The stuff is piled in the dining room. We’ve done a test pack to make sure it will all fit in the car – along with David, who we will pick up in Calgary to join us for a week. Lawn mowing, house checking, and other preparations have been arranged. And soon we are off.
Perhaps just a little meditation on why we’re doing this is called for before we head out.
The first answer is probably because we can – or maybe that should be because we still can. At our age, we have lost friends who can no longer do these things. Others have illnesses that limit their activities. We have slowed ourselves, but a leisurely car camping trip is something that we can handle and enjoy. We hope the memories will carry us into the future.
We love the outdoors. Listening to tree frogs as we settle down to sleep on our comfy camp cots sounds like a great way to spend the summer months. Hikes and bike rides let us slow down and see things. We love the grand beauty of the mountains, but also the vastness of prairies and tundra.
We thought we’d tie several of those someday trips into one. A trip to see where my grandfather homesteaded on the Saskatchewan prairie, a visit to the highly touted Canadian Rocky parks of Banff and Jasper, a tour up the north shore of Lake Superior, a visit with some old friends… Putting these things off might have meant we wouldn’t do them.
We want to be able to explore. When we were working, trips were often crammed into short periods of time. We have the time now and relish the idea of seeing not just the big name sights but also the smaller things – interesting little towns that most people blow through, out of the way parks, and little museums. Small city baseball teams. Birds that fly through our part of the country on their way to summer breeding grounds. People and places that we haven’t heard of and that will surprise us.
So friends and family, come along and we’ll do our best to share our adventure with you.