Monday, February 17, 2014

Dreaming of open water and Campfire Food

Those who know me, know that if pickles and wine don't count towards my daily 5, I'm screwed. Inexplicably though, the last few days I have been craving fruit and vegetables. I'm not sure if it's because my body is trying to save itself with some actual nutrition or because the sunshine has me thinking of all things summer related. I'm going to go with the 'all things summer related' explanation. Mainly because I have also been thinking about barbeques, hotdogs and food cooked over an open fire.

Back when the kids were little, our camping food consisted of bags of chips, the variety pack of little cereal boxes that you can just add milk to, and hot dogs. We weren't very inventive. But now, thanks to Pinterest and all other sites that make you realize that you were a failure of a parent, we can correct our shortcomings. Now I know that all you need is tinfoil and a fire to create a gourmet dinner out in the sticks.

Feel like having some Baked Brie with Brandy or some Roasted peaches for dessert? Just grab your tinfoil. I thought my parents were fancy because they roasted potatoes, cooked bacon and eggs and wrapped hotdogs in bannock!

This wonderful lady even made Campfire Cones.

The next time we go camping, I promise my kids that we will have wonderful and interesting food. It will be so wonderful and interesting that they probably won't eat it. So, as a fail safe, I will make sure that I have everyone's favourite camping foods packed as a back up. Chip and pickle sandwiches, bannock and HOTDOGS!

In the meantime, I am going to have a little taste of summer right now. I have made a delicious chip sandwich (balanced with some orange wedges on the side so I don't get scurvy), poured a generous glass of Pinot Grigio and plan on typing 'pinterest fails' into the search bar while I enjoy a roaring fire from the comfort of my couch.

What's your go to food for camping?

Monday, July 15, 2013

The Times, they are a Changing!

For good, bad or worse; we are a 'plugged in' society. I remember when we first came to Robert's Roost, having WiFi was a novelty among campgrounds. It was a rarity to have people who traveled with more than one laptop, and even then, they usually only used it for checking their email. Smart phones, tablets, laptops, hand held gaming devices and even e-readers are all capable of connecting to the internet. Facetime, Skype, Netflix, You Tube and online gaming all help keep us connected as well as entertained. We can stream the latest music video; harvest our strawberries in Farmville; take a selfie (yes, I have teenagers), post it on Instagram and video chat - all from the comfort of your tent or RV while enjoying the great outdoors.

Our wireless can no longer keep up. There is only so much bandwidth to go around!

We need to keep our campers happy, and part of that means that they need to have a reliable wireless service. We know our limitations and we have gone as far as we can go with providing it ourselves. Since we are both very 'Type A' personalities, it was a hard decision to make. We don't often hand over the reins to other people.

Our wireless service will now be 100% coverage throughout the park. It won't boot you off unexpectedly and there will be more than enough bandwidth to even keep the video blogger happy!

Rates will be: $5/day, $25/week or $35/month. Up to four devices can be connected per account.

To all the parents out there who were upset with their children eschewing the campfire for their Facebook account - you can now feel free to tell them that you are in charge of their wireless usage. They can connect when, and only when, you say they can. What wonderful power to have over our plugged in children!

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In other, more day to day news, we have 6 new replacement picnic tables and a new playground structure for the smaller kids! The existing playground apparatus was geared more to the older kids, so it is nice to have this new addition to the park. There were a million pieces, and to put it together, it took 3 men more hours than I'm willing to admit to. One box was full of nothing but bolts! The finished product looks good and we have some young ones in the park who have been busy breaking it in. This is what happens when Keith goes to Costco by himself!


Many exciting events are happening in and around Quesnel in the next few weeks. Billy Barker Days (July 18-21), the Pawsitive Steps Dog Agility Trial (in the park July 19-21), The Quesnel Airshow (August long weekend at the Quesnel Airport) and the Arts Wells Festival (Wells, August long weekend) to name a few. The RCMP Musical Ride will also be making an appearance in our city tomorrow, so if you don't have tickets yet, stop by Circle S Western Wear to pick them up.

If you are planning on stopping by, we would love to see you. Make sure you call in advance for reservations or check out our re-vamped website at and make a reservation request online. -R

p.s. I almost forgot. I saw fireflies on Dragon Lake! I've never seen them before and it was AWESOME!

Saturday, September 8, 2012

Summer at a Glance

As usual, the blog posts during the summer have been sporadic non-existent. That is a good thing though, because it means that we have had a busy summer season. We had lots of repeat guests and met many new travelers who had never been to the park before, lots of whom live in the Cariboo and were just discovering Dragon Lake for the first time!

