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What a summer it was

Of course, were long out of summer now but it’s taken me a while to get back to writing.

It was a wild, wild summer of weather. We drove out to BC through snow storms, rain storms, floods and rock slides. On the drive out we barely missed both rock slides and separate floods by a matter of hours.

When we crossed the Rogers Pass, we were out of the snow but not the rock slides or floods. The following images don’t show the carnage, just how beautiful B.C. is in the spring. And then we arrived at the Williams Lake Stampede Campground for our yearly visit.

I’ve told this story in another blog but here is the short version. Shortly after we arrived at the Campground we were offered the job of Hosts. We snapped up the opportunity. We wanted something to do while we were in Williams Lake visiting relatives. Working at the campground got us outside in the sun, allowed us to meet people from all over the World, improved our health by building an “exercise” program and improved our minds by forcing us to get involved in new activities and thinking through problems.

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I reviewed the Campground in a previous post.

I have to say operating the equipment at the Campground was a challenge at first. It’s been while since I had that kind of job; almost 40 years since I worked in a Provincial Park. I made a couple of embarrassing mistakes like installing a mower blade upside down which caused the mower to shake horribly and bending a blade on the Toro that really made the main lawn look odd. Thankfully, easily fixed and grass grows. Oh yeah, and the timer on the irrigation system took some book studying. I now have the confidence that I can work with my hands.

We had a very successful Health Education Presentation by Michelle Ball at the Signal Point Casino. Also Drew Pasay conducted some very valuable training sessions for Distributors in Williams Lake. We organized and advertised the events. It’s difficult to take on new skills but very rewarding when the results improve so many people’s lives.

The big event of the summer was the Williams Lake Stampede which filled the main campground and overflow for nearly a week. We even made tent sites for tourists that discovered the Rodeo while passing through. It’s an event worth seeing and we had extremely few issues with the large crowd.

The Stampede is run by volunteers. Their dedication really made an impact on me. I plan on following up on this in another blog.

The Fire. Williams Lake was evacuated while we were out of Town at a wedding. Glad we missed the evacuation of 11,000 City residents and nearly as many from the immediate area. Were told the lights went on for miles. Amazingly, no injuries.

The City was evacuated except for emergency response personnel and a few hundred residents to keep essential services running. That went on for 3 weeks before we could return.

Over 1.25 million hectares of BC burned. There were hundreds of fires including the 5 that threatened Williams Lake. Homes, businesses and landmarks were destroyed.

It was my second life lesson of the summer to see the determination and kindness displayed during this time.

Several Children staying in the Campground created a very sweet tribute to first response personnel. Williams Lake Fire Department sent an Engine and crew down to say you’re welcome.

Childrens Tribute to First Facebook capture

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Fires across BC and Alberta made for some glorious sunsets.

Much of BC continued to be smoky long after the evacuation was lifted.  We were not considered to be essential personnel so we could not return. The Stampede Grounds was used as a temporary relocation area for livestock and people from the immediate area. Lorraine Smith and her volunteers kept the main functions of the Campground running.

When we returned to our RV we were so thankful that it was safe. We should not have worried because Fire Departments from around BC were being housed at the Stampede Grounds but never having been through something like this we expected the worst. We had experienced a much smaller fire in Saskatchewan summer of 2016 that resulted in black rain and very thick smudge on the RV. Nothing like this in summer 2017.

All our family and friends were successfully evacuated to Prince
George or south to the Kamloops area. Thankfully, everyone remained safe. The wait to return home was hard on everyone.

The campground did take some work to restore. The grass had all turned brown and the buildings needed some looking after. Tourists modified their routes to avoid the smoke and the remaining fires which meant traffic was pretty light for a few weeks. But everything came back and looked beautiful by mid-August.

We’re so grateful that we had chance to meet so many new friends, visit with old friends including those at Della’s school reunion, spend the summer with family, work on our Juice Plus business, recover some long lost skills and continue to improve our health.

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Putting it out to the Universe

Della and I have learned that if you put your good thoughts out to the Universe; it will come back to you. This sounded like Hocum to me but I’ve come to believe in it. Besides what’s the point of being negative.

Our best recent example happened this past summer. We learned of a job at a campground we visit every summer. We applied for the job but weren’t successful. Still we remained positive. When we arrived at the campground for our yearly visit with relatives, within 3 days we were offered the job.

Of course its called the “Law of Attraction”.  It’s a concept that the entrepreneurs in our business study and talk about regularly.  As we’ve developed our business we’ve learned a lot from this group. We’ve attended a lot of events and have had the chance to hear and talk to some industry leaders in some beautiful locations.

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Kelowna, BC

How does this relate to Law of Attraction? Well just 3 years ago Della and I had some health issues.  We reached a breaking point. We chose to retire early and work on our health. Fortunately, a former co-worker kept reminding Della of a product that helped with her postpartum depression. Within 4 months we both noticed significant improvements in our health. Within the year, we both realized this was a path we wanted to tell others about. It’s like we put our thoughts out there and the universe provided.

Williams Lake Stampede Campground review (Update)

I’m happy to update a review of the Williams Lake Stampede Campground. My last review was a couple of seasons ago. At the time my only concern was the poor WiFi connection. Since we run our business and are avid Internet users a speedy connection is important to us.

The Campground has run fibre and installed three antennas around the campground. Connections from every camp site are excellent.

New gate to the Grounds by Pioneer Log Homes

The campground is right in the City Of Williams Lake beside the Stampede Grandstand. It’s easy to locate and get big rigs around in. The campsite has 82 stalls with 8 pull throughs with 50 amp service for the large units. There are also 5 pull throughs with 30 amp service.  All sites except tenting have water, power and sewer connections. The washrooms are clean and modern. Showers are coin operated and allow 6-8 minutes of hot water.

The campground has a small, clean laundry. Since the camp site is right in town its close to all the amenities of a small city.

On line reservations are allowed at http://www.williamslakestampede.com/campground/.

The 91st Annual Williams Lake Stampede is June 29th to July 2nd, 2017. The Stampede is famous for the Mountain Race. It’s been modified since the early days and no longer comes from high on the mountain. Still exciting though and a show of horsemanship.

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Office at the campground Gate notice the sign about horses.

Locals store their horses in one of the many on-site barns. Horses and riders are often visible. Carnivals and trade shows are also held on site through out the summer.

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Our campsite

While you’re in Williams Lake, take a drive out west to the Chilcotin. It’s a beautiful, fascinating area. It does help to have a guide to hear more of the history of the area. It’s home to the Gang Ranch, one of the largest ranches in North America.

Also a must see is Barkerville, a gold rush town near Quesnel. It’s a look to the past where cultures met and took gold from the ground.

I have to come clean, since we arrived and I started this post, we were offered the maintenance job at the campground. We’re so pleased that we can stay in the area longer, visit family and friends and learn more about this fascinating, beautiful area of British Columbia.

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