Saturday, August 18/18- Thursday night I worked late, Friday after work I had an auction at the church. Saturday we spent the day packing to go camping. Sugarplum had a soccer tournament. M and kids came about 2. Wins friend had said he would lend her his trailer but when they went to look at it yesterday, it didn’t have any sides! So that was no good! So we had to take #2 Sons. But when Hubby put the ball on Wins new van, it was too close to the bumper so M and ?Hubby went to Princess Auto and got a different one. Hubby hooked it up and M figured out the canoe and kayak. E have to leave the big kayak at home, we just can’t get it on. We had pizza for supper and then when we put the canoe on, there was nowhere to tie the front to except the plastic bumper. Ugh! We decided it was okay without it. We were exhausted and ?Hubby will be so glad to see us go tomorrow morning!!
Sunday August 19/18 – Algonquin Park
We were away by 5:20 am! Pretty good! We stopped for breakfast at a Tim Hortons just before Barrie. We arrived at Algonquin about 10:30. They had 2 lakefront campsites available so we drove around and decided they would take #76. We booked it but can’t get into it u til 2pm. We would t have got it though if we hadn’t arrived before 11. We drove to the other electrical campground and found B, C and J. After driving around a few times checking g to see if the people were out yet, they decided to u load the canoe and kayak on the beach and sit where they. Luke see when they left, I stayed with BC and J. We had some lunch, then went to the beach for a swim and to sit in the sun. I cooked hotdogs and J made kale salad for supper. Lemon blueberry loaf for dessert. After looking for Cs car keys for about an hour, and then my IPhone ugh! We walked down to Win and Ms site. It is nice, had a fire going. We walked back and went to bed early.
Monday, Aug. 20-Rock Lake, Algonquin Park
We got up about 8. It was foggy at first but then cleared up. We had breakfast and sat around talking until 11:30. We packed a lunch to take to the beach but it was really windy down at the beach. We swam and then came back to the campsite. We were all sitting quietly reading when Win and girls paddled over in the canoe for a visit. We had rice, zucchini, corn and tinned roast beef for supper.
Tuesday, Aug. 21 – Rock Lake
it was dull and cloudy when we got up. We had breakfast, drove around to see what Win was doing but they weren’t there. We went to the visitor centre, saw a little movie and then went to the Art Gallery. By now it was raining. We thought we would see Win but they weren’t there. We returned to the campsite and had cream of asparagus soup for lunch (except Min who can’t eat anything hot). We read and dozed all afternoon as it was pouring rain. We had chilli for supper and then drove around to check on Wins group.
Wed. Aug 22 – Algonquin
It rained most of the night but it had stopped raining this morning and it is windy. We went on the easy Railroad trail, came back and had lunch.
I decided to go to the Fungi Amongst Us talk at the Art Centre so I drove Janet’s car there, A tree had fallen on a hydro line so the hydro was put from there to Huntsville. The ranger, Basil, said he had been in the agazebo behind the staff house and decided to go to bed about .12:30 and he just happened to,shine his light around and there were 4 moose lying down in the grass, 2 Mother’s and 2 babies. He had walked about 5 feet away from them and they didn’t move. He just saw the shine of their eyes. Moose get upset stomachs when it rains maybe because of the change in air pressure so they always lie down.
The fungus walk proceeded on a trail that isn’t public behind the art centre. It was quite rugged. Basil told us there are 1000 species of fungi in Algonquin, 10,000 in Ontario and 4 million in the world. He told us about the Destroying Angel mushroom that is deadly poisonous. It is tall and white with a flat white cap a d a basket at the root. If you eat a quarter of one cap, you will get sick, then feel a bit better but 24 hours later you will be dead. There is no antedote, no cure. The Risouli mushroom is concave reddish on top and is eaten by animals, squirrels etc. The Antimini? Mushrooms are either yellow or red with white spots are poisonous but not to animals. The red varnish fungi growing out of dead hemlock trees feeds a certain type of beetle. It grows that large in one season and will die and grow again the next year. The mycelium are a big root system underneath the bark. Ghost pipes aren’t fungi they’re plants with no chlorophyll. After about an hour, Basil said we could either continue on around the lake or go back the way we came. However, the trail disappears if you continue on, just keep going left around the lake, and you will come out on the highway and go left back to the art centre. I carried on but the trail did disappear at one point and I was by myself! I didn’t know which way to go somwaited for the group behind me to catch up and we figured it out. When I got back Min, Cindy and Jan were just leaving for a canoe ride. I sat and had a rest and then we made omelet and fried potatoes for supper. Bev And I went to Wins campsite After supper and sang songs around the campfire. The kids enjoy this so much especially Puddin and Sugarplum.
Thursday, Aug. 23 – Whitefish Lake
I went down to the beach at 9 and Win was already there, exchanging there big unruly canoe for a smaller one. It was a nice sunny day again so we all decided to go out in the canoes, travelling down the little river to Whitefish Lake. We stopped on a little beach and had something to eat, then paddled to the other side where there were some big rocks. Mike was feeling uncomfortable in the rented canoe, he felt it was tippy but he is used to a kayak and he can’t kneel because he has bad knees. We all paddled back to Rock lake and went swimming. Mike and his kids paddled our yellow canoe back to heir campsite and Win drove her and the girls back.
We had spaghetti for supper, the pasta was gluten free but was very good. The. We all went to Wins campsite and sang around the campfire. The kids love the bear song, Down by the Bay song and the Spectacle song. After we were in bed, the ranger came and told us she was glad to see we were back as we had parked at the Booth trail parking and not put our camping receipt on the dash.
Friday, Aug. 24- Logging Exhibit, Algonquin
We got up and had breakfast and drove to the logging exhibit hike where we met Win etc. We all watched an interesting film and then the screen rose and we walked out to the trail. It had lots of interactive and fun things for kids to climb on. It was a really nice trail. Janet and I had Win take a picture of us next to a 1953 International logging truck, the same age as us. There was a nice steam engine for them to climb on too. He 4 of us carried on into Whitney to buy some bread and look in the gift shop.
Win and crew drove back to their campsite as they had to leave about 3 to drive Puddin and Sugarplum to Huntsville where A was picking them up because he wouldn’t agree time extend the hand off for 2 days or trade 2 days. Kim was very upset about them having to go, we all were. He doesn’t think about what is best for the girls, just what he wants.
We sat and read in the sun after getting back to the campsite and then Min, Jan and I went for a swim. We saw an Immature bald eagle flying over the lake. We had Mac and cheese and tomatoes for supper. Win and M and his kids canoed over and came by to say hello. A had arrived in Huntsville early but they told him they were having supper and made him wait as the agreed upon time was 6pm.
Sat. Aug. 25/18- Rock Lake
We slept in a bit today. Min and I went out for a canoe ride over to the petroglyphs on Rock Lake. We found them and then paddled back. It was spitting a bit. We had cream of asparagus soup for lunch and it started to thunder and rain a lot. We had planned to go on the Beaver Pond hike. We sat and read while it rained. Win and M stopped by and we all decided to go the Opeongo store and got ice cream cones. We had pancakes for supper
Sunday, Aug 26 – Home
We got up and everything was wet as it had rained during the night. Ugh! We were all packed and left by 11:30. We made one stop at a special burger place off the highway for lunch and got home about 5:30. The traffic was good. Win and I have tomorrow off but M has to go to work.