Monday, July 20, 2009

Simcoe Park...

We had the opportunity to travel to Southern Ontario. I have to admit, half of it was to see family, half of it was just to get out of Western Canada. I lived in Ontario for 2 years, and in those years I travelled so much of the country side. Almost every week I was on some sort of roadtrip helping new churches - most of them graduates of the Bible School I was attending. I loved it, but I truly didn't have control of where we went, because I was at the mercy of other people. I didn't have a car, and my mom wouldn't let me borrow hers - which was probably a good idea, driving in Ontario is much different than driving in Prince George. So every time I go to visit, I try to get off by myself and do the exploring that I always wanted to do.

My brother and his wife are living there now and I was really looking forward to seeing them and the boys. Noah is 4.5 and Thomas is yummy and 2. They are so wonderful- I love them SOOO much! I haven't seen them for about a year and a half. They moved just before we were coming to visit last it's been a while.

One night Rachael and I (chad's wife) decided to have a picnic and take the kids to Simcoe Park in Niagara -on-the-Lake. Niagara-on-the-Lake is so charming and full of character. It's amazing though how busy it is in the summer. It reminds me of Jasper how this tiny town literally gets flooded with tourists. But if you could see the homes and the gardens you would see why. The park was fun. We had fried chicken and salad. The kids splashed in the fountain and put on a show for us in the band stand.

Later Rachael drove me around NOTL, because I told her I never got to explore this place- only drove on the main drag. We drove around and admired all the houses and even some mansions. We drove by where she worked - the Harbour House Hotel. The then took me to this park that looks over Lake Ontario-It was breathtaking! I was so excited that I was shaking with delight! How can I capture this?! I tried, but pictures could in NO WAY do them justice. As I was changing lenses from a wide angle to a zoom, i was fumbling. It was funny how overwhelmed I was!

I went to bed that night with a huge smile on my face, not only did I get to capture some the of the beauty of this place, I also to spend time with my nephews. I got so many hugs, and Thomas even said that he would hide in my suitcase and come home with me! You can't beat that.