I started laundry at 7:30 am because we wanted to make sure there were washers available. I’m glad I did because other people started showing up 15 minutes later. I was finished by 10:30. We took showers and headed to Cache Creek.
We found a place to buy gear oil. Jon also found out where to dispose of the used oil from the oil change a few days ago. When we found the spot, Jon decided to go ahead and change the transmission fluid. That way we could get rid of both at the same time. It was uneventful. Because the Fuso has such high clearance, it makes doing tasks like this fairly easy. I climbed on top of the engine to pour in the new fluids and Jon worked underneath the engine.
We headed north along the Cariboo Highway (Canada 97). The drive itself was mostly trees with the occasional lake with small communities every so often.
Like most US Interstate Highways, there are Rest Stops along Canadian Highways, too. Most are fairly utilitarian. They all have parking area usually with trash cans. Many have vault toilets of varying levels of construction, maintenance and cleanliness. Some with nice views may have picnic tables, too.
We stopped at the McLeese Lake Rest Stop. It had a very nice view of the lake along with toilets.
We saw our first wildlife warning sign with a moose on it.
We passed by this interesting rock formation of basalt columns.
When in the US, we use the app Ultimate Campground to find interesting places to stay on public lands, like parks, forests and BLM land.
Now that we were in Canada, we were using the Ultimate Campground Canada app.
We usually enjoy the campgrounds in US National Forests. So when we saw listings for free British Columbia Forest Service campgrounds, we thought that we should give it a try.
We decided to stop at Buckhorn Lake BCFS which had four campsites on a lake.
Three of the four sites were taken.
The first one by a very nice couple and their dog. The other two were filled with teenagers, vehicles and alcohol. Did you know that there is a Bud Lite Apple beer in Canada?
We were tired and it had been a long day, so we took the last campsite. We angled our vehicle so that our camper windows were facing away from the teenagers’ campsites.
If necessary, we can always crank up the generator to drown out their noise. We also bring ear plugs. One advantage of owning a true four-season camper is that it is well insulated and has double pane windows. It cuts down on the noise if we keep the windows closed.
We spent quite a long while talking with the nice couple by the lake. They were relatively local and were taking advantage of the nice weather to swim and fish.
The mosquitoes were definitely fierce. I left to fix dinner once I had enough of the mosquitoes.
Jon hung out and talked for a while longer. Jon came back to the camper with a bag of smoked salmon they had made and a fishing rod. The nice couple left.
Later, someone else pulled into their space next to the lake. The teenagers made all sorts of loud noises as they rev’ed engines, etc. I was waiting to hear something break. They left not long after it got dark.
In the morning, Jon took a look at all of the trash they had left. He picked up two big bags of trash in addition to a wide variety of clothing, two towels and a fishing pole.