A little over a week ago, I was relaxing at my best friends cottage, and it was heavenly.
Chrissy and her husband Mike picked me up the night before we headed off, to sleep at their place in Barrie before heading to Parry Sound. It was late when they picked me up, and I was freaking TIRED.
Not tired enough to do my nails though! Too much? The locals didn't know what hit them.
There is something about Ontario highways heading up to cottage country that I find so beautiful, and serene. Especially when there is plenty of Canadian Shield to stare at. I love all the inukshuk along the way too. It becomes a game to spot them!
And I have arrived. Sigh. It's a shame that I ever had to leave.
Of course the second I got there I jumped in the lake. Of course. I am a water baby, and was worse than the kids in staying in too long. It's Ontario lake water, and it's cold. Everyday my purple lips were a dead giveaway that it was time to get out, but I paid no heed.
This was my alone time at the end of every day. When the kids had been tucked away in bed, when everyone grabbed a book, or made their phone calls, or put on pjs to hang out in for the night, I poured a glass of wine and sat at the end of the dock and watched the sun go down.
And the moon come up.
On one of the nights, Chrissy's 14-year-old daughter Charlotte and I decided to go for a night swim. We waited until the moon was high, and we jumped right in. The air was chilly, but the water was so warm. And calm. Chrissy kept an eye on us from the cottage, and kept telling us it was time to get out, but I never wanted to get out. Ever. I wanted to be trapped in that moment forever, with the water that was like glass, and the quiet and tranquility. That swim was a moment to remember.
My room was amazing! Not that I spent very much time in it. Sleeping at the cottage is the best, isn't it?
Chrissy took the little girls on a canoe ride daily. They loved it. What's not to love?
My spot to watch the sun go down.
Let's get some sun on this pasty Canadian skin. Even in the summer I look like it's always winter.
Gorgeous cottage. I miss it already. It would be so beautiful and cozy here in the winter time.
Charlotte and I decided to go for an early morning swim too. So we set our alarms for 5:45AM, and were up before the birds were. But what a beautiful sky. It was worth it.
The air was freezing and the water even colder. Definitely not as pleasant as our night swim, but to have experienced it was amazing. These are the moments I live for.
Because of this.
Afterwards, I couldn't get warm for the life of me. I was THAT cold. I bundled up in everything I had and get got back into bed, wrapped in a thick blanket. And I still shivered for over an hour. The little girls saw me walk past their room on our way in from the swim and they decided it would be amazing to visit me at 6:45 in the morning, you know, just to hang out...see what was up. They kept asking me if I would play and I was like "No, get outta here kids". Haha. Ok I didn't say that at all
yes I did, but I did tell them that the quicker they let me go back to sleep, the quicker I would wake up and play with them. That got them out of there. Reasoning....who knew? Smart kids.
The moon was the brightest on my last night there. And the prettiest. Of course it was.
I will be back Lake Manitouwabing! At least I hope I will! I will forever be looking back on these pics in the dead of winter, you know I will.
Thank you Chrissy! I will forever hold this vacation close to my heart! xoxox