Sorry Phoebe, we've been really busy with work the past couple weeks so we haven't spent much time with you. It's not you - it's us. And work.
Last Saturday the sun was shining so we drove out to Shadybrook. After picking up some dinner supplies at the Seba Beach Farmer's Market (the last Farmer's Market of the season) and dropping them off at Phoebe, we headed to Pembina River.
We love Pembina. Our hike was so pretty with the fall colours and even though the sky threatened, it didn't rain. The river is much higher than earlier in the summer and of course no one was floating down it. And hardly no campers in the campsite.
As we hiked around, we found a staircase leading up so we took it. The stairs and short hike brought us in to the town of Evansburg - home of the Grouch. We walked around town and found the story of the Grouch on the post office wall. It's fun discovering how small towns create their own unique "personality".
It is definitely fall weather now so we burned a lot of wood in the evening and the dogs dusted off their sweaters. Around 8 pm they opted for the heated blanket in the trailer vs. spending time with us at the campfire.
We made s'mores and Jiffy pop (traditional camping food) to finish off this camping season.
It was really cold and drizzly in the morning so we headed home. We went to the RV Wars (no one was in combat gear) to see if we would like a larger "box" trailer. While they have a lot of room and amenities (like fireplaces, island kitchens and huge TVs), we still really love Airstreams.
In the next week or so we will go out to Shadybrook and haul Phoebe home to clean and winterize her. Winter - augh.
We are still undecided about Shadybrook for the 2017 season. We know Phoebe is too small for Shadybrook so the question is, do we buy a bigger trailer or put Phoebe on steroids?
Don't get us wrong. We love the fall - the crispness in the air, colourful leaves, pumpkin flavoured everything (except lattes). But today as we walked around Shadybrook, we both commented that there was a sadness in the air.
Families were packing up their sites and hauling their boats away; the leaves are valiantly trying to hold on to their chlorophyll and there is that faint smell of autumn in the air.
We only spent the day out at Shadybrook, cool, wet weather this weekend kept us at home watching Netflix. Walking around the site today it was evident, it's definitely the end of summer. But change is good.
Tuesday after the September long weekend is like a new year. Everyone is back to work (and school), routines get back to normal and life is in full swing again. There's something really exciting about September.
We plan to spend a couple more weekends at Shadybrook before the end of the month. We'll just pack warmer clothes. Campfires and hot chocolate in the crisp autumn air sound perfect.
By the way, if you haven't seen "The Fundamentals of Caring", check it out. It will make you want to go on a road trip and pick up a hitchhiker. Or two.
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. Currently our Airstream is parked at a seasonal site about an hour from our home.