During the first weekend of August my friend and I went on a road trip camping. If you haven’t read my Weekend Getaway: Part one stop what you’re doing! Click on the link, and read about the first part of me escaping reality.
I left off with Saturday swimming at the beach. After we did that Achilles and I went into The Pas for the night because it was our friends birthday, and we wanted to go dancing. It was a nice feeling going somewhere new, and enjoying the company of long distance friends.
On Sunday the four of us went to explore some caves. These natural caves were one of the most mesmerizing things I’ve ever seen. I traveled inside the caves from one side to the other, and I felt so teeny tiny in them. After the caves there was some rock skipping, and then we went back to the campsite.
Sunday night was a really important night for me, probably the most important of the whole trip. Even though Achilles and I did nothing but sit by the fire (we did go watch the sunset at the beach), the things we talked about was what made it important. We talked about our lives in Thompson, and our futures outside of the isolated city. We made future plans, and that night really solidified our friendship. I may not come out of Thompson with a million friends, but I’ll leave with a friendship that I know will last forever.
Before going to bed that night, we decided we were going to set our alarm for 5:30am to go down to the beach to watch the sunrise. It was on my bucket list for this summer, and I knew I wanted to check it off that weekend. When 5:30 rolled around, I got out of my tent and I looked outside… there was frost on my car.
We got up anyways, went down to the dock, and waited. For awhile we weren’t sure that we were going to see it, and then all of a sudden I hear Achilles say “Here it comes”. It was breathtaking! While the sun lit up the sky, I sat on the dock meditating and manifesting what I want my future to look like. It was the perfect way to start the day.
After a quick nap, we made breakfast again over the fire, packed up our tents, and headed out. We made one final stop at Clearwater Lake for a quick dip, and then back up north we went. During the drive home we visited Wekusko Falls in Snow Lake. There were so many beautiful natural things the weekend presented us, and it really helped ground me.
My weekend away was everything I needed it to be and more. I felt alive, refreshed, and ready to take on anything waiting for me in Thompson. Although I am not in that zen state fully anymore, I keep reminding myself how nice it felt, how freeing it was watching the sunrise, and trying to bring myself back into meditation like state.
The human spirit needs places where nature has not been rearranged by the hand of man.