bay Recreation site, nice beach right on the water. Beautiful view of the mountains.
17km- "Rip, Rap, Rock" Rene said this kind of rock is bad for the tires so he said it's best to try and stay in the groves the other drivers have made.
23km - End of the lake where the river begins.
27 km - Lots of mud roads leading into the forest. If we had 'Zuki' we could check them out. "Whats around the river bend? Waiting just around the river bend." Isn't that what Pocohontus sings in the Disney version?...
"Driften' in the marbles." Rene used a rally car term to describe the banks of rock that other cars have sprayed up on the side of the road, "Try to stay clear of those mounds.... it's slippery like a snow bank....stay in the groves."
28km - Cross roads, stay to the left... the right road heads towards a bridge that crosses the river.... You do not want to cross the river... Turn back if you do...
Was that a mushed up cookie in the hot tub or Baby's poo.... I don't know... but it was discusting! Then there was shaved hair in the other hot tub... the sign say's to clean the tubs for the next user's.. Geesh... people are pigs!