A few friends suggested we visit Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park on Lac La Biche. It made us reflect on quotes from Churchill like, “If you’re going through hell, keep going” and of course the classic, “I may be drunk, Miss, but in the morning I will be sober and you will still be ugly.” With a lead up like that we were so curious to see a campground named for such a quotable leader.
We were pretty much ready to hit the road when we got home from work on Friday. After hitching up Phoebe and unplugging from shore power the strong sewer smell that we had observed while camping at Emma Lake had returned. We couldn’t blame it on the campground this time, something was definitely up with the trailer. With no handy uncles around to help us, we had to figure it out. Thanks to Google, we determined it was an issue with the battery. We unhooked the battery in question and carried on. Well, we carried on after we turned around on Whitemud Drive to return home to pick up the campsite tag we forgot to print. Now we are off…
Three hours later we arrived in Lac La Biche and were treated to a stunning sunset as we crossed the causeway to the provincial park, which is actually on an island. It was beautiful but not the best time to arrive. Especially for newbies.
The campsite and trail systems at the park are awesome. A must visit for any kind of camper - there were tents, tent trailers and of course big monster trailers. Next time we will bring our bikes.
On the way home Phoebe wanted a photo with the gigantic sausage in Mundare so we obliged. Then we bought some sausage at the Esso - the only place to buy the Stawnichy's products on Sunday.
Here’s what we learned from the adventure:
There is a silver lining. Back at home we connected with a very nice couple who are experienced Airstream owners and handy people. We look forward to getting to know them better - they have been on some great adventures with their 23’ Flying Cloud.
The “tails”, our dogs Westley and Phin, were thrilled to go on the adventure. They have taken to Phoebe as their second home. Westley sleeps in his bed on the floor with a heated blanket. Phin is the social dude and likes to sleep under the blankets or on your foot or too close to your face.
Which leads us back to Churchill and a final quote: “Kites rise highest against the wind - not with it.” Not sure what that means. But we do like his campground.
Here are more images from our weekend:
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. Currently our Airstream is parked at a seasonal site about an hour from our home.