Thursday, October 27, 2016

Summer Recap: Part 1

I seem to take a break from blogging during the summer and this year has been no exception. Life was too spontaneous, full and unscheduled to find time to sit down and blog on a regular basis. Now that summer is firmly behind us, Hello Fall!!! I thought I would take some time share some photos from our summer. While we made many great memories this summer, I think my favorite was our trip to Camp Ferrier with the Vage family.

Other than the mosquitoes, which were vicious and unrelenting, it was blissful. The children ran free and explored to their heart's content, while us adults, visited, ate chummis and suntanned. We could not have asked for better weather.

Our voyage to Ferrier was a bit rough. Heidi and I smiled bravely whenever the children looked at us with concern, even though I we were feeling a bit nervous too. I love this photo of Steiner navigating the high seas. He did a great job getting us there safely.

Oh the sweet relief of relief of arriving at our destination.  One boat, six children, four adults and a ridiculous amount of gear. We had to dump most of our fresh water just to get our boat to plane. I was so nauseous by the time we arrived at Ferrier I nearly kissed the sand.

This is the rustic cabin that we called home for several nights.

And this was the spectacular view from inside...

I loved watching our children explore, bond, play, giggle, and run themselves ragged in the great outdoors.

I found the jagged pieces of this wreck captivating.

The boys set up an outdoor somewhat "private" outdoor shower area for us. It was just what we needed by the third day.

A perfect spot to journal in the morning.

While we were there we saw bear tracks, cougar tracks and wolf tracks. Pretty awesome and terrifying.

We took a hike up to the old military base and the children had a blast on the zipline.

One afternoon we hiked to another beach and just spent the day collecting shells, burying each other in the sand and sun tanning.

Packing up for the boat ride home.

The boys carried the small humans to the boat when it was time to bid Ferrier goodbye.

On our way home from we stopped at a place called Peggy's Cove. I had been there once before with a workgroup as a teenager so it was neat to go back and see how much it had changed.

WE arrived just in time to enjoy the MOST delicious blackberry upside down cake and peanut butter cookies.

While we were sitting outside on a picnic table I got to see a humpback whale breach TWO TIMES.  I just might have screamed with joy!

Back in Esperanza the boys took turns hauling all our camping gear and remaining groceries to Heidi and Steinar's home.

What an incredible adventure. Hopefully we can do it all again next year!

Pumpkin Patch 2016

We finally got a chance to visit the pumpkin patch the other day and it was muddy and glorious!!!  At one point the sun even made a brief appearance.

Levi was enthralled with the collection of broken tractors along the path.

I LOVED all the dahlias!!!!

Sweetest little fox face.

Watching parents attempt to retrieve their children from the mud in the pumpkin patch was entertaining to say the least.

The corn maze was virtually impassable, but we attempted a small section of trail nevertheless.  It was SCARY! I nearly fell in with Levi in my arms and the girls almost lost their boots. We all thought it was hilarious!

I had hoped to pick up a pumpkin called the Queensland Blue but apparently they were popular this year because they didn't have any left. The vendor recommended  one called the Long Island Cheese and I am happy I got it because it was delicious!!!!