Our camping season is coming to an end but we may be able to get a few more weekends in. Oh, we got a new camper (woo)! We spent time at Nk’Mip, Birekenhead Lake, Shuwap, Narin Falls, Alice Lake, Driftwood Bay and more. Camping is one of my favourite ways to spend the summer and here are some moments that I captured.
With less than 30 days until my birthday, I was really excited to write a blog post about how I’m going to spend the next 30 days. My plan included: fitness every day, eating clean, laughing, movies, music and more. Last weekend we were camping and had a great weekend. We hiked, swam, floated and had a really nice time at Birkenhead Lake and Mosquito Lake. Sunday, Shayne and I were talking about the forest fires and what to take if we got evacuated. The answer was: cats, laptops, money and valuables (whatever that means).
Before bed we were talking about how great our little life together was with the camper and the new paint job in the bedroom and the cats….
I was suddenly awakened around midnight (not sure how) and noticed a neon orange glow out of the bedroom window. I didn’t know where Shayne was but I did see a HUGE FIRE coming from a home a few doors down. I’m not going to go into much details but Shayne was fighting the fire in his slippers, I was saving 1 cat and some valuables (Duffy hid under the bed), running around helping people and a lot of things were put into perspective for me.
We are SO LUCKY that nothing happened to our property and that no one was harmed in the fire. If there was wind, things could have been a lot worse.
Here are a few things that made me rethink my last 30ish days of being 29:
·Tell the people around you that you love them.
·Don’t take anything for granted because in as little as 15 minutes all of your belongings can disappear.
·Things are just things and can be replaced but lives are irreplaceable.
· The power of community is a strong force that elevates you from neighbors to family in a time of crisis.
· What you may think is important may not be. For example, I still have my “blankie” from when I was born and I didn’t even think to grab it when I was evacuated.
·Life can change in a snap. This may cause a permanent change in your soul and you need to accept it (and possibly get therapy).
Everyone is lucky that they are alive and everyone will get back on their feet. The cause for the fire is still unknown and there are still many forest fires raging in the area. I PRAY FOR RAIN and that no one else is displaced this season.
The days are getting longer and I no longer drive to and from work in the pitch black. It’s nice to see the shapes of the mountains and trees while I’m starting and ending my day. With the reappearing daylight and spring-ish conditions I’m started to get excited for the next 7 months! Here are 10 things that I’m looking forward to:
1. Riding my bike and discovering new trails (will begin this weekend).
2. Riding my bike/working out before work. My schedule will change and I will start at 8am instead of 7am.
3. CAMPING! Shayne and I are going to try and camp every weekend, when we don’t have plans.
4. Pemberton Music Festival. Nothing beats rocking out in my own backyard.
5. Planting our garden!
6. Fishing. I only fished once last year and I really enjoy it (and my rod is pink).
7. Taking my first trip to Tofino for a wedding in September (pic below from Ucluelet.ca).
8. Swimming and floating in the awesome lakes around here.
9. Going on a wine tour.
10. TURNING 30.
What are you looking forward to this spring and summer?
The Summer in Pemberton is hot hot HOT and so the best and laziest way to cool down is with a float on something inflatable.
Here are the spots that I have been to (and want to go to):
One Mile Lake:
I have also found a few other ways to cool down:
- Run through the sprinkler
- Drink cold beer
- Sit in the air-conditioned living room
- Drink cold caesars
- Sit on the patio of Big Sky (near the misters)
- Get naked
- Have a cold shower
- Have a margarita
- Stand infront of the open freezer
So, I hope you are having a great summer. Mine is awesome. How do you like to cool down?
Summer is here and I’m learning to bike (better), fish and other Pemberton activities. Follow me on my journey. Check back every Wednesday (ish) to see what I have been up to.