Aug 22, 2007

Packing the shemagh

Evan with headdressDSC_4659Packing up to leave for Texas was not fun. It was busy, hectic and sad to say goodbye to friends. We are leaving a lot of good friends behind.

But before everybody bursts into tears let's change the topic but keep the same theme of leaving things behind...

Some other things we left behind were a lot of old t-shirts (some well over a decade old) and stuff that I just didn't wear any more. It all went to Goodwill, though I'm not sure who will want to wear an old "Mtn Bike in Costa Rica" t-shirt. We have made well over a dozen trips to Goodwill over the last few weeks but the clothing pile was huge, about half as tall as Evan who wanted to wear my old Shemagh from my desert days. Not a great photo but it was late and I snapped it fast.

Keegan watching the mtns

In Lake LouiseBefore we knew it we were backing out of the driveway, heading towards the Transcanada highway for the West Coast. The boys, of course, are oblivious to the events surrounding them. They are happy to just look out a window at the mountains or eat a cookie in Lake Louise.

The further we drove away from Calgary the more real the journey became.

Up till now we had been so busy getting organized to back out of the driveway, there wasn't time to sit and consider the fullness of what we were doing. Later that night when the darkness of the mountains surrounded us as we drove along it all started to sink in. We were leaving Calgary for more than just a week or two.

Doreen driving

We decided to push non-stop to Maple Ridge to stay with Doreen's good friend Deanne and her husband Jacques. We were parked in their driveway by 0600hrs, the boys ready for breakfast, Doreen ready for a nap and me ready for a ride.