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Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

Recently I travelled to Los Cabos, Mexico for my brother’s wedding. What an adventure…a week chock full of sunshine, warm weather, parties, great food and lots of margaritas, shared with a large group of cousins.

Two generations of cousins in fact. Me, two of my brothers, and two of our (many) first cousins with all of our partners, as well as two of my sons and four of their first cousins, and a few partners. Unfortunately, many more were not able to make the trip.

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

Los Cabos Geography

Cabo San Lucas and San Jose del Cabo are collectively known as Los Cabos, (or just Cabo), located on the southern tip of the Baja California Peninsula in Mexico. Cabo sports dramatic views and rock formations of the Sierra de la Laguna mountain range surrounded by the rugged Pacific Ocean to the west and the calmer Sea of Cortez to the east.

Cabo is a popular resort destination for winter vacationers seeking sunshine, warm weather, beaches, and adventure.

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos
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Accommodations

Wedding guests stayed at the adult-only Pacifica site of the Pueblo Bonito resort, the venue for the wedding ceremony and other social activities planned by the bride and groom. It was perfect for the older set of cousins, myself included, but the younger set loved the fact that they could visit the livelier neighbouring Sunset Beach site with a short shuttle ride or cactus-lined walk. Both resorts are located within the gated hillside community of Quivira.

Vacation Condo Rentals

Prior to Covid-19 slowing down the vacation industry globally, my youngest brother purchased two penthouse condos in Cabo. He has since turned that investment into a successful vacation condo rental business for himself in the Quivira community of Cabo, purchasing two houses and more condos, as well as managing many others too.

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

Although we did not stay in any of his rentals, (the wedding and events were at the all-inclusive Pueblo Bonito Pacifica) we did get to visit one of his beautiful houses…

Living locally, this brother (AKA Senor Dave) was able to scout out wedding venues and organize our group excursions outside of the resort. His knowledge of the area and connections within the community were invaluable, much appreciated by the bride and groom as well as their guests.

Be sure to contact Dave at Cabo Condo Vacations for more details, you won’t be disappointed!

Bucket List Golf Course

Also part of the Quivira community is a world-renowned, bucket list (for my sons and other avid golfers) golf course, designed by none other than Jack Nicklaus and featuring spectacular ocean views. Breakfast, lunch or dinner at the golf course clubhouse (but not the golf fees) were also included in the all-inclusive feature of Pueblo Bonito.

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos
two sons, one nephew and one brother

Beaches

Although the portion of the Pacific Ocean that Pueblo Bonito Pacifica is situated on is not swimmer friendly due to dangerous undertow, strong currents, and drop-offs, the sandy shores made for wonderful morning walks, whale spotting, and glorious sunset views. They also have a baby sea turtle releasing event this time of year that some of us were able to experience; look closely to see them crawling towards the ocean in the beach picture with the setting sun…

Cerritos Beach, on the other hand, 45 minutes north of Los Cabos, is a beach-lover, swimmer and surfer paradise, with nothing but pristine beach visible for miles.

Medano Beach, on the Sea of Cortez, is smaller and less pristine than Cerritos, with lots of hotels, restaurants, souvenir vendors, several designated swimming areas and views of visiting cruise ships.

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

Deep Sea Fishing

A highlight for my youngest son on this trip was a deep-sea fishing excursion at sunrise one morning. I’m sure you can guess why by looking at these pictures; that’s a 110-pound sailfish he hauled in! They released it back into the sea; a sailfish is quite a rare catch.

His brother, father, and I (as well as others in our group) did not participate in this adventure as many of us are prone to seasickness. That was our loss, evident in their obvious enjoyment.

Here are a few videos of their fishing adventure, including dolphins and a sea lion following/leading the boat as well as the rookie reeling in the sailfish….

Landmarks

As well as its beautiful beaches, Cabo is also famous for El Arco, the Sea Arch, or Lover’s Rock, a rugged and distinctive landmark at the tip of the peninsula where the Pacific Ocean meets the Sea of Cortez.

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

We experienced an up-close and personal tour of this landmark and other magestic rock formations in a spectacular 90-foot yacht, followed by whale watching and frolicking in the salty, buoyant, surprisingly warm, turquoise waters of the Sea of Cortez.

