Tuesday, August 12, 2014

LIFE IS A HIGHWAY

My Family - Lake Louise, Alberta - 2009

When our kids were born we had four trips that we wanted to experience with them including Disneyworld, the Canadian Rockies in the west, the east coast of Canada and Poland.  We did Disney the summer just after I found the lump.  The summer of 2009 was the big western adventure!

We had one month to do the trip.  We planned to drive through Canada and come home through the US.  I had been dreaming about this trip.  It brought back memories of when I was a kid and my family travelled with our camper.  I was hoping it would give our kids the same kind of good memories.  We borrowed a tent trailer, packed way more stuff then we needed, planned out a route, got a bunch of maps and we were off! 

The first night of the trip was not top promising.  When we finally got everything set up, we got attacked by mosquitos bigger than anything I have ever seen, it was rainy and cold, lightning and thunder added to the rain and then there was a bear or two wandering around the campground.  Mike was tempted to park the tent trailer for the month and pick it up on the way back in four weeks.  We trudged on though and the trip turned out to be amazing!  Except for several rainy days, the only thing that was negative was the extreme stiffness I was getting in my legs, feet and hands.  This was all due to the side effects of the medication I was taking called Arimidex.  After spending several hours sitting in the truck it was all I could do to stand and then walk whenever we would stop.  I lived with the pain and just tried to put it out of my mind and focused on the scenery and experiences we were having together.  I will never forget that summer.  It was incredible.
My Son - Top of Fairview Mountain
Lake Louise, Alberta-2014

One of the highlights was visiting the Chateau Lake Louise in Alberta where Mike and I first met.  That is where our life together started that brought us to present day with our two beautiful children and our solid friendship, mutual respect and love.  The love of my life.  To share this beautiful place with our children was amazing.  If you have never heard of Lake Louise you should Google it.  You will be in awe of the gorgeous scenery.  The mountains and the color of the lake and the natural surroundings are fantastic.  As it turns out, our son Alex is following in our footsteps and working there this summer of 2014 which is 28 years after Mike and worked there.  He is having some pretty great experiences and adventures and creating his own memories for when he is old like his parents!

My Family - Mount Rushmore, South Dakota-2009
We finished our travels back to Ontario and to Manitoulin Island so we could visit with my Dad and Sheila and of course my beloved Grandma who was 99 years young!  She and I spent every day together and I loved her company.  I am the oldest of the grandchildren and we have always had a special bond.  It got even stronger after my Mom passed away.  This visit I felt something was a bit different.  Grandma seemed a bit tired and she said she was getting a flu or a cold or something.  Anyway, we talked and laughed and visited as we always did.  I could sit with her for hours.  As usual, I cried like a baby when we had to say goodbye before the drive back home.


One month of travelling and we finally made it back home with many miles on our vehicle, lots of laundry, tons of new memories and a bunch of great stories to share.  My heart was full and I was very, very happy.

Life Is A Highway - Tom Cochrane

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