It's true. Driving five hours south and west brings us to Canmore and the Canadian Rockies where we spend fun times with Alana, Erin and the muchkins (who are growing up way too quickly). Driving five hours east brings us to Saskatoon, Saskatchewan where many of my relatives live and where we spent the past weekend.
My 92 year old grandma died on April 24 while we were on the cruise. Actually we found out when we were in Crete. Fortunately the family was able to postpone the funeral until we all returned home from Europe. This past weekend we celebrated my grandma's life in Saskatoon.
The drive to Saskatoon is pretty flat and easy. The air was smoky/hazy in areas from the fires still burning in Fort McMurray. It seems as soon as you cross the Alberta/Saskatchewan border the sky changes. The clouds in Saskatchewan are white and fluffy - the sky is really beautiful. It's not just me who thinks this way, on their license plate it says "Land of living Skies". I especially love driving to Saskatchewan later in the summer when the canola is in full bloom - bright yellow fields, deep blue sky and fluffy white clouds. Stunning.
Although we went to Saskatchewan for a funeral we really had a great weekend!
We traveled to my mom's home town, Humboldt, on Saturday for the funeral. Humboldt is a small community that holds many special memories for me. We had what I referred to as a full meal deal funeral. We had a full mass, grave site service, and a lunch with eulogy at the local Legion. Of course there was funeral egg salad sandwiches. I was honoured to speak on behalf of all the grand children (12 of us) and nine great grandchildren to share our memories of our grandma. She was a really special woman and I believe she left us with many lessons which have become her legacy.
It was really great to spend time with family. I come from good peeps! Over the weekend we played with puppies that my cousin is fostering, some of the crew shot tin cans with shotguns on the acreage, we had a big family dinner and then brunch the next morning, we rode horses and we even looked at Airstream trailers. My grandma would have loved every minute of this weekend.
We are back on our hunt for an Airstream. Life passes too quickly and we would like to spend the weekends exploring our beautiful country. Hopefully we can find the right trailer soon and spend time with it this summer. We'll be back in Saskatchewan in July for my cousin's wedding.
So, while I love flying and cruising to distant lands sometimes the best trips are the ones where we hop in the car, drive a few hours and make memories with family.