Camping & Compromise



Welcome to our first blog post!  If you have had the time to peek around the about and meet us sections of audswaldo, you know what we are all about!  For those of you who haven’t, we are newlyweds on a mission to document our journey through married life! This includes our travels, adventures, projects and all food stops along the way!

Our first marriage compromise was Oswaldo agreeing to go camping!  Not just camping, but Labour Day camping.  We both used to camp quite a bit in our younger years but neither of us had been in a long time.  My husband has a physical job and the thought of sleeping on an air mattress and fighting traffic was not appealing to him.  But, he agreed and off we went!  BC has so many amazing provincial parks and a very user friendly campsite reservation system.  Okay, okay, I know some of you might be thinking, “She doesn’t know what she is talking about”.  I too have heard stories of how it is difficult to reserve and I even know people who schedule time off of work in order to login and get a reservation as soon as the website allows.  But wait!  If you are not picky about where you go and are flexible, then the camping world is your oyster!

Certainly, for those of you who make camping at the same park and even on the same site surrounded by friends at neighboring sites a yearly tradition, then yes, unfortunately, you will need to take a vacation day in order to make your reso.  For those of us who don’t care where we go, as long as we go, our tip for you is login, check out the areas you’d like to go and hit Refresh!  It’s that easy.  The closer you get to the camping dates, the more free spots pop up.  Why you ask, because people cancel!

So, for our first camping expedition, we drove all the way out to Big Bar Lake and boy was it worth it!  Big Bar is 42 km NW of Clinton in the Cariboo-Chilcotin area of B.C.  Tip #2 – Labour Day road trips don’t have to be a headahce – leave early in the morning and you will miss all the traffic!  We left at 6:30 am and it was smooth sailing the entire way.

The crystal clear waters of Big Bar Lake

We searched through all of our forgotten camping gear and found that the only thing we really needed was a camping stove.  After some research, we settled on this AMAZING little BBQ (which doubles as a stove BTW!) from Canadian Tire.  Easily worth all of the $50 and great for tacos tacos tacos.  If you haven’t been able to tell by now, we love tacos.  That means that even when we camp, we plan for tacos.

Pastor tacos by the fire

Back to the compromise – so Oswaldo agreed to go camping with me and what did I agree to do?  Fish!  We borrowed a rod, went to Army and Navy to grab some spinners and bait and purchased a fishing license online.

Day 1 was rain rain rain!  We spent most of the day inside our tent laughing at how ridiculous it was that we came all this way to sit inside a tent.  The sun came out just long enough for us to go for a walk and have s’mores by the fire.

Enjoying some Parallel 49 under our tarp

Day 2 was fishing day!  Tip #3 – Youtube how to use a fishing rod if you don’t already know how!  This will especially be helpful if you are camping where there is no phone service like Big Bar.  Or, you can wing it like us and spend most of the day untangling fishing line.  Either way, it’s always fun to try something new and even though we didn’t catch any fish, we will definitely go fishing again.

Here fishy fishy fishy

Tip #4 – Get up early so you don’t miss out on this!!

Big Bar Sunrises cannot be missed!

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“Nature – Cheaper than therapy!”


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