After our first camping trip, we decided we were ready to venture a bit further from home.
This time, we went to the Lions' Campground in Red Deer: short drive time; nice campground; connected to great biking trails. Rumour has it the weather in Edmonton was beautiful this weekend. It rained in Red Deer. Still ... we made the best of it.
We had every intention of making an early day of it. We don't set an alarm clock though - we just wake up when Mak says it's time to wake up (generally in the 6:30-7:15 range). Friday morning -- 8:30. So we all slept in. No early start, but we weren't going to complain about the sleep-in either! We were still at our campsite by lunch time ... after set-up, lunch, and nap - we took advantage of the afternoon sunshine to walk downtown.
Cool Beans - a coffee shop in downtown Red Deer housed out of a double-decker bus. Justin hasn't seen them in ~10 years, so of course we showed up unannounced, and had a lovely visit. Cool shop -- if you're in Red Deer -- this is a must-stop! :)
The wind/rain came up Friday evening, and Justin and I put our campsite on lock-down. It may have been unfriendly outside, but we were toasty warm with our heated mattress (bonus: a full body heating pad for my sciatic nerve issues!!)
Saturday we were determined to make the best of things, despite the gloomy drizzly weather. After breakfast we made our way to the Farmer's Market -- trial and error on the bike paths.
Lovely farmer's market! We wandered around for an hour or so, sipping chai and people watching. I even got a new floppy sun hat (to save for another day). Just as we started heading back, the rain came; at least it wasn't too cold!! Mak was all cozy in the Chariot at least!
Turns out we could entertain Maklin fairly easily by letting him 'drive' the truck:
Sunday - a morning bike ride before heading home. We had a destination in mind, but were side-tracked along the way. First by a whole gaggle of baby "geese! geeze!!! Geese!!!"
Then by a wicked playground. It was huge with a cushy recycled tire ground covering and lots of different activities. We played just as much as Mak did!
The spinning chair was the best. It was off centre and you got dizzy SO fast. Mak thought it was hilarious and kept going back ... each time we took him off he just kept falling down dizzy in a fit of giggles. SO funny.
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