Four Wheeling

This is the first time that I’ve actually found four-wheel drive to be useful in the summer months.  Some of these back-roads up here dwindle down to something that resembles a rocky riverbed, and going up and down steep inclines would be a real challenge with only two-wheel drive vehicles.

I went to investigate another road leading into the bush today.  I’ll call this one Lake with No Name Road, since neither the road nor the lake seemed to have a name.  This road enters into a large area of Crown Land, so I was on the lookout for any possible camping spots.

It was along this road that I first encountered someone who had obviously set up residence on a prime Crown Land camping spot.  To be honest, I don’t know how the heck they managed to get a thirty foot travel trailer into that spot, but they did.  They also had another shorter travel trailer on the same spot, along with other stuff you might see scattered around a house in the bush.

I have to admit, it was a beautiful spot, on the edge of a wilderness lake, and best of all, it was absolutely free of charge.  Even in Provincial Parks you can’t get such a spot, and there you’d have to pay top dollar.  I’m not saying that I agree or disagree with setting up a permanent or semi-permanent camp on Crown Land, but I do understand why they do it.  It’s the same reason why people go into these kinds of places to dump their garbage, it just costs too much to do it, in what would be considered, the ‘proper’ way.

It use to be that garbage dumps were free of charge, but these days you pay for the privilege of dumping garbage in a landfill.  Once that practice started, it wasn’t unusual to see all kinds of garbage being dumped in all kinds of places.  I’m not sure if there is a charge for dumping garbage in the local landfill here, but I do know that there is a charge in many, if not most, landfills now.  It may be a better idea to just add a certain amount to local resident taxes, to cover landfill costs, and keep the landfills free so that there would be no excuse for dumping anywhere else.

Anyway, it is what it is, and no matter what governments do, people will find a way around it.

I went farther along this bush road and I did find another prime Crown Land camping spot unoccupied.  This one was not right down on the water’s edge, but it had a very scenic view of the lake, and it was kind of private too.

The site was a bit in from the road and it had a good place to park a vehicle, with a short trail to the campsite.  There was a fire pit there, with some wood in it all ready to light, courtesy of the last campers to use it.

This road ran along the length of the lake but, in a lot of places, there was a steep incline to the water’s edge, so lake access was a bit of a challenge.  This is the case with a lot of the thousands of lakes in this area, and that is why I’m not all that surprised that people would claim the good spots for themselves.

Farther along the road, there was a giant sand and gravel pit.  It was obviously not in use anymore, since there were no fresh tracks or heavy equipment in sight.

There were, however, lots of ATV tracks to be seen, and this place would make an excellent ATV playground.

Here you can see holes in the sand cliffs, which are carved out by birds as their nesting sites.

Another nice spot along the road.

So, the road didn’t exactly end but, like most of the bush roads, it got to a point where you started to wonder whether you were driving on a road, or an ATV trail, or a dried up riverbed.  I believe that the road/trail does a complete loop around the lake, and I will probably be back one day to walk it.


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