6 must have items women (apparently) need for a wilderness getaway

There is always something to be learned when travelling. A recent stint had me shacked up with 19 other ladies summer camp style (with a good dash of luxury!) for a fly-in fishing getaway called ‘Women in the Wilderness’.

This isn’t your average outing. The setting was Pine Island Resort on Black Bear Island, a remote destination in beautiful northern Saskatchewan. The getaway promised relaxation, the opportunity to connect with the environment and each other, loads of fishing, great food and regular bouts of laughter. Scratch laughter and insert multiple moments of hilarity. With a mix of women of all ages; mothers and daughters, friends, solo travelers – and generous amounts of liquor, good laughs were easy to come by.
IMG_6437I certainly also learned a thing or two about how other women ‘get by’ in the wilderness. Here are the top 6 items that would have never occurred to me to take this type of excursion with the exception of #2.
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50 Shades of Hay

Yes it is true. I have had an affair and indeed, there is a new man in my life. He’s not my usual type – tall, dark and handsome. Rather, he is short, heavy and freckled. His name is Gus and he’s 17 years old.

Now don’t be so quick to judge me. 17 is like mid-life for Gus. Plus, I know I am not the first woman to fall for him. And hey, I am barely a cougar.

We met at La Reata Ranch last weekend. I knew instantly that we were going to be together. The first time he walked by I gave him a nice stroke on his rear and he came in closer for more. His skin was so soft. I found him instantly irresistible.
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5 lessons learned from spazzy travel incidents in Uganda

Some of my experiences in Uganda are still to this day hard to describe. But simply put, it was an incredible adventure and one that left me wanting more. Uganda is extremely beautiful and the people and culture are truly inspiring. Moments like having a Nile Special on the Nile, enjoying freshly picked bananas and learning from the amazing people make up a few of the fond recollections I have.

I enjoyed a few of these fine local beers.

But, beyond the beauty of the land, the incredible sound of children’s laughter and the many other great experiences, there were quite a few moments in Uganda I would rather forget. Or, in this case look back and laugh at. Oh well, lessons learned. Here are a few ‘funnies’ to share with you and proof as my husband would say that I have worked hard to earn the nickname “Spazzy McGoo”.

Lesson 1. If you have a squirrel sized bladder and are travelling the bumpy roads of rural northern Uganda for days on end don’t drink too much or learn to hold it!
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