Our 2017-18 Winter Vacation

A few weeks ago, we happened to see a Facebook post from a photography friend offering a week at a cottage at Blue Water Acres, on Lake of Bays, in Muskoka.  The great thing was that it was over New Year’s Eve, from December 29th through January 5th.  Even greater, our good friends, Geoff and Nancy Phillips, from London, were able to join us for 4 nights.  We rang in 2018 together in style, with an excellent dinner, bubbly and lots of laughs.

We sure didn’t go hungry:  Nancy’s tasty chilli, stuffed chicken breasts, bbq’d steaks with all the fixings – baked potatoes, mushrooms and onions – stuffed pork chops, lobster rolls, a killer stew and a full eggs, bacon, sausage, mushroom breakfast yesterday morning.

The cottage itself was great:  2 bedrooms (king bed in one and bunk with double lower in the other); 2 bathrooms, fully equipped kitchen open to the dining area and living room; gas fireplace and a BBQ on the deck.  The ‘resort’:  about 45 cottages; activity room with pool tables, shuffleboard, fooze ball and ping pong; indoor pool, hot tub and sauna; skating/hockey rink and tubing.  What a perfect location and so well maintained, inside and out.

Although it was damn cold, as low as -35C during the night and up to -18C or so during the day, the weather was great:  sunny, blue sky half the time, a few nice Christmas snowfalls and very little wind.  It was great for a few long walks.

One day we took a drive through nearby Algonquin Park, another day we had lunch in Huntsville, the closest major town 20 minutes away, After Geoff and Nancy left, Bonnie and I drove the local roads marvelling at the winter wonderland wherever we went, looking for wildlife and getting a few winter shots.  We saw either a Downy or Hairy Woodpecker (they’re very similar, differing in size), a Pileated Woodpecker (didn’t have the camera ready quickly enough) and 4 deer in the woods (no pics….either too far away, too many trees or too slow getting the shot).

I had a trip to Norway last fall, but Bonnie hadn’t had a vacation last year (we had to cancel our 6 week Tuscany summer vacation), so this chance to kick back and relax was way overdue.

We left cottage #107 this morning at 10:00 for the 2.5 hour drive home.  After a couple of photo op stops and an accident slowdown north of Oshawa, we arrived home about 1:45.  The car was unpacked quickly, leftover groceries back in the fridge and then the Christmas de-decorating started.  Back to reality!!

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  1. Nancy Germain January 12, 2018 at 11:17 am #

    Great photos Leif! It must have been cold & sunny while you were away! Unlike today, foggy & windy & wet underfoot. Think I’ll stay home!

  2. Randi January 7, 2018 at 6:57 pm #

    Just beautiful! Especially like the Muskoka chairs

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