Weekend in Muskoka – Ice Fishing and Arrowhead Skating Trail

Move over Bear Grylls because a new outdoor adventurer is on the scene and that would be Moi!

The Canadian celebrated a milestone birthday over the weekend and so on Friday,  school and work got ditched and we took off for a long weekend away in Muskoka.

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Promises

Yesterday,  I visited the Dentist and after leaving with a very sore mouth I had a hankering for something soft for dinner so we went to Momofuku Noodle Bar for Ramen and Noodles (delicious, if you haven’t been I suggest you do).

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Ice Skating on the worlds longest rink, the Rideau Canal.

 

It was a public holiday in Ontario on Monday so we took advantage of the long weekend and went on a road trip to Ottawa (about 4 1/2 hours from Toronto).

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Brass Monkeys!

I woke up this morning to our first extreme weather warning issued by Environment Canada.   My phone told me it was -18, the dude reporting the weather on TV told me with wind chill it was, in fact, colder.   It was my first real Brass Monkey’s Day.

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The town of Barrie, far from a Barry Crocker!

In Australian Rhyming Slang, a Barry Crocker is known as a shocker and the town of Barrie in Ontario is far from a shocker.

A couple of weekends ago we found ourselves driving North of Toronto in search of snow.  With very little research we looked at the map and decided we would head to a town called Barrie.  We had no idea exactly how long it would take us or what would greet us in Barrie but packed overnight bags just in case.

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Snow in Toronto … at last!

This morning when we woke up it was snowing!!!   Toronto has had a very mild winter this year due to El Nino, and I am told this is a good thing because apparently the last two winters have been brutal.   The plus of the relatively mild temperatures has meant on the downside we haven’t had much snow.     The Canadian thinks I’m totally cray, cray wishing for heaps of snow but then again I don’t have to commute to work and drive on icy, slick roads with the world’s worst Toronto drivers.

The 8-year-old and I bundled up and set out for our walk to school.   It usually takes us 10-15 minutes to walk to school but today’s commute was much slower as we both took in the beauty of the snow falling, trying to catch snowflakes, throwing the odd snowball and kicking up the snow.  It was just magic with the 8-year-old telling me, “Finally! This is what I signed up for when I agreed to move to Canada”

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Our first snowfall.

Yesterday we had our first snowfall (if you could call it that). We were viewing an apartment and out the window it was snowing, 5 minutes later when we walked outside it stopped. Master 8 and I got very excited at the first sign of the white fluffy stuff, the Canadian among us knowing what is ahead not so much. KILLJOY!

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