My dear friend Robyn, who lives in Corner Brook, is moving away this fall to teach in New Brunswick. This makes me simultaneously happy and sad, as many things seem to do lately; I'm happy she is pursuing her career, sad that it has to happen so far away from me.
In an attempt to have one last hurrah with Robz before she abandons this province, another dear friend, Wheels, and I road tripped across this great province to visit her. What resulted was one of the best weekends in recent memory, filled with new friends, excellent Tim Hortons sandwiches, alpacas and llamas, and, almost literally, endless laughter.
On Friday we stopped in Gander to see Kayla and Gavin. It turned out that Thomas Amusements was in town, so we, in the spirit of the pre-teens that we were when we last went to the fair, squealed in excitement as we waited in line for the Tilt-a-Whirl. Well, I screamed; Kayla tried to calm me and Wheels filmed it. We met Carnies and won stickers and Mardi Gras beads, then met up with Rocky, Grant, Jordan, and Jesse and shared bags of cotton candy. It was a magical night.
"What's this? Exploits River? This is like a cultural experience right now!"
When we finally met up with Robz, it was off to the alpaca farm in Felix Cove immediately! Even though we drove half an hour in the wrong direction, we made it there by our original set time.
"We'd get there at 4:30 like we originally planned if I was still going 120 km/hr, but the speed limit's 80 so I'm only going 110."We loved the alpacas and the llamas. They were a time. We also each bought miniature alpacas, which Robz, Wheels, and I named Bumblebee, Razoolies, and Scarlet, respectively. Robz's mom even took family photos of us, the sweetest thing!
We had planned to do a hike on Sunday, but true to Newfoundland form, it was raining. So instead we headed to the Insectarium with Robyn's friends Leanne and Tom. Even though I hate bugs, we had a great time trying to get butterflies to land on Wheels and squinting to find the queen bee in the glass honeycomb. Supper was had at the Big Stop in Deer Lake, naturally, after which Wheels (illegally) climbed the Moose and broke one of the antlers. We also met Adam, a young man who was biking from Vancouver to St. John's. We hoisted him up onto the moose, too. So much illegal-ness in one day!
"I didn't like The Moffatts. I was like, Hanson already did this. The Moffatts are the poor man's Hanson."
"Ahh, a breakup. That usually brings out the scripture."
I had such a great weekend. It is so good to be with friends who get you, and who share your sense of humour and quirky interests. But even more than that, it's good to be with friends who share your morals and values, and around whom you feel completely comfortable being yourself. It's nice to have friends who make you laugh constantly, and who are willing to be weird and adventurous with you. Those are moments to cherish.
** All pictures in this post are taken (stolen?) from Robz and Wheels.