On our way to Cerritos Beach, we stopped for lunch and shopping in the tiny, rustic town of Todos Santos, home of both the Hotel California and Tequila Sunrise. Contrary to popular opinion and speculation, the (musical group) Eagles have never been there, in fact, a recent lawsuit challenged the use of the famous Hotel California name.

Mexican Culinary Delights

Along with every flavour of margarita imaginable, we sampled lots of delicious food too. Whether you were a seafood lover or abstainer, vegan or carnivore, there were lots of choices, all day and (apparently) all night. Breakfast buffets, (including an over the top Sunday Brunch buffet), poolside snacks, formal dining, and 24-hour room service were included with our all-inclusive accommodations.

I would not consider myself an adventurous eater, but not too picky either, so tried a few new things including sushi (with more than avocado and rice in it), sashimi and ceviche. Of course, I included lots of my favourite Mexican treat, fresh guacamole. The jarred stuff is just not going to cut it now.

Tequila

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

I sipped on my share of margaritas on this trip, as tequila appears to be the alcohol of choice in Mexico with agaves growing in wild abandon. Tequila shots, meant to be downed quickly and not sipped, were not my favourite. My eldest son suggested a low carb, liqueur-less, “skinny” Margarita with a bit of pineapple juice….delicious!

I am no stranger to tequila and the endless variety of cocktails one can create from it, in fact, I concocted my own skinny version last winter when we were just dreaming of a winter vacation.

My brother (the Mexico dwelling one) swears tequila is good for you. According to this information from The Independent he may be right:

Research has found that tequila can help lower your blood sugar. Agavins are the sugars which occur naturally in the agave plant – they are non-digestible which means they act as a dietary fibre and also support growth of healthful microbes in the mouth and intestines.Jul 24, 2018

I do admit I did not suffer any hangovers on this trip and I consumed more alcohol in a week than I normally do in two months. Skinny Margaritas may become my new drink of choice here in Canada. Move over red wine!

Covid Precautions

Eager to welcome travellers back at (what we hope is) the end of the pandemic, all the airlines, airports, transportation services, and resorts we visited were fully Covid compliant. All staff wore masks, we did too when not eating, drinking or outside.

As Canadians, my immediate family members and those of the bride and groom had to obtain an expensive PCR covid test prior to returning to Canada and a rapid antigen test (less expensive) to fly through the USA. I was also randomly selected to submit to an additional PCR test at the Edmonton airport on our return, thankfully not at my expense. All results were negative. As we are all double vaccinated, symptom-free, and our tests all negative, we did not have to quarantine on our return home.

As a sign of the (pandemic) times, the bride and groom included customized face masks in gift bags left in our rooms…

Destination Wedding in Paradise, AKA Los Cabos

along with a bottle of tequila of course!

Romance in the Air!

As well as the romantic, oceanside wedding ceremony, my niece (daughter of the groom) and her boyfriend got engaged in Cabo!

Photo Credit and Acknowledgement

I took very few of the photos within this post, most were taken on better cameras by more talented photographers, shared amongst us on our wedding FB page.

Conclusion

The only downside to this adventure is that we had to come home to cold weather! I for one cannot wait to go back!

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Bananas get a Bad Rap but Deserve Respect

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Even though grocery stores sell more bananas than any other fruit, (my son told me that when working in the produce department of Loblaws years ago) the jury is out on whether they are good for you or not. 

Some people believe their high starch and natural sugar (fructose) content should be avoided when watching your weight.  Others believe their high potassium and fiber levels as well as good protein content are all good for our muscles and energy levels before and after a workout.  The potassium also helps regulate blood pressure levels.

So, who is right?  Both, it just depends on your goals.

Avoid Bananas if Trying to Lose Weight

For example, if I am trying to lose a few pounds I avoid bananas, relying on healthy food choices with less starch and sugar levels. That’s because this sugar and starch cause a rise in insulin levels which in turn results in fat storage.  Not good if you are battling those dreaded love handles or sporting a not-so-flat stomach.  My diet motto however is “moderation is key.”  I believe if you totally restrict things you like, you will tend to crave them more.

