Tomorrow is the day.
Well actually, Sunday, July 5th is the day. If you happen to be reading this, say three days from now, tomorrow is not the day.
Tomorrow would have been the day.
Anyhow, after being scuttled of our ripping trip to the Atlantic provinces in eastern Canada due to COVID_19, we’re off to Algonquin Provincial Park on a trip of four nights and five days.
Over the past week, we’ve cut brush; cut grass and created or at least redefined gardens and a couple of other things around the “old homestead” that we’ve wanted to get done for the past few years.
As we mentioned to our daughter Sara(who was going to the main highlight of our trip east) when we chatted with her yesterday, “nice getting this done, unfortunately we picked the hottest week of the summer so far to do.”
So, enough of this “work around the house silliness”, this week – off to Algonquin.
And lucky for us(note sarcasm and humour used as a coping mechanism at this juncture), it is the height of bug season, in our dear old Algonquin. Doesn’t that “bug forecast” look like a good time to be had by all?
We use a natural oil mixture to repel the “little flying blood-sucking nasties.” We gave it a good test last spring(the real height of bug-fest) and it worked exceedingly well.
However, bug issues in my mind get cancelled(there will still be bugs, just the issue gets cancelled out) with this weather forecast.
So, today we’ll finished getting organized to go and make sure everything is where it needs to be.
Lynn and I have many favourite places we love to get to when it comes to hiking and adventuring. Algonquin Park is one of them.
As I’ve written about before, I’ve made at least one trip to Algonquin every year for well over 40 plus years now(I’m way older than 42 – lol). This year keeps the streak ongoing.
Unfortunately, our trip north does feel different to me this year.
It would be a gross understatement to say that COVID_19 has thrown a bit of a wrench into things this year. Certainly from the whole lockdown restrictions; physical distancing; now masks and not to mention the economic impacts felt everywhere across the country.
But, just as important, however not talked about as much is the mental and emotional toil this has taken on our society. Not surprising though, that there isn’t been a ton of talk about those issues. Even in the best of times, we tend to run and hide from most discussions when it comes to mental and emotional wellness.
Maybe I’m burned out a bit; perhaps emotionally exhausted. Don’t know. It just feels different. I thinking that we had planned for almost a full year for that trip out to the east coast of Canada. A 30th wedding anniversary trip at that. Maybe it’s the letdown associated with that.
Who knows for sure.
Anyhow, need to get going and finish all the prep work. It’s comforting to know that the bugs are patiently waiting for us to arrive(fresh blood). And that there is sun, fresh northern air, sunsets and sunrises over the still waters of a Algonquin lake and a bucket full of adventures awaiting us when we get there.
Now, where’s my list???
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