Returned from Canada on Sunday. It was the most glorious week. First time I ever went there alone and did wonder if it would be lonely or scary — many of the cabins are actually closed for the summer and the nearest neighbors are pretty far away. But it wasn’t — and I wasn’t, though the cabin makes sounds at night.
Day 1: Awoke to thunderstorms — wonderful! Built a fire, watched the storm from the front porch. Took a hot bath — really nice b/c there’s always a nice breeze coming in the window, just above the tub. Listened to CBC, read a bit, drove to St. Joe’s Island to see if there’d been any changes in the last year.
Day 2 through 8: Each day, I’d wake up and go outside around 6:30 to see what I could see, including beaver, mink, osprey, loons, hummingbirds, chipmunks — it’s teeming with life up there. The beaver and mink were a surprise — hadn’t seen any for years. The loons, too, have made a comeback. After watching the water and woods for a while, I’d build a fire — lovely stone fireplace — and fix breakfast. Then I’d turn on the CBC (like BBC only Canadian) take a bath and get dressed for kayaking, which I’d do for 4-5 hours. One trip was about 90 minutes away to a cabin designed by Frank Lloyd Wright. The other trips were to islands and just around to look at the cabins. I love to do that b/c they’re so cool. On one trip, there were 3 loons that popped up near my kayak. They kept diving to try to get away but were going in the same direction I was. They finally stopped and let me look at them through binoculars. Then they got within about 5 ft. of me, unbelievable b/c they’re the most amazing birds: stark white and black with reddish eyes. When they started calling, which means they’re scared, I paddled away.
Back at the cabin, I’d listen to music, take a nap, read or write in my little nature journal. And I have to tell you my plan to read was waylaid, or at least adjusted! I took 18 books with me — and read none of them! I got hungry for Canadian writing — probably from listening to the CBC that first morning — so purchased books from a used bookstore on St. Joe’s Island. Decided to make a library of just Canadian authors.
So, that was my week — watching, observing, bathing, reading, kayaking, enjoying, listening to CBC and music. Also went to a sweet farmer’s market in Desbarats put on by the Mennonite community there.
It’s so beautiful up there. My favorite place.