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For 23 years, I have neglected the natural beauty of where I am living. Who would not be amazed by the beautiful mountains that are secretly always in the background of the sunset/sunrise? And yet, I fail to fully appreciate the essence of what it can offer. Not only is it just beautiful in its own presence, but it offers so much more. A weekend spent with friends camping, talking about life and silly things, of enjoying each others’ company, and time spent gazing at the stars.

Summer is the best time of the year, not because we are rid of school/placement, but it’s a time where you can really enjoy the wonderful weather and time well spent catching up with old friends who went away for school/work. And this week was not short of that. This week I had learned that golf is more difficult than it seems, but once you get the individual things down, it’s pretty fun. Friday was our traditional BBQ (which turned out amazingly well). I realized that even though we don’t see each other every day, our friendships almost seem like they picked up from where we last left off. Saturday was camping. We first set up our tents and then headed directly to have brunch at Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, which was amazing. Let’s just say that I regret having had McDonald’s breakfast in the morning. It was a little hefty on the wallet, but definitely worth it. We then headed back to the camp site to start our hike. It was excruciatingly hot and by the time we were finished, I think we were all tired and drenched in our own sweat. But the scenery was definitely worth every sweat. If only we could get down to the river!

We walked around Banff for a bit until it was time to head back for some dinner. My two friends went crazy getting firewood/logs for us to sit on as we had forgotten to bring lawn chairs to sit around the campfire. Overall, things went smoothly. We managed to not set things on fire (well, not to the point where our lives were endangered), we managed to fill our stomachs with beans/sausages and veggies, and what better way to end off the night than to be comforted by the warmth of the fire while roasting marshmallows under the stars? We were all pretty drained from the day, so having a good night sleep was definitely not the issue for us that night.

Unfortunately check out was at 11, but we managed to sneak in a quick campfire before then. We headed back to Calgary and snuck in a game of golf at the driving range. Let’s just say that after those 2 days, man were we ever glad to just go home and shower.

Minus the mosquito bites that I have sustained from this camping trip, it was time well spent with friends to just catch up before they all get busy again with their lives. I hope you all had a wonderful weekend as well! =)

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