Celebrate BC

Monday was a stat holiday here in BC, appropriately titled BC Day. I’ll admit – I was a little bummed that I wasn’t working, as the extra pay is always nice, but I wasn’t complaining about having a day off either.

So how did I celebrate this wonderful province that I live in?

I started off my day with a smoothie featuring BC cherries and apricots. Sadly I have no photo, but it pretty much looked the same as this one.

Mom and dad had gone out the day before and came home with 50 lbs of these beauties.

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So we spent some time in the morning washing, drying, and bagging them to freeze. There was also the odd taste test, for quality control purposes only.

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Then mom and I decided it was time to head out and enjoy the outdoors. We drove out to Rolley Lake, located near Mission, BC. We used to go camping here every summer when I was kid, so I know the place like the back of my hand.

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It’s a relatively small lake, with no power boats allowed, so it’s quiet and not as busy as some of the other lakes close by.

The plan was to walk around the lake, then head to the falls.

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Everything was so dry, as there hasn’t been rain in over a week. It looks like it was a little cloudy, but that’s actually particulate in the air from all the forest fires in the province. Sadly, summer doesn’t just mean awesome local fruit – it also means devastating wild fires.

When we got to the falls trail, we found it closed. I was not impressed – I had just looked at the BC Parks website before we left, and it said nothing about it being closed. So we left the lake, and started the drive home, making a stop at another park.

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The bear warnings weren’t a deterant – we wanted to see some waterfalls damnit! So Kanaka Creek would have to do.

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One problem – you can’t really see the actual falls from any of the trails. You can only see the rivers heading towards the falls.

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That being said, the rivers are pretty cool to look at themselves. There are these pits where boulders have been washed away by the river, leaving interesting pools and crevices to explore.

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Instead of scaling down to the river, we walked one of the small loop trails around the park.

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Finally we’d had enough of the muggy heat, and called it a day. Not before a pit stop at Starbucks for some iced green tea lattes though 😉

I’m sure some things happened in the afternoon between our outdoor adventure and dinner, but they must not be important, since I have no photos or recollection of them. So I say we just get on to dinner.

Even though we’d just had take out White Spot burger the other night, mom decided BBQ’d burgers were the way to go. I loaded mine up with all the good fixin’s – cheddar, sauteed mushrooms, onion, pickle, lettuce, ketchup, mustard, and mayo.

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We are in serious need of a grocery shop, so vegetable options were slim. But there were some zucchinis hiding in the crisper. That meant only one thing – baked zucchini fries!

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A meal worthy of BC Day if you ask me.

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And to cap it all off…

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A little ice cream treat courtesy of Coconut Bliss.

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To all my fellow BC’ers – how did you celebrate BC Day? And to everyone else – how did you celebrate Monday? 😀

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8 Comments on “Celebrate BC”

  1. August 3, 2010 at 3:16 pm #

    I would love to have 50 lbs of blueberries! YUM!

    Looks like a great way to celebrate.

  2. August 3, 2010 at 3:23 pm #

    50 pounds?!? Oh my berries!

    I didn’t know Coconut Bliss made bars. Yum!

  3. August 3, 2010 at 8:12 pm #

    i celebrated it by hitting up Value Village’s 50% off sale haha .. oh and going to cascadia bakery ofr a muffin. i definitely enjoyed my bc berries as well!! ❤

  4. August 3, 2010 at 8:19 pm #

    All those berries! I wish I had freezer room! I celebrated with my mom’s birthday and BBQ. Definitely a good BC day!

  5. August 3, 2010 at 8:59 pm #

    i’m American. no holiday for us. :[

    that park looks absolutely gorgeous! i love getting outdoors like that

    p.s.–i’m hosting a giveaway on my blog, if you’d like to enter!

  6. August 4, 2010 at 10:44 am #

    HOLY BLUEBERRIES. You better get going on some blueberry baking, I want to see something amazing come out of that stash!

    BC day haha. Here it’s just called a civic holiday. Not nearly as cool. Funny enough I also happened to hit up Value Village on Monday like Kelsey! Except we didn’t have a 50% off day here, that would have been too awesome.

  7. August 5, 2010 at 5:49 am #

    Oh wow, those blueberries make my little bucket look like nothing. Ha, ha! I’d love to have that many to use up! I really enjoyed all the beautiful pictures. My husband and I are always saying that it is awful we have been to several places in the world, but have yet to take advantage of travel to Canada. That will change soon.

  8. August 5, 2010 at 6:50 am #

    BEAUTIFUL scenic pics! And the coconut bliss bar is pretty gorge, too. 😉

    We celebrated the holiday doing yard word. :/ Totally worth the effort, though because I’m typing this out while sitting on the new deck!!!

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