For me, summer is the most relaxing time of the year. I spend a lot of time doing little in the summertime. In my youth, my grandfather and my dad would take my brothers and me fishing to Long Lake up near Newbrook, or to Lac la Nonne northwest of Morinville. My brothers and I would spend a lot of time in the forest, making huts and tree houses, playing hide and seek, and skinny dipping in the creeks and the North Saskatchewan river. We would also build rafts to float in the creeks.
In my adult life, I have spent a lot of time at Teen Time camps, driving teams on a wagon train, camping with 15-17 year old kids, or being an instructor in riflery, archery, canoeing, and fishing. I have travelled with family, and sometimes my brothers and I would travel to B.C. or Saskatchewan to visit relatives and friends, attend weddings and funerals, or for family reunions. I helped with a cattle drive one summer with my cousins in High River. Those were awesome times because I have always loved horses and spending time in the saddle or driving team. I’ve driven chuckwagons a few times in some races. This year I will again drive team for the wagon train camp in August. If any readers want to sponsor a teen to go to camp, contact Teen Time of Edmonton (teentime.ab.ca) and they will give you more details.