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Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Stamp River Adventures

I LIKE THAT Frank asked our 5-year-old grandson an important question.

“Did you have fun camping?” Frank said.
“Not really,” he replied.

His response took me back to the adventures we had just experienced as a camping troop alongside Stamp River northwest of Port Alberni. We set up the tent, explored our neighbourhood and returned to roast turkey dogs on a spectacular bed of coals. We sang songs, played I Spy With My Little Eye and chatted by  the fire until collectively we were too tired to stay awake.

Grandpa Black and Grayson slept in the tent while I took on the comfort of lodgings in the van. Once I realized that the roar of the nearby river was endless I fell into a deep sleep.

At the break of dawn, I tumbled out of bed to watch Frank and Grayson stoke the morning fire. We enjoyed buns toasted on a stick, cold cereal with brown sugar and milk, campfire coffee and juice. Frank introduced our wee grandson to knife throwing and very shortly our little woodsman was cheering at his first strike.

We hiked a short distance to Stamp River Falls and thrilled at the rush of water that forced its way through the narrow pass spraying white water in all directions.

We hiked back through several trails and discovered the taste of Huckleberries. At our campsite, we clambered down a small hill and set up at the river’s edge for a plunge into the cool water. We watched Salmon jumping and listened to the glup, glup sound as the river slapped against the rocks at our feet.

That evening Frank helped Gray learn to play the spoons, bones and the violin.

The following morning, Peanut showed me several rashes he had developed. I slathered his delicate skin with a calming cream and promised him that his mother would provide him a bath that would make him feel better.

My impression is that his ‘not really’ response to Grandpa was a result of his uncomfortable condition that morning. Once we arrived at his home and I reported his state to his mom, instinctively she put him into a cool bath with a refreshing balm.

♫ Summertime and living is easy…♫

Knife throwing Adventure

Stamp Falls Adventure

River Adventure

Camping Music Adventure

Thursday, July 5, 2012

Hats On To School Organizers

I LIKE THAT there were Junior Youth and Children Classes running concurrently with the adult sessions. It gave the adults a chance to enjoy the programs that the youngsters created for us. All the action took place at the Mid-Island Baha’i School, Nanoose Place Community Centre, Northwest Bay Road, Parksville, British Columbia.

Much to the delight of the audience, the young people made bedazzled 1900 type hats to commemorate Abdu’l-Baha’s visit to North America in 1912. They sported their creations and sang a beautiful song.

During the two-and-a-half-day event, we camped in our van just outside the facilities and enjoyed the various presentations and art sessions held in the large building. We met friends that we hadn’t seen for a long while and renewed our welcome like no time had passed.

1900 Hats