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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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Shred 10

I’ve written about Shred 10 in the past. We‘ve learned the secret though.  The secret is to keep it up for 4 months straight.

Della and I have tried many diets. None have had long term success except Shred 10. I should start at the beginning though. Watch this from Dr. Mitra Ray and Jake Kelly.

Shred 10 is 10 days of focusing on your health.

  • eat whole food and substitute Complete Shakes for two meals a day. Don’t forget to take your Complete capsules as well
  • drink water
  • exercise most days
  • get 8 hours of sleep nightly

Eliminate

  • gluten and diary
  • alcohol
  • caffeine
  • processed foods
  • artificial and refined sugars
  • eating after 6 PM.

We had lots of help with a community, recipe book and guidelines.

Shred 10 is not done just once. It’s a jump start to a healthier life.

Della and I have had some health issues. We want to improve our health and enjoy our retirement. Here’s Dr. Ray again with her reasons for improving her health. She has some excellent information on why water or juice cleanse’s are not the answer.

Shred 10 is for men too. Complete pills have nearly eliminated my gout and Shakes have eliminated my knee joint issues. Here is what other men report.

How did we do in March? Take a look.

Since starting Shred10 in February we’ve gained energy, improved our lifestyle, shred bad habits and lost 26 lbs between us.

We start another Shred10 April 1. Want to join?  Sign up for Shred 10 Shred 10

 

 

 

What we’ve learned about the Gut Microbiome

We attended a session by Dr. Mitra Ray called Who Should Eat several weeks ago.

The strange title kind of intrigued us. She spoke of the gut micro biome that I’d never heard of. Della and I have spent the last ten years on improving our health. This is the first time its come up.

Mitra Ray Crowd
She drew a large crowd
She told us about the rise in autoimmune diseases that’s reaching epidemic proportions. The list of diseases associated with the micro-biome is huge and includes:

  • Alzheimer’s
  • Autism
  • Asthma
  • Autoimmune hepatitis
  • Breast cancer
  • Celiac
  • Cardiovascular disease
  • Chronic kidney disease
  • Colon Cancer
  • Crohns
  • Depression
  • Food allergies
  • Hypertension
  • Laryngeal cancer
  • Lung cancer
  • Lupus
  • Obesity
  • Parkinson’s
  • Prostate Cancer

Autoimmune disease on the rise

Dr. Ray contends that a healthy gut biome is critical to our good health. If you have ever been born by cesarean, used antibiotics, eaten gluten, sugary foods, fish, diary, milk regularly, did not play outdoors in the dirt as a child you may not have a strong micro-biome. Look at your micro-biome as a lawn. If you kill the lawn what grows back, weeds.

All diseases begin in the Gut – Hippocrates

You can repair your biome by taking probiotics which contain helpful bacteria like yogurt or supplements. But, you cant buy your micro biome, its specific to your body. The second way is to feed it which she considers the most powerful. Lastly, you can attempt to replace it.

Dr. Ray is a strong proponent of a plant based diet. Della and I are finding our health improves as we consume more and more plants. I doubt that we’ll ever completely move to a plant based diet. However, our portions of beef, chicken, fish are much smaller than they once were.

We’ve learned that the phyto-nutrients (plant nutrients) working in synergy with each other can repair the damage to your body. This is unlike the man made chemicals in vitamins.

Dr. Ray presented a similar talk in Birmingham last year.

YouTube video

 

 

A Look back at the summer of 2016

It was wonderful. We spent the majority of the summer in the RV. We hit Drumheller, Rimbey  and Redwater in Alberta; Williams Lake, Sicamous, Penticton and Quesnel in BC. Being in the RV allows us to visit friends and family. Its wonderful to renew old friendships and make some new ones. It’s very special to be able to run a business anywhere and impact so many peoples health and livelihood.

If there is a downside, most campgrounds have poor internet connections. If we didn’t have a online business I would care less. I don’t understand campgrounds that have poor Internet. Most people I know like to stay in touch by email at the very least. I know we’re a little different in wanting a constant, reliable, fairly quick Internet to conduct business. But still, come on campground owners. We always comment on locations that dont allow us to check our email at the very least.

Here’s a video with a brief description and lots of photos of our summer.

Summer 2016 on Youtube

 

Update to Wifi Ranger review

We’ve put the R.V. away for the winter. I’ve been spending time updating and preparing for next March.

I’ve hooked up the WiFi Ranger Go and Elite routers to our home wireless network. They work beautifully delivering speeds nearing 18 meg. Even my old laptop performs well when connected. It appears a good Internet connection in the campground is the answer. Speeds are reported by the routers themselves and I have combined the signal from both routers. I’ll update this review when I can determine up and download speeds.

Last summer, we stayed in certain campgrounds where I found administering the routers a chore. At nights so much of one I turned them off. We did stay in one campground that had multiple WiFi antennas and that experience was a joy.

By the way, the Go router is built into the device you can plug LAN cables in. The Elite router is in the external antennae. The Elite Antennae makes a lot more networks visible.

With this experience, I’m looking forward to next summer. We’ll be able to stay in touch and run our Juice Plus business from the RV. We are going back to that certain campground. I’ll speak to their management about improving their WiFi connection.

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