A friend recently asked me if I could go a week without technology. My response was why would I want to? It did get me thinking about how reliant we all are on technology to do things for us that we used to have to do for ourselves. One big example is spell check. Do we even know how to spell any more without our computers to correct our mistakes? I’m not ready to give my technology a vacation just yet but I am happy to go away for a bit of quiet and down time where technology isn’t abandoned but used much less than in my everyday life. What would make the perfect weekend getaway to achieve this you wonder? I think a nice weekend get away to Agassiz at the Fraser River Lodge with a bit of Sturgeon fishing might just be the perfect escape.
I’m not going alone, in fact it is a big group of us going up at the invitation of Ford Canada. It’s a bit of a Back to Basics weekend for all of us smartphone and tech junkies.
The journey begins like every road trip should begin with a quick once over of the car to make sure everything is at prime operating condition.
- Tire Pressure? Having the right tire pressure can save you money at the gas pump
- Wiper Blades? Keeping these at their best makes it easier to see in bad weather conditions
- Engine Oil? Do you even know how to check your oil?
- Spare tire? I’m not talking about the one around your waist, make sure you have one and a Jack plus lug wrench.
Now that I am sure the car is ready for a road trip the next question is do we know where we are going? Of course we all have GPS in our cars and on our smartphones but imagine if you cell battery dies or the GPS broke down would you know how to read a road map? I’d like to think I’d be a great navigator.
Ok it’s time to rock and roll and hit the road. I’m driving the Ford Fusion to Agassiz and loving it. My travel buddy John is handling the entertainment and even snaps a pic for me of the road we are driving on. It’s a rare sight to drive the Trans Canada and not be bumper to bumper with the cars in front of you. I can already feel the relaxation setting in.
We arrive at the Fraser River Lodge in no time at all. I think door to door it was under 1.5 hours. Wow this place is absolutely gorgeous and before this moment I hadn’t even known it existed. The lodge itself is two stories with all the suites on the second level facing the Fraser River. We have absolutely lucked out with gorgeous weather. It is nothing but sunshine and blue skies today. It’s hard to believe this is Winter but it is.
It’s time to check out my room and drop off my bags. They are rustic but have the conveniences I need like a large bathroom with shower, comfy bed and just outside my room doors two Adirondack Chairs that are perfect for sipping a glass of wine or morning coffee with Baileys.
We really are in the country here and to remind us of this fact right next door to us is small herd of Bison. I seriously doubt the wire fence would be enough to stop them if they got spooked and decided to charge. I’ll just admire them from the lodge patio with a glass of wine in my hand.
After check in the fine folks at Ford gave us a crash course on basic car maintenance. Even though I know how to check the oil, tire pressure and change a tire it is always a good idea to refresh your skills especially since car technology has changed so much since I learned how to drive almost 30 years ago.
Enough work, it is time to have some fun and nothing is as much fun for me as a great meal with great wine and fun people. Tonight has all three including a post dinner bonfire with Smores. The Lodge looks like a rustic log cabin but this place is set to host any function and our dinner is not served on a platter in our room but in a great dining hall. The Chef out did himself and it was a very happy and full group of us that headed down to the fire pit for dessert.
I’d like to share with you some of the fun times around the campfire but…. what happens around the campfire stays at the campfire. Now it’s time for bed, g’night.
We are up bright and early because we’ve a big morning planned after breakfast. The breakfast buffet is first class with Bacon, Eggs, Sausage and Hasbrowns + fresh fruit and pastries. A good hearty meal to get us ready for a few hours on the Fraser River Sturgeon Fishing.
After breakfast we are split into 3 groups of 4 each. Each group is paired with a fishing guide and a boat. We put on our fishing gear which consists of water proof pants, boots and jackets and I think we are ready to fish. Our fishing licences have all been secured ahead of time so we are all set to go.
In total we were on the river for just over three hours. We tried four different locations and were getting lots of nibbles but no solid bites. It wasn’t until the last 15 minutes that lightning struck for my boat. Withing those 15 minutes we landed two separate Sturgeons. The first was a nice 5.5 foot beauty caught by John but the second one was a real monster. At 7.5 feet long and almost 250 lbs it took three of us to reel it in. Sturgeon can live for a very long time and our guide thought this beast was probably about 50 years old. A true thing of beauty. Of course Sturgeon is catch and release only so after our photo opportunity in the water it was time to release him back to the river. Three hours of patient waiting all for 15 minutes of sheer adrenaline pumping excitement. Amazing.
Of course when we got back to the Lodge we actually had “fish tales” to tell but this story wasn’t the one who got away it was all about the one we caught. Speaking of adrenaline rushes before we left I couldn’t resist a little drive in the new Ford Mustang GT. From one beast to another this car handles like a dream. Just a little touch to the gas and I’m off.
Ok enough fun it is time to return home and back to reality. I’ve only been gone a day and a half but I feel completely recharged and aside from taking photos and posting some fun ones on Instagram I avoided my email, phone and all other tech distractions. Road trips are some of my favourite adventures to take. They remind me of family vacations from my childhood and funny enough fishing was a huge part of my summer trips with the Grandparents.
I can’t stress enough how important it is to take a few moments before any road trip to make sure your car is in the best operating condition possible. Pack some bottled water, a few snack bars, a warm blanket or two and perhaps even an extra pair of socks. Leave them in the trunk of the car so that if something does happen you are prepared and can wait it out until help arrives.