We went to a teensy island in McGregor Bay in Lake Huron, Northern Ontario. We got back last night at 2 AM. There were two 18-hour travel days (AAAUUUGH!!!!). Yesterday started at 8 AM, with a boat ride and then a car ride and then three plane rides. The island had no electricity, no phone service, and we actually didn't even have lamps in our cabin because they were too close to the bed and Ronin kept poking the mantle on the propane lamp so we couldn't light it.
We had a wonderful time. We spent most of our time roaming around the island, looking for blueberries. Claire got really good at picking the ripe blueberries, although Ronin was a little indiscriminate and ate green ones too. We went for some canoe rides, which is REALLY difficult with two rowdy babies. I managed to cook dinner for 8 people a few different nights on an antique gas stove. The babies spent time with their great-grandparents. Nobody got sick or fell in the water (more than to knee-length, at least). We got a lot of mosquito bites. The twins LOVED it. They even did really well on the travel days, except during the last three hours of the flights both ways. Better than on our 3 1/2 hour trip to Wyoming last month. Still, it's not something I'll undertake again lightly.
On our way back last night someone became ill on the plane and I was the only person on board with any medical background so I had to tend to the passenger for a while. I felt torn, leaving my babies but feeling like I was the only person who could help this guy who was in distress. I had them keep him on oxygen and have EMT meet the plane in San Francisco, but was glad I didn't have to divert the plane. DH was proud of me, and thought it gave us more wiggle room in case the babies were unruly.
Except for the actual travel days, however, we kept talking about what a great experience it was and how we might like to make it a regular occurrence. On the other hand, we could have gone to Thailand faster and for less money.
Here is some picture overload.
Island with main cabin
My aunt helping the twins drive the motorboat
Claire and Ronin looking for blueberries behind the guest cabin
Refusing to pose for pictures in their new HeatherJ shirts
Going for a stroll
Looking for fish off the dock
Lydia, wow, your trip looks like it was awesome! It looks so pretty there! I want to go to Canada one of these days.
I was worried that this situation would end up taking up a lot of my time too, but luckily it didn't. For my sake, the babies' sake, and most of all for the patient's sake.
And yes in the picture, there are a lot of similarities between us, aren't there? I look most like my aunt, I think, always have. We have a picture of us together where we look almost like twins. I assume I look least like my grandfather.
Congrats on a little girl!
Less then 24 hours until I leave for Vegas! Woooohoooooo!!!
I confess I have a confession I can't share.
Kate, mama to Madi (4/18/08) and Jacob (10/8/10)
I confess I have zero patience today as well, and if these kids don't take a nap soon, I might throw myself out my window!
Ashley - 25, Chris - 27, Elizabeth - 9-22-04, Alexis - 12-19-08