After 4 years in the U.S. Army one thing I promised myself is that I would NEVER EVER camp or do any (extended) outdoor living for the rest of my life. During my time in the military, we were in the field from a single weekend up until months at a time. It was rough….and made me appreciate the indoors and living space to the nth degree.
The other half has been on me for years about visiting his family’s cottage. I asked him to give me the ‘hard truth’ about the place and he did. It was what I thought he would say-bugs, dirt, outhouse. So my answer was always ‘No way!’. Over the years, I came up with various excuses- school, pets, other (indoor) events, the lack of indoor plumbing.
That ended this year. His father built a bathroom (Canadians call it a washroom). So this year, I was out of excuses and off I went.
Many people have asked me where this cottage is (geographical location). I have finally figured that out as well-it is NORTH between Belleville, Ontario and Madoc, Ontario (being closer to Madoc). We took off on Friday-got stuck in the normal everyone-in-the-city-is-leaving-early-Friday-traffic and finally arrived about 7pm.
No doubt it’s quite lovely:
And some other exterior shots:
Now let’s get in the water-yes, kayaking people:
Okay enough with the pictures of me in the kayak….here’s a shot from the water.
It was quite quiet and peaceful….to be expected when so far from ‘civilization.’
Of course, I indulged-we took the advice of a local Foodland employee and went to Uncle Tom’s Ice Cream Cabin to
eat inhale some Kawartha Dairy Ice cream. No, I would NOT take photos of me eating the ice cream but take my word for it, I had a double scoop cone!
We also cooked on the ‘grill’ -chicken with mushrooms,onions, garlic:
And check out the name of this salad kit-had to buy it!
But of course we indulged in the local food:
And then I managed to get up early this morning to catch this:
So-were there hiccups? Was I uncomfortable and inconvenienced? yes…but it wasn’t anything that was a deal breaker. The dog was uncomfortable and anxious the first night but even she settled in the next day. The bugs weren’t bad-especially after applying my Avon skin-so-soft AND that kept me moisturized.
Will I go back? Perhaps-now that I know what to expect. It’s quite rustic-but with the indoor plumbing, I’m willing!
How was your weekend? Anyone go to a cottage?