1966 Airstream

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Our Last Day

At the Shuswap Guest Ranch near Sicamous, BC we spent the last day of our four-day stay just hanging around our 1966 Airstream and exploring the very local sites.

last day

After a breakfast of campfire potatoes, baked in last night’s campfire coals and sauteed with garlic and whatever was left in the rv rv fridge, we “suited up” (lifejackets, sunscreen, swimsuits, and hats) for a paddle boat ride on the Eagle River. The goal was to simply get across the river so we could spend some time on a sandy beach located on the other side. It sounds simple, but the current was quite swift. So we paddled the boat upriver first. The Canadian and I paddled hard and furious, like we were in some sort of recumbent spin class. This provided just enough speed to keep the boat in place. No progress was being made. My seven year-old son found a floating stick and used it as an oar. With a combination of paddling, propelling ourselves with sticks, and grabbing onto any strong looking vegetation on the bank for some forward momentum, we slowly made it a half a kilometer up the river. It was time to aim for the other side. With some frantic paddling and a successful grab for some riverside vegetation, and we crossed the river, our only task now to do some gentle steering as we were pushed along by the current to our beachy destination. We arrived at the beach area and got out of the boat. The Canadian’s first discovery was some bear footprints on the beach that made our last night in our Airstream all the more exciting, the noises outside just that much more thrilling.


A fallen tree that had floated downriver provided a perfect buffer between the beach and the swift moving current, and doubled as a diving board for anyone brave enough to jump in the cold water. My son was this brave. I was not. After our beach fun, my son hopped in the river and towed our boat slightly upstream so that we could aim for the dock on the other side of the river. We had lunch and tried to get our kids to nap in the coolness and shade of the willow trees. Nobody napped, so we abandoned this plan and headed to the D Dutchman Dairy for some ice cream. We visited the farm animals and indulged in coffee ripple, and cotton candy flavor ice cream. We returned home, and cooked our final “glamping” dinner: veggies from Carrie’s garden (potatoes, cabbage, beet greens, a few cherry tomatoes, yellow squash) , sauteed with eggs, and rolled up in a tortilla burrito-style. I believe the formal name is eggeritos. We served it with beer from the Mt. Begbie Brewery in Revelstoke. As with any camping meal, it was the best we ever had. Food always tastes good when you are camping.


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