Monday, July 02, 2007

Once again - part 1

We joined our church camp last weekend. Same site we went to last August in Hope, BC. Same Pinoy group from our church too, with several new faces. Same picturesque views, only lusher at this time of the year.

The entrance to Camp Hope

My family was the first to arrive at 7:30 am on Saturday. We wanted to get the same cabin as last year but there was a mix-up. The caretaker couple had given our reserved cabins to another Filipino group that arrived Friday night.

Acknowledging their mistake, the caretakers gave us the staff lodge and a few available cabins that had not been taken. My family got a room at the staff lodge. It was nicer than the campers' cabins. Neat bedroom, a furnished kitchen, clean washrooms. It felt like an upgrade!

Mingling with other campers. Lots of food, fun and fellowship.
We feasted on good food. Mosquitoes feasted on us. Everyone was happy.

Saturday afternoon, we went on a convoy to the Othello Tunnels in the Coquihalla Provincial Park. The tunnels are also known as Quintette Tunnels because there are a string of five of them. We've been to this place a long time ago, but it was nice to revisit. Scenes from the movie Rambo were shot there.

Just before entering the tunnels,
now part of a provincial park

According to the BC Parks website, the tunnels were built in 1914 as part of the the Canadian Pacific Railway linking the Kootenay Region with the BC coast by rail. The railway was built over three mountain ranges. The Othello Tunnels are located in Coquihalla Canyon where the river cut a 300 foot deep channel of solid granite. There, just a bit of tourist info.

In between two tunnels

Gabriel and Markus were too young to remember going to the tunnels when we were new in Canada. They were excited to run in the dark, hide and scare Mom. I screamed for real once. Gabriel got a huge kick out of it.

The proverbial light at the end of the tunnel

The swift river in the gorge was a sight to behold.

Back at the camp, we had BBQ dinner and fellowship. To cap the evening, we had bonfire and karaoke. Filipinos love karaoke! I would have sung if I were not singing solo during the next morning's service. I wanted to preserve my voice, or rather, keep the element of surprise.

Took a very late shower and slept soundly...

Part 2 coming up...

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