By Jamie Rieger
A number of years ago, my sister and I decided that we would spend a few days together every summer. A little sister time is for the soul.
So, each summer, I book a few days off work, pack up a few bags, and head to Saskatchewan, making a quick stop in Medicine Hat to take my grand-daughter Paige on another Adventure with Grandma. To be honest, I think the kid is as excited about the car treats as she is about the final destination. Well. Maybe not as she always looks forward to seeing her cousins and the rest of our Saskatchewan family.
Last year, she just had enough of sitting in the car by the time we got to Piapot, so a quick stop to stretch her legs was in order. This year though, she sat there good as gold, watching the countryside as we zipped down the highway.
In fact, the only time she was even a little bit argumentative was just before Swift Current when she was dozing off and I started singing to the Blue Rodeo song chiming through the speakers. I guess I really am the only one who likes my road trip singing.
As soon as we got to my sister’s place, and then to our campsite only a few kilometers away, the fun really started for all of us. There was lots of visiting of course, but Paige went tubing on the lake for the first time and I must say, that even though she got tossed into the water, that five-year-old was a lot more brave in how she handled it than I would have been.
Tubing, canoing, boat rides, and just playing in the water kept the kids active cool under the hot sun and the adults sitting on the beach just a little sunburned.
It was a great few days and we seemed to put off the road trip home for as long as we could. (I always seem to return home a day later than initially planned.)
It was nice to get away and visit with my sis and her family and it helped me re-charge a bit and Paigie is already looking forward to her next Adventure with Grandma.