The Advantages of Bananas

Bananas are very convenient for providing a quick energy boost and a light snack.  They do not require refrigeration and transport easily.  In fact, I resort to one often when working in my gardens because I can easily peel one without touching the edible portion with my not-so-clean fingers. 

Bananas also provide creaminess in my morning smoothies and make an excellent substitution for unhealthy fats in baked goods.  I also found them effective at reducing morning sickness way back when. But only if almost green, the overripe ones made me gag.

Bananas are also particularly effective after a bout of intestinal spasms and diarrhea experienced when I eat something I am sensitive to.  That is because bananas represent the B in the BRAT diet (with rice, apple sauce, and toast) I learned about when my kids were young.  All bland foods, these four staples were recommended to get their system back to normal after flu symptoms of diarrhea and vomiting.  For the same reason, bananas are reportedly good for curing hangovers.

In my humble opinion, bananas get a bad rap, with the pros far outweighing the cons.  For that reason, there is always a bunch of bananas on my kitchen counter.  Not to mention my grandchildren love them.

Bananas get a Bad Rap but Deserve Respect
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How Stress and Laughter Affect the Immune System

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It has been said that one minute of anger, stress, or anxiety weakens the immune system for four to five hours, while one minute of laughter boosts the immune system for over twenty-four hours.   I’ve read these statements in several different places recently; I believe scientists are on to something.

Recently, when chatting with a dear friend,  I was reminded how anger can cause stress providing inspiration for this post.

How the Immune System Works

Better Health Channel explains the immune system as follows:

  • The immune system is a complex network of cells and proteins that defends the body against infection. 
  • The immune system keeps a record of every germ (microbe) it has ever defeated so it can recognise and destroy the microbe quickly if it enters the body again.
  • Abnormalities of the immune system can lead to allergic diseases, immunodeficiencies and autoimmune disorders.

For those reasons, it is important to keep our immune systems at peak performance.

Why Anger and Stress is Unhealthy

Think about it for a minute.  When something or someone angers you, your blood pressure rises, your heart races, and you get a sick feeling in your stomach.  I know I do.  But did you realize that the sick feeling you get can manifest into something more sinister if it persists?  

The sick feeling resulting from anger or stress spreads throughout the body, wreaking havoc on all organs. It has been scientifically proven that stress has been linked to many health conditions and disease states.

How Stress and Laughter Affect the Immune System
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Why Laughter is Healthy

Conversely, after a good laugh, you feel great and stress or tension is relieved, improving your mood, your outlook, and even your physical appearance!  Check out a previous article listing the specific scientific benefits of laughter.

Laughter is contagious as well, meaning difficult or awkward conversations or situations can be diffused with some levity.

Have you ever noticed that some people giggle or laugh awkwardly when stressed? It may appear that their laughter is insensitive or inappropriate, but alternatively, most likely their way of trying to diffuse the stress or awkwardness. I am one of those non-confrontational people that prefer to diffuse rather than fuel a volatile reaction.

How Stress and Laughter Affect the Immune System
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Replacing Anger and Stress in Your Life

If you find yourself in any situation that evokes prolonged and unresolvable anger, angst, tension, stress, or sadness, move on and let it go before you cause any permanent damage to your health

Personal relationships are trickier to remove yourself from, especially the long-term ones. The process is usually much easier said than done, with lots of complications. Professional counseling, however, will most likely encourage extrication from these relationships and offer detailed steps on how to do so.

The Covid pandemic has resulted in a major increase in mental health issues. Fortunately, awareness of these issues and support for those affected have increased as well. Many governments are now willing to spend money on mental health programs, including online options.

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Now is the Time to Plant Spring Bulbs

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This is a great time to plant bulbs, at least here in Ottawa, for a wonderful harbinger of spring. As long as the ground is not yet frozen, bulbs can be planted.

How to Deter Squirrels from Digging up Your Bulbs

I tend to wait until mid-November so the squirrels don’t raid my bulbs. As well as waiting until as late as possible to plant your bulbs, there are a few other ways to guarantee spring-blooming:

  • use bloodmeal: sprinkle a handful in the hole, over the bulbs. Be sure to wear gloves when using bloodmeal. Bonemeal is a fertilizer that will help them grow, but will not deter rodents.
  • cut squares of chicken wire and place a square in each hole. I plant my bulbs in groups of five, so a one foot square piece of wire is sufficient. It can be purchased in a role at most grocery, DIY stores.
  • banana peels over the bulbs in the hole also works. I have done this in the past with success, crisscrossing the strips of peel over the bulbs like spokes on a wheel.
  • plant alliums, members of the onion family, or daffodils as squirrels don’t like either of these.

