Last Monday I did the recon trip with my daughter to check up on trail conditions and such. Seemed like a good time this weekend to head into Strike Lake camp for an overnighter with a somewhat favourable forecast.
Now as most of you may know, technically anyone who camps overnight in Manning or other provincial parks is supposed to pay 5.00/ person aged 6 and over to camp. In the case of Manning, you can either purchase your permit online or buy them at the Lodge front desk. I bought mine online, which also registers your vehicle license plate number and an emergency contact. Good things for the parks people to know.
Good old Manning Park weather!
Based on my Monday recon trip I knew there was some blowdown to be negotiated after Rainbow Bridge. We get to the first area of blowdown and I see that it's been cleared...yay! But how much more would be cleared between here and Strike Camp? Soldiering onward..
Far end of Lightning Lake:
Now just before we get to the second lake in the chain, Flash Lake, we met up with three park rangers who are heading out. Wow there are actually 3 park rangers in Manning? Anyway they tell us that they just finished clearing the trail all the way to Strike Lake camp...yay! They also found my daughter's missing mitten from my Monday trip and gave it to us
Makes me glad I paid my 10 bucks for the camping permit.
Then 5 minutes after Strike, the camp. It's been a long-standing Manning petpeeve of mine that they place their camps in less than aesthetic places and Strike camp is no exception. It's even worse now with all the bucked-up blowdown and a new avy path that is dangerously close to camp.
I brought an axe along with the intention of splitting up some of the big rounds that have been left lying around camp.
Ah camping; tis the goodlife!
Just a tiny bit of rain overnight but by late morning it was clearing up again.