What a weekend! As posted previously, Friday was surprise birthday, Saturday Escape Manor – then the girls headed off! Johnny & I decided the weather was perfect for a trip to the Toronto Zoo! Toronto was a 5 hour car trip on a beautiful sunny day! We arrived at 1:30 and spent the next 3.5 hours wandering about in the drop dead gorgeous weather snapping photos of all of our favourite animals! The draw back to this time of day is that a lot of the animals have been fed and then head off for a siesta after lunch…we didn’t get as up close and personal as I’ve been in the past! Overall, it was a really great afternoon and we had fun! From there we headed off to the small town of Cobourg, Ontario! I haven’t been in Cobourg for years and forgot just how pretty it is. Nestled along the shores of Lake Ontario with a great harbour front featuring a beautiful marina and a big sandy swimming beach makes it a perfect retirement type of town! We stayed at The Woodlawn Inn on Division Street, head a great impromptu Turkey Dinner and a bottle of bubbly then retired to our well appointed room with a little balcony!
Next day we did the scenic route home, a little along Lake Ontario then crossed over around Napanee to head toward our next destination Hell Holes near Roblin/Centreville. The hike is only 3.5 km long but the scenery is beautiful! Incredible rock formations, a 22′ deep cave to climb into, an ethereal valley to walk through, loved it! After that we wandered back through Westport, stopped for ice-cream and then reluctantly headed back home with the knowledge that this was probably going to be the last warm weather weekend we would experience in Ontario until Spring (although, we will get a couple of hot weekends in Mexico & Belize in February/Marh)!!
Canada is an awesome country and if you dig a little you can find the some amazing things to do (especially if you are a nature lover)! We have committed ourselves to enjoying our weekends and this is evidenced in our silly little blog posts of our summer filled with camping, hiking, road trips and the like! Honestly, this was my best summer ever! Of course, the fact that I had committed myself up front to losing weight (58 pounds altogether this year), and exercising (hiking counts) as often as I could helped me to thoroughly enjoy everything! The big challenge now will be winter….I’m not a fan of winter……need to find fun indoor things in Ottawa to do to make my winter go by as quickly as our idyllic summer went! Any suggestions people?? 🙂 !!
Imagine my surprise when I welcomed the girls & their boys dressed in shirts that said “Melva’s Loyal Subjects” and they shouted Happy Birthday! The surprise of course was that it was October 9th and my birthday is October 27th. The second surprise was that we were supposed to be having Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner (prepared by the girls and delivered to our door)…when in fact we ended up having a Birthday dinner with my heritage as a theme! I was born in Powassan, Ontario Canada to a mother born in South Wales, UK & raised in England and a father of Irish descent!
Quite hilarious from a printed menu with entre of Bangers & Mash, to coffee surved from ‘tea cups’…..a great time was had by all!!