Thursday, August 15, 2013

Camping at Grundy Lake

Back in July, Hubby and I took the girls on our second camping trip of the season, to Grundy Lake Provincial Park, an hour north of Parry Sound.  We had never been there before so we were excited to experience a new park.  We loved it!  It's a beautiful park, with many small lakes, each with their own little sandy beach.  We stayed on Gurd Lake, at Hemlock Campground. I think we had one of the best sites in the entire park (118).  The lake was directly across from us, with Picnic Island sitting in the middle of it.  It was such a lovely view, especially in the evening as the sun was setting.  We were also lucky enough to be camping during a full moon, which we had the perfect view of every night as it sat low above the lake.  It was stunning.

  

The campsite was such a fun place for the girls to explore!  There were endless tree roots and big rocks and hills to climb all over.  They didn't need much other entertaining than that!

Of course, it brought them such delight when they discovered they could sit "baby" on the edge of the canoe!


Just two minutes away from our site was a little sandy beach where the girls could swim and play.  The sand was nice and soft and the water was pretty clear.  There was a floating dock, which the girls loved to swim to and jump off of.  Just across from the beach was Picnic Island. On the first day there I decided to swim to the island and back.  I haven't done an open water swim like that in a very long time.  I use to do triathlons before the girls were born and it wouldn't be too big a deal to swim to an island then, but times have changed, let me tell you!  My arms and shoulders were sore for a week after this swim.  Pathetic!!!  Aside from being a little rusty with my swimming, it was a lovely swim and I wish I did it more than once!

Can you spot my swim cap and arm in the picture below?  We did enjoy Picnic Island on some canoe trips.  The girls had fun exploring the little island and we all enjoyed watching the large variety of birds we saw around the island.  There were no shortage of loons.  We saw and heard many!  We even got to see some loon families up close on our canoe trips.
 
While Little V was napping one afternoon, Hubby took Little L on a bike ride and they saw a couple of these... can you tell what it is?

A water snake!  There are also plenty of these at Grundy Lake!  They even watched one eat a frog!
 
 

The shorelines in Northern Ontario are so spectacular.  I love looking at all the different rock faces with trees growing right out of them.  This was a popular place for cliff jumping.  As Little L said, "I don't think that's very safe for them to do."! 
  
Grundy Lake also has some hiking trails to enjoy.  We rode our bikes from our campsite over to Swan Lake and hiked the short Swan Lake Trail.  It was the perfect distance for girls.  Hubby and I love to hike and we used to only knowing hiking at a super fast race pace.  Like many things we do, we do it with speed, like everything is a competition.  The girls have introduced us to a new pace (now that they are no longer in a backpack on our backs).  We call it a West Coast pace.  It's like walking with our friend from Vancouver Island - nice and easy.  Without this slower pace I probably wouldn't have even noticed the wild blueberries at my feet.

Bug suits for the girls - too cute!!!

We will definitely go back to Grundy Lake in the near future.  It was the longest car camping trip we have done yet - 5 days and 4 nights.  It was perfect.  Each day you settle yourself in a little more and become completely comfortable with the fact that you haven't showered or seen yourself in the mirror in days.  Life is good!

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