Locked in Headquarters Creek Woodlands

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More junk in the forest

You might guess from the title of my post that I did end up trying another spot after my previous one had some unwanted visitors. You might also guess that things did not go exactly to plan in my new spot. You would be right on both counts. But the area I found was really nice, even with being locked in!
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Young enforcer near Merville

Macro flower PXL_20220408_221831910 After driving through snow, I leave the weather system as I travel south on Vancouver Island, from Woss. I’m going to do a resupply in Campbell River, then head a little further south to some of the last little bit of crown land between there and Courtenay. I’m not sure what I’ll get, but I am prepared for gates leaving me no choice but to pay for a campground. Continue reading

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Woss Lake Campground unincorperated

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Logging RR steam engine at Woss

I was on my way south to a new destination. Where? I can’t tell you that, it’s a secret. Even I don’t know the exact location yet, but I do know what State I’m going to. That’s all the clues you get for now. In the meanwhile, I’ll tell you about my first stop heading south on Vancouver Island. I was at the lightly maintained no rules Woss Lake Campground. Continue reading

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Georgie Lake at last

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Georgie Lake sunset

When I was starting to plan my journey to the north end of Vancouver Island, I had seen that Georgie Lake rec site was the farthest north site on Vancouver Island that was still fairly close to civilization and paved roads. I mentally had this location as a goal for how far north I would go at the minimum. But my previous attempt to visit had been thwarted by snow. This time, I was sure the snow would be gone, I would finally make my northern destination for my winter travels on Vancouver Island.

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Sointula, a village with European flavor

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Finnish translation on sign in Sointula

I saw from the forecast that the day was going to be sunny, perfect for heading into the village of Sointula and snapping a few, no, a lot of pictures along the way! I could do a little resupply run to the Sointula Coop, and see what services were available in town for me. If I could do a full resupply here, I might stay on Malcom Island a little longer. Continue reading

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Exploring Beautiful Bay

Beautiful Bay Trailhead PXL_20220307_233157405 I started my hiking in the Bere Point Campground by heading over to the Beautiful Bay trailhead, right across from my RV. Being this close was a minor negative to my campsite, as people going to walk the trail would be parking here close to my RV. But hey, internet signal where I am, and camper in the other direction. I decided for my first hike to just go to the viewing platform and to the beach access beyond that, coming back via the beach for a nice little loop. I planned to explore the rest of the trail when I had a full day to devote to it. Continue reading

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Bere Point: oceanside camping at its finest

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Haddington Island

My long stay around Kidney Lake was done. I was going to take a ferry to Malcom Island, and head for Bere Point Campground – one the locals had told me it was really nice. I could see that the town of Sointula was close enough to walk in, plus there were some trails and roads in the area to explore. I figured it would at least be worth paying the $35 for the ferry ride over.
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Settled in at Kidney Lake

Damp road SR601164 I realized I had found a really good boondocking spot when I returned there for the third week. This spot had good road access, good internet, good access to towns, and two fishing lakes within walking distance. Plus, there was a ton of logging roads to walk down in the area. I wasn’t in a hurry to go elsewhere, and some rainy days kept me from finishing my explorations. Plus I really wanted to catch a fish at at least one of these lakes while I was here. Continue reading

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Oddities in the woods

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Kidney Lake

I was parked in my new secluded spot, close enough to the lake to walk over and fish, but not so close that I’d get visitors in my spot. I had another nice day of weather coming up. I figured I’d go check out something I saw on the googles aerial and see what it was from the ground. Continue reading

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M stands for moving

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Not part of the interpretive trail, rather in contrast to it

I was on a nice little day hike that took me to Beaver Lake and an interpretive trail. Plus I had a great camping spot right by the little lake I had found on the aerial photos of the area. Where I was had two lakes to fish, one right by me and one within walking distance. On top of that, there were lots of logging roads around here to explore. So why would I bother to move camping spots? Well, let’s just say the weekend was coming… Continue reading

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