So we got back from our weekend at Lac Philippe, one of Gatineau Park’s car camping hot spots. We were actually scheduled to stay tonight too, but the hurricane-inspired weather – cold, overcast, nasty wind – made us sorta think that maybe we could come home early. Thus far it hasn’t rained and there’s been no repeat of this June’s flash flood.
The other thing that sent us home early is Mallory’s cough. She’s been coughing a lot at night but typically it hasn’t woken her up. But last night the three of us were up most of the night, Irene contorting herself into various odd positions to keep Mallory’s chest elevated, me pillowless and acting as a kind of chock block to keep Mallory from sliding off her elevated perch.
Hope for me that tonight is a better night.
Walk-in sites at Lac Philippe require planning
We chose a walk-in site (D-15 and D-17 for our friends) which promised relative seculsion and quiet. On that it delivered. But the seclusion comes from placing the sites quite some distance from things like washrooms and, uh… the car. So if your food-protection strategy is more or less Put it in the Car™ you have a lot of hauling to do. And bathroom visits require planning and coordination.
But we had great weather Friday and Saturday and great camping mates in our friends M and G and their five year old daughter V. We spend most of Saturday on the beach – one that was still open, ate great food, and generally had a great time.