Happy Canada Day Weekend! Happy Independence Day Weekend! #Summer2016!

Ξ July 1st, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, #OntarioHighlands, Canada, holiday(s), Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, Ontario, United States |

Happy Canada Day! Happy Fourth Of July!

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Happy First of July, my dear country of birth!
I’ve spent quite a few Canada Days at Maple Lake due to the US Fourth Of July holiday. They bookend one another perfectly. Coincidence, I’m sure <wink>.

Not really a fan of fireworks unless they are done by pros (except for sparklers–they are awesome!) Anyway…Maple Lake gets noisy sometimes over the long weekend holiday(s) and I love the place most when it is quiet. Like to be there before and/or after holidays.
Regardless of your preference for peacefulness or high-volume activity, I hope you have a right great weekend, my Canadian and Canada-bound friends!

Happy Canada Day!
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Also,  (because why not?) Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Happy Fourth Of July!

Everyone, stay safe and have a blast!

Happy July 4th, America!

Happy July 4th, America!

 

Maple Lake – On The Other Hand #lakelife #lakelove #OntarioHighlands

Ξ June 18th, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, #OntarioHighlands, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, nature, Ontario, Photography |

What could possibly be worse than June not spent at Maple Lake?

Roger works on the cottage. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Roger works on the cottage CR: maplelakeontario.com

I’m feeling a bit envious of peeps that can simply jump in their cars and pilot to the the Highlands of Ontario. That’s on the one hand. On, or in the other, metaphorically speaking, is a paint brush or a sander or …well a photo does speak pretty well. I get a bit melancholy about lack of lake time in certain moments but “lake time” has always been a luxury.

I remember when my dad only had two precious weeks per year to be at the cottage. I’ve never had a memory of simply driving up there for the weekend and relaxing–and to flip this little meander down memory lane on it’s head, perhaps that’s best!

I take going to the Lake very seriously–because I’ve never taken it for granted. So, when I finally get there it’s because we worked hard to do it.

My favorite Maple Lake rock:

Maple Lake Ontario shore and steps gif. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario shore and steps gif. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Never take anything or anyone you value for granted. They (or it) could be gone tomorrow.

Groin - Maple Lake photo: maplelakeontario.com

Groin – Maple Lake photo: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

Road Trip Plannin’ – Maple Lake Ontario Summer 2016 #LakeLife

Ξ May 11th, 2016 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, #haliburtonhighlands, Algonquin Township, beach, Canada, cottage country, family, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, maplelakeontario.com, My dog, nature, Obi, Ontario, Photography, Raven, summertime, Travel/Vacation |

First few decades, a simple dirt and gravel road with no name, then after its creator's death was named "Frank's Way," then inexplicably (or, maybe not?) the current "Frank's Lane." Who wants to remove the apostrophe and cause a commotion? CR: maplelakeontario.com

First few decades, a simple dirt and gravel road with no name, then after its creator’s death was named “Frank’s Way,” then inexplicably (or, maybe not?) the current “Frank’s Lane.” Who wants to remove the apostrophe and cause a commotion? CR: maplelakeontario.com

(1/5) Where I wish to be, now.  Maple Lake, I miss you so much! Time to make travel plans for summer 2016!

My Mom, Dad and my son. CR: maplelakeontario.com

My Mom, Dad and my son. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(2/5) I treasure Maple Lake memories but making new ones is my goal, too! I very much appreciate all the beautiful ones I carry with me, especially with these guys. xx

Stone steps on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Stone steps on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(3/5) Am I the only person that has favourite stone steps? My grandpa built these… yes, I am a sap.

Ducks at dawn on Maple lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Ducks at dawn on Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(4/5) Last time spouse and I were at the lake together, our 18 y.o. Schipperke dog, Raven passed suddenly. The weather preceding her passing–and in the two days remaining of our holiday, seemed to echo our sadness. Dogs are a fixture in our life and indeed, in “Lake Life.”

Raven - Late August 2014 Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Raven – Late August 2014 Maple Lake. CR: maplelakeontario.com

(5/5) Here is our sweet girl, Raven. She spent her last moments at Maple Lake. At age 18, she was old, old, but only seemed so in her last year or so. This summer, date TBD, Obi, our 2nd rescue (Raven was our first) dog, will ride shotgun with me on a cross-country road trip to Maple Lake, Ontario. Getting very excited!

 

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo PHOTOS #zoolights

Ξ December 19th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ entertainment, family, maplelakeontario.com, Photography, United States, winter |

Phoenix Zoo Captures Holiday Spirit

Have you ever seen zoolights? I have actually, at Chicago’s Lincoln Park Zoo, but they were not nearly as pretty as the ones currently up at the Phoenix Zoo.

It was by corporate invite that we said, why not? as, like almost everything shopping, eating and service-related, entertainment is also a short drive away.

First we stopped at our new favorite fast-food joint: In N Out Burger, then on to the zoo.

Entering Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Entering Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo. CR: maplelakeontario.com

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Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands

Ξ December 18th, 2015 | → Comments Off on Back in the Saddle Agaaaain! PHOTOS #maplelakeontario #algonquinhighlands | ∇ flower porn, home, home and garden, maplelakeontario.com, Photography, sunsets, United States |

Back online. Still here. Woo-hoo!

Been gone for the better part of a year, but I’m back. Spent only three days at Maple Lake in May 2015 and it was opening so–work, no play! Moved to the foothills of Phoenix. Happy. Hope to figure out a system of staying with our mutt at the cottage during the three months here in Arizona each summer when you “don’t go outside.”

Best to all in 2016!

Please enjoy and laugh at some snaps from the latter part of 2015.

My backyard in AZ at #sunset #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

My backyard in AZ at #sunset. #sky #AZ #moon #nofilter. Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Love the hashtag “#nofilter,” as it could be a (partial) description of me. Hee.

Dana Point with Catalina Island. #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california Cr: maplelakeontario.com

Dana Point with Catalina Island. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #catalinaisland #sunset #california

Went to the Pacific Ocean for my birthday this year. Just a long weekend, but there will be more to come.

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Beach-combing at The Strand in Dana Point. Cr: maplelakeontario.com #danapoint #thestrand #beach #CA

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Sailboats in the harbor at #sunset. #DanaPoint CR: maplelakeontario.com

Catalina Island looms in the background in the first shot. What a perfect November day!

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

Banner: Dana Point The Strand CR: maplelakeontario.com

I’ll end with another Arizona shot or two:

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

#hummingbird #aloe #arizona Cr: maplelakeontario.com

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

We now live in a stone castle. My bathroom is bigger than my bedroom in IL was. A lot bigger.

It’s a pain because way too much to clean!

(Thank goodness for one-year leases!)

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

Mission San Juan Capistrano #missionsanjuancapistrano

What comes next? Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

What comes next?
Darned if I know! Cr: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

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