camping, day nine…

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long night with very noisy camper neighbours…

had a big breakfast and then packed up for a family birthday party on the beach…

we went from smoky skies with the sun behind the haze to it peeking out through clouds…

the afternoon was filled with eating, tubing, kneeboarding, wakeboarding, visiting and tanning…

today my daughter and son-in-law had fun on the wakeboard… my son-in-law also played on the kneeboard while my daughter drove the boat… he doesn’t get to do this often, but he still puts everyone else to shame with his skills, lol…

back to the campsite for steak and shrimp dinner and then a fire with lots of family guests…

many of these folks have camped in this area for thirty years… when they move around the campground they often come across others they have camped with when they were young…

camping, day eight…

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sadly I woke up with a headache which stayed through the whole day… up around eight and relaxed around the campsite… the sun looked cool through the trees and I got a few neat shots of lichen on a branch… saw quite a few geese today when we were down by the water…

then we were off fishing… the boys had great success… my son-in-law caught a 39 inch Jack, just shy of a Master…

after lunch all the boys went to the beach while I tried to sleep off my headache… didn’t work, but I had a nap…

got ready for supper and my daughter arrived from the city… hot dogs and smokies on the fire, clean up and off for an evening ride on the boat

fun to see how different the cottages look all lit up…

camping, day seven…

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such odd weather today… cool when we first got up but it was fairly warm and sunny as we left the channel…

then the sky turned gray and it cooled off while we were fishing… we docked the boat to go back to the campsite for lunch and then headed out again…

we saw loons, a parent and child, I think and many, many seagulls… no eagles or turtles…

we spent about six hours on the water fishing… some of us caught nothing

but we still had lots of fun

camping, day six…

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such a busy day…

up by seven, had a fire to warm up, ate breakfast and headed out to fish…

saw turtles swimming, eagles flying, loons fishing and even a deer grazing… at one point four eagles were circling overhead…

fish were caught and one of the Jack fish was 31″ long…

in for lunch and then we spent the afternoon tubing on our new 3 person BodyGlove with a bit of kneeboarding thrown in for good measure…

we had some friends with us and the mom and I took a turn on the tube… and I am still alive to tell the story, lol…

back to the campsite for burgers, a quick visit to the Marina looking for lures and now the dog and I are back at the camper while the boys have gone to play bingo

going to sleep well tonight…

camping, day five…

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I was up a bit late and all the boys slept in… we eventually had a wonderful breakfast around eleven… it was cooked on the propane stove and the campfire…

there was intermittent rain until around one at which time we headed out in the boat to fish, with a cooler filled with snacks… it was cool so there was no swimming or tubing in the plans…

we spent four and a half hours on the water… it was glorious… we caught four fish in total – my son-in-law caught two, I brought in one, and the older grandson got one… all Jack fish so we had to throw them back, lol… everyone enjoyed themselves…

the sun danced in and out of the clouds and we spotted loons, ducks, maybe a few muskrats and many seagulls…

when we returned to the boat launch the older grandson brought the boat up onto the trailer, which involves a lot of cranking, lol…

once we were back at the campsite we had supper and sat around the campfire roasting marshmallows for s’mores

camping, day four…

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last night we spent about an hour laying in the boat watching the Perseid Meteor shower… the boys gave up and went to bed after about an hour, but I watched for nearly three hours… some of them were amazing

this morning the boys got up around 9:30, had cereal for breakfast, packed up snacks and then we headed over to the beach…

only the second time I’ve been in the water since Friday, lol… very refreshing

back to the camper for lunch of peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches…

a relaxing afternoon of playing at the park and sitting around the campsite… much cooler than yesterday, which was a relief

the daddy arrived and brought fresh supplies and we sat and read for a while… had a great supper of chicken, cooked cauliflower, gravy, raw cucumbers and carrots…

it rained for a few minutes as we did the dishes, but now we have a roaring fire going…

camping, day three…

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today we were able to sleep in… lovely…

I was up fairly early and had tea outside as I was waiting for the crew to wake up…

eventually we had pancakes – regular for the boys and potato for us… along with some breakfast sausages…

a few jobs around the site and everyone else went to the beach

I read and napped while they were gone… once they were back we walked around the campground checking out the various sites and then went for ice cream…

we had supper together and then my daughter headed back to the city…

we have prepared a little nest in the boat and are hoping to watch the meteor shower, if we can stay awake

camping, day two…

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up and out early to get to the regatta for the final day…

my grandson’s heat was bumped up and we rounded the end of the lake at the same time as they finished their race… very disappointing… but it was good to see him before he headed off to rejoin the team…

then we got an invitation to go boating with the middle grandson’s friend’s family whose cottage was nearby…

we had a wonderful relaxing time while the boys played at the dock, followed by lunch on the deck, a nice boat ride and tubing… from there we returned for the final race… they looked great in their eight as they passed us…

got a photo of the eighteen year old with all his siblings and invited his other family to our campsite for dinner… it was such fun to watch his dad and stepmom try to figure out this goofy inflatable lounger, lol…

looking forward to a relaxing day tomorrow with no deadlines…

camping, day one…

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well, we really weren’t camping as we went to Rabbit Lake for the Northwestern Regatta…

the eldest grandson turned eighteen today so we were up early and drove for an hour, arriving just in time for his first race…

watched races, visited with people, dropped the younger boys off at a friend’s where we had a lovely visit before returning to the regatta for his next race…

at the end of race day, seven of us went out to celebrate the big birthday…

had a great time on a patio, then said goodbye to the older boys and headed back to the campground…

now we are in bed looking forward to day two of the regatta

camping…

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been a long day, but we have finally arrived at our campsite… my son-in-law and youngest grandson came early and set the camper and everything up…

what a treat to arrive to all the hard work already done…

it is dark so we haven’t really had a good sense of what the space looks like but tomorrow we will explore…

happy holidays