I've written earlier posts about it, but this Summer we're trying very hard to make the most of every single Weekend. For me, this is essential to balance my 9-5 job and keep that too common, bored feeling from creeping in.
We were planning on going boating last weekend until the Raincouver forecast poured all over our plans. Instead of letting our time go sour, we hopped in the car and drove the Peachland (about a four hour drive) to camp with some friends and ring in the first day of Summer in the heat. We huddled on docks together, played bocce in the dark, ate copious amounts of cherries, roasted sweet cobs of corn, tubed down a river in the sun, visited a farmers market, and spent the rest of the time just exploring.
All in all, the perfect weekend of making memories.
Oh and did I mention that when we stopped by a fruit stand to pick up cherries they were pulling freshly baked, homemade apple pies, made with homegrown apples, straight out of the oven for $6.95? Picked up one of those babies and shared it on the dock with one fork each and no plates - baking is an insane luxury when camping.
What better way to spend the first day of Summer than floating down a river with friends on tubes with cold beverages in hand? The pictures aren't the best (they were taken on an iphone with a wateproof case). Sometimes life is for living and the camera needs to be put down.
Packing up for the drive home is always bittersweet. Luckily, our route to Vancouver (via the Crowsnest highway) is one of my favourites. With a bunch of beautiful places to stop along the way, we gave ourselves lots of time to check out everything we were itching to see.
Fruit stands, sun bleached, often-abandoned buildings. These valleys and mountains bring back memories of family road trips and the sun-drenched summers of my teenage years.
Lightning Lakes in Manning Park is where Tyler camps with the boys in the Winter. It was fun checking out a place I'd only ever envisioned via snow filled photographs. We will definitely be coming back here to camp at some point in the near future, before the freeze - I leave the winter camping to the guys.
With full bellies, sun-touched skin and tons of great memories richer, we're home and dreaming up our plans for the weekends to come.