Thursday, September 27, 2012

Fawn Lake, Lone Butte, British Columbia

Fawn Lake Resort is  run by Heidi & Freddy Hess. A sweet little spot to camp off the Fishing Highway in BC. It has electric & water hook up and a sani-dump. Fabulous rest rooms with good old country music playing as soon as you open the doors;hot showers and a laundry.  Steve from the Lost Fork Fly Shop recommended this place-thank you so much Steve ! We were a little worried about "the resort aspect".  We like to dry camp and prefer quieter areas for camping when we need electric or water hookup.  I had a vision of campers lined up in a parking lot,looking more like Walmart than a relaxing getaway spot.  You can't imagine my relief when we pulled into this place-it was absolutely perfect.  We both wanted #1 a lake so that Jim could fish; #2 a sunny beach where I could relax and read and play with Hailey and #3 a campsite as beautiful as the one we left behind on Lopez Island. High expectations right ?  And we were not disappointed, we felt so blessed and grateful to find this place.  After coming off of that horrible July I had, in and out of the hospital with Lyme Disease, this vacation was exactly what I needed to mentally recover and get my spirit back.  And Jim certainly needed it after the stress he went through until the doctors figured out what was wrong with me.

You can see from the map that it's a small lake in comparison to it's neighbors, but it couldn't have been more perfect.  Spring fed;clear water:ducks greeting us in the morning with their quacking; muskrats swimming along the shore at sunset and deer wandering around the lake in the evening. We heard tales of a black bear breaking into one of the cabins late last fall but we didn't spot any signs of bear while we were camping at Fawn Lake.

Fall has arrived and the Aspen are gorgeous

Fawn Lake front porch-you can pick up WiFi here if you are so inclined.

Heidi and Freddy do a wonderful job of keeping the resort looking beautiful

 View from one of the cabins around the lake

A nice place to soak up the afternoon sun

The view we went to sleep with and woke up to. We saw a million stars out of those windows at night

We were down on the "Point" (site #6A) where the hardcore fishermen were ! Not that we were hardcore,just happened to be the last water site available.  The sites at the west end of the lake are more private and have more shade to protect you from the hot sun. We camped here from September 19 -September 22 and hated to leave .

 The Point

We met some great people here,our next door neighbor was Wayne-he has been coming here for 20 years.  He gave us the lay of the land and some advice on getting a surge guard for our electric hook up.  He was a pretty funny guy and told us many tales of his 3 wives and how he got the camper he had today.  He kept us laughing around the campfire.  We also met Sandra and Marty from Surrey.  When we compared our health care system with Canada's we wanted them to adopt us !  Marty gave Jim a California Blond Fly to help him catch some trout on this gorgeous lake.  Really nice people and we enjoyed lots of laughs around the campfire with them.

Hand made chaise lounges all around the lake

Putting on his fins to head out to the middle of the lake

Jim was in fish heaven during this stay 

Beginning of a perfect day with a perfect view and oh so quiet

The duckies loved Hailey ,they would gather and watch her closely as she jumped in after her sticks

I loved the weather and the sunshine all day long,finally got a little color !
Dark chocolate and cherry Brownies-my first attempt at dessert on the charcoal grill !

Here is the recipe for the brownies that I attempted on the charcoal grill-they were very good !

Dark Chocolate and Cherry Brownies
adapted from
Cooking spray
3.4 ounces all-purpose flour (about 3/4 cup)
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup unsweetened cocoa
1 teaspoon baking powder
3/4 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup cherry preserves
1/3 cup water
5 tablespoons butter
1 large egg, lightly beaten
1 large egg white
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
Powdered sugar (optional)

Preheat oven to 350°.(see my notes below for cooking on a charcoal grill)
Line a 9-inch square baking pan with parchment paper; coat with cooking spray.

Weigh or lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour, 1 cup sugar, unsweetened cocoa, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl; stir with a whisk. Combine cherry preserves, 1/3 cup water, and butter in a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Add preserves mixture to flour mixture; stir well. Add egg and egg white; stir until smooth. Stir in semisweet chocolate chips. Scrape batter into prepared pan. Bake at 350° for 25 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out with a few moist crumbs. Cool in pan on wire rack. Garnish with powdered sugar, if desired.
Note: Lining the pan with parchment paper helps prevent the moist brownies from sticking.
I didn't bake these in the oven. I used our Cobb Grill for my first attempt at baking on a charcoal grill. I had 10 coals in the fire basket and they were that really nice grey color and fairly hot.  I used the frying pan accessory to act as a little bit of buffer between the cake pan and the hot coals. ( I have since learned that a nice layer of sand inside the frying pan would diffuse the heat beautifully and keep the brownies from scorching on the bottom.) These baked for about an hour and they did burn slightly one the bottom-easily remedied by cutting off the burnt bottoms.  They were delicious-I can't wait to experiment with more desserts on this grill-love, love,love it !

Nice touch,a viewing area where you can bird watch and it has a fabulous view of the lake

Ran across these two woodland spirits while hiking around the lake

The west end of the campground where the trees are much thicker and provide nice shade coverage

Moon rise on Fawn Lake

It's very peaceful here, we definitely plan on returning next year

Our last night and moon rise

Our last morning view of the lake

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