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Chilliwack Lake 2011

March 15, 2012

Chilliwack lake

Having never been to Chilliwack Lake, we decided to pack up the boys and head out there for the day.  The plan was to take the gravel road around back of the lake and then do a short hike to look for an old growth forest, something about huge trees that sounded like fun.

Packing a lunch, the kids toy boats and the DVD players (I know it is cheating, but it is all about making sure everyone enjoys the trip) we were off.  It was a longer drive than I would have guessed, but the provincial park was much nicer than I would have thought.  We got out to give the boys a break and look around the park.  This short stop quickly turned into a few hours, as once the boys saw the beach they needed to get in the water and play with their boats.

The beach was busy, but we found a shady spot and set up.  Not planning on a beach day my wife and I had not packed anything to do except the little boats, but the boys didn’t care, they had lots of fun.  The boats, sticks and a couple rocks kept them entertain for hours.

Eventually we made our way to the playground, before heading back to the car.  With no food left, and running short on time we started down the gravel road and towards the old growth forest.

The road got narrow fast, having to pull into the bushes to get past an oncoming truck put the first scratch in my new car, but that’s what we bought it for.  The above picture is taken about half way around Chilliwack Lake.

We finally made it to the end of the road, got out, let the boys throw a few rocks in the creek and turned around.  With no food it was time to head back to the main roads and find somewhere for dinner.

We didn’t make it to our destination, but with a fun day with the family the trip was a success.  With kids I am learning to be more flexible and enjoy the moment much more, letting go of the focus on our destination.

This area was great and I plan to return, maybe even camp.  with a list of hiking trails to explore and of course an old growth forest to find we should have lots to do, when we can get away from the beach.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. March 17, 2012 12:45 pm

    Very nice photos!

  2. April 2, 2012 9:25 pm

    That is so true! It’s the journey not the destination -my children are helping me to realise the truth in this statement more and more as we fail to reach our destination more and more. But so often the trip we have iis better than what I’d planned!

    • April 2, 2012 9:44 pm

      Agreed, when I am open to the journey the trips are great, if I find myself not having fun it is because I started to focus on the destination. Thanks for reading!

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