Revel-STOKED!

We left our home early in the morning and drove six hours up to Revelstoke, BC. It wasn’t really the destination we were pushing for. But it was just a stop along the way during our journey towards Alberta. So we decided to make it as much fun as possible!

We booked a cabin with a private hot tub for our overnight accommodations. Ballin’! I mean, honestly- a Mountain backdrop and our own hot tub in a cabin? Totally spoiled ourselves- on a budget… Check out Glacier House Resort for your own cabin if you find yourself wandering through Revelstoke.

What do you do when in Revelstoke, BC? Try the Mountain Pipe Coaster of course! Down a mountain at 42km/h without a helmet? Sign me up! It was a ton of fun. Plus we went up the gondola a few times for fun (that was included in the price of the Coaster). Check out the video my wife made (ignore her cursing , but enjoy her cackling!)

After the run down the mountain, my wife and I went to sample some beers at Mount Begbie Brewery. We found three that we enjoyed. The kids shared a snack with us of nachos. A perfect dinner snack before heading back to the cabin.

After filling our growlers, we went back to the cabin and watched the sunset as we relaxed in the hot tub. We popped a cheap sparkling wine and toasted one another for our 18 years of chaos- I mean marriage. Mixing booze and hot water after a day in the sun- my wife and I were done. Sleep was calling upon us. Our kids were also pooped.

All-in-all a great day. On to our next adventure!

Cabin Adventures: Day 4

The smoke from the forest fires has unfortunately settled down over the lake we are at.

Before:

After:

This has made it more difficult to enjoy the outdoors. Even with the warmth of the day, the haze is killer on the eyes and breathing.

We were lucky that our first days on the lake were clear. The kids did a great job playing every where around the site. We noticed the smoke on Wednesday filling the air while out horseback riding.

We figured we’d spend most of the day indoors on Thursday playing games and watching movies. To break it up a bit, we headed out to Bridge Lake Ice Caves for a quick hike.

The caves were more like crevices. Fairly untouched in their beauty. Last year some bridges were built over top of the crevices. We still ventured down to see these caves more in depth. Afterwards we wandered towards a pathway that was still being built.

Then trails were only marked with some tags on the trees labeled “SKID TRAIL“. The kids enjoyed roughing through the woods alongside the lake. It was a bit strenuous going back up the hill to return to our cars. But well worth the adventure.

We headed back to the cabin and watched a couple of old cartoons from mine and my friend’s youth. Both were old cartoons. First was GI Joe The Movie second was Transformers.

Lots of cheesy fun.

We played a few more more rounds of FLUXX afterwards. There were lots of laughs and a ton of fun had by all of us.

And lots of farts.

Ya. Dads and farts go hand in hand. It’s not the best combo when stuck in a cabin. But still humorous all the same.

Not sure which is worse for my breathing- the smoke in the air or the farts. Either way, my inhaler has been used in full force. Hope you enjoy your time off!

Cabin Adventures: Day 3

We are making the most of our time here. It’s super peaceful. The water is so clear in the lake that it seems fake. In fact everything we are doing feels surreal.

Lots of lounging around, swimming, and walking. On Tuesday we did canoeing while at the lake. It was a two hour adventure. We headed out through a small canal and off towards a tiny island. The kids paddled their arms off as we raced down the lake.

On Wednesday we took the kids horseback riding. None of them have rode on horses before- so this was a great opportunity for them. The boys went for a trail ride while the girls did a few loops around the Montana Hill Guest Ranch. The hosts at the ranch were extremely friendly and helpful. They took the fear out of riding.

We’ve kept the kids active as well as giving them these experiences. It’s been a blast so far. My buddy and I are doing a fairly decent job at being fathers with these four kiddos. Our cabin neighbors, these two older ladies, are equally impressed at how well behaved the kids have been. They even bought popsicles for our kids as a treat.

If this keeps up for the last couple days we may try and do another vacation next year.

I have a feeling “Dad of the Year Award” is coming my way… just sayin’.

