We got the tents set up, one for us and one for the kids. We made supper over the campfire, salmon for the vegetarians and burgers for the rest of us. Followed by smores for the kids. None for me thanks! Smores are made by melting marshmallows over the fire on the end of a stick then placing it between two graham crackers with a piece of chocolate. The whole lots is all gooey and melty, but apparently quite delicious. After my busy week, I was pretty pooped out, so headed into my tent by 1opm and fell promptly asleep.
The dog loved romping through the water and fetching sticks. It was so warm and sunny on the beach and out in the open. The woods and the campsites were cooler though due to the dense shade. Once he was back at camp, poor little Binny would start to shiver. So the kids bundled him up in towels and blankets and sat him on a chair by the fire. What a spoiled pup he is. These kids treat him like a toddler. Lucky for us though, they had the dog in the tent with them at night and they got to enjoy the noxious vapours that only dogs seem capable of producing!
In the morning, we went down to the lake, accessed by a short trail through the woods. It seems short when you just walk down there but when you are hauling a huge canoe, it felt like a couple of miles! The water was so still and quiet. I just had to take a little video to share the beauty of this place with you, I wanted to be able to show it off! Yes! Even amidst the solitude of Allouette Lake, I was thinking of you guys! Heidi was up in the front, and Keith paddled from the rear, while Steph and I got to lounge in the center like ladies of leisure trailing our fingertips in the cool water. Very nice. After we got back to the beach, Keith and I got out and the girls went off canoeing on their own. They found a secluded spot and went skinny dipping! Cheeky girls!
I am trying to upload a video I made of our canoe ride, its taking forever, I hope it works, I took it with you guys in mind. I just wanted to share the beauty and stillness of this place with everyone. It worked! See the VIDEO at the end of this post!
While we were out on the water, the boys went off hiking in the woods, for hours. They are both get such great enjoyment out of being in the forests. They love their solitude and the peace of this place. They hiked all day and did'nt see one other person out there. Kind of scarey to me, to think how hard it would be to locate them if they got lost! They seem to have little built in compasses though.
By supper time they were all starving. By the time they all got back to camp, I had a nice dinner ready for them. Potoatoes, carrots and onions, sprinkled with garlic, dried red chilly peppers and oregano, wrapped in foil and cooked on the fire. Salmon and smokies as well. They gobbled that down in a hurry.
After supper we sat around the fire, chatting, my favorite part of camping. Late night snacks of frozen pizza, folded in half and cooked over the fire. Thats David's speciality! I am so grateful to have teenagers who still enjoy time with family. It was a wonderful couple of days. Andrew will be twenty soon, I wonder how many more trips away like this there will be. Won't be long and it will be just hubby and me and the kids will be off doing their own things.