Family & Celebrations in Muskoka!

My big sister had her champagne birthday this year, 30 years old on August 30th. Her favourite place is our family cottage, so everyone got together and headed up to Huntsville, Muskoka, for a weekend of family hangouts, balloons, bonfires...typical family cottage stuff. 

Poppa looking out through the cottage window

Poppa looking out through the cottage window

Maisey, waiting for the ball

Maisey, waiting for the ball

We were not blessed with the best weather, however we made the most of it. Being in a place this beautiful, you don't let the weather get you down! My dad took some of us out for a boat ride/Lake Vernon tour in the late morning, which was peaceful and beautiful. With the overcast weather and at the time we went out, the lake was practically empty aside from us, and had a pleasant stillness to it.

My beautiful little sister; wind in her hair, and tea in her hands

My beautiful little sister; wind in her hair, and tea in her hands

My brother keeping his girl warm

My brother keeping his girl warm

My dad, giving a tour to my one and only

My dad, giving a tour to my one and only

My sister, keeping warm with her guy

My sister, keeping warm with her guy

Lake Vernon, Huntsville 

Lake Vernon, Huntsville 

So, this being the first time my family had gotten together at the cottage in a while, and it being my sisters milestone birthday shortly after she got married, we had some fun. My brother played guitar, we busted out a horse head mask, some people casually went fishing, while some of us had some fun with double exposures. 

Then the celebrations began! My brother-in-law brought some balloons, which obviously meant photoshoots. We lucked out because there was no rain, and so we all enjoyed outdoor cottage BBQ, followed by an awesome bonfire - where we lucked out again - because broken musokoka chairs = awesome fires. 

Either she can't believe she's 30, or he isn't holding the balloons right.

Either she can't believe she's 30, or he isn't holding the balloons right.

"I'm how old?!"

"I'm how old?!"

Happy couple!

Happy couple!

My uncle snapped this gem, sibling love

My uncle snapped this gem, sibling love

Sisters! Thanks to my other half for the snap

Sisters! Thanks to my other half for the snap

Family photo! 

Family photo! 

Bonfire time.

Bonfire time.

It's hard to not have a good time when you're up at the cottage, and I don't think I've ever seen someone happier considering they just hit an age milestone :p Happy Birthday Torie! 

Bruce Peninsula Camping Trip

When the office is closed for a week, what better way to spend a week in the peak of summer than to go camping? We set off for a week to go camping around the Bruce Peninsula and made some stops along the way to see friends and some other random tourist attractions that the area along our drive had to offer. 

We started off by visiting some friends at their farm near London, basking in the sun and catching up. From there we headed to The Pinery Provincial Park in Grand Bend, and it quickly became one of my favourite places I've ventured to in Ontario. We had a great swim in Lake Huron, followed by an amazing sunset.

After a great night at The Pinery, we headed to Sauble Falls Provincial Park and stayed two nights, meanwhile we took a day trip up to Bruce Peninsula Provincial Park to check out Indian Head Cove and The Grotto. The hike wasn't too challenging, and although the popular area was littered with people, it was definitely worth the trip. I couldn't believe that this was Ontario! 

After a long day of walking, visiting Singing Sands Beach and a quick visit to Tobermory, we headed back to our Sauble Falls campsite for some nice camping dinner and relaxation with whiskey, including a failed fire with good looking, yet horrible campfire wood we unfortunately bought. 

When night rolled around we had some fun with light painting. The moon was so bright, the long exposures made it look like it was daytime. We could see the stars beautifully, however the camera picked up more light and they unfortunately were not as visible as hoped. Believe it or not, it was actually pitch black out when I light painted 'love' in this shot. But hey, that's what a 20 second exposure will do when a full moon is just about to bloom!

After we packed up and left Sauble Falls, we had a long and beautiful drive to Tiny to meet a few friends and continue camping, and round out the week of living out of a tent and car. There, we continued living the summer dream, in the woods, without electricity. Here, we continued to take advantage of the darkness and more light painting. Two happy campers had a wonderful summer vacation. 

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