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Not so rough, “roughing it”


If you like being out in the quiet of nature and don’t mind having very few people around, a fishing and camping trip on northern Vancouver Island might be just the thing for you.

Bringing along a trailer or a camper is not exactly roughing it, but who says you have to suffer to enjoy the outdoors. The Captain and a couple of friends are exploring new territory.

After a long drive on paved roads, get ready for a fairly long drive on dusty gravel roads. Everything in and on your vehicle will be covered in a fine layer of flour-like dust. But what’s a little dust when you end up on a serene lake like this one?

In the morning, you set out early before the sun burns off the fog over the lake and the wind blows away the last wisps of mist. Maybe it’s easier to sneak up on the trout if they can’t see you coming through the cloud.

Time for a nap after all that fresh air. It’s good to be refreshed in time for an early evening bite, when the trout are looking for their supper.

Next morning the lake is a mirror of beauty.

It’s mostly catch and release, but on the last day it’s nice to bring home a meal in time for a Mother’s Day dinner.

The trout were delicious.

Author: wordsfromanneli

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39 thoughts on “Not so rough, “roughing it”

  1. I like trout and those look yummy.

    Wonderful photos. πŸ™‚

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  2. Wow, such a beautiful and quiet place 😊

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  3. Oh, I bet that trout was yummy! Beautiful photos, Anneli! Stay safe and enjoy.

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  4. What a wonderful place to rest the soul and body for a few days πŸ™‚

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  5. It’s wonderful to be living in a place where you can access a beautiful, serene lake like the one you write about! I’m familiar with northern Vancouver Island, but don’t recognize the location. Kudos to you for practising ‘catch and release’ most times, and taking fish out only to consume. I’m happy that they are still there, in spite of all that’s happened to our beautiful lakes!

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  6. Such beautiful photos! What a lovely spot to stay and enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature.

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  7. A scenery that blows your socks off!

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  8. What gorgeous photos. They made me feel the serenity (which I need right now with a lot of noise going on in my back yard where they’re building a patio). Did the captain take the pics? Do you clean and debone those fish? I’m like your city girl, Marlie, except I’ve never transformed into a country girl, like her. πŸ˜‰

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  9. I can’t imagine how wonderful that trout must have tasted. The last photo is beautiful.

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  10. So serene and peaceful. Just what a person needs.

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  11. Glamping!!! Looks fun!

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  12. What a great place to spend a few days. I’d say it was worth the dusty trip!

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  13. The trout looks nice! Are there other species of fish in the lake?

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  14. Anneli, there is absolute serenity in this wonderful location … stunning photos and I’m all for β€˜roughing’ it when not really too rough! πŸ˜€ A beautiful post to start my morning! πŸ˜€

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  15. Wow. Lake shots are amazing


  16. I just had a look at my header and then thought of your I-95 traffic jam.


  17. WOW! I would love to spend some time right at this lake to repair the soul and then eat these wonderful fat trouts.


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