Friday, March 4, 2011

Looking Ahead

I booked a camp site last weekend. For May long weekend. Yup, three months in advance.

If you're one of my non-Canadian friends, I'm sure you are baffled by that little tidbit. But you see, uphereincanada it is C-O-L-D for about 75-80% of the year. So when it's not cold, or offers the hopeful possibility of maybe not being cold, we celebrate by living outdoors. By "we" I mean pretty much all 33 million of us. Therefore, if one wishes to camp at a facility that offers a few amenities (as opposed to camping in the middle of the bush, not brushing your teeth for a week, and using foliage as toilet my husband wishes to do), one must secure a camp site three months ahead of time.

Here's the thing... I am not fond of insects. Some might say I have issues. No one who knows me would ever make the mistake of referring to me as "outdoorsy." In fact, for many years I have refused my man's requests begging to go camping. Because....ewwwwww! It matters not how civilized your camping facility is - bugs are there.

Last spring, in a moment of weakness, I agreed to the purchase of a travel trailer. Proving the fact that, if you bug Mommy enough, she will give you what you want. My man, who knows his woman well, wisely chose a spacious camper loaded with the comforts of home. We tried it out a few times and (oh, I cannot believe I am about to say this) I LOVED IT! Except for all the bugs. Ew.

So as I sit in front of my screen, giving the old one-eye to our nasty weather forecast, I am having visions of campfires and lawn chairs, barbeque* and potato chips (low fat ones, of course). Hurry up, May long weekend! And please, please, please, don't snow as you can be so apt to do.

* Spellcheck seems to think it should be "barbecue," but that's just not Canadian!


  1. {I think there should be a Canadian spellcheck option.}

    My friends in southern state are proclaiming that spring is here and it's time to pack up sweaters, while I shiver in my 16 degree weather and say a prayer of thanks that "at least the sun is out."

    Looking forward to the thaw.

  2. I know how you feel.....Kevina nd I guess wondering WHY DID WE PLAN OUR VACATION FOR MAY AND NOT JANUARY?


  3. ok - my post sounds dumb...I so needed to re-read that before I clicked post

    Kevin and I keep wondering.....that's what I thought I had typed.....

  4. You make me feel quilty - almost- for all the spring pictures of flowers blooming in my yard. I honestly had no idea it was so cold at your house.

  5. I'm so with you Tyler. We booked our camping for May as well and I don't care what the next 3 month forecast is, we're STILL going, now rain, no sleet, no hail, yada yada yada, even bugs, are going to stop us. And really, with the way the weather has been, what bug in their right mind would adventure out on May long weekend. I think we're safe. I'm already deciding what kind of flowers to plant this year as I longingly look out my front window. We are Canadian! Need I say more. Sigh.


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