Victoria Day Long Weekend…or commonly known as May Long

Over the last few years, my husband and I have avoided camping on the May long weekend. When we were teenagers and in our early 20s, it wasn’t so bad as we enjoyed that kind of atmosphere. But, it seems as though May Long is now known as the camping weekend where everyone, even those that don’t normally camp, go out into the wilderness. Not that I am opposed to people camping, but this particular weekend has steadily been gaining a bad reputation. I whole heartedly encourage anyone and everyone to enjoy what Alberta, and Canada have to offer in terms of camping, but be respectful. Put out your campfires, don’t trash the environment, leave your furniture at home, and please don’t burn abandoned vehicles. Many areas around Alberta and elsewhere are being shut down because of disrespectful people, and that is a shame as the younger generations are going to miss out on these beautiful areas. I apologize for the rant, but I enjoy camping and spending time with my family outdoors so I hope that eventually the message will get across.

Despite our misgivings about this weekend, we decided to go camping with my sister and her husband. I am sure glad we did because this was not your typical May Long weekend. First off, it was beautiful! No rain or snow the entire weekend. Secondly, no one camped even remotely near us so we had the peace and quiet we love when camping. We camp out in the forestry, so there are no designated spots and people can set up pretty much wherever they like. There was lots of room for other campers, but no one wanted to join us. 

So we had this clearing all to ourselves with minimal traffic along the road beside it. The sun was shining and it was hot. So hot that I  set up my massage table and gave both of my sisters a massage outdoors. It was a very cool experience, and one that I will definitely do again!

The rest of the day was spent relaxing. Gunnar spent almost all of his time on is “mobike”, and got quite upset when he had to get of to eat, be changed, or sleep. The first day he had no issues falling asleep, but did wake up multiple times in the night, so I opted out of the day ride to make sure he had a nap the following day. He almost made it to his regular nap time. He was so tired that he slept for three hours that day, but he needed it. 

My husband and I went on an evening ride while my sister watched Gunnar. After a short cruise we ended up at the Clearwater River on the Forestry Trunk Road. It was a pretty spot to stop for a rest and a photo op.

The last day came and no one wanted to go home. Gunnar lived for riding his bike; so much so that he didn’t even want to get dressed before getting on. 

He also had plenty of rides on the big bikes. He is so crazy about motorbikes that it was a bit upsetting for him to get in the car when we were leaving. But the weekend eventually had to come to an end, he was so tired that he fell asleep almost right away and slept the entire way home. We couldn’t have asked for a better weekend. Beautiful weather, great company, and relaxation!

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