Monday, September 16, 2013

September 16-23 – Halls Lake, Ontario

Halls Lake is a deep glacial lake in the Haliburton Highlands, about 150 miles north of Toronto.  It was Betsy's “summer place” growing up and holds lots of good memories, swimming, water skiing, hiking, and just goofing off.  We have returned and Paul said I either feel like or act like I’m fifteen again! 

 Our former cottage is still there and the new owners welcomed us like family.  We shared stories, and saw the additions and improvements they have made in the last thirty years, and talked of quilts!  We visited with neighbors and reminisced about the old days with photos to back up our stories! 

An early frost, (0 Celsius makes it sound even colder), and the leaves began to change color!  Wow!  It was beautiful!  Every turn was a Kodak moment, red and yellow leaves among evergreens and birch trees. 

Haliburton was a logging center in the late 1800s and early 1900s. Logs were felled then transported by water to mill sites.   Dams were used to increase water flow in the spring to chute the rapids.  A log chute has been recreated on Kennississ River that demonstrates the process. 

Our trip was definitely a walk down memory lane, what good memories they are!  We hiked, canoed and found most of the movie theaters within 20 miles have shut down.  We made new memories and had a great time! Thank you Paul.

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