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MANN: Springtime is all about getting outside

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March 22, 2018 - 12:00 PM

OPINION


Spring officially started two days ago and it is hard not to smile.

It is nice to open my door in the morning and not be blasted by freezing cold air or have to make an awkward sprint for my vehicle — awkward because I ALWAYS forget something and have to sprint back.

Don’t get me wrong, there are many parts of winter I adore — watching my children enjoy the snow, building snowmen, drinking hot chocolate and of course Christmas.

But I AM thankful I won’t have to try to push a stroller through the deep, impassable snow for another nine or so months, and there’s nothing like that moment in the spring when the sun kisses your face and whatever you were just complaining about suddenly doesn’t seem like that big of a deal.

It’s time to ditch the winter coats and break out the shorts and sandals.

With the sun peeking its way through the clouds and the weather getting warmer, it isn’t at all surprising that more and more people are finding an excuse to get outside and enjoy being alive.

It gets me thinking about camping.

I know, seems premature, but at the speed this life moves along (especially with kids), you seem to have to think months, if not years in advance.

Camping holds a special place in my heart. Most of my favourite memories are of getting lost in the woods.

Not literally of course, although I can’t say for sure that NEVER happened.

But there is something truly awesome about spending your days exploring and swimming in a creek or lake, or whatever body of water is nearby, and then spending the evenings joking around a campfire.

There was always a ridiculous amount of food to eat, and the great thing about camping with friends and family is you can hit up any tent or trailer and someone would have something on hand for you.

If you were lucky, it was some kind of dessert.

You don’t have to make any plans when you are camping, because camping is the plan, and a lot of the times the weather is your ultimate guide.

Sunny days are spent near the water, riding horses or running through the grass — hiding during a sneaky game of Sardines.

Someone always has a fishing rod on hand and if they don’t, someone knows how to make one.

Rainy days are spent inside a haphazardly set up tent, playing cards or board games, or getting into mischief (all in good fun of course). 

You kind of forget about the rest of the world for a minute and exist in the now.

I want to create some memories for my children and I know that camping will be an activity high on that list.

And the best part of all is we are so blessed in the Interior to have numerous campsites at our disposal — campsites for outdoorsmen, glampers and all those in between.

Springtime is all about rejuvenation and rebirth (or so someone tells us) and there’s no better time to start living and planning the next chapter of your life than in the springtime.

— Becky Mann is a 30-something, red haired, mother of two, trying to navigate this life as best she can. She enjoys talking to people and discovering their stories. Still trying to balance her personal and professional life, she juggles work and play. In her spare time Becky can be found visiting with friends, spending time with her family and saving time by reading while walking. She knows there is so much more to come and is looking forward to the continued adventure.


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