This is my idea of total relaxation.
Back to nature and away from the distractions of 21st century life with nothing to worry about except the basics of human survival – shelter and food. Once the tent is up and the fire is spitting and crackling away I feel all my cares and thoughts melt away.
My busy mind that is usually darting in a hundred different directions quiets allowing a single thought at a time. I can let go of things that bother me, forget negativity and solutions to niggling problems appear as if from nowhere. Everything is put into perspective.
I haven’t always been a camper, if fact our first camping trip was a bit of a disaster but through experience we have learned how to do it properly so we are prepared for all eventualities and have some luxuries so we are always very comfortable resulting in blissful relaxation.
I am continuing with my personal A-Z of Canada and this time – C is for camping in Canisbay Lake
One of the things we love about Canada the most is the vast, beautiful wilderness. Opportunities to go camping are abundant in every type of environment whether it is beaches, lakes, mountains or forests. On the long weekend last week we packed up the truck and headed 3 hours north to Algonquin Provincial Park. Something I should point out is that to Canadians camping is an Rv/Motorhome or Trailer/Caravan. When I say camping (which they call tenting!) I mean under canvas.
This was the first sight that greeted us at the entrance to the campground and I admit it freaked me out a bit. :-0
Although there were bear sightings close by we didn’t see any although we did see moose which I was really excited about.
Algonquin attracts over 250,000 visitors every year the vast majority of which are here for the camping, canoeing and hiking.
Unlike most UK campsites that are usually just a big field, Canadian campsites are often in forests with each site having it’s own little clearing complete with a fire pit.
One of my favourite parts of camping is sitting around the fire during the evening with a glass of wine while the kids toast marshmallows.
Another great thing about camping in Provincial or National parks is the hiking opportunities. Hiking trails are marked and advertised so you can get out right into the wilderness and see sights like these.
The Teen and the Tween also enjoyed themselves despite two days with no phone signal or internet access!
This summer we are planning more camping trips to get out and enjoy this stunning country we live in.
Tara at Sticky Fingers has given us ‘Drink’ for this weeks Gallery Theme. Anyone who knows me would expect me to post a picture of an icy cold glass of Pinot Grigio but I decided not to be predictable!
I love the first cup of tea in the morning when the house is quiet, I like to take ten minutes with a cuppa to wake up properly and think through my day before the mad rush to get out of the door starts.
But the best cup of tea is first thing in the morning while we’re camping when the sun is still low in the sky and the birds are singing while the rest of the campground is still and quiet. The crackle of the campfire from under the kettle is the only other sound as I sit in my deck chair and enjoy the fresh air and the peace and quiet around me…perfection