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“Traveling—it leaves you speechless, then turns you into a storyteller.” -Ibn Battuta
I am an inquisitive person. Idea of going to new places, exploring them, observing surroundings have always interested me. Been two years in Canada and I always heard about people going for camping and it fascinated me, but with a toddler at home not everything can be done according to my whims and fancies. Somehow, the day finally came when myself along with some amazing friends planned a camping trip to Miquelon lake. Being my first time, I obviously had no idea what preparatory measures were to be taken but all thanks to my companions who helped with the process and of course not to forget the google on which the whole world relies... :P
So an hour's drive from our place, as we keep on heading towards the destination, away from the city roar, I am exhilarated and already lost in the surroundings. Peacefulness, tranquility, refreshing air, and till far I can just see all huge trees, bushes, tracks in the middle, and besides those tracks on either side are trees and more trees, and just driving through them you see a terrain, which has gravels all over and yes that's our location, and as the summers this time has been extraordinarily unconventional it rains making the area muddy, and our camping more adventurous. Thanks to our fellow gentlemen who despite the rains without any botheration did the tent set-up, fully drenched but not a moment of dejection. As the rain subsided within an hour, and we all settled inside the tent, all I had was a smile on my face and seeing all my friends having a good time gave me immense contentment. As we arrived at the late evening time, it was already getting dark and unlike the city there were no street lights. All we had was our flashlights or the better option, just be in the dark and listen to the wind blowing, the thunderstorms, the rustling of leaves, high up in the beautiful sky, where it is illuminated by countless stars to sudden disappearance of those stars and then you notice dark clouds and at times you get that eerie feeling, but then you realize you are not alone. You have your people with you. With the fire burning, keeping us all warm and endless talks it became one memorable night that I will cherish for a long time.
And as I end writing all of this I feel glad and thankful for a good life and incredible friends who make this journey so beautiful. With few hours left for the day break, we all decided to wrap up the night and get some sleep and wake up fresh for yet another beautiful day in the woods. And, the next day finally turned out to be sunny making us all cheerful and bright in spirit. Time to explore in the jungle, and within a mile was a beautiful beach, along with playground and paved paths to walk comfortably. There were several trails within the campground to take a hike and commune with the nature. And with limited appliances, cooking outdoors on a barbecue grill was a different experience altogether which I thoroughly enjoyed.
There are cons and pros of everything, no electricity, messy washrooms, not that feasible with kids, gets too cold at night and with rains all the more there were moments of despair... but speaking for myself I see more of pros. It was an adventurous trip, a mind blowing experience, I never thought of staying in the dark, amidst the jungle without electricity. Listening to the rain pouring and feeling the water flowing beneath you, a group of 10-12 people sitting together inside a cozy tent and chit chatting and playing games, and surviving in a flashlight, dining under the sky, away from daily luxury, stress, routine, this was a perfect weekend get away and a good experience for me this summers.
Mother nature is magnificient, and to feel it we need to get in close connection with it. Let this life be more of adventures, so that when we are old we have lots of stories to tell and memories to cherish.
"Keep close to nature's heart, and break clear away, once in a while, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean." - John Muir