Off The Grid at Redberry Lake
I want to tell you a bit about my summer and all the grand places we went but sadly that is not how it turned out. My plans for travel got changed and we settled for a few camping days to a remote area that is somewhat off the grid.
This adventure was far from my original plan to take my girls to Niagara Falls and Canada’s Wonderland. I was not happy about our new plan but for the kids sake I promised myself to smile, be happy and make the best of it.
We do have some tales to tell but most of them involve some kind of displeasure or pain. The girls went mini golfing and came across a wasp nest at the last hole. Jordan needed a close up view so she stuck her head inside the wooden box. She got stung in the face and thanks to her buddies she got left to fend for herself. Good thing she can run fast. The kids went on a few adventure walks on the trails and they all came back carrying some ticks a few times. The first time, I lifted up Jordan’s shirt to change her wet clothes and they scattered across her belly like mice in headlights. I screamed, she screamed and we all ran like mice. After calming down I checked everyone and they all had a few. Fortunately none were attached and were removed before they caused any harm. Kelsey told me she was sitting on the little bridge that crossed the stream and she saw a bug beside her. She said it was coming toward her and she kept skidding her butt over and it kept coming for her. She said she thought it was a spider and gave up trying to get away from it. Jordan really liked the nearby stream that cascaded down the tall hill and led straight to the lake. We are now short a few pairs of shoes but according to her they made excellent boats.
The campground we stayed at was called Redberry Lake Regional Park. It is well maintained, wheelchair accessible, coin operated showers, and drinking water taps available throughout the park. It has a great assortment of sites to choose from, you can have water front, wooded, powered or not. It has a large amphitheater with great acoustics. My niece Mellissa and her children visited us out at the lake for a couple days and we had the privilege of her daughter Joey sing for us. There are also several places throughout the park to accommodate groups or events. There is a cafeteria located next to the main beach with some of the best homemade fries and a special dip you will not find anywhere in Saskatchewan. The two men running it, Marc Chartrand and Ricky Edwards, are amazingly friendly with a great sense of humour. They make a great team and serve up some secret recipes to accompany some otherwise plain dishes. They cook with fresh produce and have several healthy choices available on their menu also. I suggest you make a trip to Redberry Lake Regional Park just to dine there even if camping off the grid is not for you. They are qualified chefs/cooks with experience beyond campground cooking. I won’t tell them that because it would be a great loss to the park if they were to not return for another season of great eating.
Redberry is a salt water lake with healing properties. The water is clear and has no fish, leeches, or other odd creatures living in it. After spending several days at the beach I could see how it would possibly heal. It can dry your skin like salted cod on the old wooden wharf, minus the smell of course. Once that stuff is cured you ain’t catching anything. My girls are naturally dark skinned and have beautiful tans but are now as white as me with shaling, salted skin. Jordan’s hair was stiff and dry daily and I don’t think a brush made it all the way through for days on end. The screaming wasn’t worth it so along with all my other expectations I let it go.
The camper had two nests of wasps move in. We stood on top of an ant hill while picking Saskatoon berries. The ant hill was about ten feet wide both ways. We thought it was just a nice, soft sand till we all felt the ants crawling up our legs. Jordan had thorns in her feet from walking bare foot around our campsite because of all the lost shoes. At the last of our trip she was wearing just socks with no shoes, even to the beach swimming. A few of us got some bad sunburns, stings, blisters, and headaches, but we all had a blast. Just as we were packing up to come home for a couple weeks I ask my girls if they would like to go on a trip somewhere else or come back to Redberry Lake for another week in August. Both Kelsey and Jordan said,” Redberry, it was the best fun ever.” We paid for a seasonal and will be making it a regular adventure next summer too.
One of the highlights of our trip was when we spent time with extended family. The neighbouring kids, my kids and I played old time games in the nearby field. We played Mother May I, Red Light, Freeze Tag and What Time Is It Mr. Wolf. Most of these games the other children had never heard of before. We had campfires at night and told old time stories while roasting marsh mellows. We built sand castles on the beach and I carved a sand mermaid for my girls. We met new people with amazing stories and I will be sharing those in the coming weeks. Everyone was friendly, down to earth, and helpful, they were unspoiled, “and they were off the grid!”