Hodge Podge Fam­ily trips

The McLeod River Post - - Points Of View - by June McInnes June McInnes

Soon, the chil­dren will break up f rom school and we can go on some­day trips.

It will be lovely to get out and about and leave the chores be­hind for a few hours.

A hol­i­day isn’ t on the cards this year, but day trips are, solk out wilder­ness here we come!

My hus­band loves to fish and hasn’ t been able togo for some time what with the move and set­ting up a home and work con­straints, so this sum­mer is his time hope­fully.

I would love for him to be able to get some fish­ing time in, that would do his soul good.

I’ll be in charge of set­ting up camp and sort­ing food sup­plies etc ., I love it when we do go any­where on a visit, it’ s like be­ing on army ma­noeu­vres and I have to try to think of ev­ery even­tu­al­ity in­clud­ing a good stan­dard first aid kit, boys, will be boys af­ter all.

I have a cook­ing plan all ready it’ s quite ex­cit­ing to cook out­side for me I’ ve not done a lot of it, Bri­tish peo­ple don’ t em­brace the bar­be­cue like Cana­dian sand I must ad­mit I love the feel­ing of free­dom you get when you cook out­side, it’ s so primeval and down to bras stacks, I’ m to­tally smit­ten with it.

To­day we will be get­ting enough ground sheets ready to sit on and clean­ing out any funky smelling cool­ers ready to take our sup­plies, the only thing thats lightly wor­ries me is find­ing a hun­gry bear, I won’t ar­gue with it, if it wants our pic­nic it can have it, even sit down and en­joy a pop if it wants, I won’t mind as I’ m hob­bling to my truck to get away with the fam­ily.

There are some spec­tac­u­lar sights herein Canada, I have never seen the likes of be­fore, it’ s such a beau­ti­ful place to live, sure the win­ters are harsh but wow, the sum­mer sure makes up for that, the free­dom and beauty is in­spir­ing. One of our daugh­ters got mar­ried on top of Whistler’ s Moun­tain, that’ s was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for sure, I’ d never been up a moun­tain be­fore and be­ing a com­plete cow­ard when it comes to heights it wasn’ t on my to do list. But our daugh­ter and soon to be, son in law de­cided that was where they were go­ing to ex­change their vows. All I can say is wow. It was the most spec­tac­u­lar set­ting I’ ve ever at­tended a wed­ding at, the sun was hot and I can’ t be­gin to de­scribe the feel­ing of ex­cite­ment as we watched our daugh­ter ap­pear over the crest of the hill hav­ing hiked up the moun­tain with her brides­maids, one of which washer sis­ter, they all looked so pretty in their dresses, if not just a lit­tle dusty, it was an ex­pe­ri­ence I would never of had any­where else. That’ s what’ s so great about liv­ing here, free­dom, beauty and wilder­ness, I never want to be any­where else.

So, back to plan­ning our day trips out, most will in­volve lots of food, be­cause boys don’ t just eat, they in hale food, so I will be look­ing out lots of recipes that are both gluten free, so we can all en­joy it and fin­ger food, so I don’ t have to spend too much time cook­ing, a happy bal­ance would suit me fine. Th e last thing I want to have to do is start mak­ing some­thing from scratch, I’ d like to have most of the prep done ahead of time so all I have to do is cook them ea­ton the BBQ and then serve it.

So, it’ s back to sort­ing stuff in readi­ness and then, let the wag­ons roll.

Me I’ll be tak­ing pho­tos and do­ing some cro­chet or my puz­zle book, I want to spend some time away from phones and TV sand all sorts of de­vices, just kick back and lis­ten to the trees for awhile.

Happy camping and as al­ways, be nice to one an­other.

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