I’m leaving for British Columbia, Canada in a few days and will stay until mid-October when it gets cold. Cluculz Lake is where my husband and I built a log-stick house in 1992. Of course we had help, but we were hands-on. If you’ve read my bio, you’ll know we sold that house and moved to our property across the road in 2017. We planned on building a tiny house but then Covid came and life changed.
In June Westjet finally resumed their flights from Puerto Vallarta to Canada, and my husband flew back to arrange for our RV to be transported from New Brunswick to Manitoba. Then he and a buddy drove to Manitoba and pulled the trailer back to Cluculz Lake. All so that I would have a place to live when I arrived for the summer.
I love my trailer. I spent the summer of 2018 and 2019 living in it while camping in New Brunswick. I love camping. And at my age, the RV is a perfect size. One bedroom, open concept, shower, oven, AC and a heater.
I did a lot of writing sitting at the table, especially on those days when it was too hot to go outside.
Chipman Waterfront Campground is a lovely spot on Salmon River. I spent time with my grandchildren, made lasting friends, and I travelled the Maritimes. Maritimers are very special people.
Chipman and Cluculz Lake are a stark contrast to my Bucerias neighbourhood.
Bucerias is a busy little town with the Tepic 200 running through it. Everywhere you look there is expansion. How the infrastructure will manage such growth is anyone’s guess. But changes happen, whether I want them to or not.
Most everyone names their home.
If you have a mind to visit Bahia de Banderas, there are many lovely pueblos to see.
Cluculz Lake is 2 kilometres off Trans-Canadian Highway 16 West that runs north to Alaska. It couldn’t be more different than Bucerias. While there, I won’t hear Mariachi bands playing in the streets, a Quinceañera parade, a horse or a donkey clopping past my door for no apparent reason, or car loudspeakers announcing in Spanish the best cakes, pastries, or fresh fruit for sale in town. I won’t hear any Spanish at all.
I will hear loons cry.
The air is thick with smoke.
There’ll be running water and electricity on the property by the time I get there. And because dear husband is making certain the trailer is set up properly, I won’t have to live in a c-can.
I left Canada in October 2019 never expecting it would be 21 months before I returned. It’s been a long time coming. We tried 3x in 2020 to return, and each time Westjet cancelled our flight. The red tape required so I could be on the plane next week has been exhausting and stressful. Many times I thought it would never happen. Even now I’m concerned. I can’t speak for the rest of the continent, but bureaucracy is alive and well in Mexico and Canada.
I am continuously reading books on my craft. My favourite is Mr. King’s On Writing because he shares about being a writer. For obvious reasons, his life story inspires me. However, having said that, I truly believe you can learn to write well by studying well-written novels in your favourite genres. And I mean really studying.
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