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    Cottage Life Day 7 – Big Adventure Day

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    Or, as I’m also referring to it as: “Trip to the Little Lake on Big Island in a Slightly Bigger Lake”. Another excerpt from last week’s vacation.

    Said trip involved:

    1. 10-minute drive to the appropriate boat launch,
    2. 5-kilometre paddle by kayak to the place where I tied the boat,
    3. Safely extract myself from the kayak without drowning or breaking any bones and make sure it’s secured so I’m not stranded,
    4. 40-metre climb that also covered about 20 metres in vertical distance,
    5. 25 metres worth of horizontal-ish bushwhacking without the benefit of a trail or path.


    On a map (blue circle is the boat launch, red circle is where I stood at the tiny lake on Big Island:

    Repeat in reverse to get back to the cottage.

    Why, you ask?

    To answer that, I’ll ask another question: have you ever wanted to stand somewhere no one has ever stood before?

    This is a sparsely populated lake in a sparsely populated area. The island is up a branch of the lake that doesn’t seem to attract much fishing or boating traffic. It’s also completely undeveloped and I saw no evidence of human traffic at all while I was there. The only reason I knew the tiny lake was even there was because I was looking at the geocaching map before we left for our vacation, thinking about what caches we might like to get while we were in the area, and I happened to notice the isolated spot.

    No, I’m not fooling myself into thinking that no one has ever been to that tiny lake before. This part of Ontario has been inhabited, if lightly, for thousands of years. The Madawaska River has had cottages on it for decades, and there were settlers in the area by 1800. There are people who live here year round and there are plenty of occasional/summer dwellers, too.

    But it’s fairly well off the beaten track and I’d guess the number of people who have seen this spot is very small.

    Yes, I left a cache there.

    Maybe someone else will want to stand where few people ever have. If they’re a geocacher, they can sign the log book while they’re there. If not, it was a lot of work to get there and they can still enjoy the feeling of accomplishment to take in that quiet scene.

    Be well, everyone.

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    Cottage Life Day 5

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    An excerpt of last week’s life.

    Order of Operations:

    1. Get up
    2. Walk the dog
    3. Breakfast
    4. Write
    5. 3 km Kayak exploratory journey
    6. Martial Arts work out
    7. Read
    8. Lunch
    9. Explore remains of 1800s log cabin farm buildings
    10. Geocaching
    11. Write
    12. Dinner
    13. Do something on the water (swim, kayak, sit on the dock)
    14. Watch the sunset
    15. Hot tub/Lounge on the deck (I’m likely the second one of these. Hot tubs are usually too hot for me.)
    16. Walk the dog
    17. Look at the stars
    18. Read
    19. Bed

    Other days have similar agendas, sometimes with a bigger exploration (the Bonnechere Caves and Eagle’s Nest lookout, for example). This just happens to be the day I’m writing on. It also provides something not too far off my ideal existence, giving me a variety of activities I enjoy, things to do with my family, and plenty of time for rest. Alas, the real world must eventually intrude, but not today.

    Be well, everyone.

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