I generally order my bulbs from Brecks, this year was no exception. Their prices are reasonable (especially if you buy in bulk as I do) and the variety of bulbs is amazing. I love looking through their catalogs picking and choosing colours, bloom time, height etc. These are the tulip and allium bulbs I chose this year:

How many weeks until spring?

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Lasagna Method Garden Project Ends Gardens4u Season

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This week Gardens4u and the volunteer garden team at Ruddy Shenkman Hospice (RSH) created a wildflower/butterfly garden using the “lasagna method.” This technique is used to smother grass instead of digging it up, saving both our back muscles and the nutrients (nitrogen) within the grass.

What Layers to Use

We used large pieces of cardboard, but you can layer any compostable ingredients, ending with a layer of soil. A warning though: be sure to choose compostable items that will not entice rodents to dig up your garden. We did try newspaper too, especially over the cracks/holes in the cardboard, but it was so windy the lightweight paper was difficult to hold in place. As it was we had to use small stones (you can see some in the pictures) to hold the layers in place.

If time permits (before the snow flies) we hope to add another compostable layer to the “lasagna” over the seeds in the form of mulched leaves. The leaves will also help hold the seeds and bits of newspaper in place.

Plants of Choice for a Butterfly Garden

After the cardboard and soil were layered over the lawn, we sprinkled seeds of tall, flat-flowered, (butterflies love these) and large-flowered, native perennials and self-sowing annuals. I chose various coneflowers, tall phlox, monarda (AKA beebalm), joe pye weed, globe thistles, black-eyed-susans, filipendula, asters, and many others, all harvested from my own or clients’ gardens.

In the spring we plan to supplement the seedlings (if necessary) with plant donations (if you live in my area, contact me when dividing your perennials in the spring) and move some seedlings around for a lush, but informal wildflower look to contrast with the formal beds we have created and tended over the years.

Finishing Touches

Several flagstones were added to create a meandering path through the garden. These stepping stones also enable our garden team to access sections of the garden for maintenance such as watering and weeding.

Finishing touches in the spring will also include tidying up the outer edge of the wildflower/butterfly garden for a neater appearance. I may or may not add shorter perennials to the outer edges. I am still undecided about that call as I do not want to ruin the informal, natural look.

Here are some pictures of the lasagna procedure, in chronological order:

That’s me on the phone, ordering more soil from Lancosa Landscaping who delivered two loads of garden soil on short notice. They also generously donated the second load after learning about this volunteer project at the RSH.

Lasagna Method Garden Project Ends Gardens4u Season

Great work team! Many thanks to those of you who donated your time and muscle power, cardboard, newspapers, and seeds.

Stay tuned for a spring update!

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Fall Craftiness…or Not

After collecting beautifully coloured leaves outside with both my granddaughter and grandson, on two separate occasions, Grandma suggested using them in a craft.

My three year old granddaughter was impressed with our crafty creation, my four year old grandson not so much.

This simple craft involves colourful leaves, wax paper, and a hot iron. The leaves get sandwiched between two pieces of waxed paper, wax side inside the sandwich. The hot iron makes the wax paper pieces melt together, kind of like a grilled cheese sandwich, an analogy my granddaughter came up with.

Fall Craftiness...or Not

He was adamant that I dismantle his craft, so the leaves were loose again.

Fall Craftiness...or Not

My granddaughter took her craft home intact, my grandson took his leaves home loose. To each his/her own!

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Overwintering Annuals, Take Two

A few years ago, I shared my plan to overwinter some frost-tender tropical plants from my outdoor collection. I was not successful with the bougainvillea featured in that post, but I’ve learned a lot since then, mainly from a group of experts on Facebook.

Washing Roots

It is advised (by said experts mentioned above) to shake the outside dirt off of the roots and then to give them a good rinse with a strong jet of water from your hose before bringing the plant inside. This practice loosens the root ball so the roots can stretch out in their new location.

