Wild Northerner Magazine Summer 2018 - Page 79

It was unexpected and easily my highlight of the trip to meet these people from across the world and their love for northern Ontario.

This trip hit all the highs and rarely a low. I loved every moment. From the white-knuckling driving of the big hills by Lake Superior north of the Soo with dense fog to eating lunch at the A&W in White River with a group of locals who were salt of the earth people.

If we saw a place and wanted to investigate it, we did. This was the whole meaning of this trip. We stopped at every general store or trading post, engaging the people about what they have seen in life in these parts. We enjoyed our share of roadside chip wagon fries and ice cream from small town shops.

We all wanted to keep it going. To me and for me, this is the single most important element in all of this. Everyone had so much fun they didn’t want it to stop despite the fact we were beat up with bruises and cuts from falls, covered with bug bites from mosquitos, aching from a dozen hikes and several long paddling sessions and kind of dirty LOL.

When it hurts and you want more, you know you’ve been on a damn good road trip-camping trip.

Have fun on one this summer.

At Ivanhoe, we had two camper vans pull in on both sides of our camp site to other sites and out poured 10 people. We didn’t know what to think. It turns out it was a big family from the Netherlands and they were over here on their own road trip-camping trip.

It was freaking amazing!

Thankful for us, they spoke English and our

two families were able to connect right away.

They had five kids, and two of them were the

same ages as our kids. I got to know the one

dad, Daniel, quite fast. We were kindred spirits

as we shared a lot of interests like fishing,

exploring, knives, having fun and being good

family men. Our kids played for hours together.

Daniel and I went fishing. We finished the night

by sharing food and drinks together. We stayed

up until about 3 am enjoying whiskey and a campfire with the people from Netherlands. We connected so well, Daniel and I made plans to meet in Europe, hopefully, in less than two years.

It was unexpected and easily my highlight of the trip to meet these people from across the world and their love for northern Ontario.

This trip hit all the highs and rarely a low. I loved every moment. From the white-knuckling driving of the big hills by Lake Superior north of the Soo with dense fog to eating lunch at the A&W in White River with a group of locals who were salt of the earth people.

If we saw a place and wanted to investigate it, we did. This was the whole meaning of this trip. We stopped at every general store or trading post, engaging the people about what they have seen in life in these parts. We enjoyed our share of roadside chip wagon fries and ice cream from small town shops.

We all wanted to keep it going. To me and for me, this is the single most important element in all of this. Everyone had so much fun they didn’t want it to stop despite the fact we were beat up with bruises and cuts from falls, covered with bug bites from mosquitos, aching from a dozen hikes and several long paddling sessions and kind of dirty LOL.

When it hurts and you want more, you know you’ve been on a damn good road trip-camping trip.

Have fun on one this summer.