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Father's Day In The Forest 
Jun. 26, 2011 3:52 pm 
Updated: Aug. 30, 2011 9:38 am

I've taken a mini-vacation of sorts over the

past week that was mostyly spent at home

with one big exception.  Last Sunday my

mother-in-law took care of my children for

the day and my husband and I, along with

three very good friends, packed a picnic and

headed to the park.  When I speak of the

park I don't mean a grassy area with a play

ground, I mean a 3,874  square kilometer

(nearly 1500 square mile) piece of unspoiled

boreal forest and fescue grass lands filled

with hiking trails and clear cold lakes.  I

have deep roots in Prince Albert

National Park.  When I was a child both of

my parents were employed by the park and

my father still is.  I lived in the park in staff

housing for a few years and spent many

happy days on the beach in the town site

(Waskesui).  We live about a half an hour

south of the the park boundry and

often drive up to spend a day hiking and


We arrived at the park in the rain at

around 11 am and wandered through the

town site and down the beach.  We spotted

several deer and a pair of elk then stopped

in at The Scoop for ice-cream.  The sky

cleared up and we drove a to the trail head

of my favorite shorter trail,  Treebeard.  We

all put on extra bug repellent and braved

the mosquitoes to hike on a very wet and

hilly trail (Saskatchewan isn't all flat after

all).  The creek that threads it's way

through the low places was very full and

noisy.  For the most part we couldn't see it

for the trees and steep hills but we could

certainly hear it. 


After our hike we drove back to the town

site and built a fire in a camp kitchen stove

near the main beach.  We cooked smokies

and ate Baked Potato Salad, grilled fruit

skewers, guacamole and rice chips and

finished off with a creamsicle cake. 

About half-way through our meal the sea

gulls noticed us and started hanging around

 and fighting over chips.  We ate until we

could hardly walk then went wading along

the shore of the lake as the clouds rolled

back in.  We decided to pack up and head

home just before the skies opened up.  It

poured rain all of the way home.  I felt

refreshed by my day at the park and next

time mabye we'll bring the kids.

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Jun. 26, 2011 4:22 pm
Wow Sarah-May, sounds like you had a wonderful day! Looks like a beautiful place for a hike and a picnic. Last time I went hiking we forgot the bug repellant- NOT fun! The food sounds delicious. I may have to make some fruit skewers for the 4th of July. A nice switch from the typical fruit salad. Thanks for the blog :)
Jun. 26, 2011 5:00 pm
Just reading your blog was restful. Thanks for sharing your retreat!
Jun. 27, 2011 9:50 am
Thanks for stopping in Puck! Grilled fruit is excellent :)
Jun. 27, 2011 9:50 am
You're welcome Bibi :D
Jun. 27, 2011 12:47 pm
Sounds like a great day! Your food spread sounds really good, too. I like the looks of those grilled fruit skewers.
Jun. 28, 2011 6:33 am
Thanks Mother Ann :). I'm ready to go back!
Jul. 1, 2011 5:08 pm
I'm so glad you got a mini-vacation. It sounds like beautiful and relaxing way to spend time with friends and family. And the baked potato salad looks divine!
Aug. 24, 2011 4:39 pm
Hey Sarah, very late to this blog. I imagine you are busy as ever with the kiddos over the summer. Just letting you know you are missed on the buzz and hope you are having a great summer. When you have time to return, just know that the recipes are still here and so are some of the conversations:)
Aug. 29, 2011 8:35 pm
Hi Sarah: Just wondering what your elevation is up there? We are at 7400 ft. in Colorado. I try to find fellow ARers with similar surroundings so I can tap into their experiences, with baking especially, at about the same elevation. Thanks much.
Aug. 30, 2011 9:34 am
Thanks Mangel! It was delicious and has been made a couple times over the summer.
Aug. 30, 2011 9:36 am
Thanks RnG, It's been a hectic rollercoaster of a summer and I'm going to restart blogging tomorrow! Finally. My oldest starts kindergarden on Thursday and I'm homeschooling my other three for preschool because the rural preschool system is too pricey for us so it's going to be a busy year. I'll try to swing in to the buzz later on today. I'm inside baking anyhow :).
Aug. 30, 2011 9:38 am
Hi Marlie, we're no where near that, I think we're around 1400 feet. So I guess I'm no help, sorry :).
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