This works especially well on houseplants that need to be repotted to larger pots too. When examining the roots of tender annuals and houseplants, remove any rotted or dead roots.

Prevent Bugs From Overwintering in Your House Too

The last thing you want to welcome into your home for the winter is bugs. Adult bugs and their eggs will come in if you do not treat the plants, soil, and roots that you bring in. I don’t mind the tiny (the size of fruit flies) buggers flying around, but my husband and grandchildren hate them.

There are several ways to eliminate both the adults and eggs. Insecticidal soap or a solution of hydrogen peroxide works well on the plants and soil. Sticky traps will catch adults preventing them from laying any more eggs. These sticky traps also work well on fruit flies.

Tropicals I’m Attempting to Overwinter this Season

This fall I pulled up three tropical plants that I used as the thrillers in containers.

I find it frustrating (and sad) that these beautiful plants are just achieving that mature, settled-in look when frost ruins them in our zone 4 to 5 gardens. This year I decided to remove the thrillers, rinse their roots with water as advised above, spray them several times with insecticidal soap, then bring them inside.

My biggest challenge was finding sunny spots for them to overwinter. My south and east-facing windows were already houseplant-loaded. It took a bit of shuffling to find spots for three (more) large plants.

Hopefully, they survive until I can reuse them in the spring.

Taking Cuttings

I also took more cuttings from fully mature annuals this fall. Like the tropical “thrillers” in the center of my containers, the fillers and spillers were gorgeous this year too. Especially the coleus, which continues to be my favourite annual for containers in shady spots.

They are all set up in perlite on my basement counter; as soon as roots form I will pot the baby plants up so I have a collection to use in spring. For those of you not familiar with perlite, it is a form of volcanic glass with a high water content, used to propagate plants without soil.

Digging up Dahlia Tubers

Another new thing I am trying this year is digging up the dahlia bulbs I planted in the spring. I have always admired dahlias in everyone else’s gardens, so decided to try them myself this year. My granddaughters loved the various colours and shapes that bloomed right up until this past week when our first frost descended on us..

I followed the same guideline with the dahlia tubers as I did for the roots of the other annuals I am overwintering. Digging up and rinsing well with a hose. The difference here is that I had to leave these lying in a single layer on the floor of my garage to dry before storing them in a box in a cool, dark spot.

Overwintering Annuals, Take Two
dahlia tubers

All of my overwintering preparations are complete, now I just have to wait until spring to see how successful I have been. Have you had any success with overwintering frost tender plants?

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Fix and Prevent Mixed Messages to Your Nervous System

This simple anology comes from a recent newsletter from Hazeldean Family Chiropractic Clinic:

How Does the Nervous System Work?

The nervous system-the brain, spinal cord, and nerves-connects every part of the body into one vast communication highway. The nerves communicate with each other via chemical and electrical messages. These messages, which are passed along between the brain, spinal cord, nerves, and the rest of the body, keep everything connected, coordinated, and optimized on both a cellular and a body level. This includes basic cell and organ function as well as higher-level brain function such as thinking, learning, and memory.

The health of our nervous system impacts the way our body functions. Factors that can affect nerve health include chronic inflammation, spinal misalignment, injury, and poor mental health.

Telephone Game

As a kid, did you ever play the game called “Telephone” where a bunch of kids sat in a circle with one whispering a message into their neighbour’s ear, who in turn passed the message onto the next person in the circle and so on? The last person to receive the message would then communicate what they heard- usually a version which did not in the least resemble the original message!

When the delicate communication highway in the nervous system is compromised, it can quickly turn into a game of telephone, with less amusing results. Messages become delayed, crossed, and totally misinterpreted, and the body falls into a state of dysfunction.

Chiropractic Care Can Fix and Prevent Mixed Messages

To prevent these mixed messages from happening, it is vital to keep the lines of communication within our nervous systems open and as unencumbered as possible. Regular chiropractic adjustments help to correct spinal misalignment, ensuring that every part of our body receives the correct messages to function optimally.

