We started our trip to Blue Lake, Ontario, Canada last week with the focus of swimming in the crystal clear lake water and sunning on a beach backed by towering pines. The weather had been hot every day until then, and we were ready to hit that lake! Well, as it sometimes happens, nature didn't care for our plans. Instead of hot mid summer days we received cool early fall weather. We had one lightning and thunder storm overnight and another day of light rain and mist. I didn't pack enough pants so everyone wore the same ones a little too long. Luckily, I DID pack lots of bug repellent. We visited the beach anyway, but the waves were big and the wind was literally bending the pines. Todd and I ran in (him longer than I did) and floated in the waves. What they say is true. It really is clear enough for you to see the sandy bottom when you're out there (at least 5 feet in). I really wish we would have had a full beach day for the kids to enjoy it but I guess it's just a reason for us to return here.
Although the weather wasn't good for swimming and sunning, it was excellent for hiking! We did two 1 km trails. Eve walked as much as she could, and Todd carried her when the terrain was too rough. We have a hiking backpack that we'll bring to our big trip, but it was a short enough hike to do it this way. These trails were gorgeous! We intend to do the 11 km trail together (without kids) next time we visit.
As it turned out, I took so many photos of the flora and fauna, landscapes and the kids that I ended up with over 400 frames. Today I edited them down to 80 for a family slideshow that I hope we'll enjoy watching for years to come. We had a lot of fun at Blue Lake. Here is a selection from our collection of favorites. Enjoy!