Hello! It feels great to be back. This may sound cheesy but my heart is truly filled with great memories. We had some long days on the road. About 14 hours of driving each way - and two of those hours are on a very bumpy logging road.
We had 4 great days of fishing. Breakfast at 7am and then straight out onto the lake until a break for lunch and then back out until dinner each day at 6:30pm. Full days spent on the lake. I went with my son Cy who is 8 and my parents. My husband who also loves to fish but couldn't take the week off work and our younger son Arlo stayed home.
I may have mentioned this before - I grew up in a "fishing family." When I was 1 year old - my parents packed up their Winnebago and set off for a month in Ontario. Mostly fishing. My dad and his brother have spent countless days in the Canadian wilderness. Quetico. Woodland Caribou. Backcountry for weeks. Fly-in's, paddle-in, drive-in's, etc. My dad is retired now and spends about 4 weeks up in Ontario fishing each summer. A lot of times my mom goes too. When I was growing up, I went on a lot of trips with my dad.
It meant so much to me to go back up with my parents and show my son the beauty of the Canadian wilderness. So fresh. So clean. Pure. And visceral... putting squirmy worms on hooks, grabbing slimy thrashing walleyes to pull a hook out, eating something you just caught.
These experiences were great for teaching my son about what the earth provides for us and how we need to respect that.
We were very careful with our fish. We used hooks that reduced any impact to them. We released them back into the lakes - with the exception of the few that we kept to eat. And our lunches of fresh fish were absolutely amazing! The most delicious fish you could ask for.
Cy grew attached to the three dogs that live at the resort. After he ate, he'd run outside and they'd follow him around like he was the Pied Piper.
We had so many great laughs on this trip. The mood in the boat was so jovial and we were almost always in high spirits. That's my most treasured part of the trip: the plentiful laughs and smiles.
Ontario is truly stunning... Wild and free. I will be dreaming of it for a long time to come!