Dan Attempts a 30-Day Cleanse – Days 23-26 – Au Canada (9 of 12)

Cleanse veggies on the deck

Veggies and humus on our front deck

August 2 Day 23 – Hannah and I leave early tomorrow for Au Canada.  It’ll be Canada Dry for me (You see what I did there?)

This evening it’s Just another day at the office -veggies instead of red wine.

August 3 – Day 24 – When on the road, opportunities abound to celebrate with a beer or a glass of wine.  Looking for reasons to celebrate can become a way of life.

Cleanse -PB bangor.jpg

For example, on our way to Canada, we pickle at the Armstrong Tennis Center in Bangor, Maine.  By early afternoon, we arrive at the visitor center in Houlton, Maine, the Gateway to the Maritime Provinces of Canada.  Later, breaking for lunch, we usually have a beer with our Subway subs.  Today, Hannah carries on the tradition while I celebrate with my sparkly water.  Party on, Dan, party on!

Arriving at the home of longtime friends Bill and Karen in Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada, we usually toast our friendship with a glass of wine or two.  You know where I am going with this, don’t you?   I’m so close to my 30-day goal with no alcohol, it’s not hard to sip my sparkly water while the others enjoy the grape.

Cleanse - daring greatly

August 4 – Day 25 – Chilling on a day in Fredericton, the provincial capital of New Brunswick, we walk, sit over conversation, and read.  Finishing reading of Daring Greatly (2012) by Brene Brown on the power of vulnerability to make us all more compassionate, connected, and have a sense of belonging, I find the excerpt below by Teddy Roosevelt with which she opens the book speaks to me.

It is not the critic that counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles; or where the doer of deeds could have done better.

The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena; whose face is marred with dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs; who comes up short again and again.

There is no effort without error and shortcoming; who knows if he fails, he at least fails while daring greatly.

In my modest way, I step into this arena of a month of no alcohol.  Still going strong, with no certainty that I’ll prevail over Demon Rum (metaphorically speaking).

Cleanse - Hannah and Laverne

Hannah and Laverne in Cape Breton

August 5 – Day 26 – On the north coast of Nova Scotia prior to our hike at Cape George on the Northumberland Strait, we lunch on Subway subs, sipping, as I have for the last 3+ weeks, a cool fresh sparkly water.  Not feeling tempted by the Red Hook brew of Hannah’s, I can see the finish line at midnight on August 9.  Then later I reminded of the place for friendship and wine in Cape Breton.

Arriving at the Baddeck (Nova Scotia) Riverside B&B where Hannah and I stayed five years prior to biking the 190 miles Cabot Trail, we are offered wine before dinner by our friend/innkeeper Laverne Macrae.  I do miss toasting the bond of our friendship with their red wine.  Thankfully I have Hannah, ever the trooper, who for five more days will be drinking for two!  Someone’s got to do it!

12 thoughts on “Dan Attempts a 30-Day Cleanse – Days 23-26 – Au Canada (9 of 12)

  1. One of the things I’ve become aware of in recent years is the prevalence of alcohol in our society and how intrinsically it’s linked with celebration. It’s our “go to” for holidays, reunions, milestone events, etc. Watching a loved one become sober has made this so much more apparent to me. In our culture it’s simply impossible to avoid being around alcohol. It’s been interesting reading about your less-intense journey, as someone who seems to have a healthy relationship with alcohol, but wants to explore it. Finish strong!

    • Back from Canada. Alcohol permeates our culture indeed. Perhaps, for the social drinker there is a reflective component to sitting with a spouse or close friends that makes drinking appealing.

  2. Have a lovely trip. Dan, you are doing so well with your commitment. You have learned so much about yourself as you have made this journey. Have a lovely trip as you travel this beautiful Canadian paradise.



    • Au Canada. I have a picture from the deck of our Cape Breton friends that I will post in Saturday’s reflection on what I learned from my no alcohol experience. The picture reveals the stunning beauty of Au Canada.

  3. Hi Dan, Thanks for providing such witty insights along on your 30-day journey. I have vacillated between trying it myself, and toasting your accomplishments..with a shot of tequila!! And thanks to Hannah, who makes me feel ok with my decision!! Ha. xo-Kim

  4. I confess I’m a social drinker. I never drink alone only because it’s so . . . lonely. It’s not the alcohol I crave as much as the conversation, laughter, and bonding made all the more enjoyable with a bubbly or brew. Your willpower amazes me, Dan.

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