Summer is here, already doing it's usual thing of flying by too fast. It's been gorgeously hot and sunny here in Winnipeg, except for the past two rainy days which I took full advantage of by totally refreshing the blog. If you are following Lune Travels through a reader or on your phone, take a minute to check out the desktop site. I'm still cleaning up the archives and refining navigation, but for the most part, I'm feeling good about it. I hope you find visiting our site enjoyable and interesting! You'll notice that after a selection of our five latest posts, I've included links to "MisAdventures". I've always felt like my authors voice comes through the most genuine when writing (ahem ... sarcastically bitching) about the times when things go wrong. What a conundrum, because although it's some of my best writing, I sure don't want to jinx anything. Bad travel stories are only funny and entertaining long after they're over and done!
Journey Home Artist Retreat
If you follow me on Instagram @luneblog you'll have noticed that our summer travel is off to a good start. In spring I was approached by Western Manitoba Tourism to write about a couple travel destinations in their region. The first assignment was to cover an artist retreat in Waldersee, Manitoba called Journey Home Artist Retreat. My longtime friend Chandra and I spent the weekend carving soapstone, enjoying the lush countryside and eating homemade meals. We slept in an authentic Mongolian yurt and had a totally rejuvenating experience. I came back inspired to write and included a great collection of photos from our weekend to share here and on the WestMan site, which I'll announce as soon as it goes live.
Clear Lake, Manitoba
Our first camping weekend of the year started off with a bang! My second assignment included covering our Canada Day 150 long weekend stay at Clear Lake Manitoba in Riding Mountain National Park. Every time we stay in this vibrant place, we discover something new. We also returned to some old favourites, because I want to make sure if you decide to visit that you're having the best time possible! Although we were busy taking it all in, we also had a whole afternoon to sun and swim off a dock and enjoy the cold clear lake water. I'm looking forward to sharing our experiences and travel tips for this Manitoba vacation hot spot soon, both here and on the Western Manitoba Tourism website.
Grand Beach, Manitoba
Where do you go when you're wishing for a world class sand beach and a watery horizon here in Manitoba? Grand Beach is the answer! I don't think I've been to a beach with softer silica sand, and that includes in Mexico, California, Dominican Republic and Florida. Yep, strange as it is, the sand we have here is soft as flour and extends into the lake for comfortable swimming in warm fresh water. The lake itself is huge and impossible to see across, so you can easily imagine you're oceanside. Waves get large enough for some impressive kite surfing, which we were entertained by during our stay. The weather co-operated big time and it was so hot we pulled out Eggie's custom awning I had made a few years back. I've been thinking about selling Eggie and getting a vintage motorhome in the next few years. I'd like something with full sized bunks that'll suit growing kids, so that's something I have my eye out for. Kind of building a pros and cons list, but for now we're still enjoying our 1976 Manitoba made Boler.
This one hasn't happened yet! In a few days Todd and I are skipping town to road trip down to Portland, Oregon and the coast including Seaside and Astoria. It'll be the first big trip for just the two of us since . . . well, before we became more than two. I don't think we've been away for more than 3 days as a couple since Luke was born over 11 years ago. The driving is going to be a challenge, but road travel in Canada always takes all day to get from one city to the next anyhow. We're used to that. Google Maps clocks us in at 24 hours of straight driving, which means we'll spend 4 days in transit during our vacation. I have the podcasts loaded and ready to binge on! The kids are staying with grandparents and are excited to visit Lake of the Woods. They'll stay with family for a fun time swimming, boating, fishing and playing in that beautiful part of Ontario. Hopefully it'll be a super fun, exciting adventure for all of us with no misadventures to add to the blog - just fun photos and posts of the best of our vacation. If you have any suggestions for visiting Portland or the coast, please send me an email or message on Instagram. I'd really appreciate it!
So this summer has been shaping up nicely. When we return we'll have my niece visiting for a month or so and have more camping fun planned. There's still a lot to look forward to! Thanks for continuing to read Lune Travels Blog. We appreciate you!