Beer, Friendship and Fire


The plan for the weekend was Beer Friends and Fire–yes, a witty play on the whole BFF thing. Witty pun or not, these are my best friends and this was our semi-annual camping trip–and I left out music. You can read about the first one by clicking here.  Now, we’ve only had two camping trips, so I’ve named it semi-annual, but hopefully it will be an annual thing.

So, we headed north of Barrie into the Canadian Shield.  Here the landscape changes and rock formations dominate the landscape.  Frankly, it is amazing.

Of course, since it was Friday night, we were not alone in making this trek. We headed north on the 400 highway in heavy traffic.  And here I thought my morning bus commute was bad.

The campground was nice and staffed by some friendly people. It seems like Parks Canada has been investing a bit of money into the facilities of late.  We even had a pretty new picnic table at our site.  And I remember the days when you only got one table per site.  There was a train running nearby, and rather frequently…but I like trains.


Sadly, there was a complete—or total (the exact phrase escapes me)–fire ban in place–and notices were posted and plastered everywhere. So, no fire.  Good thing we had beer music and friends.  After coming home, I have discovered that there is a forest fire burning in the area, so I suppose a fire ban isn’t a bad thing–though it didn’t feel exactly like camping.

I remember camping when I was a child and it was a family camping trip. We mostly ate hotdogs or hamburgers.  One time my grandmother made chicken Pauprikaush on the Coleman stove, but that was a one time thing.  For this trip we had some fantastic meals.


The best were the thick and juicy steaks on Saturday. I took a break from beer to have a Caesar with my meal.

I’ve written it before, but I will commit it to paper once again. I am very proud of the friendships I have made and kept.


Can you spot the marketing flaw in this picture?

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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