Tuesday, 10 September 2013

Just A Quick Jaunt

One of the major advantages of owning a teeny trailer--vintage or new--is that it can tuck into just about any space. We had only one night to camp so we headed to Island View Beach Campground, a mere fifteen minute drive down the seashore from the town of Sidney, where we live. Being the last weekend before school started, the RV site was full, so we tucked Bing into one of the tent sites and had a cozy stay.

Here's the RV site:

And here's our spot in the tent and tent-trailer area. The sky looks a little ominous, no? Fortunately, it was just a passing cloud and we didn't see a drop of rain.

There's not much privacy in a site like this, tucked as it is near the beach in an old farm field. But we had a little apple tree between us and our neighbours, and the tree was full of apricot sized apples ripe with that perfect sweet/tart balance that to me, is one of those flavours that is quintessentially fall.

Ariel quickly set to work making a centrepiece for the picnic table. 

Then she moved on to playing with crickets.

We're very lucky to live where we do, surrounded by scenery like this:

The weather and setting called for some portraiture:

Doug's parents joined us for dinner and a little beach time. 

I love the colour of a late summer evening. The sun is lower at this time of night, yet the air's still warm and the leaves haven't yet turned colour. It makes me feel nostalgic for the bright, endless days of July, yet excited about the cozy season soon to come.

The next morning, we were up bright an early to play on the beach at low tide. Island View Beach is a great place to swim on hot days. The gently sloped sand heats the water a fraction as the tide rises, and keeps the water shallow. Still, it has to be at least 26 degrees Celsius for me to venture in. Our Salish Sea waters are ice cold!

Vintage camper spotting! An Ideal and a Scamper. I longed to peek inside but the owners weren't "home" whenever we were nearby. I didn't want to poke around uninvited.

Unfortunately, the regional parks folks close this campground down after Labour Day, but the park remains open year round for playing. We'll come back again next summer whenever we want a quick getaway!


  1. Looks like you have found your close getaway spot. It looks like a lovely place to go with the family.
    I can feel that autumn's in the air and that means a close is coming to my glamping adventures. I may have one more in October with a vintage trailer group. But then that will be it! I plan to spend the winter planning my trips and making a few things for my trailer.

  2. Island View Beach Campground looks like a wonderful place to go camping. I love fall too, but the summer season is still my favourite. Maybe next time those other vintage trailer owners will be "home" and you will get tours of their campers :)