Make a Date With Nature

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The world offers us some really beautiful views in nature. It can be hard to slow down and take it all in, when we are always so busy with life, but we should all make time to do it, because it’s good for our soul. It relaxes us, and provides us with some amazing photo opportunities.

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Several weeks ago, we went to a neighbouring city for a family birthday party, and we were in awe of the beautiful colours of the trees along the drive. We also took in some geocaching (read about that here).

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I personally prefer spring and summer over fall and winter… and I know everyone has their own preferences. But all seasons offer us something special to look at and enjoy. Regardless of how I feel about fall though, there is no denying the beauty of the season, with it’s contrasting and changing colours.

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The clouds weren’t cooperating but the beauty of this shot couldn’t be left out of this post. Love the way the trees arch over the road.

We encourage the boys to come for walks with us, and to pay attention to nature. Sometimes you can spot wildlife, or a path you haven’t noticed before. Enjoying the peace and quiet, and breathing in that fresh air, not unlike a canoe ride on a camping trip, does wonders for you in so many ways.

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While on our walk, we noticed the difference in temperature from just a couple of weeks before. The air was cooler, and you could smell summer’s goodbye, and pick up on fall’s crisp scent. The sun, while still warming the skin, had definitely cooled, as if also saying farewell.

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I’m already looking forward to spring and the perfumed air it brings as everything begins to bloom!

What is your favourite season and what do you like most about it?

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Why Camp At Algonquin Park?

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My family and I are Algonquin Provincial Park’s biggest fans, and we have been going there for generations, for peace, rest and relaxation. I wanted to share some of the best perks about spending time there and seeing the vast beauty that this area has to offer.

At many of these venues, there is a log book for people to sign their family names, with the date and where they are from. I am always taken aback that people from other countries and continents… I just think it’s so cool to have visitors from so far away, and I love that they made Algonquin their destination! I could probably qualify as a travel agent for Algonquin Park, that is how much I love it!

I’m sharing the top ten reasons to visit the Park, the links will open a new page for you to check out what the Park has to offer. Enjoy!

10. The. Chipmunks. Are. Adorable.
9. The Logging Museum
8. The Visitor’s Center
7. The Portage Store
6. Biking
5. Hiking
4. Canoeing and kayaking
3. The historical aspects of the land and it’s development
2. Stargazing
1. The breath-taking scenery is, by far, the best reason to visit!

A Day Spent in Niagara Falls

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I know not everyone who has me in their reading list is living on my continent, but if you should ever in the vicinity of Niagara Falls, one of the 7 wonders in the world, you MUST visit.

I am Jackson Triggs’ biggest fan, so when I saw the sign, I practically started drooling… my husband asked me if I wanted to stop for a quick photo… Um YES PLEASE!

Jackson Triggs

Living an hour away from Niagara Falls all my life, I guess it’s not really a wonder to me, but it is definitely beautiful, and wonderfully majestic. One of my favourite movies was filmed there, Niagara, starring Marilyn Monroe, and it’s neat to pick out landmarks and even my hometown’s name on the bus schedule in that movie! (Fun fact, the hotel that Marilyn’s character stayed in with her husband in that movie were built JUST for that movie, and torn down after filming.)

We visited Drummond Hill Cemetery to see the graves of people who died in the War of 1812. Our son, Tyler, has always been fascinated by the War of 1812, and he enjoyed visiting the cemetery, as did we. There were many graves there from that particular war, and among them was the grave of Laura Secord. I had no idea that her grave was there, and I was in awe, reading the inscriptions on her tombstone.

Laura Secord

Laura Secord

I packed us a big, deli sandwich, using a whole loaf of sourdough bread. I packed some drinks and snacks and we just spent the day, enjoying the drive, and enjoying the views when we got there. I am always floored by how busy it is there, but then I think of the few times my husband and I visited Manhattan and just wanted to see EVERYTHING, and that puts it all into perspective for me.

We stopped in the visitor’s area and saw a plaque that showed the erosion over the centuries, it was pretty fascinating but I didn’t get a photo of it 😦 I really wish I had!

My parents brought my brothers and me over to the U.S. side once, when we were younger, and I remember it wasn’t very impressive. Now, I love my U.S. neighbours to bits, but, they really got gypped. The Canadian side of the Falls is definitely THE best view.

Niagara Falls

After we took MANY photos of the Falls, we wandered back up the strip and took photos of the fall foliage. It was still pretty nice out, temperature-wise. Then we drove a little bit and visited Niagara-on-the-Lake. It is a cute little town full of shops and history.

Niagara Falls strip

We stopped in a pub called The Olde Angel Inn, it was Tyler’s recommendation (yes, fellow moms, I was a little worried but he had been there before when his class went to the Shaw Festival).

Tyler was telling us that the Inn is haunted, by the ghost of Captain Colin Swayze, a British Captain in the War. Apparently, there have been accounts of him turning on hand-dryers in the Inn and rearranging the dishes. If the Union Jack is removed from above the Inn door, his ghost disrupts the guests. When it needs to be taken down to be cleaned, another must replace it. How awesome is that? I LOVE stories like this! When we were there, our glasses were moving on the table by themselves. It may have been from the condensation on the glasses, but it would be so cool if it was the ghost moving them! We had Caleb convinced it was.

Anyway… it was a beautiful way to spend a Sunday. Checking out the views and history in another city, I just find it all so interesting, and I’m really not much a history buff, like Tyler is, but it’s neat to see how things tie together.

If you’re ever in the area, definitely make time to see Niagara Falls… and if you’ve been, what did you think?