Friday, August 09, 2013

One of my favourite places in the world…

I have a few places in the world that I consider to be “my happy place”.

One is the movie theatre.

One is my bed.

And one is the Draper Camp.

Camp 1

So you can imagine how happy I was to spend four days at the Camp on my vacation last week!

My mom, my sister, & my sister’s family all spent a few days there last summer on vacation.  It was the first time we’d been back to my aunt & uncle’s Camp since I was a teen – at least 10 years before.  Oh, there had been plenty of talk about going back again, but it never happened.  So last year, after a brief but wonderful stay, we vowed we wouldn’t wait another 10 years to return again.

When plans were confirmed that we were going back again this summer, I was pumped.  I couldn’t wait to get there!

Camp 9

What makes the Camp so wonderful, you ask?  For me, it’s this: the fact that it’s a secluded little get-away, and it’s not very far from home.  It’s not accessible by road, so you either have to 4-wheel in or take a boat.  My uncle boated us in on Monday morning, and we stayed until Thursday afternoon.  While there, I relax, de-stress, and enjoy life on the water…

Camp 11

It’s simply heaven to me.

For this trip, I made a little mental goal for myself.  And that was to soak up all of the experience.  I didn’t want to go home with any regrets – I wish I’d done this, I forgot to do that…

And so, that’s exactly what I did.

When the guys found an old kayak underneath the  Camp, I said I wanted to try it out.

Camp 16

Every time someone asked if I wanted to go for a paddleboat ride, I jumped at the opportunity.

Camp 22

I forced myself into the cold water to swim out to the floating dock many times.

I played Ladder Ball when my sister asked me to.

Camp 12

I ate s’mores and buttery, salty corn on the cob, even though they go against my current “healthy lifestyle”.

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When Uncle Eric brought over a Seabiscuit to go tubing, I lined up for my turn.

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I participated in all of the “Minute To Win It” games that my mom & Caden had planned for us, as well as games of Euchre and Crazy 8’s every night.

Camp 5

And when Aunt Marion suggested a short trek into the bush (through possible poison ivy, I might add) to see the deer salt lick tree, I didn’t even hesitate.

Camp 24

I read my book, I enjoyed the sunshine, I gobbled up every bit of quality time spent with my family, I celebrated my birthday again, I took a million pictures (seemingly mostly of fish), and overall…

Camp 2

Camp 4

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Camp 6

Camp 13

Camp 7

Camp 10

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Camp 20

Camp 21

Camp 23


I soaked it all in.

Camp 18

…and I miss it already.


Lindsay said...

Wow! That does look like heaven!! I love that it is so secluded and you have to arrive by boat! Makes it sound like an island! So fun! Glad you had a great and relaxing time! xo

Anonymous said...

I wish someone in our family had a cottage we could escape to on weekends...that place looks beautiful!

VandyJ said...

That looks fantastic. Reminds me of the lake we visited in Michigan last summer--not so secluded, but right on the water.
Moments like these recharge the soul.

Jaime said...

Wow, Jill. Beautiful place, and what better opportunity to enjoy quality time with the family.