What does it mean to be a family?
To me family means cherishing the time you have with your grandparents and listening to ALL of their stories because one day they won’t be there anymore. It means spending time with your little cousins and watching them grow up right before your eyes. But what it also means is driving 16 hours home to get to the family who needs you.
Sadly, last thursday my great grandmother passed away at the age of 96. Mary Gordon was admitted to the hospital about a week before we left on our trip. At first things weren’t looking too well but things turned up a few days before we were to leave on our 3 week trip to BC when Mrs. Gordon asked the nurse if she was allowed to have a shot of whiskey. You can take the girl out of Ireland but you can’t take the Ireland out of the girl. She was always making everyone laugh with her quips. One thing is for sure she had her wits about her right until the end.
My favourite memory was whenever I asked “grandma where were you born?” she would always reply, “I wasn’t born, I was found under a rock by a leprechaun.” And you better believe I bragged about that to all my friends. I have always loved Ireland but I think I loved it more because of that little bit of fairytale.
My great grandmother will be dearly missed, though I am lucky that she gave birth to my grandmother who I am very grateful for and wouldn’t know what to do with out her. So I will continue to honour my great grandmother by spending as much time with her oldest daughter who is my wonderful grandmother and cherish every damned moment of it.
Rest in Peace and may you be dancing with my grandpa in heaven.
So the May clan does this trip every 3 years. This tradition began since before I was born when my parents went with there friends to Tofino and as friends started getting married and having kids the brood to Tofino grew to a very significant size. As the kids got older and started working the brood began to dwindle but my sister and I tagged along for one last trip.
Every time we usually gun it to Calgary, stay a night, then gun it to Vancouver his time we have decided to meander. Plus, we are going white water rafting tomorrow. So today we managed a hefty 2 hour drive in about 8 hours. We stopped in Banff and went to the Banff Springs Hotelwhere my old friend Marilyn Monroe stayed while filming “River of No Return”. I also found this sweet lamp made out of a fire extinguisher.
We took in a farmers market where my mom bought some glass blown dishes, my sister and I bought matching bracelets (cute I know) and my dad bought a tie die shirt.
After Banff we drove down the highway a little further to Lake Louise and after driving around the parking lot for quite some time we were able to take in the beauty that is Lake Louise. There were many canoe’s out on the lake and it was very overcast so the pictures are alright. I dipped my feet in and my foot cramped within 30 seconds. We walked around the grounds of Chateau Lake Louise and I took some lovely flower pictures. Tonight we are resting our heads in Golden, BC and tomorrow its off to white water raft and 3 Valley Gap.
So today involved some Ikea shopping, stocking up before the Winnipeg store opens, and mall shopping. We are currently experimenting on how to take off gel nails. My darling sister just graduated high school and got gel nails for grad and she decided to enlist the help of our cousins (who have no experience with gel nails) to take these bloody things off. The room is filled with “OW!” as you can see in the picture above.
So another low key day, tomorrow we are going to take our time getting to Golden, BC by going through Banff and going to the Hot Springs and taking in some hiking trails. So expect a more exciting post tomorrow and the days to come. Day 4 will involve white water rafting in Golden.
I have been a little emotional the past 2 days having to say goodbye to my boyfriend who I will be away from for 3 weeks. He told me I was going to have a great time and that I should stop being a “rainy face”, I tried my best not to cry and failed.
So today was a lot of driving and a lot of sleeping through the prairies. The picture above it probably the highest point between Winnipeg and Calgary and we stopped here for some lunch. We left at around 5am (Winnipeg time) and made it to Calgary at about 5:30pm (Calgary time). We are staying with my darling cousins at my aunt and uncles house and currently watching some 21 Jump Street.
Anyhoo, more exciting posts to come but I promised to write everyday of my trip so stay tuned for mountains!