2012 brought many exciting changes to the park, one of which was our wonderful lighting upgrade compliments of BC HYDRO. A huge thank-you to all who voted for us in the spring. We couldn't have done it without you. For anyone who lives in BC, the Energy Fix Contest is run yearly and I highly suggest clicking on the BC HYDRO link above so that you can bookmark it and enter next year. $5,000 in improved lighting can be a huge savings for your business! We had our shower house upgraded because, as many of you know, they are some of the nicest washrooms in BC, but you couldn't turn off the lights! Now they work on sound and we have noticed a huge savings from them not having to run 24/7 for 6 months out of the year. Fancy that! 

Other changes included: re-doing the front row of pull through sites with new fencing panels and shrubs, improved security with a new coded entrance gate for guests and their children, a fancy new patio boat for hourly/daily rental as well as an after dinner cruise option with snacks and operator and one of the MOST exciting changes will be taking place at the end of the season - we are opening up our house as a vacation rental! Not only will this be a great opportunity to have friends and family all in one great location (sleeps 9), but it will be the only rental available over Christmas. 30 acres on the lake is a great opportunity for a great family vacation filled with x-country skiing, snow shoeing, skating and ice fishing. Our accommodations page has all the rates and details, so make sure you check it out!

I will leave you with a few pictures from this year and, for all the fishermen reading this who have suffered through a lot of information that they couldn't care less about, I will give you what you have been waiting for.... The cooler night temperatures have cooled off the lake and the fish are jumping! Guests are even catching a good number of fish off the end of our dock at night! So call for a reservation, get your boats loaded up, and we'll see you at 'The Roost'!

Saturday, June 30, 2012

Room with a View

Ever wonder what it is like to wake up at the most popular resort and the best view in Quesnel every day? Most mornings for us are busy. My wife works for the School District, has a Landscape Design business, and is my business partner here @ Robert's Roost. In all the years we have been together, most mornings we discuss briefly  what is happening that day business wise. In our attempts to be efficient in our day to day operations, lots of little things sometimes get missed. It is important to slow down a bit once in a while and remember where you came from, and more importantly to make time for your family and each other. It is a "me" generation, and I think we all forget about the big picture from time to time. Getting back to the view we have, it helps remind me that we are very fortunate to live where we do, have the friends that we have, and beautiful children who are always so patient and understanding when we are unable to do things with them when they would like. It is the small stuff that counts, and sometimes maybe that is all there is. The small things. We have always tried our hardest to make our guests feel at home here, and I am reminded how well we have done that when I have the pleasant random conversations with people that I do. It is the best reward to make friends from another country talking about anything and everything, and sometimes even those small things I mentioned earlier. Seems no matter where you are from, the world is a busy, busy place.
So if you ever feel like you need to slow down and enjoy the view, there is one magical place not far from you that will help you remember who and where you are. Robert's Roost RV Park, on the famous and incredibly beautiful Dragon Lake.

Saturday, June 9, 2012

My Day on the Lake

Today I went for my first kayak of the season. It was a beautiful day on the lake and surprisingly nice and quiet. The waves got a little choppy at one point, and due to my lack of 'paddling muscle', it felt like I was slogging through mud at one point, but that's to be expected when you go out three times a year! It was fun to watch the anglers, sneak up on unsuspecting ducks and just enjoy the beautiful scenery.

I saw lots of these:

One of this:

Some of these:

One of that:
And EVEN one of these!


I LOVE this Lake! Mental note: Get out of the darn office a little more and open my eyes to the beautiful surroundings that I'm lucky enough to wake up to every morning!

Monday, May 28, 2012

New Rental

Robert's Roost has added a new boat to our rental line up! Seats 11. Rental Rates for the 2012 season are $350/day (maximum of 8 hours) or $75/hour. Must have pleasure craft operators card or equivalent to rent. Please call 1-888-227-8877 to reserve. Price includes fuel. Watch for upcoming dessert cruises to be added in the near future. Keith will be your captain and a light after dinner snack will be provided.

Monday, March 26, 2012

March 26, 2012

The PointThe first measurement24"That's a lot of ice!22"Sites 39-41
Snowsnow, snow go away!

March 26, 2012, a set on Flickr.

In regards to a tweet a few days ago, maybe the x-country skier wasn't going so fast because he heard ice cracking.... Ice is still 22-24" just off the point. Saw a truck driving on the lake today after hearing an ice auger going for quite some time. Thought we'd go and check it out. The results were disappointing to say the least....