Fix and Prevent Mixed Messages to Your Nervous System
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Hot Soup For Cold Days

There is nothing like a hot bowl of soup on a cold day. One of my favourite activities in fall is making homemade soup. I call it leftover soup because I use up all the broth and bones taking up space in my freezer as well as any leftover vegetables in my fridge. Homemade is also much more nutritious and tasty than store-bought soups.

How to Create Your Own Broth

I love to make my own broth, mainly because store-bought broth is laden with salt and other ingredients I cannot or don’t care to pronounce or put in my body. I use this homemade broth by the spoonful in sauces or larger amounts in soups and stews.

Every time I roast meat, whether turkey, chicken, pork or beef, I save the pan drippings in a bucket that is stored in my freezer. All the drippings go into the same bucket until its full and I need to start a new bucket. Each addition freezes in a separate layer with the fat rising to the top of each layer. When you remove the broth for use, the fat is easy to scrape off for discarding.

I also add the nutrient-packed liquid left at the bottom of the dish after steaming vegetables to my broth buckets. Another trick is to freeze the tough broccoli stalks you trim off the heads to prepare for meals. Freeze them in another bag.

Storing Bones

Bones from roasted meat are also easily stored in the freezer for later use in soups, simply put them in a sealable plastic bag, squish the air out, and freeze. Turkey legs end up in a freezer bag as no one in my household likes to eat them when they are freshly roasted. These legs have lots of meat on them too, which falls off the bones as you simmer them on soup making day.

I only freeze large bones, as the smaller ones are difficult to get all the tiny bones separated from the meat. The larger leg bones are easily retrieved after simmering.

Leftovers in Soup

Leftovers taking up space in your fridge are also great in soups. The remainder of last night’s broccoli, mushrooms, corn, rice, pasta or quinoa all add bulk to your soups. If you are not making soup within a few days of preparing these leftovers, add them to the collection in your freezer.

Harvested Vegetables

If you grow your own vegetables, as many decided to do during the pandemic, you can freeze any you harvest for later use. I don’t grow that many that I cannot eat as I harvest, but I know those that do! On a recent trip to my favourite farm, my aunt sent me home with lots of tomatoes and instructions on how to roast them with garlic. After following her instructions, I gave several buckets away, but ended up with some in my freezer too.

Conclusion

By now you can probably see why I enjoy making soup in the fall. Not only do I end up with a delicious and nutritious meal but my freezer gets cleaned out too!

What do you put in your homemade soups?

Hot Soup For Cold Days
turkey quinoa soup
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Mud Lake and Ottawa River Adventures

A few months into the pandemic, when I was searching for outdoor activities to share with my grandchildren, a friend told me about Mud Lake.

My (now) four-and-a-half-year-old grandson and I have since become regular visitors to this nature lover’s paradise in the middle of Ottawa. With so much to do and see there, our visits never disappoint.

Mud Lake and Ottawa River Adventures

We are both nature lovers, preferring to spend as much time as possible in the great outdoors on “adventures” as he calls them. The picture of the geese approaching us like a parade was taken on our very first visit to Mud Lake, it felt much like a welcoming committee! The next visit we discovered the river side.

On the stinking hot days we spent most of our time on the shady “river side.” It was absolutely beautiful there with a cool breeze off the Ottawa river. On the cooler days we would wander the trails that circle around Mud Lake, a swampy, more of a large pond than a lake, looking for critters of all kinds.

My grandson categorizes the sides by what we saw where. The crayfish were in the pools of water (much like tide pools) created by the low water levels, a result of the extreme drought we had been experiencing. The baby milk snake was discovered on that side too, and the Eastern screech owl was spotted napping in a tree along the road that divides the river side from the pond side. We just happened to park in front of his roost one day. The family of wild turkeys followed us around the trails at Mud Lake a few times.

More recently we have received lots of rain; the water levels are much higher and the water much faster, so Grandma has to continually warn him not to get too close to the water’s edge. The rocks he loved to hop on and examine (flip over) are totally submerged now. You can identify these pics by the changing colour in the leaves on the trees.

These pictures are just a few of my favourites, from both sides:

Now that junior kindergarten is this grandson’s top priority, our visits are limited to after school hours before the sun goes down. The weather is changing too but there is still lots to see around Mud Lake in the fall and winter.