Discovering the little gems in Edmonton #s 7 + 6 – Wabamun Lake

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Early this year, I made a deal with myself to try at least one thing each month that’d allow me to enjoy Edmonton. There are many things to do in Edmonton and making a commitment to try at least one NEW thing every month—no matter how big or small—is a way for me to enjoy what the city has to offer.

My plan was going well. I was trying one new thing every month, until July and August came around. Those two months were hectic and my husband and I had two back-to-back trips. Luckily, things have settled down since then and I was able to start the quest again with a day trip to Wabamun Lake in September. I was very excited to spend a day surrounded by nature, away from the city noise and all its distractions. When that morning came, my husband and I threw our stuff in our backpacks, stopped by the store to pick up some of our favourite snacks and fruits, and then we were off. I liked the place instantly as soon as we parked in the area dedicated to day trips. It’s a huge, lush area that’s open so if you have kids they can run around freely and you’ll be able to keep a close eye on them. I was really excited about the lake. That was my one criteria—a body of water—when we were searching which park to go to. Sadly, we picked the wrong day for a day trip to Wabamun Lake. The weather was chilly and windy, and the sun couldn’t decide if it was coming out or staying behind the clouds. We lasted for as long as we could and then headed home after just a few hours.

About two weeks later, we decided to go back for an over night camping experience because we really liked the area and it wasn’t that far from the city (for commuting purposes). Wabamun Lake has an area for people who are there for a day trip to enjoy and a separate area for campers. The short commute from the city was only about an hour to an hour and a half. Again, that morning we loaded our truck with the camping gears we bought early in the summer, headed to the store to get a few essentials, and then we were on our way. And again, this trip didn’t turn out so good weather-wise. The first half of September this year was a nightmare, even worse, it snowed in some parts of Alberta IN AUGUST (if you can believe that). The night at the campground was very cold and made sleeping uncomfortable, and I dreaded going outside of the tent to use the outhouse. In the early morning, it started to rain. The weather looked persistent that it was going to rain all day, so we packed up our things and headed home as soon as we braved cooking and eating breakfast in the cold drizzle.

Despite how things turned out both times, we made the best of the trips. We really like Wabamun Lake that we agreed to try it again next summer when the weather is much warmer. We plan to do a few day trips and one camping trip for a few nights with a bunch of friends (convincing them of this is going to be another story).

~ by omonaij on September 28, 2014.

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