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    46.7766° N, 73.9531° W

    "Welcome To Naskademini's Annual Summer Camp"

    We tend to cycle apps and sites on an endless loop, but we all need some sort of interruption from our hyper-connected devices. To help re-centre ourselves, we took to the stillness of the outdoors for Naskademini’s Annual Summer Camp. To do so, we loaded up Ford’s 2019 F-150 Platinum Edition and hit the road.

    Within the pick-up truck world, the F-150 is one of the most recognizable and best selling models. Once we hopped into the massive cabin we understood why. The leather seats were as comfortable as La-Z-Boys, and we sunk into them as we fired up the F-150’s powerful V8 engine. The 8-inch LCD touchscreen also comes to life and projects Ford’s SYNC 3 infotainment system. From there we were able to easily input our destination, and play our favourite songs that will be heard through the Bang and Olufsen speakers.

    The lightweight, high-strength, military-grade aluminum alloy frame of the F-150 helps with efficiency and handling. Because the F-150 is quite the behemoth, we felt at ease navigating it thanks to the 360-degree camera that helped us maneuver properly. Even though we did not take advantage of the F-150’s towing capabilities, we loaded up the large cargo bed with our camping gear.

    As we made our way towards the sandy shores of Lac Taureau, the F-150 handled the trail roads, confidently. Hidden at the bottom of a small bay was an empty camp area ready for us to set up our tents.

    As the day passed, we were engrossed by the sounds of nature, the crackling of the fire, the buzzing of insects, and the subtle breeze. When the night fell, we sat around the campfire and tried to scare each other by exchanging ghost stories. The stars dotted the sky above us were later joined by the fireworks that we launched to celebrate the Quebec holiday, St. Jean Baptiste. We woke up the next day to repeat the same cycle, unwind, eat well, and napping under the shade. It did not take us long to be completely immersed in nature.

    In what felt like an instant, the three days that we spent outdoors had passed and Naskademini’s Summer Camp was coming to an end.

    We made our way back home, refreshed and rejuvenated, looking forward to next year’s adventure.

    Learn more about the 2019 Ford F-150 here.

    Words: Abraham Berchan
    Photography: Chris Tapia, Ayodele Mzilikazi, & Kevin Alcalde