six word fridays: refreshed


camping trips when i was little

were every summer, rain into shine.

heading up or down Vancouver Island,Six Word Fridays

no matter the weather we camped

seeking any number of beautiful spots

the rainforest our playground, the ocean

lapping at heels dug into sand.

on every trip we would bring

a crate clinking with a promise

oh anticipation! a special summer treat.

heading to our destination, serious negotiations

transpired. my siblings and i asking:

ok, who gets what? counting, dividing

so that when the time came…

after running, jumping and exploring nature…

we were ready – selections already made

taking that first delicious, fizzy sip

of Pop Shoppe soda. such yum!

when i was little, refreshment was

Lime Rickey, Orange and Root Bear.

i will always associate these flavours

to summer camping trips with family.

The Pop Shoppe
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20 Responses to “six word fridays: refreshed”

  1. Molly@Postcards from a Peaceful Divorce

    Thanks for sharing this wonderful childhood memory with us, Mel. It took me back to my own family summer trips, which I so adored.

  2. alita

    Utterly delightful in these long winter months. I adored your six word friday!

  3. 2bdancing

    Oh, the rainforest.
    Thanks for the memory reminder!

  4. ayala

    Beautiful memories! ” a crate clinking with a promise”- love it!

    • melgallant

      Thanks Ayala – it’s so true though. We’d hear the bottles clinking in the trunk and would be so excited. Pop was a special treat in our house and Pop Shoppe pop even more so. 🙂

    • ayala

      Sounds delicious 🙂

  5. Mom

    A ride down memory lane indeed. Funy thing…I was out and about the other week and low and behold I saw the pop shoppe logo. It is still being sold out here. All the flavours were so good! I think I have to go buy some 😉

  6. eisangel3

    A wonderful reminder of our honeymoon – we spent a week on Vancouver island 🙂

    • Val Pohl

      I am reading your blog while in Palm Springs, and loved it.
      You are indeed very talented, and too bad we don’t see you
      more often. Send us your email address.

      Uncle Val

    • melgallant

      We were there in September visiting family. It’s a beautiful place. I loved growing up there.

  7. Melissa

    Love this! Lime Rickey, oh my.
    Even just the name is refreshing!

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  9. Jen @ Momalom

    Can’t wait for summer and camping with my kids. We’ve thought of going every summer but haven’t yet. This summer we’re hoping to be diaper free and camping! Refreshment indeed.

  10. michelle derusha

    Gorgeous! I spent a lot of my youth camping, so this piece really takes me back. I didn’t have a rainforest as my playground though…that sounds really cool. The pacific northwest is such a unique environment. I was able to visit Portland once and was just enchanted.

    • melgallant

      Michelle, you’re so right. The entire Pacific Northwest is stunningly beautiful. It’s all those trees and mountains. Oh and the ocean. 🙂

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