Friday, 7 July 2017

Day 11: A Snake Eating a Fish, Why Not?

It was a happily uneventful day at Hotel Lake.  We began our day with coffee and an eagle show. There were four eagles and a host of ravens soaring over Pender Hill on the currents.

A work gang chopped and stacked all of the wood Marianne and Calvin collected over the Easter weekend so the wood shed is nicely stocked again.

Things were spiced up in the afternoon when Jordan popped up with a snake that had a small minnow in its mouth.  Poor snake, he had his meal interrupted. Next, Jordan caught a dragonfly with his fingers followed by a larger, non-dining, snake. Cool!

We were suitably entertained by Brian and Dad in Puffin II, Mark on the windsurfer and a variety of swimmers and floaters.

The day ended with the beaver passing by with a deliciously fresh branch for his home.

The boys were cut off from taking showers at Grandma's everyday after she cleaned the bathroom this morning; however, they did get to occupy the comfy couch to soak up some wifi this evening.

With the province experiencing wildfires at every turn we are not sad about the campfire ban. A hearty game of Harry Potter Clue kept the gamers entertained.

Alexandre got up to pour a refreshing glass of water for himself. . . at 4:20 am. This is my view at that bracing hour.

There are 4 eagles up there . . . somewhere. 

It was a blustery day in camp today. 

Jordan has nimble fingers. 

Snake #2.

We commiserate with Cailtyn who chose to leave her dish-duty for two days. 

Tristan explores the depths.

Micha takes Bailey for a ride.

Mark takes advantage of the brisk winds on the lake.

Renata relaxes in the sun.

Mark switches crafts to try his hand with the windsurfer. This tiny board is not best suited for the lighter winds on the lake. 

Brian tries out the Optimist.  Surprisingly, he does not take on too much water in this position.

Mark and Shawna end the day with a calm float.

Oh, Brian is catching on fast.

Dad's turn for a sail.

Ashton, Dominic and Alexandre walk along the log.

Brian and Renata are checked out by the local pirates.

Time to visit in the late afternoon sun.

The beaver is building his home.

The comfy couch at Grandma's. 

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Day 10: Loons, Turtles and Hospitals, Oh My!

I have been slacking on the blog so the first part is 'catch up day' with photos that I missed downloading.

After our amazing hike up Pender Hill yesterday we relaxed by the lake for the remainder of the afternoon and evening. Mom was experiencing her typical irregular heart beats; however, they were extra irregular coupled with a very high heart rate (130-150 bpm). When this did not correct itself after a few hours Mom, Dad and I drove to St. Mary's in Sechelt to consult the doctors. Mom was admitted overnight and thankfully her ticker was restored to its regular irregularness in the middle of the night after a few different medications were administered. Armed with a whole new set of medications Mom arrived back home the next afternoon.  All is well.

On the Sunshine Coast you never know what you might see. Airplane carcass anyone?

Dominic and Ashton riding in the kid kayak.

Ashton and Dominic. 

This is more like it. Abby and Shaelyn in the kayak, Calvin swimming the windsurfer in and  Alex and Ashton paddling toward Dominic and Bailey on the dock.

Marianne and I relaxing by the log. 

There goes a turtle.

Potluck memories. 

Marianne knows how to live.

Nap time?

Bailey loves to camp.

After a long day trapped in the Gypsy Wagon working (yes, I work) this hit the spot.

The Kennedy's dine on pie filling toasted sandwiches made over the fire. Stuffing a marshmallow in the middle was the perfect touch. 

They won't mind - we are searching for the baby owl that is calling for supper. Success!


Do not let this happy face fool you - this was NOT fun.

Here begins the actual happens of this day. Very few pictures as it was a full day at the 'office' getting summer students off and running in their courses.

Responding to e-mail on your phone and making breakfast did not work out so well for me.

Look who is back!  Mom is home from the hospital and stops by for a short hello.

Yes, those rhythms are 'off'.

I escape the Gypsy Wagon office at 8:30 pm to have some rib dinner with salad as I watch this intense game of Rummoli. 

Wednesday, 5 July 2017

Day 9: Hand In Hand Up Pender Hill

An eagle rests on the log in Hotel Lake for some time.  We are amazed at its beauty.
[Photo credit: Mark Loenen]

Slow and steady as she goes. . . 

There are plenty of natural rest stops along the way. 

Why not accessorize? 

Looking south towards Vancouver Island. Texada Island is prominent along the right-hand side. 

Carrying-on to the Hotel Lake lookout.

The annual Come As You Are Family and Friends photo.  My jump is captured perfectly. Someone has to press the button and run back into the picture. 

A group selfie allows a better view of Hotel Lake (left) and Pender Harbour (left).

Dominic, Ashton and Alexandre.

A well-earned rest in the shade.

Dominic and Micha.

Renata and myself.

The Gypsy Wagon rests below on the edge of Hotel Lake.

They can't get a away if you hug them!

Newly emerging life from beneath the moss at the lower levels.

We spot two deer having a drink as we drive to John Henry's for snacks.