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signing off for the summer

Tabitha

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I am shortly heading for my annual trek to ONT. This time driving and my 2 first cousins once removed (aged 13 and 15) are flying out from ONT and riding back with me. I will stay with mom and dad and help do some unpacking in their apartment, and also take a quilting course. Not sure when I will be back. Have a good summer all!
 

BetteTheRed

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Have a great time, Tab! If you find yourself in my neighbourhood, shoot me a text or e-mail?
 

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You, too, Tabitha, have a great, safe trip and a wonderful summer.
 

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Excellent! Sounds like a trip you will enjoy. Is your quilting course at the Haliburton School of Arts? Two of my neighbours are doing courses there next week - one on quilting :) Hope the time with parents goes well. If you are down my way - let's connect :) Will PM you my number.
 

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Thanks folks. I will still be on facebook. And yes my course is at Haliburton School of Art and Design (part of Fleming College)--the new name. In reality some of the course happen at the high school I attended.
 

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Have a great trip and enjoy your summer.
 

Tabitha

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And I arrived home on Thurs. 9,500 k total. Enjoyed time with my 1st cousins once removed (13 and 15) and a 13 year old friend we picked up in SK. Good weather but felt pushed for time. We stopped at the kangaroo farm, the Last Spike and the Royal Canadian Mint. Swam a few times. 1 hotel, friends parent's house and camping for the rest. Left Mon and arrived Sat.
Enjoyed my weeklong quilting course. Spent times with my parents in their new place-and recovered the seat of a wooden chair, got dirt out of grannies (cloth on yardstick) showed mom how to clean top lint trap on dryer ( a small felt book came out), went to a play, saw a waterski show, joined them for church, time with sister and her wife, lots of time with oldest niece, we swam, sewed, paddled and crafted together, drove to Barrie for lunch with other niece-and a lovely tea with Bette (Lucy and I could be friends with more time). I also fixed an 30 year old quilt.
Then drove home with 2 and 1/2 canoes and a friends kayak. 4 watercraft inspection stations-you would think they could give you a sticker at one that you could just show at others! Also brought home a treadle sewing machine.
Went to an amethyst mine-an open gorge-and picked some lovely rocks, went to Head Smashed in Buffalo Jump- in Blackfoot Country, got my car seat fixed in Lethbridge-it had jammed with the back of seat in forward position . (happened also 9 years ago). One motel. camping the rest, except Regina where I stayed with a classmate from OT-we graduated 30 years ago and hadn't seen each other for 20+ years.

It is a worthwhile journey but next time I will go with another driver. The trip back seemed especially long.
 

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Glad you got back safe and sound and had a good journey. We heard a bit from Bette but nice to hear the whole story.

a small felt book came out
When LIttle M and his roommates moved into his current place (he's moving again on Labour Day), the dryer looked like it hadn't been cleaned out since the last tenants moved in. Due to the design, it was more like a sheet of felt than a book, though.
 

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Welcome back Tabitha. That sounds like a full amd enjoyable trip.
 

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Welcome back Tabitha. Sounds like a long, but enjoyable drive. Glad you're back safe and sound.
 

Carolla

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WOW Tabitha - you really packed a lot into your travels!! But having met you, I'm not a bit surprised ;) Glad you are home safe & sound - now for wildfire season .... hoping it will not be too smokey this year.
 

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but next time I will go with another driver. The trip back seemed especially long.
I found my drive back longer than there, as well. I think it's the lack of company/help with the driving (although Nick does not drive, he was navigator, "thing" charger and audio-book changer/musical decision-maker) but more especially with the camping. I don't like getting myself set up, fed and in bed on my own. It feels lonely.
 

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I found my drive back longer than there, as well. I think it's the lack of company/help with the driving (although Nick does not drive, he was navigator, "thing" charger and audio-book changer/musical decision-maker) but more especially with the camping. I don't like getting myself set up, fed and in bed on my own. It feels lonely.
I did Halifax to Hamilton on my own once (two nights on the road), but I was half the age I am now. Not sure I would attempt that now and with two other drivers in the family (though one isn't in the household at present), I hopefully won't have to.
 

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The camping part was fine for me. Quick and easy set up and take down of tent. It was the driving. I think home was harder because 1) I did not have company-the teens were refreshing and 2) the scenery was familiar-I had just driven it on the way out (well almost-I did Regina and then the south route from Medicine Hat-but most was the same).
 

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Yeah, different talents, I think. I have almost a facility for long-distance driving. I've done here to Newark, Delaware (a 9+ hour drive IF the border is clear and IF you take the Pennsylvania Turnpike, which I do not do), in a day, more than once. For a few years, I did it twice a year. Always solo. However, I am a "casual" camper, and I wasn't really terribly well equipped on my trip, except for the queen sized air mattress and the three large feather pillows, lol.
 

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LOL. Inflating your air mattress would take time! I find rolling and stuffing my tent into it's stuff sack tedious. It has to be rolled quite tight. So I brought a gym bag-duffel bag and just easily put it in that every morning. No rolling needed. I have just rolled it and the fly up and stuffed it back in it's regular stuff sack.