Sunday, June 07, 2009

Snake hunting at Charleston Lake

Charleston Lake water snake

Late last week the kids and I decided to head out to Charleston Lake on Saturday for a one-nighter with the tent while mom went out to a stag with some of her co-workers. Come Friday night the weather forecast was still holding up so I loaded the canoe on the van and threw in some camping gear. By 8:30 Saturday morning we were on the road with only one quick stop at the grocery store for some last second essentials - toothpaste, hotdog buns, toilet paper, and Double Stuff Fudgee-Os (which by the way are only available in Canada - izn't dat veird?).

We arrived in good time and quickly scoured the campground's available sites. Weighing all the pros and cons (size, privacy, level ground for the tent, proximity to the field, comfort station and beach) we settled on site 203.

Charleston Lake Provincial Park

The rest of the weekend was spent searching for snakes and frogs, paddling around the nearby islands, building sand castles, more snake hunting, campfire tales, and cozy cuddling in the tent (it dropped down to 10°C, eh). We had an awesome trip. Oh and yes, we did catch a couple of snakes... well technically Sara did all the catching. One northern water snake as it slithered in the water along the shoreline and one garter snake as it huddled in the back of the vending machine for warmth.

Checking out the snake's colours
On the rocks Snake catchers Paddling on Charleston Lake
Piggy-back Late night with the garter snake Breakfast at Charleston
By the light of the glow sticks

Bring on summer.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

i love the juxtaposition of the painted finger nails and the snake...seems you have a girlie tomboy in the family :)