My family has taken many vacations over the years: a few odd, some truly awful, but every single one of them has been a trip of a lifetime. Two summers ago, the summer of 2006, my family decided to voyage north: destination, Canada.
Family vacations, in the mind of the general populous, usually consist of hotels, beaches, and relaxation. Now, if one belongs to the Dury family… well, the word ‘vacation’ tends to bring to mind some different connotations. This particular summer, my family chose to rent a cozy little cabin on a mountain side right outside Banfft, Alberta.
The idea of solitude and majestic mountains are the paragon of perfect holidays to my family. Now, this little cabin would have been perfect, if not for the disturbing fact that it was situated just next to the local sewer system. The smell at nights was enough to make our dirty socks run and hide.
Thankfully, being who we are, we didn’t spend much time indoors. Instead, we opted to venture into the unknown: hiking, completely unmapped scenic drives, trying out the local hangouts. Hiking is the simplest, and cheapest, way to bring families together.
Going off of little sleep and some pretty exotic food (if one has never tried elk meat, save some money: don’t do it), my family trudged on into the mountains. Considering the mountains, high altitudes are typical, and happen to have proven in the past to be a problem for my mother, who has some pretty chronic asthma. Unfortunately, this slight notice was forgotten by my mother.
And so, after a small side trip to the local doctor’s clinic, all was well and the trip continued in all its unpredictability. Even with all the slight setbacks of our Canada trip, my family had the time of our lives. Only my dear family would ever choose sweatshirts and small, smelly mountain cabins to bathing suits and sunny beaches.
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