Vacation in June

Early Summer Vacation

Warning: Picture heavy post. Those of you who know me through other social media accounts will already know that I've returned from my early summer vacation. I had meant to post about it sooner but I came home to an exhausting list of problems in regards to both family and business. As a result, I didn't get to launch my 150th Canada Day inspired figurines! All I can say is never EVER order from Staples Business Depot. It's laughable that a company that specializes in business supplies can be so disorderly and bad at business. I won't be opening up shop until later now, as my shipping supplies are on back order. Thankfully my Canadiana figurines aren't specific to Canada Day alone, they can still sell as individual pieces, so they will be posted when the shop opens.

I went away on an impromptu vacation for two weeks time. This year I went on vacation by myself. I had planned to go up with my parents but they couldn't get things together, so I packed my things and asked my husband to drive me to the campgrounds. Everyone kept asking me, "won't you be lonely? won't you be bored?" Not in the least! I guess you could say that I'm introverted. I like to be on my own, reading books, taking strolls in the countryside, or fishing. I can do these things with other people, of course, but there's something about alone time that is so necessary. I feel as though we seldom get that kind of opportunity in the Western world, the opportunity to unplug and detach ourselves from everyone. To get real alone time is scarce and I am very fortunate to have that option available to me.

During my vacation I did a number of things. I wrote scripts, doodled, worked on my art, fished a number of times, hiked the back roads, watched movies and terrible TV shows, played video games, and I even tried to bake a gluten free short cake (which ended miserably!). One of my fondest memories from my vacation was when I went out for a stroll in the late evening, a fierce thunderstorm had rolled in. I love thunderstorms! I went back to the trailer where I was staying and I brought out an apple spiced candle. I lit it and set it on the coffee table under the sheltered porch and saddled up with my laptop to work on a short story. There was lightning and heavy rain, and the wind howled through the treetops. It was one of those hot and humid summer nights. It felt amazing. There's nothing like writing with the perfect weather to inspire you.

During the week, on a sunny day, I decided to go for a hike on one of the back roads. There's nothing but country and woods surrounding the campgrounds, so I figured it'd be fun to explore the area. I'm always looking for abandoned houses, don't ask me why, it's just a weird fetish I guess. I got roughly a full city block away from camp, when I stopped in front of an opening in the woods. At least it looked like an opening. It appeared to be a driveway but there were trees down all around it. It looked as though nobody had passed through it in ages. There were also no signs or markers to indicate whether it was a residential property or not. I felt as though I was being sucked into it, so with all my courage I followed the path, and what should I find? An eerie old abandoned hunting cabin!

I assume it was a hunting cabin because it was painted green, like the surrounding fir trees. The roof shingles and the siding were all green. There were marked splashes of red paint in the interior. The roof had caved in and there was nothing of interest inside. My guess is that the former owners took whatever they needed with them. There were a few beer cans scattered around the base, but there was nothing of real interest. I felt compelled to go deeper into the surrounding woods but being on my own it just didn't seem safe. The cabin was only a few minutes in from the road, any further than that and I'd be putting myself at risk of danger with wildlife or hunters. So I snapped a few pictures and happily went on my way. Directly up the road there was another section of old abandoned farm property. I didn't get photos but there were small wooden structures, like old chicken coops or bee hives? They were hidden among some cedar trees. Maybe someone from a rural, farming community might know what I'm talking about.

After the first week away, my husband came up to visit me for a day (to help replenish my groceries). We went to the Falls Reserve Conservation Area, a park with a campground and a handful of hiking trails. When we got there we had noticed that the water was running dangerously high. We've had an unnatural degree of rainfall for this time of year in both Midwestern and Southern Ontario. This has caused the water levels to rise, and everywhere the water is dark and muddy. I noticed this at a small stream by the park where I was staying but I had no idea as to the enormity of the situation until we saw the river. The lady at the front desk where you check into the park had mentioned the longer trail might be flooded out, so she cautioned to leave the trail if we saw water. It was a very nerve-wracking hike. At some points on the trail the water was a mere three feet away and it was rushing rapidly. Eventually we did come to a point in the trail where it had been engulfed by the river and we had to turn back, but not without snapping a few photos along the way.

Below are areas where the trail meets the water, and flood plains. Note the mature trees and grass where you normally would be able to walk, and the white caps in the river.

I saw a variety of mushrooms and butterflies but nothing in the way of wildlife. My husband saw some sort of bird, like a pheasant, and we heard a heron croaking (they sound awful). Sadly there were no river otters or beavers but they probably don't care for the river being so high. We'll have to return again when the water is low and we can hike the full length of the trail. It'd be nice to make a campfire and have a picnic there. It's a wonderful park, if you're in the area I recommend that you check it out.

After that I spent a few more days on my own, crafting and fishing, and finally my folks came up for one last day with me. I went to Bayfield, enjoyed cupcakes and visited their gorgeous art gallery. I only wish that I had more money to spend there! It's a lovely little town full of culture. And equally so, Goderich has some wonderful people. Hubby and I ate at the Irish pub across from the Town Hall, and we had ice cream in the square (or octagon? Their downtown is a weird shape). It was fun to see all the houses decorated for Canada day, it was certainly more patriotism than I've ever seen in preceding years. My hope is that perhaps Canada's 150th may have planted a seed in Canadians minds, to take pride in our heritage and culture, and not wait around for the 200th birthday to make it special again. It seems odd that because we've reached a milestone we should make a greater effort, this has been a tremendous economic boost for us and we should keep it going.

I'm happy to be home with my husband and cats, but I feel a deep longing for the woods, the song birds and the tranquility of the countryside. I always dream of the "some day" that involves us living off the grid; a hobby farm with sheep and an art shack in the back. I suppose like everything we'll have to wait and see.

What are you doing for your summer vacation? See any great sights as of late?



  1. Wow, what a beautiful area you vacationed too! Thank you for sharing the pictures!! Truly breath taking!! It's nice to be alone sometimes!!

    1. It is a beautiful area! It was a shame to have to return to the city lol. I'll be going back up soon enough though. :)


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