The first swim of the season, whether wading in on the sandy beach or running dive off the dock, we just can't wait to get back into our favourite lake.
Who wouldn't rather be in a deep sleep at 6:00 am? Those of us who prefer getting up early to welcome the first appearance of daylight over the still lake.
Sun sets are a rare landscape in urban environments, where at the lake, its an inherant spectacle every evening.
We found our good friend Jaimie Cycling one of his favourite loops!
Caught up with him riding thorugh the winding Harburn road tree conopy.
After exploring the 23Km off riding trails at Sir Sam's, Dan rode the trail downhill, traversing Crash and Carry infront of the picturesque Eagle Lake.
What better way to stay fit at the cottage than to hop onto a Paddle board with Holly Bishop for an evening of endurance paddling and swimming, SUP bur-pees, floating yoga, paddling technique and on board squats, sit-ups, pushups and lunges!
Following our hike at the log shoot, we stumbled across this great little shop. We picked up refreshments along with some Woolly Bugger streamers and headed over to the Minden Wild Water Preserve. The Preserve is a natural current canoeing and kayaking slalom facility, best known for hosting the 2015 Pan American Games canoe slalom events, although today we were geared up for bass fly fishing in the pools below the rapids.
The historic chute was originally built in 1861 to carry logs over rough river landscape to the local mill, this chute is the only one of its kind left in Ontario. It was a perfect misty moody day to experience the volume of spring runoff roar through the historic structure.
Out Harvesting for Spring Leeks! Beatrice was very excited about this and as she was running around in the leeks she found a snapping turtle! Dan and Diane where not so excited about Beatrice's (Jack Russel) "new friend". This snapping turtle travels through the forest from Glen lake to Moose lake to lay her eggs (always stopping by a neighbors cottage to say hi), and then back to Glen lake every spring! That's a big hike! To help her out, Mama turtle was given a lift back to Glen lake. The harvested leeks were delicious at dinner with roasted vegetables.
Sugaring off this spring, Diane was on her own when the sap started to really flow. Running from one tree to the other, buckets overflowing, only two jugs to transport the syrup from the trees, dashed to the Eagle Lake Market to buy two more jugs to save the sap! But the madness doesn't end, then its a 7am wake-up call to start the fire under the sugar pan to boil the sap to exactly seven degrees above the boiling point of water, this is an all day venture of keeping an eye on the sap, putting logs on the fire, sterilizing the maple syrup jars and finally pouring the newly made maple syrup into the jars while its still hot! The days are Fun and the pay off at the end is even more so with maple syrup on ice cream for the kids and on the rocks for the adults!
Sir Sam's Ski/Ride annual Spring Splash on Easter long weekend. Spring Skiing, Family Costume contest, Puddle Jump and Après Ski Party in the Chalet!
Sir Sam Ski/Ride resort hosted an International Ski Federation Cross skiing event. Conditions were perfect the competition and recreational skiing of all ages.