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Easter Long weekend part 2

Have been slack, it’s taken me a week to complete the story.

Easter Saturday night was a slap up affair, with Ken and Francesca and the Barnard’s venturing around to our place for dinner. Enough to say, that it was a late night with lots of frivolity and both inside and around the bonfire.

Easter Sunday after a bit of a sleep in on the adult’s part, we headed off to Cypress Lake for a hike out to a place on the coast called the grotto. It was an easy hike over some beautiful terrain. Apart from being chilly at times the weather co-operated and I would have got some great photo’s if I hadn’t tried to be smart and manually set the camera up for the shots. I took a couple of hundred shots and managed to over expose most of them. I guess that’s why my camera has an in camera guide so that dummies like me can take good photo’s.


Upon reaching the Grotto, a bit like a blow hole. We were greeted by the sight of magnificently crystal clear waters below white cliffs topped off with fir trees. Because there was still a bit of snow around it provided some great shots, with the clash between the white of the snow, green trees and aquamarine of the bay. Pity I didn’t get them.

After making it back to the cottage, everyone just went their own way and veged out until dinner time which this time was at the other cottage. Before dinner it was an Easter egg hunt and then sit on the shore line in the freezing cold waiting to get a shot of the famous Lake Huron sunsets. Camera set up properly.  The evening was spent with a good old sing song with music provided by Mick Barnard and Pierre on guitar and the rest of us singing, out of tune.


Monday. Pack up day, we had a late check out so no rush to be on the road. While the adults packed the kids kept themselves entertained with hide & seek. Leaving at lunch time we made our way back to Burlington, taking a wrong turn along the way and travelling through Menonite country. The Menonites are sub-branch of the Amish, having travelled North across the border in the Nineteen hundreds. From what I understand unlike the Amish the Menonites don’t shun all technology, though they still get around in horse and carriage and plow their fields with oxen or similar. On the way up on Friday we passed a couple of their carriages on the road and on the way back we were lucky enough to pass their farms,  a couple more carriages and folk on horseback. Hopefully later in the year we will have a chance to explore the region more thoroughly.

We finally made it back home around 6:00 PM thanks to the heavy weekend traffic heading back to Toronto. All of us warn out biut at the same time relaxed after a fun weekend.

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