Rest For the Weary

If you’ve been following our band life journey, you probably heard that we’ve had a lot of changes happening in recent weeks. It’s been a rollercoaster of emotion, but there’s good in all of it, and I’m really excited for what’s next for Zoltan and I and the band. I’ll be writing more about the specifics later, but last week we got to spend some time in Calgary with my parents and they took us out to the mountains for a day of exploring and enjoying. It was so refreshing to relish the last few days of summer, get some fresh air, and be in the company of some of the wisest people in my life. The highlight of the day was going canoeing down the Bow River thanks the Banff Canoe Club. If you’re ever out that way, I highly recommend taking one of their boats out on the water. It’s refreshing in every way!

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I hope that whatever season of life you find yourself in, you can take joy in your surroundings and have hope for what’s ahead. Happy weekend!

Cheers,
Lauren.

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Beautiful Places: Rolla, BC

Sometimes I come across a beautiful place and I am instantly enraptured by it. A place like Pender Island, which I wrote about a few weeks ago, is so obviously beautiful. The mountainous island is covered in a blanket of foliage, and where the land meets the sea is full of hidden treasures, and then there is the sea itself, full of power and mystery. It’s all right in front of you, wherever you look.

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But sometimes a beautiful place might be somewhere you least expect it. Maybe it’s a little more subdued, and maybe even hidden behind closed doors. Such is the case with the Rolla Pub in Rolla, BC. Rolla is about 30 min north of Dawson Creek, BC, in the heart of northern British Columbia. We’ve driven through Dawson many a time while travelling between Prince George and Peace River, but we had never stopped in the area. When Patti, the owner of the Rolla Pub, invited us to play we thought it would be a great opportunity to stop in a new town and break up the long drive from Prince George to Edmonton.

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When we got to the Rolla Pub on Rolla Road, we were a little surprised by the dilapidated building, but as soon as we came inside, we were greeted by an amazing collections of photos, artifacts, toys (including almost every Ninja Turtles toy ever created), and more that exuded so much character! When we met Patti, I realized that she loves connecting with people and hearing their stories, and that having people feel welcome in her establishment is the most important thing. She values community and supporting the arts, and all of these qualities are so evident from the moment you walk in the door. It was really neat to walk through the tiny bar looking at all the photos and knick knacks and wondering about their stories and the people behind those stories.

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The Rolla Pub has been a watering hole for the local folk and for tired travellers for many years, and it’s amazing to see what kind of history has accumulated in such a tiny place, and at the bottom of it all, to see how we’re all connected.

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It was a good reminder that beautiful places are not always so obvious. Sometimes you have to drive to isolated towns on dirt roads to find a place with great heart.

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Thanks for having us, Patti, and I hope we can come back again soon!

Until next time,
Lauren.

Beautiful Places: Pender Island

We had the opportunity to spend the past few days on Pender Island, a beautiful secluded spot in the heart of the Gulf Islands. It actually ended up being three busy days as we packed the daylight hours full of island activities. We stayed at Hope Bay Bible Camp with a wonderful group of people who we met on our venture out here last November, and it was great to get to know everyone a little better. It was a much needed time of rest, reflection, adventure, and building community, and although it was difficult to leave, I left with a full heart.

We arrived on Saturday night and Zoltan and I spent the evening hanging out with Dustin and Christy, the directors of the camp. They are an inspirational couple, and I think I can say, kindred spirits.

Sunday morning started early with church in the dining hall, and then our very generous friends Bob and Sue took us for lunch at the Port Browning Marina Cafe. We spent the afternoon exploring their timber frame house and amazing property.

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When we got back to the camp, Darian, one of the staff, took us around the disc golf course. I think it was our collective first time playing disc golf and we had a blast!

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That evening, I took myself on a walk and came across Welcome Bay. I walked along the beach (which had some great pieces of driftwood, shells, and beach glass) and just sat by the sea and took in all the details around me. The sun was going down, and the pastel sky cast a lovely glow over the whole beach.

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Monday we headed out bright and early again, but this time, Dustin and Christy (and their adorable son Jude) took us out on their boat! We boated across to Salt Spring Island and hit up Salt Spring Coffee and a few really cool shops, and then hung out in the park for a little while. On our way back, we found a tiny island that someone told us was called Chocolate Island, with a beautiful beach and forest. We boated to shore, had a picnic, and did a spontaneous video of The West Coast that will be up in the next few weeks. It was a wonderful afternoon outing, and I got my first sunburn of the season! We headed back as the sun was starting to get low, and the water was as smooth as glass. It was perfect.

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The next day we woke up at 5am to do an early morning photo shoot with Dustin and we used Kyle and Katie (who live at the camp)’s shiny red chevy from the 50s. The morning light was completely surreal, and from the camera previews I saw of the photos, they’re going to turn out great!

That evening, our final night on the island, we had a show at the camp. We played on the porch of the chapel building, and people came and brought blankets and picnics, and we had games for the kids and had a wonderful time. It felt like a summer festival, and being able to stare out at the trees and sky while we were playing was pretty magical.

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And now we’re back to regular life on the mainland; well, as regular as life on tour can be! Check out our Facebook page for all our upcoming shows.

Until next time,
Lauren.