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Escape-by-Pod Hottest 2021 Travel Trend

The escape by pod, or traveling with pandemic-vetted friends and family, is one of the hottest trends in vacation travel in this time of Covid. The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort is poised to accommodate the growing demand for full ranch buyouts on this private family estate in a remote and recreationally rich wilderness region of British Columbia.

The estate announces a 2021 June-October season buy-out invitation at $15,000 USD per night for pods of 12 adults. Multi-generational family groups of up to 20 members can be accommodated. This includes access to luxury Canadian hand-crafted log homes, services of a master chef and private activity guides, plus an open bar and the capability to accommodate and arrange for private aircraft.

To help take any worries or uncertainty out of booking for 2021, the offering comes with a client-friendly purchase policy that asks for a 25 percent deposit with balance due 90 days prior to arrival. However, guests will receive a full refund if the Canadian border is closed at time of travel. Full refunds minus a $500 per person fee will be available for cancellations 61 or more days prior to the arrival date. However, there will be no refunds for cancellations 60 days or less prior to arrival date if it is for any reason other than border closure.

Host Phil Huston, founder and owner, assures that all precautions and protocols that have evolved throughout the pandemic will be practiced here to help secure the well-being of guests and staff alike. They operated successfully and safely in 2020 with the assistance of Iridia Medical who made the necessary adjustments to ensure sanitation and guest safety. With a capacity of just 12 guests and their remote, secluded location, this is expected to be a destination in high demand for 2021 travel.

Phil and his wife, Anne Huston, are extending their take on luxury living in the wilderness for the 14th season this year. For them the luxury of The Chilko Experience is about friendly hospitality, complete privacy and wholesome fun in the wilderness. For 20 years Huston has been in a unique position to observe the benefits to friends and families of bonding with nature and each other. “There is a magic to witness in that process that never gets old,” said Huston.

This is British Columbia’s “last frontier”. Phil Huston came upon it almost by accident while backpacking BC over 40 years ago, and he never forgot it. Only a thousand hearty residents inhabit its 32 Million acres equating to one resident per every 50 square miles. This road less region supports 17 unique ecosystems. Mountains, glaciers, rushing rivers and alpine lakes take center stage. So do nature and its healing powers. Here, brown bears, cougars, wolves, mountain goats, eagles and salmon call the Chilcotin home.

Carved from the wilds, this-off-the-grid estate consists of six custom log and timber frame luxury accommodations which were designed and constructed by HGTV’s Timber Kings. Today these one and two-bedroom, artisan-crafted dwellings continue to delight visitors whom their hosts welcome like family to this exclusive estate. Each unique home shares common features: oversized windows for maximum natural light, stone floors, hand-beveled denim (blue toned pine) ceilings, steel roofs, all tastefully furnished with antiques. Anne Huston, a long-time antique dealer, has adorned these classic homes with many of her own collectibles. See: https://thechilkoexperience.com/log-homes/

Throughout the early June through mid-October season activities include, among others, fly fishing, kayaking, river rafting, horseback riding and four-wheeling in the never-ending forests of pine, splashed by the vivid turquoise and icy blues of the world-famous Chilko Lake.

Staff include expert guides who make sure that on a daily basis each guest fulfills a dream activity. A professional resident chef will delight you daily with their hearty, home-grown fare, and a masseuse and yoga instructor are also in residence for those in search of an invigorating natural wellness experience.

The Chilko Experience serves only British Columbia-sourced wines, many from Okanagan Valley vintners. Taking center stage in the world of wines, Okanagan is the new star to watch.  Many of its over 300 wineries have won international awards.

The geographic features of the wilderness surrounding The Chilko Experience are dominated by Chilko Lake and its out-flowing Chilko River.  The lake is the largest alpine lake in North America and its shores are completely uninhabited, making it one of the most striking and unspoiled landscapes in British Columbia today. As the locals like to ponder: Why go to Lake Louise when you can have Chilko Lake all to yourself?

The lake’s horizon is adorned with the majestic snow-capped Coastal Mountains that stretch north into Yukon territory and southerly, morphing into the Cascade Range from British Columbia into Washington and Oregon. Bears, wolves and bald eagles are abundant here, especially from mid-September through October when runs of up to a million salmon attract one of the highest concentrations of Grizzly bears in North America, not to mention hundreds of eagles that soar overhead, scouring for scraps.

“Perhaps even more impressive than artisan log castles and pristine wilderness is the heart of The Chilko Experience – our world-renowned hospitality,” explains Huston. “Sincere, unpretentious and warm are some of the words we hear. Our guests tell us that we are masters in the art of hosting. Real hands-on, laugh-your-tail-off fun is what we do. Boots on the ground, paddles in the water, fish on the line, sights seen by few – that’s what the Chilko Experience is all about.”

Huston goes on to say, “One could not conceive of a more desirable antidote to our current woes than this intimate, untamed adventure.  When guests ask for the address of the resort, they get an unusual answer.  We are 30 miles off the power grid, 40 miles to the post office and 200 miles to the grocery store but at night you can reach up and touch the stars.”

For additional details please see https://thechilkoexperience.com/. Call toll free 1.888.865.7136 or email phil@chilkoexperience.com.

