Most years we go up to the cottage in July. This year, because of work and a number of other factors, we didn’t make it up. Instead we spent some time in August. We were up at Matt’s parents place for a full week mid August, and then up again the following weekend.
The first full week was a lot of fun – despite less than ideal weather (think single digits over night – brrr!). We went over to our property and “closed up” for the season. We took out the dock (well, Matt really did – I helped push at one point – the crazy huge dock spiders are reason enough not to get involved), covered up our “toilet” and brought a few things home. We also had some friends up for two days which was a lot of fun – especially for Alex. He loved having playmates there. We hunted for frogs, went fishing, boating, had dinner with family down the lake, and mostly – relaxed.
Our second trip up was for a wedding reception at a resort on the Lake of Bays. Lake of Bays is in heart of Muskoka where you can find “cottages” (think $$,$$$,$$$) owned by various celebrities, NHL players, etc. I was really looking forward to catching a glimpse of some of these places… but sadly it was dark when we go there. The reception started at 9pm, and since our baby sitting fell through last minute, we had Alex with us. He was a real trooper though, tired little guy, but he held out until close to 11:30. The resort was gorgeous from what we could see – I really want to go explore one day in the daylight. The rest of the weekend was a bonus. Great weather so we could finally get in the lake for a little swim.
I can’t wait to get back up there at Thanksgiving. By then the leaves will most likely have fallen since many trees were changing colours already, but the crisp cool air is something I look forward to.