Campside Camaraderie

Day 3 – July 25th, 2020

The campers hadnโ€™t planned on having an early morning so neither did we, sitting down at our chosen breakfast place around 10:00 am.
That wasnโ€™t really by choice though, as we had entered and left three other spots before finally settling on our perch atย ‘Sunhouse Cafe’… we learnt from the previous evening to be happy with the menu pre settlingย ๐Ÿ˜‰

The ambiance was very much what we enjoy and the presentation was lovely ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

Downside, small meals… upsides, tasty, enjoyable atmosphere, good view and nice company ๐Ÿ˜‰

A grocery store was found next and some provisions for the day ahead, purchased.
More campfire sitting, campground walking and visiting ensued for the rest of the morning/early afternoon.

Mike warmed us up some thick slices of buttered sugar bread over the fire, which heโ€™d purchased at โ€˜Dutch Deliciousโ€™ in Edmonton.

Sugar bread being a sweet loaf we purchased often when living in Holland.

A mini walk was taken along the lakes edge, after which I retreated to the truck to stretch out on the back seat.

Cousins catching up.

An ice pack on my ribs and tennis ball beneath my back #comfortable ๐Ÿคชย It turned into a nap… not all together unexpectedly, nor unfortunately ๐Ÿ˜‰

When I awoke, it was nearly time for supper, which was created by one of the girls on the camping trip and also a couple steaks grilled by Mike and another fellow.

It was all very enjoyed โ˜บ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

After dinner, some of us headed off to go on a simple hike near the campground.
We drove a little too far and had to turn around but that was only a good thing because two bull elk were spotted munching alongside the highway.

Their relaxed grass chewing, healthy looking coats and velvet covered antlers, making for a scenic pause indeed โ˜บ๏ธ

We found the ‘Yellowhead Mountain Trail’ and began the ‘supposedly’ 2 km trek.
Which was nearly immediately more of an uphill incline than not ๐Ÿ˜ฌย I donโ€™t know about anyone else but it didnโ€™t really inspire hope for what awaited us and my heavy breathing had me deeply questioning my abilities ๐Ÿคช

Hubster picked me some little bush bouquets… they gently got discarded along side the path, as I needed my hands to continue the journeyย ๐Ÿ˜‰

How hard could 2 km really be though? Also, spot the Mike in the above photo.

Turns out, it could be decently tiring ๐Ÿ˜‚

Onward and upward we went, slowly spreading out a little more, each taking their own pace and finding traction along the mud slick inclines, hopping a couple streams and trying to observe the โ€˜pathโ€™ through 4.5 ft foliage.
The three of us who were a little ways ahead, were starting to question how much farther we should go, when the light at the end of the hike began to shine through some thinning trees ๐Ÿคช

We called to the others that they were almost there so don’t turn back and then we proceeded to take some rapid fire photos, look at what we came to see and turn around to begin retreating back down, due to the setting sun.

As we hadnโ€™t expected the sun to have time to set, prier to starting said hike ๐Ÿ˜

One minor slip caused some leg blemishes for me and Mike didnโ€™t love the downward decline with his knee hinting about its ‘less than prime condition’.
Unfortunately one of our hiking members had a rough go of it coming down, due to some pre existing knee problems but thankfully made it and was quickly given Tylenol, water and a chair and hot water bottle near the fireside back at camp.

All in all, it was a bit of an adventure and really, who wants to talk about the simple little, totally doable walk that they took anyways? ๐Ÿ˜‰

I attempted to look up the hike details later and from what I could see, it truly was only 1.22 km there and back but this flatlander obviously has no experience with mountain side explorations ๐Ÿ˜›

Black diamond being ‘very difficult’ *…though truthfully that could be referring to the ENTIRE hike and not just the part up to the viewpoint, where we called it a dayย ๐Ÿ˜‰

We again spent the last evening together by the fireside (luckily with a little less smoke inhalation) and we didnโ€™t officially part ways until around midnight, bidding the friends goodbye until next time.
Getting us back to our hostel and in bed by 1:00 ish.

Bed hasnโ€™t felt so good to fall into, freshly showered and comfortably clad, in sometime ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿป

A Prance Through Rebelling Nature

Saturday July 29th –

The sister cooked, I painted and wrote, Mother child reared ๐Ÿ˜œ

The enchiladas Pro had whipped up, were on the menu for a late lunch, so Mike returned from working on our house to join us in eating our ‘once a year’ Mexican meal, always prepared by Pro ๐Ÿ˜‹

I made everyone mojitos and we ate out on the deck, enjoying the weather and the fare ๐Ÿ˜



We planned on no supper, due to the late lunch and prepared snacks to have while watching a movie that Alaina could enjoy with us/or more so us watch with her, to appease her, as musicals aren’t the all time fave in our household ๐Ÿ˜‹

Alas, when we went to play it, it hadn’t actually downloaded, so the whole evening plan was undone ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ™„


Sunday July 30th –

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A Sunday, A Funday And Steak ๐Ÿ˜

Sunday March 19th –

Church in South Africa.
I forget Mike has been to South Africa two other times already, so most of the experiences are not new ones for him.

But as I expected, the song service had a little more sway and a higher volume level then our usual service๐Ÿ˜‰
But it was enjoyed and installed a little wishfulness for that kind of singing everywhere.
Though we know, however unfortunate, we white folks aren’t so talented in the area of pretty, rhythmic noise making ๐Ÿ˜‹

The service was enjoyed and the following lunch back at the flat.

Everyone stuffing themselves accordingly with chicken sandwiches made on Portuguese rolls before retreating to rooms for afternoon naps.

Our hosts knew how to ‘Sunday’ well ๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป

We returned to church for the evening service and tried our best to wake up fully before arriving.
The heat mixed with an interrupted nap made everyone feel a little groggy.

After hearing a continuation of that morning’s service, we returned and spent the remainder of the evening together in the living room.
Enjoying coffee and tea, talking, making plans for the next day as well as for our upcoming road trip.

Monday March 20th –

The temperature? +38. The plan? Beach. Continue reading “A Sunday, A Funday And Steak ๐Ÿ˜”

Crossing O’re The Peninsula

Sunday Oct 2nd –

We planned on waking up by 8:30 am, thinking it wouldn’t be a problem when considering our naps and early bedtime the previous day.

Turns out the balcony doors really block the light and I set the alarm wrong because there’s a 1 hour time change so 9:45 was the actual time we rolled out of bed, not leaving much time for the swim we had wanted to take before checkout at 11:00.

Breakfast was quickly munched, since neither of us really like breakfast at hotels and check out was able to be extended till noon so we headed straight to the beach ๐Ÿ˜Š

Nothing like starting the morning with a swim in the sea ๐Ÿ˜„๐ŸŒŠ๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿป


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