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!

 

Happy Belated 85th Birthday, Dad! #HaliburtonHighlands #Cottage

Ξ June 15th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, events, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario |

It’s raining buckets–high winds with few real breaks between storms for days now but it is slated to stop any hour, so we can get the stuff–and ourselves in the car to Canada.

This was my last look at Maple Lake. The weather was perfect--for leaving ... CR: maplelakeontario.com

This was my last look at Maple Lake. The weather was perfect–for leaving ..

…because it is sooo hard to pack up to go if it is a beautiful day. I always drag my feet when I should be rushing to get on the road, haha.

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

But, ya know, it is 110 degrees where R. is living and working right now. He says. “It saps you.” He’s right, even though he’s riding 10 miles on a bicycle in it 4 days a week. Once it’s 110 F or 10F  for that matter, it’s not fit for any living being, period. That is why places like Maple Lake Ontario exist.

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com Got some beach, finally! (Photo by me--effects auto-generated by Google+.)

Late summer 2014 Maple Lake Ontario. CR: maplelakeontario.com
Got some beach, finally!
(Photo by me–effects auto-generated by Google+.)

This trip I have who R and I affectionately call “the Boy” (above) with me. All 6’4″ of him to “help open”. In truth, do most of the “big” opening tasks which include “putting in the water” (the. most. fun. you can have when opening–unless like this year, you hear that your door blew off, then anticipating the results is even more fun to be had prior to getting there).

Also, Obi is coming along.

Our dogs Obi and Raven in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake on Sept 4 2014 (Raven died later that summer). CR: maplelakeontario.com

Our dogs Obi and Raven in the little red rowboat on Maple Lake on Sept 4 2014 (Raven died later that summer at the Lake). CR: maplelakeontario.com

Obi, like all dogs, loves Maple Lake.

So, see ya.

Seven-hundred-mile road trip, here I we come.

 

Maple Lake Ontario – June 2015 Update (PHOTOS) #maplelakeontario #haliburtonhighlands

Ξ June 14th, 2015 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, My dog, Obi, Ontario, Photography, summertime, sunrise, Travel/Vacation |

Here’s where we left off last American Labor Day weekend when R. and I closed up for the 2014 season at Maple Lake (in photos) in the few breaks between the rain and wind:

 

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 - Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2

The weather was bleak and so was my mood.

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 - Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 – Credit: maplelakeontario.com

 

How many more of these fog-on-the-lake-sunrise-reflected pics do you wish to see? I’ve deleted many, the point being sans cannabis, I’m an insomniac and so it is not hard to catch the sun coming up from our vantage point on the Lake, which is north. They would be far less spectacular without the lake effect but sunrise on a lake is always pretty, right?

My handsome husband in the porch of the cottage, Labour Day Weekend 2014.

My handsome husband in the porch of the cottage, Labour Day Weekend 2014.

The news of our future is ever-changing. Looks like R may have claimed a week in August for Maple Lake in the course of his boss enquiring if Roger planned to go to the cottage this August. R. has been working insanely long hours–voluntarily, but everyone needs a break. I was sort a of planning a week there in August depending on our moving situation, but since he’s going it’s defo on (as much as anything in ours lives atm, is “defo .”

I’ve completely defocused from work-related stuff–OK 90%, and focused on having lived in this 2-story, tiny place for over 15-years,  finding boxes that didn’t get opened from the last move (!) Too much stuff!

I think I’m really learning the value of donation, especially to the very amiable Goodwill down the street, as well as repurposing, recycling and (let’s face it, some stuff is just plain garbage) sorting and tossing.  I knew I reach the point of  utter loss of sentiment when I threw out my baby book. Really no big deal because I’ve scanned thousands of photos of everyone, fixed almost all of them, enlarged them, framed them, gave them gifts. Digital has changed everything, though. Most sharing of images via family and friends gets filtered–one way or the other through the internet.

Obi is excited about a trip to Maple Lake!

Obi is excited about a trip to Maple Lake!

Obi's human brother is excited to help open the cottage.

Obi’s human brother is excited to help open the cottage.

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Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 – Credit: maplelakeontario.com

 

 

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 - Credit: maplelakeontario.com

Maple Lake Ontario Canada Sept 2014 – Credit: maplelakeontario.com

 

Maple Lake: One-Minute View From Under and Atop The Swim Raft (VIDEOS) #myhaliburtonhighlands

Ξ September 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Canada, cottage country, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, Maple Lake Ontario, Ontario, Photography, Travel/Vacation, video |

Pretty Beach Day on Maple Lake – August 2014

The sunlight is playing with the sand, the shadows and the many bits of flotsam floating by in this 20-second clip, on the lake shot from atop the raft, through the gaps in the wood. There’s no skill involved to get your shot other than to hold the phone steady. The winds were picking up and the water was getting pretty rough–and I was very close to shore! You can hear the bumping of the raft. (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

Stormy Weather - Late summer 2014 - Maple Lake

Stormy Weather – Late summer 2014 – Maple Lake

The waters are getting very active in this shot, with the winds picking up and an eventual storm coming in, crossing over and moving on– all in the space of maybe 2-hours. The weather this summer was mixed. If you had long enough to be able to deal with a “bad weather” week followed by a nice one then you were OK. About half of the 5 weeks I was at the cottage were good or better days weather-wise. We have so many projects going I’m almost thankful when the weather isn’t great. Otherwise, we get less done! (From the album Maple Lake Videos)

 

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