Our Road Trip
Traveling from British Columbia to Saskatchewan with a full U-Haul, an almost 2 year old, and a 2002 Focus with no air conditioning is no easy feat. It was a very long three days and by the time we got home, I wanted nothing more than to lay in bed with my husband (not touching because dang it’s hot this summer) and just do nothing at all. Out of all my many road trips however, this one was truly the best.
We left the Island mid-morning on a Monday. Loading the truck was quick, Ginny was well behaved and stayed out of the way for the most part, but mere minutes before departing she picked up an antique coaster from the living room and dropped it on the ground. It split in half, I face-palmed, and then seriously debated even telling my mom. Of course I did, but I just couldn’t believe that she hadn’t broken a single thing all trip – until the final five minutes. What. A. Kid.
After a two hour drive to Nanaimo, we had another hour wait before the ferry was ready to board. It was hot, the playground was full, and I was seriously worried that the truck and car wouldn’t be able to catch the same Ferry and my mom, Ginny, and I would have to kill 4 hours in Vancouver which was NOT ideal. Don’t get me wrong, I’m madly in love with Vancouver, but when you need to make it Saskatchewan by a certain date, you don’t want to be dallying in traffic. Fortunately, we all made it on the same boat, and were able to enjoy a nice lunch from White Spot together.
Two hours on the water later and it was time to continue the road portion of the journey. And my stars, it was HOT. The air conditioning in the car was not working, my poor kiddo was turning red, and I felt a bit car sick. We ended up making the entire drive with the windows open which is no fun on a highway. My mom always thinks ahead so she had a cooler full of frozen water bottles so I ended up handing one to Ginny to keep her cool, which worked perfectly. Day one was long, hot, and stressful, but we eventually made it to Kamloops where we spent the night all in one hotel room which was thankfully air conditioned.
Day two was beautiful. The mountains surrounded us, the trees smelled amazing through our open windows, and Ginny was a happy camper. Bryan and I had the forsight to purchase a LeapPad system for her as an early birthday gift and it was a life saver in the car. I also bought her a new stuffy and a Justice League activity book, so she was rarely bored. Unfortunately she rarely slept, but that turned out to be great for the nighttime because she crashed and crashed hard. I made the mistake of giving her a melting Kit Kat piece, but it made her so happy that I can’t truly regret it. We made it Edmonton that night, and got basically the last hotel room in town, which turned out to be awesome because it had a king size bed for my parents, and two singles in a separate smaller room for my little bro and I and Ginny. It was a restful night.
Day three was surreal. Suddenly we were out of the mountains and into the prairies. It was such a drastic change and at first I was so disappointed to be in such a flat place. But the prairies are so gorgeous in their own way, mainly due to the incredible sky out here. Once I got over my sadness at leaving ‘home’ (BC will ALWAYS be my true home), I found that I was really glad to be back to the familiar sights of fields upon fields upon fields. The morning dragged on forever, but once we hit SK, things seemed to fly by and before I knew it we were finally home and I was smoochin’ my sweetie husband. Unloading the truck was hot work, but with the help of really great friends, it went pretty quickly and Wednesday night we were all able to just relax and sit and just do nothing.
One of the main reasons why this trip went better than any other, was that A) I hadn’t done a trip through multiple provinces since 2009 (without flying), and B) I wasn’t carsick. As a child I was constantly tossing my cookies in a bucket in the car or on the side of oh so many highways. I’ve puked high in the mountains near peaceful streams, deep in the sweltering heat of the Okanagan, and at the foot of a poor dinosaur in Drumheller, AB. So to make it through this trip without even flinching throughout those winding roads and crazy altitudes really made things infinitely more enjoyable. For the first time ever I could truly enjoy the scenery and beauty of God’s creation in my country, and I really loved every minute of it.
Here’s some more photos from the drive: