I have known Mike for 10 years and Van for just a few years less. We used to call internet friends our 'imaginary' friends and then it became commonplace to have internet friends. Now we are friends who have met!
And I am completely sorry that I didn't take a photo of Mike and Van together. I am a dunce. I meant to and then we went out to lunch. Dunce am I.
I wanted to give them a little something special. Keith gave me some ideas and it worked out pretty well.
I had a red Canadian Beer cooler bag from back in the day when I used them as stash storage bags.
I got things that are not generally common in the US and that were portable and not going to be a problem if they made it across the border. So no Kinder Surprise.
And the pièce de ré·sis·tance,
butter tarts from the local bakery. We may be a very small town, and the town may be known more for it's delicious sausage, but to me, we ought to be known for our superior bakery. They are a treasure and that is a fact. A half dozen butter tarts is just a little bit of heaven, snuggled between the store bought sweet treats.
A little bit of Canada that is good for the soul.
They are off to the mountains and the Calgary Stampede and I hope they have a wonderful vacation!