05 August 2007

About vacations

We are just on the tail end of this years vacation time. The company I'm working for is small enough, everyone takes time off together and they just shut down for two weeks. This year, we spent some time around home doing some local stuff with the kids, then we went up north to my Dad's cabin for a while, then back home to do some fix ups around the house. The time we had up north was probably one of the best 'times off' that I have ever had, if not the best. It was just a real vacation. Lazy. Slow. Enjoyable. Fun. Lazy. We ate a lot, slept some, played lots, and ate some more.

One of the things the kids really wanted to do was to go camping, but since we don't have a tent yet, we offered them the next best thing. Being basically in Muskoka, my Dad's cabin is in the thick of mosquito country as well. Fortunately, the cabin also has a large screened in deck. I took an inflatable mattress and set the kids up for the night on the deck. Alla took the following picture in the morning:

One of the other things we experienced was being pelted by pinecones. At first it was hard to understand what was going on, until one day my Dad noticed this guy on the woodshed roof. The squirrels were picking them and eating them, and dropping them as well. Pesky little buggers.
As well, we finally got around to making a little canoe trip. We've gone around the lake, in and out of bays, exploring marshy areas. But this time we packed a picnic and went lake hopping. After canoeing to the far end of the lake, we made a quick protage to a small lake just a bit to the south. From there we canoed to the far end of that lake, and made another small portage to another small lake. From there, it was across the lake, down a marsh filled river and into another lake. This is a lake that holds some history for me.

Back when I was in high school, my best friend and I wanted to go camping. So it was back then that we loaded up a canoe and followed this same route. We spent the day fishing and enjoying ourselves. At the end of the day we set up camp, had supper, and settled down for the night after sitting by the fire for a while. Around 3 am, we woke up soaking wet. It had started to rain, and unfortunately the spot we picked to put the tent ended up being, well, a bit of a bowl. As it rained, the bowl filled up, and we woke up like potatoes in a cold stew. Our sleeping bags were soaked, we were soaked and wet, and very cold. We got up, tried to start a fire, but everything was wet. We were more than miserable. We finally simply packed everything up and headed home. We paddled through the rain and got back to the cabin at around 5 am. My Dad got up and made us some pancakes to warm us up. That was the last time I was Juniper Lake until last week.
We paddled through the marsh, and half way down the lake. We found that same camp site, and decided to picnic there. It was great. Here's the view from the camp site.

We sat around, snacked, the kids played with sticks and pinecones. I had a couple of pepperoni sticks.

Then we started back home, exploring the marsh as well.

As we were exploring, we found a quite a few frogs like this one.

And then we made one of our best discoveries. As we meandered along we went closer to a clump of marshy stuff so I could take a picture of a couple of flowers. Here's the clump we found.

On closer inspection I noticed that the clump seemed to be covered with a tiny little red flowers. They were really small, but they were everywhere. I looked around and each of the clumps had the same red shade to their bases. You can see them hiding between the blades of grass.

Here's nice close up, and maybe now you can tell what kind of tiny flowers these are.

Yup, if you recognized them, it's them tiny fly eating plants. Not the clam type, but they're covered with these long hairs, and each one has a drop of dew like liquid on the end. It's stickly stuff and traps bugs when they land for a drink.

Anyhow, it was an interesting discovery, especially since the marsh was full of it. I had no idea that this particular carnivorous plant lived in Canada. But at any rate, it was stuff like this that made this holiday one of the most enjoyable I have ever had.


Anonymous said...

wow nii huvitav tundub. seal kanada maal on ikka lahedadid kohti et nii ringi matkata annab. peab ikka oma sammud kah sinna poole sattima ja teile kulla tulema ehk kuuleb veel ponevaid lugusid.
tervitused koigile!!!!


Teele Menchaca said...

yup, nõustun merlega! see tekitab endale ka camping isu peale! tervitusi teile kaugelt kodumaalt!