Thanksgiving - Gone camping

I feel as if holidays are slowly becoming less celebrated. Take for example Halloween, back when I was a kid there were thousands of kids in the streets and we almost had to close the streets down because it got hectic. It was fun, we laughed, got scared and ate all the candy in the world.

But last year, I was amazed by how many houses weren't decorated, less kids and less fun. Alright, so maybe Halloween is a weird holiday to celebrate but eh I love it and I have been experiencing the same feeling of abandon-ship towards other holidays.

And so Thanksgiving is part of them. I love to think of Thanksgiving in a none religious way. More of a long weekend to thank everyone in our lives and beyond. To take time to celebrate a weekend with people you love.

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We decided to go up to Coaticook on the south shore of the city to go camping, spend some quality time with the closest friends and most importantly; be thankful of nature, friends and connection.

Saturday we spent the day hiking around Parc de la Gorge de Coaticook, which is a campsite and also a hiking, scenic park. We played tourists and took too many pictures. We gave ourselves time to enjoy fall, and noticing the season transitions. It's crazy to think that in about a month, snow will be at our doorstep.

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After a few hectic weeks, it finally felt good to pull out the camera and to enjoy the outdoors. It's crazy how nature can help you recover with whatever is on your mind.

The one thing I will always remember about this trip is how happy I was. This is the first time in a long time that I have found the right friend circle, and felt part of a family. From being bullied, to moving a little too much, it was really difficult for me to really feel what it's like to have good close friends and after 23 years, I finally found them.

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And for me this weekend was to thank my closest friends and to cherish their support, their love and their authenticity close to my heart.

Now, I would love to know what you did during Thanksgiving and what it means to you?