With the exception of last year, my family has spent the past nine years celebrating thanksgiving in various locations with various groups of people. My early high school years were spent at Porteau Cove, glamping, with the turkey cooking in a garbage can on the beach. Then we relocated to Vancouver Island, near Courtenay, where a giant turkey-sized deep-fryer took centre stage.
This year, my family, along with one other family went to Maple Falls Washington, near the foot of Mount Baker. We stayed in a beautiful cabin in an interesting area. It was a gated community of densely populated cabins; no cellular or wifi – except in the central “clubhouse” – but a swimming pool, tennis courts, and playground.
It’s amazing how much better you feel when you go away, even for a few days and even just a few hours from home. I had two midterms to study for, but even so, I felt more relaxed than I have in months.
Before the big dinner on Sunday night, we decided to go for a little hike around the top of the Mount Baker ski area. Artist Point was absolutely stunning; 360 degree views made even more beautiful by the leaves’ changing colours.