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    First trip to Riding Mountain National Park on May Long Weekend

    Riding Mountain National Park

    The first camping trip of the year started off at a park I have never visited before. Riding Mountain National Park is Manitoba’s only National Park and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to finally visit it. It had been my birthday on the Friday of the May long weekend so we didn’t leave until Saturday morning. It’s nice not to rush right after work and we could take our time doing a little bit of birthday celebrations with my family. My family drove out in the RV and Mr. Darcy, Fionn and I drove out in our own vehicle. It took us about 3.5 hours to drive…

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    Exploring the trails off of the Pipeline

    A short walk from my family home there is a network of trails that the locals have built and maintained for the past several years. My dad and I have recently discovered them and went for a hike on Easter weekend. It was unusually warm that day and almost felt like summer. We actually got a bit of sun which was a good reminder that it doesn’t need to be summer to put on sunscreen. We had a few hours before we were gathering for Easter dinner so we headed out down the road and entered the trails from the pipeline. This is a cleared area where the TransCanada PipeLine…

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    Spring Wandering at Assiniboine Park

    English garden walk

    Spring has officially sprung for a good month now but in my neck of the woods it still looks quite grey and lifeless. There are patches of green grass starting to grow and the faint glimpse of some colour in the trees but you really need to look closely. We need a good rain fall to wash the dust away and refresh the ground. It’s that in between time when we are all waiting in anticipation for the world to come alive and burst with vibrant colours.   I go searching for signs of spring every weekend in my local parks and forests. A few weeks ago I bought some…

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    Autumn camping trip to Otter Falls

    Red Fox Otter Falls

    Can you believe I never went camping once this summer? I couldn’t stand this fact and booked a last minute trip to Otter Falls campground in Manitoba. How would I sum it up? One word. COLD. We learned the hard way and made a list of cold weather camping tips to share so you don’t have to freeze like we did! My husband Darcy and I had never camped past the September long weekend.  We knew it was going to be cold so we packed everything! The forecast was saying it would rain for days and we replied with “there’s no such thing as bad weather, only bad clothing!” We…