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Friday, September 2, 2011

Camp Cold Comfort

Early Morning Bathroom Break (note the shoes: I grabbed Peter's and Pip put on Tabs')
Breakfast!
A Morning Read in the Car
Marshmallow Breakfast
The River at Our Campsite, Just as the Morning Sun Peaked Above the Mountain
Peter Teaching Pip How to Fly
Supper! Veggie Dogs...YUMMY ;)
Me and My Vienie
Camp Girls
Cuddle Time
Fire Time with Papa Ganoosh
Our Tent Site at Illecillewaet Camp Ground


Illecillewaet Campground, Glacier National Park, Canada


Our tent site lay right on the bank of a glacier fed river. The amazing roar of the rapids was most unusual to try and sleep to. At first I liked the roaring sound but in the evening, by the fire, I longed for a little quiet highlighted by the odd owl or wolf. 
The park had the best campfire sing along in the evening--the girls and I ventured out while Peter napped in the tent. We sang many great songs (can't beat Country Roads! Also a few the ranger made up about the area to The Eagles tunes) and the park ranger played both guitar and banjo and told great historical and ecological  stories of the area.
That night, as I was drifting off to sleep in our tent, the roar was rather disturbing. Though, I noted that just before I nodded off, the roar became so distant to me, I hardly heard it--weird how the brain can dull the sound. Alas, I was innocent in thinking the only negative to the roaring rapids at night was the noise. Sleeping beside an icy glacial river is well...glacial! 
We all finally nestled down for the night in the tent. OMG was it a COLD night! I was hypothermic. To make the night worse, I awoke at about 1 a.m. feeling deathly ill. I felt super weak and nauseous. I crawled out of the tent into the dark and into the car. I asked Peter to follow me. I told him he better drive me to Revelstoke to a hotel as I was going to be up all night vomiting. I realized though, that it couldn't be done. The nearest town was 2 h away in either direction and we could not leave the children in the tent. So I lay in the car, still, and freezing to death. I did not sleep a wink yet, amazingly enough, the virus was short lived and had passed by morning. 
I had fantasies though, that I would start up the car and drive it out to the campground parking lot and crank up the heat and heated seats until I was warm again. Alas, I could not as I knew the crew in the tent would freak if they heard me drive away and I was too weak to walk back to the tent and tell them my plans. 
I waited for the crack of dawn and stumbled from the car to attempt to make a fire. Damn if I couldn't do it! It was so stubborn. After an hour I woke up Peter for his assistance. Thank G he was a cub scout. The fire was soon blazing.
 Despite the cold, the campground was so wondrously beautiful and the mountain air so fresh--I didn't want to leave.

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