July 6, 2015
Nakusp to Revelstoke
Yesterday for supper we had our meal in the Leland Hotel and sat outside on the patio overlooking the Arrowhead Lake. The Leland is the oldest continously operating hotel in British Columbia. It first opened in 1892. It was absolutely stunning looking down the lake watching the sail boats. The food and service was excellent.
The campsite on the other hand was somewhat iffy and I had to get up at 11:30Pm and yell at some drunken and loud campers to shut up and go to bed. Surprisingly they did and exactly that, and I lay there wondering why I had not done that an hour and a half earlier. It made the 5:30 am alarm really early and I usually wake up from the sounds of one of the other campers opening zippers up not today I slept right to the alarm.
After a quick breakfast we were on the road. It was a short day of just 100 kms with 1650 meters of climbing so the incentive was to beat the heat. It was 16 C but forecast to reach 34 C. From Nakusp it was 50 kms to the ferry which crosses the lake at Galena to Shelter Bay. The was a lot of smoke haze in the morning air from all of the forest fires. However getting away early had the additional benefit of having the road to ourselves. We made the 50 kms by 9:00 am so we had half an hour to wait for the ferry ride which is approximately 30 minutes. Being on the lake was really refreshing and the ferry ride was a nice break from the road. Once we were on the Shelter Bay side we let all the traffic go and then had the road to ourselves again for an entire hour as there are no other roads on the north side of the lake. It was great not having vehicles passing you. Sure enough an hour later we were passed by the next ferry load again had the road to ourselves. There was a huge downhill coming into Revelstoke which ended the fun for the day.
We were in camp just after 12:00 Pm so we had our picnic in camp and then I lay down for a well-deserved nap. We are here in the Lamplighter Campground where we have stayed on all of the Rockies tours. It is so nice and green and so very well cared for.