We consulted the list numerous times and, we forgot something… the TV. It was only when we arrived and noticed the empty television mount that we remembered the TV sitting unused in the basement. Not that we don’t have numerous books, e-books downloaded from the public library and Amazon, e-magazines plus podcasts and audio-books. Surprisingly, the television and the necessary remote were not even on the list. But we will miss watching So You Think You Can Dance even if the reception here has been a bit crunchy.
Not that we have not forgotten things on trips before. We have left in hotel rooms cameras and electronic cords for tablets and found that pj’s under a pillow disappear with changing sheets. Once we even left a cooler with all the fresh vegetables for a trip sitting on the driveway beside the back door. (we phoned friends and they tucked it into our shed to wait for our return)
The list of things we need to remember grow as we age. One of us…and we won’t mention who…forgets to close doors and put the covers back on jars. One of us…. and again we won’t mention whom who…occasionally forgets to turn off a stove element and even how to drive to places frequently visited.
The family scribe types Tales from the Trailer and a small rabbit inspects our campsite. Hopefully, it will ignore Diana and Ron’s gift of our herb planter that we did remember to bring.
But here in the beautiful Bruce Peninsula we don’t have much we have to remember. The weather is beautiful, although a little crisp, making it perfect for hiking. The Bruce Trail Conservancy has set up a huge hiking network over public and private lands across southern Ontario with 885 km of trails plus 400 km of side trails. Trails are well marked and each trail is carefully documented in the ring binder of the Bruce Trail Reference Maps and Trail Guide. We study the guide to decide to decide whether we want to hike north or south and slip the section guide into its handy plastic folder. We do have to make sure we remember to return the section back to the binder after the hike.
Note to ourselves for tomorrow: pack the clip on repellent. Bruce Trail hiking is in the woods with lots of mosquitoes. We opt for the sunnier walks in Tobermory and the board walk of Singing Sands at Dorcas Bay. Lunch lets us sit on a bench watching young kayakers navigate Tobermory Harbour. We even share a kiddie ice-cream which the family scribe opts to eat with a tiny tasting spoon.