Two months ago, I bundled up the forever human, a bunch of bedding, and way too much junk food in the truck and headed off to Clearwater, BC to see Helmcken Falls.
It took half a day of being there before I was determinedly planning our next cell-reception-free getaway.
Canada celebrated its 150th birthday a few weeks ago, and while we missed all of the local municipalities’ celebrations, we spent Canada Day in a way that felt way more True North Strong and Free than a bunch of white and red cake and fireworks.
The gravel road drive from the highway up to the ranch was over an hour long, and we saw a few marmots, deer, and a fox before we arrived.
Staying at the ranch was more like spending the weekend at an adult petting zoo — the owners had two cows, four horses, and ten pigs.
The pigs reminded me a lot of our French bulldog.
The mosquitoes, on the other hand, treated us like their personal petting zoo… or, more accurately, their buffet. Running out of bug spray and afterbite halfway through the trip was a definite downside.
We were supposed to stay in a tipi, but were moved to a log cabin because there were too many bears prowling around. Welcome to the Canadian wilderness, eh?
I loved being out of the city and I loved getting away from the endless unconscious checking of social media, but it was so nice to get home. We spent our last evening cuddled up in bed (in our bug-free home!) with the dogs, eating pizza and binge-watching Grace & Frankie (there are advantages to having wifi). I’m moderately ashamed to say it, but that may have been the best part of the weekend.
Still, I’m looking forward to our next getaway already.