Many of us have stayed closer to home this summer, enjoying our families, visiting local attractions, and hidden gems tucked here and there around our province.
While this has been a different summer, the sunrises and sunsets have been as magnificent as ever. As I sit to watch these beautiful beginnings and endings to each day, I am reminded of all I am so grateful for. Lately, I have been caught up in the pandemic mania, and I have missed many opportunities to enjoy what we do have. The abundance around us overflows
What have I noticed?
Our province really is the land of the living skies. The colours we have been treated to this summer, almost every morning and evening, have taken my breath away.
Our parks, lakes and green spaces are welcoming. I love watching families take their gloves and bats into the park and start a friendly game of ball. Have you noticed how many people are biking these days? Even our family, from gramps to the youngest grandchild, have found ways to get exercise and fresh air by biking together (it usually ends with an ice cream cone).
Speaking of ice cream cones, what is your favourite flavour? WOW! There are so many choices! My favourite remains soft vanilla. Mind you, these days it costs a small fortune to take the family out for this cold, sweet treat.
If you love visiting interesting and beautiful places, there are many hidden treasures around the province. The Gem Lakes are pristine bodies of water. You can hike the Gem Lakes trail that loops around a small, sparkling group of lakes named after precious stones — Jade, Diamond, Opal, Sapphire and Pearl. Located in the Narrow Hills Provincial Park, the Gem Lakes are a cluster of deep, sand-bottomed lakes reflecting colours of emerald, jade and aqua blue. The vantage points are spectacular, a must-see on your bucket list.
The crooked trees are an interesting landmark that are not far from Warman – a nice drive to the Hafford area. The trail tours a small cluster of aspen trees that are atypical as they do not grow towards the sky; instead, the branches twist and turn in horizontal and downward directions, giving the grove an eerie and, yet, mesmerizing appearance. Worth the visit in any season!
The Saskatchewan provincial parks are spectacular. My family spends most of our time at Candle Lake, where we have been going to for more than 25 years. We never get tired of exploring this amazing family getaway.
This summer has been different as we have stayed close to home and family. Choosing to keep our circle small has been difficult, but necessary for now.
Enjoy these last lazy days of summer. School is around the corner and these relaxing warm days will be memories …hopefully great memories.