Oh how we love our minivan.
Not really words you would expect to hear come from the mouths of a young couple. We honestly do love it though! We take out all the seats in the back of our van and create a comfortable bed with lots of blankets and pillows. You could say its a form of glamping.
One of our latest trips was a bit of a last minute spontaneous trip. As we are getting married this summer, many of our weekends are full. We have found it hard to get anytime away together which has been a bit of a bummer. We had one Sunday off together recently and decided why not get out of town for the night and head to the mountains.
Manning Park is located about 2.5-3 hours from Vancouver. It is part of the North Cascade range of mountains. We decided to camp at Lightning Lake as we wanted to be somewhere we could take the canoe out easily.
If you are ever looking for a great campsite, I would definitely recommend Lightning Lake. The sites were all private and surrounded by trees. It was relatively quiet and mostly full of families which made for a peaceful quiet night!
Manning Park contains the Canadian end of the Pacific Crest Trail. The PCT spans 4,265 Km from Mexico all the way to Canada and runs through California, Oregon and Washington State. It traverses through a variety of terrain from the desserts of Mexico and southern California, to the famous Sierra Nevada, and deep in the forests of the Cascade Mountain Ranges in the Pacific North West. This 6 month hike is definitely not for the faint of heart, but Luca and I really hope to complete this some day.
Last summer we read the book Wild by Cheryl Strayed and have felt inspired ever since!
There is something so soothing to the soul about having a lake all to yourself, with no noises except that of the wind whispering through the trees, and birds singing to each other.
This is nature cure at its finest.
There was a lot of action fish wise on the lake, but they were all pretty small so we ended up releasing anything we caught.
As it got dark we quickly ran to the general store at the manning park resort about 10km up the road. We picked up a bottle of Sumac Ridge wine and made a fire. We played rounds of speed, ate tim tam slams and drank wine late into the night.
Nights like this have been so rare for us this summer, so this was such a treat to be able to be completely removed from reality and have the best date night ever in the back of the car.
Mornings in the mountains are always chillier than they are on the coast. We warmed up in our Patagonia snap t's with coffee and oatmeal before heading out for one last paddle on the lake.
Seriously, being out here makes me THIS happy.
Whenever I am surrounded by nature like this, I can't help but be so damn grateful to live in such a beautiful part of the world where beauty like this is so accessible.
Gratitude is the attitude out here
On the way home we stopped in at Bridal Falls (just outside of Chilliwack, BC) to check out the iconic falls. The trail was short and crowded, but we ended up climbing up past the lookout area (shhhh) and got some pretty awesome shots.
Can you spot Luca?
What are your go to places for an adventure? We are always looking for new places to explore so please let me know your favourite spots in the comments below!!