A Weekend Up North

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This past weekend, we visited Nash’s hometown in Northern Ontario, Espanola.

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I poked around at his old room and trophies.

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And adorable paintings!

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His father built a stage in their giant backyard and had a party where people performed.

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Nash too!

It was a little bit rainy this weekend but we went out when we could to climb the mountain in the backyard and visit the lake.

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It’s relaxing to be out of the busy city every once in a while.

Cottage Adventures

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I spent the long weekend at my uncle’s cottage near Haliburton. There was little cellphone signal so I was unplugged for most of the trip. It allowed me to relax and appreciate my surroundings.
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On Saturday we set off belated Canada’s Day fireworks. I’d never done them before and it was funny to get a lot of “that’s it?!” reactions as we lit each fuse. Now I can appreciate those giant displays that the city puts on.

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Teddy made the trip with us and I spent some time with him watching sunsets.

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IMG_6283Nash came along for the trip too.

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After some rain there was a beautiful rainbow in the distance.

I also tried canoeing for the first time. However, when I tried it was windy and we tipped over the boat. Thank goodness for life jackets because I can’t swim! I also happened to be wearing my Apple Watch but it survived the few minutes in water. Weirdly, so did Nash’s LG G3. I guess our devices are a lot stronger than advertised.

I avoided canoeing the rest of the time and took some photos of the others doing it instead!

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Teddy was always curious what people were doing on water.

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Here are some more various photos of Teddy and nature:

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It was a fun and relaxing long weekend!

Unplugged For A Day

With a view like this. Who needs the internet?

As my previous post mentioned, I went to my uncle’s cottage last weekend. It was 3-4 hours up north, and a boat ride across the lake. I was surrounded by nature and 3G was sparse.

I previously wrote a post, Could You Give Up the Internet for $50 million? where I admitted that I could not give it up. However this weekend unplugged for a day I learned that I was able to (at least for a day). I also realized that there were benefits to it. It was stress-relieving. I didn’t need to constantly check my e-mail, think of what to tweet or give a damn about what my friends were posting on Facebook. I didn’t even have the urge to instagram photos of our BBQ’d food.

Instead I taught Teddy how to swim, went hiking and took some breath taking photos of my surroundings. The only time I did use my 3G was to download Sky Map, an app that names all the constellations in the night sky.

Though I will probably not quit social media or the internet, sometimes I wonder how much of the real world we’re missing as we sit in front of blinking screens.

It’s a big and beautiful world out there.
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Photoset: Teddy Learns to Swim

This weekend we went to my uncle’s cottage. Teddy’s afraid of water but we threw him in anyways and apparently he swims. Here are some photos.


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You can also follow Teddy’s adventures at teddydoggy.tumblr.com.