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Boarding the bus has never felt better

July 27th, 2021

After 16 long months of no group outings due to COVID, residents at Points West Living Wainwright couldn’t wait to board the handi-bus on July 8. While the destination was a surprise, residents were content with the journey and to just be out together, catching up on the views and fresh air.

A full bus

“It was a gorgeous sunny day,” says recreation coordinator Shauna Lee Carlson. “The bus was filled to capacity, and some residents travelled in their own vehicles to join us.”

They started off with a country drive to see the fields. “Talk of the condition of the crops and the need for rain was heard more than once,” says Shauna Lee, “along with laughter and speculation as to where we might be going.”

Singing, stories and soaking up the sun

“After a few turns we stopped at the campground outside of Fabyan, and unloaded everyone. We spent an hour or so snacking, singing, telling stories and soaking up lots of sunshine and fresh air,” Shauna Lee says. “We are so fortunate to have some musicians in our community that always come through whenever I ask for a song or two. Myrna Mitchell (guitar) and sisters Carol Hurley (accordion) and Doreen Bell (ukulele) entertained us with the oldies and some classic country on the ukulele, guitar, accordion and spoons!”

The travellers made it home just in time for supper, and as residents disembarked many shared their compliments and expressions of gratitude for the wonderful day. The next morning, residents were already asking to get on the list for the next trip.

Photo: Resident musicians brought a festive atmosphere to PWL Wainwright’s first group outing since COVID began. Residents were very happy to view the countryside along the way to a very casual afternoon campground gathering.

More photos at Flickr: Boarding the bus has never felt better

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