This past weekend we just happened to luck out and get a great deal on a cabin in a provincial park not far from where we live. I have not done much nature exploring in Manitoba and was pleasantly surprised that the area we went to didn’t look exactly the same as northern Saskatchewan. (You need to understand that people who live in the bald prairies of southern Saskatchewan and Manitoba will get excited about anything which has a tree or a slightly raised elevation in the landscape. Where I grew up in central/northern Saskatchewan, it’s hills and trees and it takes something more than that to get us excited.) What does the eastern part of Manitoba have? Rocks. And I like rocks. It really was beautiful where we stayed.
And not just the nature either. We got an amazing last-minute deal at Falcon Trails Resort. And the facilities there did not disappoint. But more than that, just have a weekend away (yes, even a cabin in the woods feels spacious compared to our little trailer) was enough to brings us some sense of calm after a really stressful first month getting everyone settled into the rhythm of school.
So, yes, the weekend was amazing. Reading, games, old movies from our childhood to now watch with our kids, our own hottub on the screened-in deck, and some exploring of the nature that surrounded us. Our favourite? The canoes! Marc and I love canoeing and were quite happy that this year (and likely not many or any other years) our whole family could fit in one canoe. And it didn’t tip. And we got to see so much more of the surroundings with the canoe. Amazing. We even had a couple picnics on the island across from our cabin.
We’re already thinking of next year. And you know that if Marc is willing to pay full-price for something like this, it’s good! And it was very good. And even that time when I told the kids that I’d sell them at that moment to whoever would take them from me… well, that’s been forgiven too. We learned a little more this weekend about how good it is to be together when things are good, and how we can still love each other when it’s not so good. Thanksgiving, indeed.
More pictures at Marc’s flickr account: Falcon Lake 2010.