Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Hikes with Kids: Princeton Walkabout

thankful to dip my feet in the water, at least until the wasps came

This trip happened just a little over a month ago but it feels like it was months and months ago. The four of us took off to camp with friends at their cabin on Allison lake, in the Oakanagan region. It was hot the days we were there, but we had a lake to splash in, with rope swings, a kayak and a paddle board to try out, and plenty of kids to entertain ours! I mentioned to Stefan that this was probably one of my favorite camping trips to date because of three things: 1) other kids to play with our kids 2) going with our friends, and 3) indoor plumbling on the premises(!). Thanks to our generous friends who own the cabin, we were 1 of 5 families who set up a tent and enjoyed the area throughout the weekend. 

The first day we took a long hike with half the kids in very high heat and pooped ourselves out (the swim after was amazing!), but that's not the one I'll tell you about, because it's not even on the Allison lake recreation website, it's a local spot that you have to find once you're there. Instead, I'll tell you about the one we did the second day with nearly all the kids. We walked part of the Trans Canada Trail to the Red Ochre cliffs along the Similkameen River. 

I'm convinced that haze was the heat radiating off us all

We took the 30 minute car ride to get to the route our hosts had planned for us. There is a large tunnel through rock right at the beginning, which our huge pack of kids loved, and the rest of the way looked like the second picture above, just out in the open, sometimes next to a small cliffside of red clay. It was hot that day and we were all sweating quite a bit, so I was glad to plop down to the creek here and put my feet in the cold water! We all were. 

After a good rest, and the wasps cornering us, we started to head back, but I enjoyed the simple walk. We saw a lot of bikers around, too, and the gravel trail reminded me of the Jamaica trail (well, without the water) back in Lincoln that we'd ride on often. This trial is very easy and great for kids who need to burn off energy, whether they're walking, biking, or just plain hot, they'll have a fine time going through the tunnel, throwing rocks in the creek, or bottling up tiny minnows like mine did. 

 Thanks, Pawsey family, for letting us enjoy your neck of the woods for the weekend!

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