This past weekend we decided to go camping in Selkirk Ontario at Selkirk Provincial Park.
I have never been there before so it was a new experience for me. I’ve only ever camped in our back yard as a child or at my friends camp ground in Paris Ontario at a very relaxed conservation area called Pinehurst.
I ended up going with my significant other and a few of his friends for a weekend of some adult time. Don’t get me wrong with saying this but sometimes a mom needs a break to recharge her own batteries as well. I’ve been a single parent for 13 years now with only having 1 or 2 nights/days to myself so this was a well deserved break.
After we got the car packed we ended up running out of room in the back of the car with everyone’s items. I ended up being pretty “stuffed to the gills’ in the back seat of the car, but at least I was comfortable while holding onto blankets , sleeping bags and a few pillows behind my head.
Once we registered inside after already having pre-booked our site online it was time to unpack and set up. It was a pretty fast process I must say. It only took about 30 minutes to get our tents upright and air mattresses filled. Now mind you we were going to be staying here for 3 nights I wanted to make sure that I could sleep.
I really prefer to sleep on a soft surface or I wake up with more back pain (which I already have) that will then last all day. I was born with Spina Bifida Occulta – which is a mild form of the birth defect which can cause back pain and numbness down the legs, amoungst other symptom’s. So having that support of the air mattress helps elevate some of that pain.
During our 3 night 4 day stay we went out on some day outings around the area. We stopped in the small town of Selkirk and picked up a few adult drinks to have. I don’t drink to often but I was away with friends and my significant other I wanted to have a few drinks while we were out. Our first night we found a few critters that like to come and say hello. A few field mice came to say hello while peaking out from the bushes. I could tell that they were very use to people as they would come and scurry towards us , and then scurry back into the woods. I guess they were only checking to see if we left any food out to have a feast of their own with our ‘leftovers’. While cleaning up for our bedtime routine we ended up seeing a few stick bugs. I honestly thought that they were fascinating to look at, as I have not seen one up that close before.
Needless to say it took me about 2 hours to fall asleep since it was a new place , and can you believe it, I was also the first one up at 8am on a Saturday morning. For my nearest and dearest friends they know I love to sleep in when I can. But with the fresh air and well the not so comfortable air mattress can be blamed for the early wake up call.
Making our coffee on Saturday morning was a chore. It took us almost 2.5 hours to have our first cups of coffee. Everyone knows that I can not go without my morning coffee. So when we finally had a chance to enjoy it we were on our way to see the beach. We didn’t stay long as I forgot to bring my swim shoes , and the entry to the Lake was all stones ( really big stones). On their website it did warn us that it was quiet stoney for the first 5 feet. I did get out to about 8 feet and I could not find the sand at the bottom. So we climbed back up on shore and made out way to Port Dover. At least know that it is sandy with no stones to hurt my feet.
I had asked my friend if I could do a Reiki session with her while on our weekend camping adventure, she was like heck ya! She had asked if we could do it in the Lake. Water is one of her grounding amplifiers and I was glad to offer her help with her self healing process. I will also have a post about this experience in the next few days.
After the short swim and Reiki session we decided to look at the shops around Port Dover. I fell in love with a few of the boutique’s . Here’s just a few of the items that were available for purchase. I ended up purchasing a few things for myself, a mermaid coffee mug, and a pair of earrings. You can see the mug on my instagram account. I would also love to connect with you there as well.
Now some of my favorite times that happened this weekend were when we were all sitting around the campfires and just talking. Yes I know I talk to my children on a daily basis but it was such an amazing time sitting around and talking with other adults. Letting my inhibitions go and just talking about anything and everything. Speaking my truth and whatever was on my mind.
On our third day we ended up doing a few meditations to open up our third eye and root chakra’s more. It was an experience like I have never had before. I could see more, I usually just see colors, very vividly but I was able to dig deeper into the higher realm. I was able to see more shapes with the colors and feel the self love more for myself then ever before. I think that was because I have always placed myself on the back burner that I never really taken the time for me. This weekend was just about that, ME. When I was coming back out of the meditation something strange happened this time. I was looking up at a tree and I could not for the life of me focus on it. I was seeing it in triple and quadruple. I blinked a few times and as I looked up more to the left hand side of the tree I seen an eagle flying and soaring around in the sky right above us and it took my breath away. I took it as a sign to see the whole picture from a bird’s eye view. I know we have heard the saying and I guess this was as sign to do just that. When I looked back at the tree I was still having a hard time focusing, I am still searching within myself to find out the meaning of it.
On our final night we did an exercise; we each threw a piece of paper into the fire to release the fears that we had from our hearts and our minds. I really want to do this again for our next camping trip. I found it very cleansing to the soul.
On our way back on Monday I did a lot of reflecting on the drive home. I started to miss my girls . I have never been away for more then a night or two and well 4 days was a long time in my eyes and their eyes as well. I got lots of hugs and kisses from the both of them and snuggles on the couch after I unpacked and started to do the laundry. It is something that I will always cherish and remember for years to come.
Where have you gone camping? Let me know what state/province as well so I can check them out online.