Yes, can you believe it?
After my post about yesterday, I just *had* to post about our most fun adventure on Saturday! I had meant to post this first, but got ahead of myself!!! (yeah, I know…called “disorganization”!!!)
If you read my blog, you will see that my main commenter is Jeanne. Jeanne and her husband live not so very far away from the Bristolwood, but they also have a wonderful cottage retreat on Lake Ontario! Jeanne has spent many a summer there and after our little visit there, I can certainly understand why she would ever be reluctant to return home. It is a whole ‘nother world….
Jeanne and Ben invited us to come on up last Saturday. We got up and did some chores and were on our way. As we left here, it was chilly and damp and wet. The skies were (greatly) overcast with nary a streak of blue in sight. As we drove along, I couldn’t help but wonder if we had made a mistake! However….the forecast called for clouds in the morning, then becoming partly sunny. The journey was a three hour jaunt, but we were so excited.
We drove along a rather well-traveled road that was only a short distance from the lake and as we progressed (this was the last 45 minutes or so of the trip there) the sun came out, puffy, fluffy, non-threatening clouds greeted us and accompanied us right up to the cottage. (Which was found seamlessly…thank you so much Google maps and GPS!) The trip was so pretty and when I saw the cottage vista, I could not believe my eyes!!
Jeanne and Ben greeted us and then we went inside, as the air was still pretty chilly. Later on, Jeanne took my on a little scenic tour. Oops…I am getting ahead of myself once again. Out the picture window that overlooks the lake, one can get a view of an island! From the view there, it looks like there is nothing there, but….
Jeanne and I went for a little ride in her car and I was surprised!
There is a bridge (all manmade) that leads to the island.
And once we were on the island, there was an amazing KOA Campground! Wow!!! Can you imagine camping right along the shore of Lake Ontario….on an ISLAND? The campground is a gated community! In order to enter, Jeanne went inside the office (where there is also a store) and had to give pertinent information “for insurance purposes”!
The campground is rather large and believe it or not, one can not only camp there, but they also have a marina!
Hmmm…..not too many boats in those slips! But, we were there after Memorial Day when many people traditionally put away all the summer pleasures and begin looking forward to the fall and winter months.
There were many campers there. The lady at the desk told Jeanne there was an event going on so it was busy. There were campers of every shape and size. The best sites were located on the lake. I guess one can choose from sites with a glorious sunrise or glorious sunset.
I think it would be tough to decide between a sunrise or sunset!
We headed back off the island, but I took a shot at the harbor where Jeanne and Ben’s cottage is located. Look how beautiful everything looks!
Jeanne also took me for a ride around the area where she often drives her scooter. As I said before, it is a whole different world and culture. It was such a beautiful day and I really enjoyed the mini tour! As we drove, we spotted a big bird sitting in a marshy area. I took a photo of the bird, but I am not sure what its identity is. It had a large bill, though.
We went back to the cottage and Mark and Ben were still talking at the table where we had left them. Ben fired up the grill and made delicious sausages and chicken breasts for everyone. He had also made a fabulous Mexican type dish with beans and corn that was so tasty along with potato salad. Everything was so good!
After eating, Ben showed Mark some of his guitar equipment and Mark sent me to the car where he had tucked away his traveler guitar and amp, hoping the two of them might play. And play they did while Jeanne and I visited.
We talked on and on until Mark and I looked at the clock! It was getting late and we had that three hour drive ahead of us! We had also taken Murphy along with us and he spent the day snoozing in the car! I would check on him from time to time, but he is pretty content just knowing we are nearby. It was nice and cool and we left the windows down most of the day, so it was like being outside for the wee Scot!
I realize now that I never took a photo of our generous host and hostess! I am so bad at taking people pictures! But, I did get photos of their sweet little “babies”. They are Bichons and they are so adorable with their fluffy little poofy heads!
This is LadyBug.
And this is Chloe, sleeping away in her little stroller!
Thank you, Jeanne and Ben! We had such a wonderful time visiting! As we left, Ben advised us of the route he follows to go back home. It was so cool as we passed nearby Adams, where we go snowmobiling in the winter! Awesome. Awesome day. Awesome friends. Awesome visit!
I must add….I was about to publish this, when I thought I would comment further. Mark is a trooper about driving and he seems to never tire! When he felt like he was weary, he pulled over at one of the rest areas. I had fallen sound asleep previously and didn’t even notice the stop! When I awakened, I asked Mark where we were and we were only a short distance from home. mark pulled away and off we went once again. As we traveled close to Canandaigua, we saw lights flashing ahead. Two volunteer firemen were diverting traffic along another road. When we drove down the road, I realized we were close to where Ben and Jeanne live! One fireman had told us there had been a terrible accident ahead and thus the diversion.
We learned the following day a young man had gone through a stop sign on a small side road. Another young man ran into his car, spinning it on the main road, where it was hit by yet another car. The young man who ran the stop sign was killed in the accident. These things happen so sporadically…..one just never knows….