Road Trip – Together

All photos taken on September 24, 2021 at Patricia Lake Bungalows, Jasper National Park.

The last time our family was all together was August 2018, coincidentally also in Jasper National Park. Changing situations and obligations continually got in our way, with Covid 19 complicating the matter even further. In September 2020, while in Jasper by ourselves, my Patty had an idea for a family get together (time and Covid permitting) one year hence. Cabins were booked and the seeds were planted, but none of us knew how they would grow. Over the ensuing year, all 6 of us made many concessions and changes so that we could make this plan work.

Together ©

A Mother’s dream almost one year ago

brought us all together here at this place.

It had been thirty-seven months or so

since our family last met face to face.

Our plan was not simple to execute,

we had to recalibrate on the fly.

We may’ve come here by circuitous route,

but togetherness brought tears to Mom’s eyes.

fall is in the air at Patricia Lake Bungalows
catching up
B holds a plate of Langano Skies Ethiopian take out – all the way from Edmonton courtesy of L & A
family togetherness time

Published by kagould17

Not much to tell. After working for 3 companies over 43+ years (38 years 7 months with my last company), I finally got that promotion I had waited my entire career for……retirement. I have been exploring this new career for the past 7+ years and while it is not always exciting, the chance to do what I want for myself and my family instead of what my company wants has been very fulfilling. Early on, there was a long list of projects in my “to-do” hopper and I attacked these projects with a vengeance for the first 9 months of retirement. Eventually, my brain told me that this was not what retirement was about, so it took me another 5 months before my industriousness again took over and I attacked another line of projects, this time somewhat shorter and less complicated, as well as many new projects related to the family weddings in 2016. After going hard for 6 weeks and 3 weddings, my body was telling me to relax, then the flu bug hit and as soon as that was done with me, my sciatic acted up. No rest for the wicked. In 2020 and 2021, the Covid 19 pandemic changed the whole retirement gig. I was lucky to not be still working, for sure. I enjoy photography, gardening, working with my hands, walking, cycling, skiing, travelling, reading and creating special photo and video productions obtained in my first pastime. I may never become wealthy in any of these pursuits, but I already feel I am rich in life experiences far beyond any expectation.

22 thoughts on “Road Trip – Together

    1. It was wonderful for sure, even though we could not all be there for the full week. Kind of funny how this post was published on American Thanksgiving Day, as we were certainly giving thanks in Canada at the time. Thanks for reading Marion. Allan

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      1. That’s amazing! Mum and I are deliberately having a self-care day for Thanksgiving today, since she still can’t manage holiday food

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  1. A family reunion is a special moment that doesn’t typically come around every year especially with so many challenges due to the pandemic and staying up-to-date with the latest restrictions and guidance in your local area, considering social distancing, and being mindful about how much travelling is involved. I am glad to see you finally made it happen. Happy Thanksgiving. May the warm glow of autumn surround you as you celebrate the holiday with family 🙂 Aiva

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    1. The family reunions were more than 3 years apart, but worth all the planning and driving for sure. Driving was the only way to accomplish this and given the current BC road destruction from flooding, we are not sure when we can drive through the mountains again. Thanks for reading Aiva. Happy Friday. Allan

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  2. It must have been nice to have the family all together again. And what better place to enjoy each other’s company than in Jasper. Sounds like you’ve made many memories there over the years, so seems fitting for it to be the spot chosen for your family reunion.

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    1. It was nice to have the September get together. Fall is the perfect time to be in the mountains. When the kids were little, we always spent Thanksgiving weekends in mountain cabins with our friends. Thanks for reading. Happy Sunday. Allan

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