My Family - Lake Louise, Alberta - 2009
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.
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|
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