Here are photos of our recent 2009 Houseboating time on Shuswap and Mara Lakes taken by Marjorie.  Really the first time any serious pictures of our annual outing have been taken.
 

One of the hazards as we leave dock on our 6th expedition (5th for Richard and Anita) - shallow waters with evident 
sand bars with tourist campgrounds in the background.  This the entrance to Shuswap Lake where houseboating is 
very popular in the summer.


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A new house being built around the corner from our favourite beaching area.  Can't quite out the configuaration yet....

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All by ourselves for the night.

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An inukshuk built of available rocks; you'll also see this symbol used at our Olympics in February;  it's used in our Arctic area by the inuit (formerly called Eskimos), from Wikapedia:

An inuksuk (plural inuksuit[1] (from the Inuktitut: ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ; alternatively inukshuk in English[2] or inukhuk in Inuinnaqtun[3]) is a man-made stone landmark or cairn, used by the InuitInupiatKalaallitYupik, and other peoples of the Arctic region of North America, from Alaska to Greenland. This region, above the Arctic Circle, is dominated by the tundra biome, containing areas with few natural landmarks.
The inuksuk may have been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for hunting grounds, or as a food cache.[4] The Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou into contained areas for slaughter.[5] Inuksuit vary in shape and size, with deep roots in the Inuit culture.


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Beautiful private sheltered bay is ours for the night....

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Setting out cheese for the mouse that came aboard;  we think we left dock with it....by the way, I have the same linoleum
 in my kitchen!

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Blocking the mouse in the living room area....

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No success, so walk down the beach and people with a summer home give us a mouse trap....that night at 3 AM 
we were successful catching the mouse as we heard the trap spring.

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A new fiberglass boat that caught our eye.

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A tough day!  That's Richard with my brother Doug who is our captain and negotiates the houseboat well in all 
weather conditions.

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The next day one of the other houseboats  turns sideways to the beach in a sudden wind.... the line wasn't staked 
properly.  As Doug pounds stakes into the ground for a living, he is experienced in this department ensuring safety.

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This was hilarious - a lesson in how not to beach your houseboat....they "rammed" the beach unnecessarily.

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Doug and I walked into some beautiful falls...

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Doug on the beach around the corner from where we beached;  as this location is wide open to prevalent winds it is a 
dangerous place to beach but people do it anyway...

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Back to our houseboat along the beach...

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and this is our houseboat "Dock Dude";  kitchen, dining table and living room as you walk in with bathroom and  3 bedrooms 
further down the hall.  It is fuel efficient and all we need out on the water.

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Weather changed as we cruised to re-locate to another arm (there are 4) on the lake;  other beached houseboats.

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Mist on the lake....

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Weather improved that day...

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Another tough day on the beach....we enjoyed a beach fire that night, talking and tasting Doug's roasted marshmallows.

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Doug needed a holiday from his job as a land surveyor;  he drove 7 hours to Kelowna to join us and that distance back 
home again.  He's just about to move into his new house and I'm planning on checking it out in October.

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Lake view......with evidence of logging on the hills.


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Playing with my camera on a beautiful morning while sitting on top of our houseboat.

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Richard and Anita enjoying Happy Hour...this day was especially memorable.

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Doug and I joining them....

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Gorgeous scenery, and, yes, that is a glacier on the mountain in the distance.  Had a lot of calm water this year.

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Richard takes his houseboating responsibilities seriously doing dishes every day for us....

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while Anita has finished for the day after preparing dinner.

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More gorgeous mountain views....

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Lots of boats on the lake, this one a work boat to assist houseboats with problems.

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Summer cabins and some more elaborate houses on the shores of the lake.

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More evidence of glaciers....

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Our view....

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from the top of the houseboat.

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Doug with Richard up on top.

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Our captain hard at work....

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Anita enjoys her time up top.

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A houseboat beached in a private area.

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Back in civilization with tourist condos on the beach.

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We (Doug, that is) negotiate through this channel with houseboats on each side with the Trans-Canada highway bridge 
with the train bridge just behind it.

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I toured the condos on the left, where for $500,000 to $1.15 million CAD you could enjoy a summer condo...many
people from Alberta and the Vancouver area purchase these for the better summer weather where you can have fun
participating in all sorts of water sports.

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Typical of the bigger houseboats - that's a covered spiral slide with a runabout and two seadoos being towed.

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Home of one of the larger houseboat companies.

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Relaxing on our last beach location where we've been may times before.

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You can see our firenpit we used that evening on the right.

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Our "home" for 10 days.

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Water skiing, riding on seadoos, wake boarding are part of the culture on this lake.

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We've never used the slide on the stern of out houseboat.

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