2002 Camping Trip Log

Last year our 'kids' gave us a 'Campers Journal' for recording information about camp sites, etc. and some of the contents are below. Please excuse the mess, there just hasn't been time to finish this page.

Roy and Janet Schmaus May 10, 2003

May 17-19 Good Sam Bashaw Spring Invitational

Every spring the Alberta Good Sams start the year off with a get together and meeting. We camped by the agricultural complex just west of the Bashaw municipal campground during a very windy week end. Everyone attending had a good time in spite of the weather.

The Bashaw municipal campground is next to the Agricultural complex. Facilities include primitive sites, a decent dump station, and a five dollar per night camping fee. The cheese factory has been moved to Calgary.

June 11 Michener Park, Lacombe

Janet and her siblings grew up in Revelstoke and after her brother Chuck told her that Lacombe was essentially Revelstoke without the mountains we had to make an overnight stop there.

The larger of the two Michener Park campground is south of the ball diamonds. Large, grassy pull through sites with power are available for $17.00 per night. Shower facilities are excellent and we also walked to the adjacent Rotary Park where a family of Canada geese were showing their goslings around.

Downtown Lacombe has a number of historic buildings and interesting shops.

June 12-16 Alberta Provincial Samboree, Stettler

Four hundred and seven rigs attended what District Governor Ron Kelly described as 'The Best Ever Alberta Samboree!" Five days of dry camping with excellent entertainment and an awesome banquet.

June 16th Byers' Acreage, near Stettler

A quick overnight at the Janet's relatives acreage. The very large showers in their house were great after the Samboree. We talked of a family reunion there next year.

June 17-18 Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Miquelon was on the way home and the weather was so nice that we stayed there for a couple of nights. Our site was peaceful and sheltered from the wind.

July 1 Long Week End Perssons RV Park, Slave Lake

We had to miss this one due to bad colds. Our Good Sams that went reported cold weather, thirty dollar per night full hook ups, and long hikes to the showers.

July 4-7 Vegreville Pysanka Festival

We stayed at the Elks-Kinsmen RV PArk right next to the Pysanka and Tourist Information Centre. Power only sites across the railroad tracks from the rest of the campground. Sites are a bit on the small side but all of our large (diesel pusher) rigs managed to fit in. Train at five a.m.. Beer fest noise on the grounds went on until 3 a.m. but at least it was less audible where we were.

The Kin park just north of the campground is very pretty and Vegreville natives are enthusiastic about hosting next year's Alberta Samboree.

July 19-21 Em-Tee-Town, Alder Flats

Unserviced sites cost $36.00 for two nights including the $12.00 camping fees plus two admissions plus GST.

A sudden storm temporarily flooded our site but weather was good for the rest of the time. Em-Tee-Town was built by one man who decided to build a complete western town. Food in the saloon is good.

July 26-28 Leduc Heritage Antique Society, west of Leduc

What do you do if you have an antique farm tractor and no place to show it?

What was done here has evolved into a large display of everything from antique farm tractors, cars, trucks and other machinery. This one just keeps getting bigger every year.

Dry camping in a grassy field. No water supply on the premises so be sure to pack enough water and come with empty holding tanks.

Breakfast and chicken supper were available and there were long line ups at the buffalo burger stand.

August 8-12 Pembina River Provincial Park, Evansburg/Entwhistle

The lone wolves street rod, etc. club had their annual river run in Evansburg that week end.

Power only sites were $18.00 per night, firewood was for sale. Good 'loonie' showers.

August 23-24 Cross Lake Provincial Park Group Area

One of the best Good Sam campouts of the year.

Heard while sitting around the communal campfire:
"What's that light over there?"
(The 'light' was the ascending full moon.)

August 25-28 Cross Lake Provincial Park Main Campground

Our oldest son had some days off so tent camped in the loop just north of us.

Jason and Roy spent a lot of time canoeing and fishing but released all the fish mainly because of the blue green algae in the lake.

George's Point had some wild blueberries.

August 29-September 2 Fish-N-Friends Beaver Lake Campground

The Labour day long week end was the second last campout of the year for our Good Sam Chapter and we had booked sites in January.

Our large power sites cost $18.00 per night. Coin showers and a lot of long week end traffic. Ranger station road was gravel and very slippery due to recent rains. Some of our sites were quite steeply sloped and all had power outlets on the wrong side.

We had our usual pot luck suppers and breakfast and everyone attending had a good time.

September 2-3 Sir Winston Churchill Provincial Park, Lac La Biche

We moved our small trailer to the island for a couple of nights after our other campers had left. Choosing a power site away from the lake turned out to be a good idea as nights were getting quite chilly.

We watched the White Pelicans, hiked some of the trails, and unwound a bit.

September 4-5 Blueberry Hill RV Park, Athabasca

New owners had taken over Blueberry Hill and we were wanted to check it out.

Everything is as good as ever. We picked enough wild blueberries for a pie and some blueberry pancakes, then went shopping in Athabasca which thankfully has not been eaten by mega stores.

Sept. 12-15 Fall Meeting/Mini-Samboree, Daysland, Alberta

"It's in the back. It's an outhouse!" Our gas stop in Daysland didn't make a great first impression on city girl Janet but Daysland turned out to be a tidy small town with very nice sports grounds and a modern hall just right for the approximately one hundred rigs camped there.

The Saturday night banquet was excellent.

September 15 Miquelon Lake Provincial Park

Twenty five degrees, sunny, and retired meant we could spend a night here amid the changing Fall colours before going home to winterize the trailer.