I threw my backpack and my camera bag in the back of Maddy’s red jeep. It was the middle of June, and I was itching to head north. I was challenged to be the official Muskoka photographer for the Monday – Wednesday (no weekends off for me!) we would be in Mactier. I was going to make a little photo documentary of our trip and though I was excited about the possibility I only half charged one battery. Where I was headed electricity just doesn’t go.
I didn’t deliberately forget. I just was looking forward to getting away and enjoying some true Canadian wilderness. Mactier and Maddy’s cottage may be my favourite place in Ontario. Though Georgian Bay, and Lake Muskoka come a close second the seclusion of her cottage and the off roading, and effort that takes to get there adds to the charm.
This mid-week retreat brought us up close and personal with Ontario’s wildlife. We saw three different snakes, (heard one rattler), a salamander, a few loons and a BEAVER! The only thing missing was a moose. I was secretly hoping one wouldn’t show because I would have kicked myself for weeks for not bringing a fully charged battery.
It was a windy few days of scrabble, campfire cooking, and fishing. We concocted an antennae for a battery powered radio in order to tune into CBC radio’s jazz night. The only station with a hope of hearing clearly. I wrote in my journal, read a little bit and did exactly what you are supposed to do in Muskoka. Relax.
I swear there is no better way to spend a Tuesday in June.
The weather was a bit nicer last year so if you are at all interested in seeing last year’s post on Maddy’s cottage there are a few more pictures over here.