Monck Park, Nicola Lake, BC – Girls Rule!
This summer marked the first year without our beloved trailer. The girls are getting older and the trailer needed some major repairs, so we got rid of it promising to keep on camping! Monck Provincial Park was our chosen destination due to its hot, dry climate and cool calm Nicola Lake.
As our camping date approached my husband’s work schedule changed and it looked as though we were going to have to cancel. For five days I thought about what I could do with my girls (ages 6 & 8), it struck me – why can’t I take them camping? I have never camped alone before and always had a guy around to set up the propane stove, build the fire etc. I was sure I could do all of these things and was really excited for our girls only camping trip.
My husband packed all of our gear into the truck & us girls were off! The location is amazing and our campsite was perfect. We had a fantastic view of the lake and a rocky path leading down to our own little beach. As expected, we set up camp like we’d done it a million times before and hopped on our bikes to explore. This provincial campground includes a playground, public beach/swimming area, store with information station and it protects a beautiful Ponderosa Pine, Bunchgrass ecosystem and volcanic rock cliff landscape.
Services are limited so dishes were washed in a bin of cold water at the closest faucet & with no showers dirty feet were washed in the lake.
As it happens when camping, neighbors were soon friends and kids came and went.
I will forever cherish those nights by the fire – just the three of us – climbing into our little tent & cuddling in our giant sleeping bag.
Written by: Arin Bird
Published: October 28th, 2014
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