Published in UP! Magazine, June 2012
Sometime last July, while sweltering in a traffic jam, I pulled off the road, drew a deep breath and vowed my 14-year-old son and I would get out of Calgary for a quick getaway.
It would be a first-time vacation for just the two of us, a bit of mother-son bonding without the rest of the family. My wish list was as short as my mid-summer patience. I wanted an expedition with no vehicles, no crowds and, seven-days-of-the-week administrative mom that I am, one I didn’t need to plan.
My son, Quinn, turned his thumbs down on a...