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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Suburban Chicago Sunset (PHOTOS)

Ξ October 31st, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ #cottagelife, Algonquin Township, cottage country, fall colours, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, sunsets, United States, winter |

Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

1) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

2) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

3) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

4) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

5) 10.24.14 Sunset at Euclid and Quentin, Palatine, Illinois

Went to get my flu shot–which was a snap. Came out of the store and walked around the corner to my car and was nearly blinded by the vivid shades of orange, gold, pink and purple contrasted against the ever-more-intense blue hues of the cloudy sky at sunset. It was awe-inspiring. The pharmacy where I got my flu shot happens to be at the top of what is called a “hill” in these parts. We live down the street–and I do mean down so I almost never get a chance at a shot like this. I should get out more at rush hour, right?

Actually, I will as of this week, when certain upside-down-turn-your-world-around life changes go into effect. This is my last winter in Chicago–with any luck whatsoever, my last cold winter ever. Have only waited 30 years to exit stage left. Not quite there yet, but getting closer.

What has this got to do with Maple Lake?

Everything.

Hint: Where does a snowbird live in the “off-season?”

 

Summer and Winter in the Haliburton Highlands – Vacation at Maple Lake (PHOTOS) #haliburtonhighlands #maplelake #ontario #canada

Ξ January 28th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, family, Maple Lake Ontario, nature, Ontario, Photography, summertime, United States, weather, winter |

 Making Plans For Maple Lake!

Gorgeous Puppy! Found at: http://gallery.experiencehaliburton.com/?farenhb-gallery=user-submitted-gallery-item-196

Gorgeous Puppy!
Found at: http://gallery.experiencehaliburton.com/?farenhb-gallery=user-submitted-gallery-item-196

Photo Credit

We don’t have to have bone-shaking, brutally cold winter weather  here in the Midwestern United States to start longing for time spent in the Haliburton Highlands area–but it has certainly helped drive the conversations that my spouse and I have each year about when we want to go (NOW), how long we wish to stay (FOREVER), and the things we wish to do during the precious time we have at Maple Lake/in Southern Ontario (EVERYTHING) as well as the things we must do to maintain our little spot on Maple Lake.

The practical way to view things when planning our vacation time in the highlands of Ontario happens during our first trip to our cottage on Maple Lake–the assessment period. We check to see how the property and the cottage itself has fared in our absence. The type of winter and spring that has passed has everything to do with what we discover.

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands January 28-29  2014

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands January -  2014

Weather Forecast Haliburton Highlands January  28-29 2014

Last year, the repeated melting and refreezing of the ice on the lake made a mess of the beachfront and the hill above it. There is a natural amount of weathering–then there is what is above and beyond “normal.” We did pretty well overall in ’13 as Roger put energy into “repurposing” the existing boulders and stones that my grandfather put in long ago as steps down the 20 ft hills from cottage to beach and the bigger rocks that function as support for the hill. He has built in some new bushes and hardy foliage not only directly in front of our cottage but adjacent as well. This is a process that is ongoing and one that I love as he does the hard work and then I stick around to make sure everything stays watered and exposed to the right amount of sunlight. Sometimes, certain flowers just won’t take even when Roger enhances the soil so I’ll dig ’em up, move them, and try to salvage them.

This year, I think he’ll stay up for a solid month. I’d like to go for 2 months, minimum. We may try to see if we can squeeze out another week from his schedule. There is that pesky “work thing” that he has to consider. Since all my work–other than tending to our abode stateside, is done on the computer, how long I stay is really up to me. It was 5-6 weeks last year–my best summer ever at Maple Lake. I’ve got to be honest tho, I get torn leaving our college-age son behind here in the States, though he is quite capable. It’s the mother thing. Never really goes away.

So anyway. There were some unanticipated repairs/work that happened towards the end of our stay last year and the planned repair of the bathroom ceiling (water damage) has now taken on the proportion of a ceiling replacement as the original tile thickness cannot be duplicated. Lots of investigating went into determining this last year before the poop (almost literally) hit the fan.

Not wanting to turn his vacation into a working vacation, besides the yearly outside maintenance, I think we’ll stick to the ceiling replacement and then try to work in lots of time for exploring the Highlands, perhaps at some point taking a weekend down in the city (my first hometown, Toronto). We are still very much in the tossing ideas around stage.

