The ‘Ghost Town’ of spring and sum­mer

The Gulf News (Port aux Basques) - - EDITORIAL - BY MIKE MERCER Mike­mercer4@out­look.com

CO­DROY VAL­LEY, NL – The pop­u­lar con­ver­sa­tion heard at one of the lo­cal gro­cery stores on a Fri­day af­ter­noon – ques­tion: “How’s it go­ing; get­ting a few things for the week­end?” Re­sponse: “Yes sir. Off to the val­ley now to the cabin for a fire, a few tunes and some re­lax­ation. It doesn’t get any bet­ter than that for the week­end!”

The start of the “ex­o­dus” of sorts to var­i­ous parts of the beau­ti­ful Co­droy Val­ley has been a long-stand­ing rou­tine for many fam­i­lies from the Port aux Basques area and sur­round­ing com­mu­ni­ties down the coast. It’s their get­away from the “rat race,” to un­wind and take ad­van­tage of the typ­i­cally bet­ter weather than they would get at home.

But why would one make it an ev­ery-week­end thing, away from the many com­forts of home and of­ten to bat­tle the flies and the flankers? Dif­fer­ent re­sponses ex­ist de­pend­ing on who you talk to. And it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter if it’s at a cabin or cot­tage, in a travel trailer or fifth wheel, or per­haps in a tent or a “man camp” back in the woods. It’s about be­ing in the out­doors, en­joy­ing the nat­u­ral sur­round­ings, and do­ing what most would not nor­mally do when they are at home dur­ing this time of year.

Whether it’s gath­er­ing to­gether with fam­ily and friends, the ca­ma­raderie and so­cial­iza­tion amongst peers on their ATVs or side by sides, or be­ing able to, as a kid, open the door in the morn­ing and play and hang out all day long un­til its time to come in (or get some­thing to eat), it doesn’t re­ally mat­ter.

Th­ese are all ex­am­ples of the ap­peal of pack­ing up at the end of the work week, leav­ing the work­place, sum­mer sports pro­gram, swim lessons, soc­cer prac­tices and soft­ball games be­hind, and head­ing out to en­joy an ex­pe­ri­ence where me­mories like no other are cre­ated, if only for a week­end, un­til it’s time to do it all over again in a week’s time.

Some say it doesn’t get any bet­ter than that!

MIKE MERCER/SPE­CIAL TO THE GULF NEWS

One of the many green spa­ces/mul­tipur­pose ar­eas to en­joy play­ing and be­ing ac­tive in Port aux Basques fre­quently sits va­cant dur­ing the sum­mer­time. Even the usual busi­ness of the Bruce II Sports Cen­tre (seen in the back­ground) was at a stand­still from...

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