Camping at Little Qualicum Falls

After all that has happened over the past six weeks, I was very happy to have two weeks off to head home (Parksville) as I normally do around this time of year.  Before leaving Kelowna, I had told my buddy I needed a bonfire to be able to torch a box of stuff and packed my tent and sleeping bag in case they were needed.  I tried doing this in Kelowna before bonfire bans went into effect but it didn’t come together in time.

The Tuesday I was home, my buddy and I went for coffee mid-afternoon and again talked about my need to have a bonfire and the possibility of going camping.  By 6pm we confirmed by text messages as I awaited dinner being cooked and by 9pm, we were at Little Qualicum Falls Provincial Park setting up camp.

Campfire at Little Qualicum Falls About two hours went by while we set up “Refugee Camp Alpha”.  Once camp was ready for us to crawl into bed (later), we poured a couple of rum and cokes and nestled into our camping chairs for me to begin my purge. I was not expecting it to take a few hours to get through my box of items needing purging but it sure felt good doing it!

From checking weather forecasts before we left, we knew it going to be wet.  But we also knew that if we had to, we could either sleep in the truck or pack up early and head home.  For most of the time that we were there, it rained lightly on and off.  It was light enough that we were never very wet for very long because the bonfire would quickly evaporate the dampness in our clothes.  But of course, there was a few absolute downpours that had us running for the trees to shelter us from the rain.

The on and off cleansing of the rain perfectly complimented the purging from the fire and I kept saying, “This is perfect!”

Hammock at Little Qualicum Falls By 2am, my box was empty, we were both a little tipsy and I was euphoric to be where I was, doing what I was doing and of course, who I was doing it with.  We listened to podcasts and CBC radio without this feeling of having to be talking non-stop to one another.

At 3am, a very wet, dirty dog showed up, scaring the crap out of me and would not leave.  We figured Einstein must have escaped from someone’s campsite and were somewhat okay with him hanging out while it was still dark rather then having a run in with another animal.

We finally crawled into bed when the sun was starting to light up the sky around 4am and when we got up at 6:30 (yes, much less then two hours sleep), the dog was still there.  Every time we thought he had finally decided to go home, he’d re-appear.  People tried returning “our dog” a few times before finally phoning the SPCA to come and get it.  Turns out it had escaped around 12:30am from someone’s house across the highway from the campground. Breakfast at Little Qualicum Falls

Because of how gorgeous it was, the campsite was setup and we were both off, we decided to stay a second night.  This meant a trip into town to pickup more supplies.  We went in earlier in the morning to try and get the trip out of the way so we could just relax around the campsite.

The campsite was gorgeous, practically empty (never would have known we were in the middle of four other campers sites) and I was just so much in awe that I was in the forest and out in nature.  Something I have always loved and something that made me realize I really need to get back out into nature more including camping which I know my son really wants to do as well.

After we got back, I just sat in my chair, tending to the fire while my buddy attempted to get more sleep in his tent.  Every once in a while, I would change where I was looking.  From the campfire, to the forest, to the trees overhead and the space in between them and back to the fire again.  All of which heightened my euphoria and was great for meditating!

I was not cold at any point (including at night when I am always cold camping) and other then the second morning when it started pouring at 4am and stopped quite literally, two minutes from us leaving camp, we were relatively warm and dry the entire time we were there.

During the few brief downpours that happened, we were able to seek refuge under certain trees. I was expecting the rain but was pleasantly surprised by what it added to my purging.  The rain did not make me wet or grumpy, instead, it reminded me of being home (which I was) and seemed to help in the cleansing of what I had gone there to purge which was a lot of the past 12 years as was evident interspersed within the papers I was burning.

Gratitude was very present within me during the time I spent camping, purging and just relaxing with my best buddy.

Little Qualicum Falls Gratitude for having had the opportunity to purge and cleanse, the food I was eating, the warmth of the sun, the multitude of uses from the bonfire (meditation, cooking, warmth, dryer) and forest (meditation, poles, lumber, protection, shelter) and the quality time I got to spend with a friend I don’t see often enough.

Neither of us felt the need to talk the entire time together and we both got our time to just sit by ourselves. I could have sat in my camp chair for hours (days really) longer then I did.  The campsite was empty so when I looked out over our campfire, all I saw was forest.

I would like to be doing this more frequently.  If not for the time in the forest, for having a reason to cook bacon and eggs in a wok over a campfire!

Lost Abandoned Dog West Kelowna

When we were out of town, I posted about Lost Dog West Kelowna.

When we got home last evening, I briefly checked out the damage it had done to our yard because I had an online class starting almost as soon was we got home.  After class, I went back outside to furthur inspect the damage the dog had done to our yard that the neighbour had warned us about coming home to.

There is a giant hole dug in our lawn and another hole that was dug in the rocks.  It destroyed two of our sons balls, a pool noodle and who knows what else I am yet to find.  I can confirm by the burnt grass patches that it was a female dog which of course peed and killed some of the very rare patches of green on our lawn.

While looking around outside, I found a bag of cut open dog food out behind our shed which backs onto a busy road that has a parking space for the hydro box for our neighbourhood.  It is unfortunately the only unit in our neighbourhood that is accessible from said busy road and where I am assuming someone threw both the dog and dog food over the fence.  I can’t see why they would have come in the front gate and left the dog food out behind the shed where it can get rained on rather then on our very large covered deck.

Turns out the dog was not lost but purposefully placed in our back yard – or to put it bluntly, it was abandoned.  Abandoned by someone who felt it appropriate to place a dog in our fenced in backyard not knowing (or maybe they did) that we were out of town for the week.  Thankfully we were not home when this happened because I would be even more angry about the fact that not only had they abandoned a dog in our yard that it damaged, but they would have broken my sons heart because there is no way we could keep the dog – something he really wants.

After confirming with our neighbour that she had not bought the dog food, we confirmed that someone abandoned the dog in our yard.  Poor puppy  :o(

Lost Dog West Kelowna

We are currently out of town and our neighbour has been keeping an eye on our place.  She sent us an email today after noticing a dog on our deck (we have two cats but no dog).

Lost Puppy Dog

What is believe to be a “she” dog has been taken to the SPCA.

Lost Puppy Dog Kelowna

If this is your dog, please contact the SPCA in Kelowna.  Or leave a comment below with contact information (which I will not post, comments here require approval) and I will try to put you in touch with the person who picked up the dog.