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.
A new house
being built around the corner from our favourite beaching area. Can't
quite out the configuaration yet....
ourselves for the night.
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:
: ᐃᓄᒃᓱᒃ, plural
ᐃᓄᒃᓱᐃᑦ; alternatively inukshuk
is a man-made stone landmark or cairn
, used by the Inuit
, and other peoples of
region of North America
. This region, above
the Arctic Circle
dominated by the tundra biome
, containing areas with few
The inuksuk may have
been used for navigation, as a point of reference, a marker for hunting grounds,
or as a food cache.
Inupiat in northern Alaska used inuksuit to assist in the herding of caribou
areas for slaughter.
vary in shape and size, with deep roots in the Inuit culture.
private sheltered bay is ours for the night....
cheese for the mouse that came aboard; we think we left dock with it....by
the way, I have the same linoleum
mouse in the living room area....
No success, so
walk down the beach and people with a summer home give us a mouse trap....that
night at 3 AM
successful catching the mouse as we heard the trap spring.
fiberglass boat that caught our eye.
A tough day!
That's Richard with my brother Doug who is our captain and negotiates the
houseboat well in all
The next day
one of the other houseboats turns sideways to the beach in a sudden
wind.... the line wasn't staked
As Doug pounds stakes into the ground for a living, he is experienced in
this department ensuring safety.
hilarious - a lesson in how not to beach your houseboat....they "rammed" the
Doug and I
walked into some beautiful falls...
Doug on the
beach around the corner from where we beached; as this location is wide
open to prevalent winds it is a
to beach but people do it anyway...
Back to our
houseboat along the beach...
and this is our
houseboat "Dock Dude"; kitchen, dining table and living room as you walk
in with bathroom and 3 bedrooms
the hall. It is fuel efficient and all we need out on the water.
as we cruised to re-locate to another arm (there are 4) on the lake; other
Mist on the
improved that day...
day on the beach....we enjoyed a beach fire that night, talking and tasting
Doug's roasted marshmallows.
Doug needed a
holiday from his job as a land surveyor; he drove 7 hours to Kelowna to
join us and that distance back
He's just about to move into his new house and I'm planning on checking it
out in October.
view......with evidence of logging on the hills.
Playing with my
camera on a beautiful morning while sitting on top of our houseboat.
Anita enjoying Happy Hour...this day was especially memorable.
Doug and I
scenery, and, yes, that is a glacier on the mountain in the distance. Had
a lot of calm water this year.
his houseboating responsibilities seriously doing dishes every day for
while Anita has
finished for the day after preparing dinner.
Lots of boats
on the lake, this one a work boat to assist houseboats with problems.
and some more elaborate houses on the shores of the lake.
from the top of
Richard up on top.
hard at work....
her time up top.
beached in a private area.
civilization with tourist condos on the beach.
We (Doug, that
is) negotiate through this channel with houseboats on each side with the
Trans-Canada highway bridge
train bridge just behind it.
I toured the
condos on the left, where for $500,000 to $1.15 million CAD you could enjoy a
from Alberta and the Vancouver area purchase these for the better summer
weather where you can have fun
in all sorts of water sports.
Typical of the
bigger houseboats - that's a covered spiral slide with a runabout and two
seadoos being towed.
Home of one of
the larger houseboat companies.
Relaxing on our
last beach location where we've been may times before.
You can see our
firenpit we used that evening on the right.
Our "home" for
riding on seadoos, wake boarding are part of the culture on this lake.
used the slide on the stern of out houseboat.