Up here in Canada, this coming weekend is variously known as the May 2-4 weekend, May Long Weekend, or (officially) as the Victoria Day weekend. Regardless of what you call it, the long weekend in May has always been the traditional start of camping season. And for me, that means it’s time to get back to work on this blog.
Things have been quiet around here for the past 12 months, but that doesn’t mean I’ve abandoned my attempt to turn my kids into nature-loving adventurists. If anything, this past year I’ve made more strides, and as they’ve got older, we have also been on more adventures. Summer 2015 took us to Dinosaur Provincial Park, to the North Saskatchewan River for fishing, and just generally out of the house and into nature as often as I could manage it. I still plan on talking about some of this stuff on here as well, because there are lessons that can be learned from success, from failure, and from looking back and thinking critically about the things you’ve done. That means talking about gear, talking about places we’ve had our adventures, and maybe even a post or two about recipes and cooking, since food is ALWAYS a big part of travelling for me.
This coming year is a big year for us as well. I have again set out a goal of camping one weekend each month, from May through to September. While that’s an eminently achievable goal, as a regular city family with a busy social life, it’s also a challenge to fit weekends away into our lives. I had a talk with my lovely wife about it this year, and she (supportive as ever) told me that if it’s important to me, then we should make it more of a priority, and we immediately sat down to figure out a schedule that should work for this year. So here’s hoping I have more success than in the past.
Another goal of mine this year is to incorporate more water-based adventure into my boys lives. I love canoeing, and some of my favorite memories are of paddling along a shoreline with my friends, getting up to all sorts of trouble. It’s something I want to do more of, and this year, I want to make it a priority for our family as well.
In the meanwhile, I hope you all have a wonderful May Long Weekend (that’s what we choose to call it out here in western Canada), full of adventure and fun! I’ll see you around these parts more often this year, I promise!