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When I visit my family in Southern Ontario in the Summer pt. II

If you missed part I. you can find it >>> HERE
Okay! We arrived in Tobermory with a plan & an RV. Non-negotiables were as follows [in no particular order]. 
Fish & Chips.
Flowerpot Island.
Grotto.
Family Time & Birthday Celebrations.
& we freaking DID THEM ALL. which is a miracle of God. 

We stayed at a Campground which will remain nameless because it was absolutely bizarre & run by weird people who do weird things. But it was really foggy & pretty one morning when we left, so I'll post two photos of it & that's it all you get.  

We took Bruce Anchor Cruises over to Flowerpot Island, with a detour to see a bunch of shipwrecks, which initially I was like 'sure it will be cool', but when we went over them I was losing my mind. So insane. I couldn't believe how close to the surface they seemed & we were RIGHT over top of them!!

Once we got to Flowerpot Island [see above image for rock formation that looks like a flowerpot] we hiked the trails & it was extremely enjoyable. We got to the other end of the island & had a lunch break [accompanied by actual demon squirrels who potentially wanted to eat US for lunch] & then we had two options. 1- Hike back the way we came or 2- take the 'scenic route' back. The lady said the scenic route was for 'intermediate hikers' & was 'stunning' & would take us '45-60 minutes'. Well it turns out it was for rock climbers who wanted to scale walls & go down 50+ steps into a valley of rocks, but guess what. it took us 32 minutes. #professionals SO if you're two middle aged, moderately-active humans, along with two late 20s fairly-active people... you can do it too!! Also it was my moms last day as a 56 year old & she had just had a chemo treatment two days prior. She's a boss. #mombrag
Below are 10000 photos of the crystal clear blue water. I wanted to get in so badly, but it definitely was not warm enough!

Next up, that SAME evening, was the Grotto. & the main reason we chose to travel up to Tobermory. Just type Grotto into google images [or conveniently click here] & you'll see why. Also take note that during 'peak season' you have to go at the butt crack of dawn to get a parking ticket & have to choose a 4 hour increment in which you'll be going. We chose the evening group. It was beautiful, but absolutely not warm enough to get in. #tragedy. Also take note that it takes about 45 actual real minutes to walk out to the water from the parking lot. The end.  Enjoy one zillion more photos of crystal clear water.

The rest of the trip was a bit more relaxing. We did have both ice cream & fish & chips [not together ha!] BUT! We had our Fish & Chips at Shipwreck Lee's & it was another strange but very enjoyable experience.
We also celebrated my mom's bday & Reva & Josh joined us! We had angel food cake & strawberries [all time fave] & my mom fake blew-out her non-existent candles. She's my fave. <3 First up - we floated around in a tiny pond on that giant swan paddle boat. 

#feels I love my parents soooo much.

LASTLY!!! We went out that night to catch the sunset, which we missed. BUT! We did walk down a long path & across a random tent pitched by the water, to see the very end of the sun. We also picked wildflowers for my mumma & honestly.. they were pretty beautiful. 
In the end, it was a great few days. I've never camped or RV'd with my family before, so it was fun to do that! 

When I visit my family in Southern Ontario in the Summer

Nate & I try to always go up to Canada for a few weeks in the summer to be with my family. It's always incredibly busy, but we've been more intentional to not just fill our time with seeing people, but with making memories with my parents & my sister & her husband. This summer we went up for my Grandfathers funeral but ended the trip with some great memories. We spent Canada day on the water on a friends boat & then we drove up to Georgian Bay to spend a few days in Tobermory. We 'glamped', which is something I hadn't done with my family before! New memories.

Nate & I always try to squeeze in a day or two in Toronto, because we LOVE that city!!! We stayed close to Queen St. & found a cute restaurant called Oretta to share a pizza before the dinner rush. We also got steamed buns, ice cream & coffee twice. We try to go to as many delicious places as possible, so we spread our eating out & share a lot of meals. 
The last few photos are Nate's, he loves cities because of all the people & their style & there is a lot of that in Toronto. My fave is the guy who totally spots him snapping a pic & turns around to give the peace sign. My second fave is the guy in blades with a hockey stick. I want to frame it & say #CANADA over the top. Speaks to my soul.

On our way home from the city we stopped at the Scarborough Bluffs, which was partially flooded from all the rain in the city, but it was still beautiful. We had plans to take some photos in the area, but instead we randomly bumped into a friend from when I was in high school, & we chatted with him for over an hour. #worthit. He makes great videos & has an awesome youtube channel.  

Next we stopped to visit my sister on our way up to Tobermory. She lives in Wasaga Beach & our tradition when we go is to ride bikes to the beach. Which I love on a deep soul level. [ps. most of these photos are iphone pics! except the last two of reva & josh at the beach.]
[pps. that's taco, my sisters kitty in the first photo. he recently passed & I was so glad I got to see him this summer. he was the absolute best kitty in the universe & I'm not a cat person!]

I think I've reached my max in photos allowed in any normal humans blog post -- so I'll post the rest of our trip in part II. I write all of this down & share it so I can walk down memory lane every once in a while. Trying to get better at that!