As I crossed the Canadian border 30,000 ft above the soil, all the old memories of my life came flooding back in. Moving from Alberta, Canada to Birmingham, Alabama four years ago was the most life changing experience of my life, but now, as I crossed back across the border to visit again I knew this experience was somehow going to be different. My sister and I got off the plane, went through customs and on to find our Dad, who was waiting impatiently. I could tell by the concerned but loving look in his eye that he missed us more than words could describe. At that point, my adventure had officially begun.
This four-week adventure lasted more what seemed like a lifetime. I had finally let go of my past in Canada and embraced my future in Alabama, and I wanted nothing more than to go home. First we went to Kananaskis Country in The Rocky Mountains to camp for a week, then it was off to Calgary, Alberta for a weekend filled with shopping and going to our favorite zoo. Then we went to Jasper (also in the Rocky Mountains) to enjoy the company of each other and catch up on what our Dad had missed since the last time we saw him six months ago. Finally, it was a big family get together and I was so ecstatic with the results of our trip I knew as much as I wanted to go home it was going to be hard to leave my dad all alone again. Then we both realized he had moved on too. He now had a life with his girlfriend and although he loved and missed us dearly, we were no longer the only things he had in his life and we were content with that.
Finally, we get to the airport at 5 AM June 21, 2010 and the good-byes had to happen. As we walk away, a tear slipped out of my eye knowing that this was the best vacation I could of asked for. “I love you girls” my dad yells as we bend the last corner, no longer able to see him and my sister and I realize how much we had learned and enjoyed ourselves over the three and half weeks we had been in Alberta, Canada.
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