Cabin Adventures: Day 2

Let’s talk about food shall we? A very important aspect of any trip. Especially at a cabin or when camping.

Tuesday- waking up at the crack of dawn, the kids were calmly playing together. I was half awake/half asleep laying in bed until 8:30am. Mostly because the kids were getting hungry and started bugging me to make breakfast. They knew what I was making and their hunger was growing.

Before coming to the cabin, I had laid out a meal plan. This helps keep the guesswork out of the day. This morning was French toast and bacon. The smell of breakfast filled our little cabin and constant questions from the kids of “when is breakfast?” loomed in the air. I think the anticipation helps to make the food taste better.

The kids have been extremely helpful so far. They work together to set the table, clearing the table and doing dishes. The 12 year old boys wanted to make Mac ‘n Cheese for lunch in hopes of getting out of dish duty for that meal. But when it came time to make lunch, they chose to continue playing in the lake. So they wanted to help with dinner.

Dinner was made by myself with the help of the kids. The boys made the salad and my daughter made the fries. She used the bacon grease from breakfast and it made the fries that much more delicious. It was a good effort by all.

Planning the meals in advance also helps to make sure the perishables get used first. Vegetables, breads, thawed meat, etc are prepared in the first couple of days. By the end of a trip we end up eating the canned and boxed goods.

I’m happy that everyone is pitching in. I’m equally impressed with all the help and the fact that the kids want to learn how to prepare the meals.

So far on this trip, Day 2 has been successful.

Day 1 Bridge Lake

We arrived at Bridge Lake at around 4pm. It is an awesome place. The kids settled in and my buddy and I enjoyed a beer.

We got drunk.

Yup.

Drunk.

So we made rules. Rules that my oldest enforced. Hahaha. She loved it. She enforced the rules quite well with the other kids. She is giving out strikes for every infraction.

My buddy and I went back to talking about life over beers. We threw some steaks on the bbq and roasted some potatoes. We ended the day by sitting around the gas fire pit with the kids.

It was a good night.

Don’t Misbehave

One of my favorite Antonio Banderas lines from a film is “Don’t Misbehave” from the film Four Rooms.

As I prepare to leave for five days with my two youngest to a cabin, I am reminded of this phrase. We will be on the side of a lake in close quarters with my friend and his two kids. There will be lots of fun and I’m sure some agitation as well. It’s only natural when you cram four kids and two adult men into a cabin for a few days.

Pretty sure the kids will get themselves into a bit of trouble. Nothing major mind you. Just enough that these dads will shake their heads at the stupidity.

Honestly, I was young once. In fact my friend and I grew up together and have known each other since kindergarten back in 1981. I mentioned him last year in Grilled. Our sons are the same age as each other and are good friends as well.

My buddy and I did some stupid stuff growing up. I’m almost certain our sons will as well. In the end it’ll all be fun.

Now we are off to adventure!

Last Enjoyment Of Summer

This was the last weekend before summer ended. A friend of mine from work texted me late Thursday evening and invited me out to his family’s cabin the next day.  It sounded like a great little escape.


First we drove for a little over three hours.  Then we had to get to the cabin by boat. The lake was calm and the sky was clear. As soon as we arrived, we powered up the solar panel charged batteries.  “More than a Feeling” plays over Mountain Radio


The cabin has been in my coworker’s family since 1969. It has since been through numerous renovations and is decorated in eclectic cabin features. From handmade wooden cabinets to a variety of old couches and chairs. Mismatched blinds and vinyl flooring. Numerous dishes that look like they’ve been scavenged from thrift stores.

All of it beautiful.


We spent the afternoon and evening casually floating around the lake trying to catch fish. I caught a fish. Woohoo! My friend taught me to skin and gut the fish. 


As the evening progressed, we drank beers and a Barrel of Sunshine. With no cellular service to distract us we had great conversations about life and family. One night away was the perfect way to enjoy the last weekend of summer.