An Enchanting Birthday Adventure
Early August Gregory and I went on two major road trips, both for very special birthdays that we wanted to celebrate. Today I wanted to take you on a very special Enchanting Birthday Adventure that I organized for my best friend and her 1 year old daughter to the Enchanted Forest. It was an adventure worthy of a movie, a birthday she’ll never forget.
This year I was really on top of birthdays, starting off with Gregory’s in Hawaii, and mine up top Whistler exploring the Snow Walls, I really wanted to make sure I celebrated right in hopes to starting a new year off with good feels and good juju.
When August comes around, I only have two birthdays to really worry about. My friend Missy, and her daughter, McKinley. I wanted to do something special as we are finally able to make more contact now that both of our lives have calmed down post-giving birth.
It’s a lot to deal with becoming a parent, and it’s great when you have a friend who understands the need to fall of the face of the earth for a year while you figure out how to navigate this new life.
After taking a road trip to the Okanagon for McKinley’s family get together for her first birthday, I knew I wanted to come back up and do something extra special for Missy. She worked so hard, and has done an amazing job surviving the first year of motherhood. I wanted to give her a birthday surprise, and a birthday surprise she deserved.
Gregory and I are big fans of road trips, its the easiest way to travel without breaking the bank. You can read my tips on how I road trip with Gregory so well here. Deciding to take one of my on tips from this post, Gregory and I drove up to the Okanagon through the night. Stopping in Hedley for a nap and picking up the ladies around 8 AM.
Road tripping at night was much easier than I anticipated, and I was glad to have taken a pit stop as the drive to Revelstoke is long and I doubt I’d make it there and back in one day from Vancouver. If you’re making a trip like me here, consider having a second driver take on a shift or pull over and rest.
Pulling over to rest in Hedley meant I traveled through Manning Park, a very nice, very winding drive that I prefer over the Coquihalla. Especially if you are looking for a nice place to pull over at night and not be passed by large semi trucks every 5 minutes. I don’t think you can stop in Manning Park without a camping permit, but there is a long stretch of land between the park and Penticton/Osoyoos.
Also, I was able to witness part of the meteor shower that happened to be active this night. Starting the road trip at night gifted me with a wish that this trip would be one to remember, and it was. Being so far away from the city lights I was able to see all the stars and enjoy the night sky and what it had to offer. A perfect way to start out trip knowing it’ll be one for the books.
The Enchanted Forest
Just west of Revelstoke is the Enchanted forest, you can’t miss it, it’s huge and has a big parking lot… I’ve driven past it many times on my trips to Alberta and I’ve stated I would stop every time. Now that I’ve been through, I recommend everyone with kid to make a pit stop for an hour here and let them stretch their legs. You WON’T regret it.
The Enchanted Forest is a wooded area that you can walk through with your family and not only enjoy, but interact with. It’s set up like a fairy tale, all the nursery rhymes and children stories of your childhood are here.
From the three little kittens, to Snow White and the seven dwarves, to Emerald City at the end of the yellow brick road. You can walk into the three little pigs houses, one made of straw, sticks and stone. You can climb up a tree house and look down a hundred feet below to other trailblazers. Everywhere you turn there is something enchanted to capture your attention, and your childrens too.
The Enchanted Forest is a tourist attraction, meaning it is going to be busy. We arrived around 10 or 11 AM and the parking lot was already filling up quickly. By noon/1 PM it was full and there were traffic controllers directing people to parking spots and managing the bust lot.
Inside the forest it also gets busy. Sometimes it is difficult to get into the houses, and when you have a one year old, like McKinley, who is still toddling and learning to walk with balance, it is very nerve wracking. At least for me. I was always afraid of another kid running and pushing past her. Even parents weren’t too aware or on top of their kids to ensure they weren’t being too reckless around smaller kids.
That being said, Gregory was an excellent little partner for McKinley, calling and waiting for her to catch up. I think these two are going to become excellent friends, I look forward to seeing what kind of shenanigans they will get into together.
In the center of the Enchanted forest is a whole other attraction that you must pay to get access to. SkyTrek adventure park is oriented more to adults and older children, not so little Littles. Gregory really wanted to get up in there, but he was too little. I will definitely take him back one day to do the rope course. He did great at realizing there was a fence barrier all around it and we could not get access to it.
Every kid in the forest kept trying to get to the ropes course, it looks like a lot of fun. Referred to as the playground, be aware that your kid may have a meltdown upon seeing the attractive looking activity an not be allowed to try it out. It does look like fun. I wanted to try it. But will wait until I can enjoy it with Gregory.
Okay Okay, let’s just get to the best part of any travel post, the photos. I took tons of photos, as did Missy. I wanted to share a few, but most are added to her birthday adventure photo album and is meant to be just for our memories. That being said, these photos are wicked awesome and will motivate you to pack up your kids and take a trip to the interior. The Enchanted Forest is so much fun.
The Best Kind of Friend
The birthday adventure did stop here, but this is as much of it as I will share online. The amount of drama that went into this day was completely worthy of a movie. There were tears of sadness, joy, speed bumps, surprises, strangers who saved the day and Missy and I caught up and had a blast being together again.
We were cheerleaders together, we were party girls together, and now we are parents now together. It’s a lot of fun to share adventures together in this new phase of life we are living.
It’s easy to get caught up and lose contact when you become a parent. You become so involved trying to manage your own life you forget about others. Both Missy and I suffer from this problem.
But at the same time, Missy and I are the best kind of friends because we recognize that in each other and don’t make a fuss over it. We just wait until we can meet up again, pick up where we left off and enjoy.
This Enchanting birthday adventure was one for the books, and one we both needed after spending so long away from each other. She’s my best kind of friend, my best friend. I only hope she had as good of a day as I did.
Before You Go
I highly suggest you come check out the Enchanted Forest if you are headed through Revelstoke. It cost us less than $30 to get in, closer to $20 if I recall correctly. Our kids were free as they were under age, and paying for an older child isn’t too expensive. Totally worth the money and hour stop to walk through.
A Little kid like Gregory and McKinley absolutely enjoyed this forest. It was the perfect size for them, they fit in everywhere and could enjoy everything. As an adult, I was able to get through all the attractions when I ducked down, and older kids seemed to enjoy that it was more their size than adult size. It truly is Enchanting.
Be prepared to spend a good hour at least, and bring an extra layer to put on or take off while walking the forest. Take your time, be aware of little children learning to walk and have fun! The Enchanted Forest is a like a fairy tale dream land, one both children and adults will adore.