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CARIBOO RALLY 2017 by Gail Berger

Sunshine and hot weather was the ticket as a group of 14 rigs made their way to the first stop on our summer rally. It is always fun to share friendship and experiences on a trip to discover more of our beautiful province.
Our first stop was at Hat Creek Ranch, a most interesting place to begin. With the opportunity to take guided tours of the ranch, eat at their homey restaurant, gather together at the covered stage area, and just relax and enjoy the scenery, we were on our way to a good time. A travel contact group was started as we had no idea who would attend until we got there. Group pictures were taken, in spite of the “mozzies” wanting to join us!
Most of us went for breakfast before heading off to Northwood Lodge at Lac La Hache. We parked besides the lovely little tree-lined lake and enjoyed the view of boaters and water birds. Telling jokes and trading RV experiences around a propane fire are de rigueur at these gatherings and something we all anticipate.
Many of the group spent time exploring the region. We took another couple in our Sidekick for a day trip to the top of Mount Timothy with its great view of the area. That evening we all gathered for an excellent dinner on the lodge’s patio overlooking the lake.
By July 6 th the fires in the Cariboo had become more extensive. They seemed to start just behind us as we moved north.
Our next three day stop was at Robert’s Roost in Quesnel. After the very efficient and pleasant Ryan checked us in we set up for our stay. By now the heat and mosquitoes were more prevalent, so air conditioning was a blessing. Some of us describe it as “glamping”, and were happy for it.
Once it cooled off in the evening we got together to schmooze again– -the best part of our rallies. A few of the group ventured to Barkerville while others attended a local art show. Unfortunately Mother Nature struck again in the form of forest fires, and many of our group decided to go home early.
They were unable to return via Highway 97 so went west to Tete Jaune Cache, then south through Kamloops before getting back to the Fraser Valley.
We carried on to Saskatchewan where the smoke from forest fires reached as far as Saskatoon. It was heartbreaking to see the damage and think of all the unfortunate people affected by the fires.
In spite of it all, our fellow campers all declared they had a great time getting to know each other better and experiencing more of our amazing province and people.
We had a “smoking good time!”

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