Cheers! Cyn

Haliburton Highlands: experiencehaliburton.com

Haliburton Highlands: experiencehaliburton.com

 

Haliburton Highlands: experiencehaliburton.com

Updated Long-Range and Snow Forecast Maps

Today the “real feel” at Maple Lake Ontario is warmer than here, 25 miles Northwest of Chicago, Illinois!

Warmer at Maple Lake Ontario on  January 28 2014 than near Chicago Illinois! Credit: Accuweather

Warmer at Maple Lake Ontario on January 28 2014 than near Chicago Illinois!
Credit: Accuweather

 

 

Highlands of Ontario Unique Winter Experiences VIDEOS #ontario #highlands #winterfun

Ξ January 5th, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Algonquin Township, Canada, cottage country, Dysart Dudley Harcourt and Others, family, Haliburton, Haliburton Highlands, health/happiness, Maple Lake Ontario, Minden Hills Township, nature, Ontario, Trails, Travel/Vacation, winter |

Earn ultimate bragging rights and experience the most unique winter experiences. Like winter? You’ll  the Highlands of Ontario!

Snowshoeing in Ontario's Highlands CR: Like Winter

Snowshoeing in Ontario’s Highlands CR: LikeWinter.ca

Highlands of Ontario Unique Winter Experiences VIDEO

 

 Highlands of Ontario – Embrace the local culture this winter VIDEO

Experience the authentic and visit the place where the locals know your name.

Cozy Up to Winter in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Escape the everyday and cozy up to winter in Ontario’s Highlands. 

  Highlands of Ontario Cross Country Skiing in VIDEO

Escape to nature by exploring the expansive network of winter trails in Ontario’s Highlands. Enjoy quiet solitude as you trek through the winter forest. Move past tall white pines, charming bridges and a variety of wildlife including birds, rabbits and deer.

Snowshoeing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Strap on a pair of snowshoes and explore Ontario’s Highlands’ backcountry trails. Glide across crunchy, sparkling, deep new snow. Go where others haven’t been. 

Snowmobiling in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Feel your breath escape you as you ride through thousands of kilometres of sledding trails, loops and charming towns along the way. With many twists, bends and turns, you`ll never know what`s hiding around the corner.

Maple Bush and Sleigh Rides in Ontario's Highlands CR: Like Winter

Maple Bush and Sleigh Rides in Ontario’s Highlands CR: LikeWinter.ca

Maple Bush and Sleigh Rides in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Begin your adventure with a cozy, picturesque sleigh ride through hundreds of acres of sugar bush and groomed trails adorned with tall pines, wetlands and beaver houses. Like winter. You’ll love Ontario’s Highlands.

Downhill Skiing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Fly down the slope, experiencing thrill and exhilaration. Bend, turn, twist and carve through the powder-white snow. As you race toward the bottom, with speed and concentration, see the world move past you in a blur through your foggy goggles.

Ice Fishing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Ontario’s Highlands is an ice fishing paradise, with many picturesque locations, diverse accommodations, unique fish only available in our region and frozen lakes to accommodate every skill level. 

 

Ice Climbing in Ontario's Highlands CR: Like Winter

Ice Climbing in Ontario’s Highlands CR: LikeWinter.ca

Ice Climbing in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Ascend a cascade of frozen water and icicles on your journey to the icy summit. You’ll reach cool new heights with your ice climbing experience.

Dog Sledding in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO

Escape into the brisk and beautiful winter wilderness while gliding over snow drifts on a sled drawn by a pack of huskies. It may sound surreal, but this truly Canadian winter adventure is waiting for you in Ontario’s Highlands.

Like Winter? You’ll love Ontario’s Highlands.

Dog Sledding in Ontario's Highlands VIDEO CR: Like Winter

Dog Sledding in Ontario’s Highlands VIDEO CR: LikeWinter.ca

 

Belated Throwback Thursday Snowman PHOTO #throwbackthursday #rexdale #ontario #canada

Ξ January 3rd, 2014 | → 0 Comments | ∇ Canada, Ontario, Photography, winter |

 

Cindy building a snowman in Toronto about 1963 (Photo: MV McCrackan)

Cindy building a snowman in Toronto about 1963 (Photo: MV McCrackan)

Me as a 4-year-old in our front yard building a snowman in Rexdale (Toronto) Canada.
The snow reminds me of the last three days here in Illinois though it looks like things are a bit more under control in my photo from my young, carefree days.
Undoubtedly it is Mom standing inside the living room picture window taking this shot.

 

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