About The Chilko Experience Wilderness Resort
The estate is a charter member of The Austin Collection and a member of the Mantis Collection, Villas of Distinction and the Chilko Operators Association. It was also included in the 2018 Chad Clark Certified 25™. This is a collection of the most unique, authentic and singular travel experiences to be had throughout the world.

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The Latest Vaping Devices Blur the Lines Between Pod Systems and Mods

It’s a nearly universal fact that people who try small vaping devices and like them ultimately decide to upgrade to larger devices. For the first several years in which vaping existed, most people followed a fairly similar pattern. They started out with small cigarette-shaped “cigalikes” before upgrading to larger vape pens and, eventually, full-sized mods. 

These days, though, things are a bit different because so many of the people getting started with vaping today aren’t buying cigalikes; they’re buying vaping devices with removable pods. All vaping devices work in much the same way: They use heat to vaporize a nicotine-infused e-liquid for inhaling. The experience of using a pod system, however, is quite different from the experience of using a cigalike or vape pen. The end result is that, when pod system owners decide to upgrade their devices, they don’t want mods – they want better pod systems. 

The vaping industry’s many manufacturers are only too happy to deliver, and they’ve crafted an enormous variety of more powerful and flexible – but still pod-based – vaping devices to tempt the legions of upgraders. Today’s pod systems are so good, in fact, that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to identify the differences between today’s high-end pod systems and full-fledged vape mods. 

What’s it like to buy a new pod system these days? These are just a few of the features that you can expect to find when you shop for an upgraded pod system at a vape shop like V2 Cigs UK.

Support for Any Vaping Style

When pod systems first appeared on the market, their primary draw was that they were the perfect devices to use with high-strength nicotine salt e-liquids. When you use an extremely high-strength e-liquid, you need to pair that e-liquid with a device that has the same tight airflow characteristics as a cigarette – something designed for mouth-to-lung inhaling. That’s great when you’re first switching from smoking to vaping – but almost every new vaper eventually becomes an intermediate vaper who wants to enjoy bigger clouds.

Today’s high-end pod systems typically offer adjustable airflow characteristics to give upgrading vapers the ability to enjoy bigger clouds while dropping the nicotine strength of their e-liquids. Whether you prefer mouth-to-lung inhaling, direct-to-lung inhaling or something in between, you’ll have no trouble finding a pod system that conforms to your requirements.

Replaceable Atomizer Coils

Creating a vaping device that produces bigger clouds and provides a great experience with lower-nicotine e-liquids isn’t just a matter of opening up the airflow. The device also needs to have an efficient atomizer coil that’s capable of vaporizing a large amount of e-liquid – and vaporizing it quickly – without drying out in the middle of a puff and giving the user a burning or charring sensation. That’s quite different from the type of atomizer coil that works best for higher-strength e-liquids. Many of today’s high-end pod systems are designed to support multiple vaping styles, and the only way to do that with a single device is by offering different atomizer coils.

Until recently, the defining characteristic of pod vaping systems was the fact that the atomizer coil was a permanent part of the pod. If you wanted a new atomizer coil, you replaced the entire pod. With many of the pod systems now being produced, though, you can remove the atomizer coil from the pod and replace it without discarding the pod.

Having a pod system with a replaceable atomizer coil is great for two reasons. The first is that a pod system with many different types of coils available makes it possible to have many different vaping experiences with the same device. Some recent pod systems work with as many as a dozen different coils. The second reason why having a replaceable coil is such a good thing is because vaping is much less expensive if you can replace your atomizer coil without buying an entirely new pod.

Adjustable Power

Adjustable power is one of the most important features of today’s pod systems, and you’ll find it in virtually every pod system that’s positioned as a premium device. It’s practically a requirement, in fact, for a device that aims to work well for both mouth-to-lung and direct-to-lung inhaling. Between the two categories of atomizer coils, there’s often a difference in power requirements of 50 watts or more. 

With a pod system, utilizing the variable-wattage functionality isn’t terribly different from the way in which that function works with a mod. You press a button on the front of the device, and the wattage displayed on the screen changes.

There is one important difference, though, between pod systems and mods in how their variable-wattage functionality works. When you use a mod, you’re using a device that conforms to an industry standard and can accept whatever tank or atomizer you’d like to use with it. A mod, therefore, has no idea what type of tank is connected to it.

Pod systems, on the other hand, are proprietary vaping platforms that work only with specific atomizer coils. The manufacturer of a pod system knows exactly what atomizer coils are going to be available for that device and what the recommended wattage ranges are for those coils. It is therefore possible for a pod system to automatically recognize the inserted atomizer coil and suggest an appropriate wattage. It’s just one more example of how pod-based vaping devices are becoming more capable without sacrificing the user friendliness that made them popular in the first place.

Tank-Like Pods

One of the most interesting ways in which today’s vaping devices are blurring the lines between pod systems and mods is the fact that many of the pod systems now being released have pods that are almost indistinguishable from full-sized vape tanks. They’re bigger than ever, and they have enormous air vents that facilitate the production of huge clouds. The only real difference is that, no matter how much the pod in a current pod system may resemble a full-sized vape tank, the device is still a proprietary system that will only work with that pod.