Thursday, August 01, 2013

And we're back...

Every year we go camping at a different provincial park. This year we scooted off to Charleston Lake. We came home a day early because there were thunderstorms in the forecast and we rough-it old school in leaky tents.

Things got off to a rough start. Our first night was a wreak when the people in the site across from ours showed up late, setting up camp at 10pm, headlights shining into our tent, shouting and swearing "WHERE'S THE GARBAGE?" and "HE F*CKED UP THE TENT!". They were bloody awful. Over the next day they let their dog loose to bark and chase every passer-by, chopped down a damned tree for firewood, continually drove the wrong way down one way lane and seemed to have some sort of contest as to who could slam the car door the loudest.

Next to that hot mess were three drunk loud talkers. At one point one of the 'gentlemen' started shouting, certain that the raccoon that was invading their camp site was a child trying to steal their fire wood. "I'd come and chase you through the woods if I had brought my gun!"Followed by the loud crashing sound of someone diving into a tower of beer cans and a case of empties. They were gone at 7am so I'm pretty sure they were removed from the park... I would have preferred them to the dinkuses across from us.

Things weren't helped by the fact that the next morning we were woken by what seemed to be a dozen babies crying and a pack of dogs yelping, barking and whining. I swear we had to have gone during some strange experimental week where people with sheltered pets, cranky babies and a sincere belief that rules and social graces do not apply to them were given a steep discount. I've never been in such an unruly provincial park.

BUT it wasn't all bad. Our last day we canoed out to a tiny little island and had lunch in our own little world. We hiked and swam and roasted things on the fire. That's gotta count for something right?

Here's a butload pics from our adventure...

The park was gorgeous and canoeing was fab... but there are many other Provincial Parks higher on my favourite list. Ah well, can't win them all.

Oops! I almost forgot! I left one of my bird books in the mossy roots of this magnificent old tree! I hope it was picked up quickly by a very nice (hopefully sober and quiet) stranger :)


  1. Looks lovely despite the obnoxious neighbour situation!

  2. Oh my, some louts just can't be taken anywhere, even surrounded by nature's bounty they are oblivious and immune to...silence. However, the beauty and serenity of your photos laud the quiet, the calm. I also hope an appreciative soul stumbles upon your birdy journal gift, & enjoys it as much as I am enjoying my journal. Mahalo, thank you.

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  4. Your photos are beautiful! There should be a law against park pollution from annoying & disrespectful campers! How green everything is pretty!

  5. Thank you for sharing your wonderful photographs with us. Looks like a beautiful spot. I am sorry that it was ruined by loud, obnoxious people. We live way out in the country and I am always amazed when on occasion somebody turns on a radio outside so loud that neighbors can hear it. I love listening to the sounds of nature, birds, bees, everything. I often wonder why people move out to the country and not want to listen to such beautiful natural sounds. Same with camping. Why bother to do it if you must bring all the trappings of civilization with you, including the suburban noises. I just don't understand some people.......

  6. What a magickal place! Your photos definitely show the beauty of the Park.
    And such a shame that some people have no consideration for others!

  7. Your pictures reminded me of Secret Garden (Graphic 45), if you look around there is a secret garden everywhere.

  8. Hi Nichola,

    The pictures you posted are gorgeous!! They literally pulled me in and I felt the breeze and warmth of the surroundings. Beautiful. You are also a wonderful photographer. It is a shame that there was obnoxious people in the area. Obviously they were not there for the right reasons and probably didn't even notice the beauty of what was surrounding them. I'm sure they had no clue that they were disturbing you and your family and I am so sorry you had to put up with them.

    Take care,