Shadybrook opened at 5 pm on Friday after being closed for 10 days because of the storm.
The trees were all cleared from the front of our site. There are still a lot of trees in the forest behind us and beside us that are down or partially down and need tending to. Many people walked by and noted that our site looked like it was one of the hardest hit. We still can't believe that Phoebe seems unscathed. We are going to bring her home next weekend for a thorough cleaning and look at her roof.
On a positive note, with all the fallen trees we now have some new fire wood and lots of starter kindling.
Saturday morning we were up and ready to celebrate Canada's 150th. First stop, the Seba Beach Seniors Centre for the free pancake breakfast. It was fabulous. A sea of red and white enjoying pancakes and ham.
The Seba Beach Farmer's Market is always busy and today the highlight (other than the perogies, fresh cheese buns and rainier cherries) was free Canada 150 birthday cake.
We grabbed the dogs and headed west to take in the Entwistle parade. The streets of Entwistle were packed with kids (and adults) with their hats or plastic bags out to collect candy. There was a lot of candy and freezies thrown! Kids would run between moving vehicles and horses to gather the sugary treasures. Happy to say no one died in the collection of candy, though we did hold our breath when one kid ran out on the street between horses to get a candy. Small town parades have their own unique excitement.
Back to Seba Beach, a thunderstorm rolled in but that didn't stop us from standing in line for our free hotdog (and bottled water). When it rains at Seba it means it—big rain drops and lots of them. But we were determined to get our lunch for free, rain or shine.
We heard on the news that the government "invested" $500 million for Canada 150. We sure hope our free pancakes, cake and hotdogs were included in that investment.
We thought there must be a way to add more sugar/no nutrition to our day so we made the most delicious s'mores. James might have OD'd on them.
There aren't coordinated fireworks at Seba Beach but a lot of people set off their own along the beach. We heard a bunch but we stayed home and went to bed at a reasonable time since we had plans for Sunday morning.
Sunday morning we laced up our hiking shoes, packed the dogs and headed toward Edson and Sundance Provincial Park. We didn't completely read the website about the park and were surprised when the road became gravel for about 50 km. The scenery was beautiful, so many pretty wildflowers.
We stopped at Emerson Lakes for a bit of a hike. There is a small campground right on one of the lakes. A little further up the road we hiked to the hoodoos which were spectacular. Phin and Westley loved exploring. There were hardly any people in the park - the gravel road might be a deterrent.
Back at Shadybrook we relaxed and then packed up for home. While the dogs are always up for an adventure, Phin really loves coming home.
Mellissa & James live in Edmonton, Alberta and enjoy exploring. Currently our Airstream is parked at a seasonal site about an hour from our home.