Just east of Kamloops off the Yellowhead Highway, is the most beautiful campground that I have ever been to in my entire life. The name of this campground is called Paul Lake Provincial Park.
Paul Lake Provincial Park has about 100 campsites, yet is so remote and so absolutely beautiful. While camping at Paul Lake, I felt like I was in the wilderness and I felt like I was right in the middle of no-where, which, I pretty much was.
I arrived at the campground at about 10:00 am on a Monday morning in mid-July. It was very hot, with temperatures soaring above 30 degrees Celsius. On the way to the campground, I saw the most amazing sight that I have ever seen in my whole life. I saw a mother bear on the side of the road, with her two cubs! Oh, I was so excited because I had never seen twin cubs before. The two cubs were on one side of the fence and the mother was on the other. The cubs were playing in a dried up creek, while mother looked on.
I stayed in my car and took pictures of the cubs and I guess mother bear must have thought the camera was going to harm her kids because she stood up on all fours and looked like she was very upset at me. It was a good thing she was on the opposite side of the fence to her kids or else she would have came after me.
That is one thing that I would never get in the middle of and that is a mother bear and her cubs. It would be a very dangerous situation to be in because a mother, especially a bear, will go to any lengths to keep her children safe.
Once I got to the campground, I setup my tent and then sat down outside for a while. Oh, I could almost say that I was in heaven, it was just so peaceful and so beautiful. I spent the week fishing and eating and resting and swimming and it was the best week of my life.
I decided, one hot afternoon, that I would take a hike. There is a trail that is about 1.5 km long. It takes you deep into a thick forest and then around to a lake and then to a steep mountain. I haven’t walked anywhere in so long that by the time I had walked to 1.5 km, I was too tired to walk up to the steep mountain peak. I just ran out of steam.
I had a wonderful camping at Paul Lake and my most lasting memories will be of the nights that I spent in front of a bonfire, watching the millions of stars that dotted the black night sky. It was absolutely a wonderful adventure.