Officially Back from Vacation

The Vacation is finally over, and the house is all sorted out. We had a good time up north, and are totally looking forward to our next trip up there.

I’ve decided to leave out the pictures of my family enjoying themselves, so here are some of the random shots I took. I am not ready to expose my children on this blog yet, as really, it has nothing to do with them.

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This Papineau Lake, and the main beach we visited. It is fairly shallow for a good 200 metres(about 2 and 3/4 feet deep), before it starts to depend to about 4 feet for another 100 metres. It then stars going down a foot for every 50 metres. As an adult, I can walk out a good distance.

Due to the level of this lake, the kids really liked playing at this beach, they could practice their swimming and not feel to freaked out by all the water.

My youngest did say that it does look scary, looking out at all the water, and he thinks it is much different that swimming in a pool. He did enjoy being on his floating when the tides came in. Lake Tides aren’t super crazy, but it gave him something different to experience.

The sand here is really clean too. Some of the beaches up there are very rocky, and it is sharp rocks, not smooth. Not at this beach though.

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There are a lot of muscles in the water here, and the kids like to see them move around to eat. They leave trails in the sand. Sometimes we follow them, and find snails instead, haha.

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1000’s of Lake Chub, the kids tried to catch some, but they are super fast. We had some baby catfish that sucked on debris on our toes, which tickled.


This is White Duck Lake, we did the majority of our fishing here.

We caught Green Sunfish, Rock Bass, Yellow Perch, Small-mouth Bass and some sort of Catfish.

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We really love the Library in Maynooth, it has fabulous programs for the young. One day when we went to visit, we found this little guy at the front door. The brick is standard size, so he was like 8cm long, just about, so tiny. I thought it a worm at first, because it had just rained. There must have been some eggs that hatched nearby.

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Can you find it?

That is a juvenile Humming Bird, that was just hanging out, watching us eat super. She would turn her head so she could see us in both eyes. So she was constantly flicking it back and forth. I had never seen a Humming Bird just sit like that, but found out it was common in the birds, before they hit adult stage.

There was 5 females and 3 males, 3 of them were juveniles(2 females and one male). They were having epic aerial battles outside the big windows, which were fun to watch.

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A bit closer of a picture here. The Males had beautiful full red breasts, and this little girl had just a bit along the sides of her neck.

We saw lots of military aircraft from up on top of the mountain, as the view goes forever up there. There are 2 bases nearby, so that was fun for the boys.

It rained a lot of the time we were up there, but that was okay, we went to the library Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. They hosted a different movie every Tuesday, and we saw Ready Player One, which was super good. They had free kids movies every afternoon too.

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The day we had to leave, there was a bunch of Monarch Butterflies resting. Probably about 12 of them on the driveway. It is a cool thing to see them all migrate together. We use to get them at home, they really liked to stop and eat the sap of the Manitoba Maple in our backyard. Use to use it for a rest stop, there would be 100 in the tree at any given time for about 2 weeks in august. Sadly the tree started to die, so it stopped producing the sap they like, so they don’t stop at home anymore.

It was nice to see a Kaleidoscope of Butterflies again(kaleidoscope is what a flock of butterflies is called, beautiful eh?)

I was mildly glad to get home, if only to be able to leave the kids with another adult and have some time to myself. It was the first time I had ever gone on my own somewhere with all 3 of them, and not know anyone, or have someone else with me. I can say, I would never want to be an only parent in an isolated area with no support. I think it would suck, haha.

A bit of a different post, but we are back to our regular beauty posts starting tomorrow!

‘Til Tomorrow

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