We are finally home from the lake. Feels good to be home to catch up on the mail, the garden, and of course the laundry! We have 3 or 4 laundromat buildings at the resort and they are actually quite reasonable to use...but I am a wee bit OCD about how I do my laundry and I like to hang up all our good clothes to dry. No room in an RV to hang up wet clothes and the resort has a clothesline ban!
We can usually make it home in 4 hours but today's journey was a legend trip of about 11 hours...a legend in more ways than one.
We had the grandkids all week for their little mini holiday with us. On our way home, we drove them over to meet up with their Dad and all their little friends and Dads...as it was their annual Dad's and kids fishing weekend! They were so excited and chattered between themselves about what fun it would be...so cute! They mentioned several times about the fish they would catch and most of all about the candy they would be able to buy at the "candy store".
Here is the General Store at Salmon Lake...it was the only retail building for several miles...I assume there is candy inside!!! lol
Salmon Lake is part of the Douglas Lake Ranch, Canada's largest working ranch.
They have several renowned fishing lake enterprises as well. You can rent a deluxe private lodge to sleep 24 complete with boats and full service meals, or beautiful lakefront houses complete with boats. If your budget does not cover the huge $ for those, you can rent small cottages,
or rent RV lots or even tent sites...a firepit, a log to use for splitting wood and a picnic table...ahhhhh...the amenities! lol
We arrived in mid afternoon and their Dad had caught several fish already. He is a catch and release fisherman as he likes to fish just for the sport of it. They were fly fishing as well as trolling depending where they fished.
We drove at least an extra 3 hours round trip to take them up there and we were blown away by the rugged beauty. I had always heard my Dad talk about Douglas Lake Ranch with awe in his voice. My Dad was a farmer and knew the hard work it took to own and run a small farm...let alone a half million acre farm operation. I now know why his voice always had that sense of awe in it...the ranch truly is awesome!
There were hundreds of acres of hay fields...some being baled as we drove by, others being freshly cut.
The sky was unbelievably blue, with fabulous cloud formations all day.
There were wild horses,
There were thousands of cows as they can support a herd of 10,000. They buy cattle and then sell them on so the herd is 20,000 now. There is a huge cattle drive each year where the cowboys go out on horseback and bring all the cows in from the grazing lands. My sister and her husband have gone out with their own horses and taken part in this drive...she said it was quite an adventure!
There were turn of the century log barns & buildings,
and a wee village for the 75 workers and their families...with miles of post and rail fencing.
There were even sections of old stacked rail fences...something that is so quintessentially Canadian.
The ranch is so big that the landscape varies. In some places you are in low valleys of lush meadowlands, others areas are steep, treed rugged mountains, others have scattered hoodoos and semi arrid scrub land.
I missed so many spectacular shots due to the windy road and the safety issues of stopping. Those vistas are forever embedded in my mind...they were so ruggedly beautiful.
Just as we turned back onto the highway, there was this delightful little log building...you can see Nicola Lake on the other side of the highway, just behind it.
I hope you have enjoyed our little trip into the Douglas Lake Ranch...as we left DH remarked that he was shocked he had never been there before. He prides himself on having seen so much of B.C. and Alberta's small towns and vistas. He said he could not believe it took him almost 60 years to discover this fabulous place and hoped it would not be 60 more before he returned!
I promise to come back with some cards this weekend...don't want to completely scare off my followers by constantly flogging B.C.'s landscapes! lol