Category Archives: Family and Friends

Pictures and stories of our dear family and friends

Camping with the kids….

We decided to take advantage of a “free” weekend at a Thousand Trails Campground – it’s a private campground system that you buy into and then can camp for free at their facilities. In exchange for the “free” weekend, we listened to the sales pitch and had an extensive tour of the campgrounds. Toby, Tammy and Ellie joined us for the camping experience – and it was very delightful. The weather was picture perfect – enabling us to have a great time outdoors along with us being able to be outside while Ellie napped. We did a little swimming, a little boating and a lot of visiting! It’s been a while since we’ve had a nice long visit with the kids! Ellie is getting so big, and is so smart and is so cute….am I a Gramma or what! Baby number two arrives in November – it will be a big change for all. It will be a big blessing too! The sales pitch wasn’t too painful, we said our polite “no”, and went on our way. The camping was good practice for our big family camping event scheduled for early February 2005.
We also accomplished a couple of chores, visited with friend Jen, and just plain had a grand time all around.
Check out the Family Picture page for some photos of our time together….

Georgian Bay

Georgian Bay was amazing. While I know we only touched a small portion of the bay, I do believe that the area we were in was indicative of the Bay as a whole. We drove two hours north of Toronto, parked the car and then took a ½ hour boat ride out to Bill and Susan’s island cottage. Here is just a sampling of the shots I took. The days were bright and sunny, but even in the early morning mist the beauty of the islands shone through.
The view from the porch……

From the other side of their island – looking more into the Bay

Another cottage we visited, tucked in the rocks on the left.

“Just” some other incredible views….

Canadian Family

I have been terribly remiss in taking pictures of family and friends as we have proceeded on our adventure. How I wish I had taken some shots of my Canadian family – my Dad’s widow, Jo Dwinell and her three children. While we were in Canada they included us in an engagement party and opened their Georgian Bay cottage (see my travel pictures for photos of that area).
I got a shot of Jo, Gary and I, but other than that the best I had in my stash of photos was a group of heads swimming in Georgian Bay. So….
Here are the three of us sitting in Lizzie…

And here are those heads…..