Finally, we get to dust off the backpacks and head West to Canada for the summer. At the packing stage, it is already apparent how our trips have evolved over the years. It really brings me out in goosebumps to remember the wonderful trips we’ve enjoyed together – almost before he could walk really.
In contrast to the early days when I was responsible for carrying all of our gear, Noah now towers over me and is able to carry the heaviest backpack (cheer!). He is also undoubtedly the most technically competent and has taken complete responsibility for downloading travel apps and managing our accommodation and transport bookings online.
The only challenge I may have with Noah is getting him to slow down. When we travel, he will happily walk all day and talks me out of every cafe stop unless it’s an ice-cream that we can take with us. However, we are travelling with my parents who are in their mid 60’s and I fear that they may not take kindly to his high energy levels!
Our route takes us East from Vancouver to Calgary, taking in Victoria, the Okanagan Valley, the Icefields Parkway, Banff and Jasper National Parks, Lake Victoria and finally to Calgary. It’s a part of the world that none of us has explored and we are all very eager for the adventures to begin – 3 generations OneBigFieldTrip!