Summer Vacation at Bruce Bay Cottages and Lighthouse
Sunday July 6. 2014 Day 1
It rained all after-noon. We stopped for groceries at Foster’s in Bruce Mines. Then we checked in and unpacked. We went back in to town to explore the various thrift shops. The rain stopped just long enough for a walk to the lighthouse.
Pictured is Bruce Bay as seen from the outlook.
Across from the outlook is the lighthouse keepers dock.
Skinny Dip Bay.
We dinned in town at the Bavarian Inn. Time flies when you are having fun. So to pass the long hours we played a game of Crazy Eights. I then re-arranged the furniture to my liking and cleaned the years of dust off the knickknacks in the kitchen. Jen says I need an intervention. There’s not much else to do, so I read the cottage information and rules binder.
We went to bed at 11:00 p.m. (a.k.a quiet time). It rained the whole night.
Monday July 7, 2014 Day 2
It stopped raining. I managed to burn my raisin bread, and set off the smoke detector. We went for a walk and tried to find the goecaches and failed. Here are some of the pictures I took along the way.
Huge rock at Fox Den Beach.
I sat outside and read a chapter of my book. Jen is ready to go home, she is cold and bored. She would warm up if she sat outside in the warm sunshine. after lunch we went back to town to look for Home Hardware. We found it in Bruce Station on the Main Street, in the middle of nowhere. We decided to drive to one of the old copper mine sites. I found some awesome rocks to add to my collection. Jen says I should be stopped. We drove around a bit, exploring the town, we seen a beautiful home.
It is for sale!
We returned to the cottage and checked out the “Lounge” I’m not impressed a lot of old musty books and board games. I enjoyed the quiet and solitude as my cottage neighbors are away fishing for the day. We went for a walk and found Captain Jack’s geocache. It was a blue children’s lunch box filled with a handful of pennies.
The geocache hint read opposite side of trail by the roll of metal fencing. It should have read across trail from old cart.
After supper we went to town for a walk.
Tuesday July 8, 2014 Day 3
I woke up to the sound of rain. I watched mama duck swim with her 10 chicks along the shoreline. She rested at the foot of the dock.
Joe, Joseph and Angel stopped in for a visit. They stayed for supper, burgers and tortellini soup. Birthday cake for desert. Happy Sweet Sixteen one day late. After they left Jen and I took a self guided tour of the historic buildings in Bruce Mines. This did not take long as they were all in the same area. We took a walk as far as the Coureur de Bois trail.
What a beautiful view. The wind was awfully cold.
We lit a fire that night
Wednesday July 9, 2014 Day 4
It was cold last night, we kept the fire going, and restarted it this morning. We toured the museum, then the mine. We tried our hand at fishing. It took Jen all of two minutes to tangle her line. She didn’t want to do this anyway. On our walk after supper we seen a mother deer and her baby.
the baby is hiding in the woods. We seen a fox as well but he was to fast for us to take his picture. We found the Fox Den Beach geocache.
The small blue sandwich box was empty so I left a Loonie for the next hunter.
We had a camp fire and roasted marshmallows. I found out that we had experienced a Polar Vortex last night.
Thursday July 10, 2014 Day 5
We decided to go to the Sault via the back roads. We took Hwy. 638 as far as Rydal Bank, then we travailed along Plumber Road up to Center Line Road, to Leeburn then we continued on to Echo Bay. It was a very pleasant drive. We found MCR CD’s at HMV. Jen was trilled when I told her she could buy all five CD’s. We had lunch with papa Joe at Casey’s. On the way back to the cottage we turned of the main highway at Pumpkin Point Road and continued till we reached Government Road which we followed all the way back to Caribou Road, then South on Caribou till we came to Concession 5 Road, we turned left and reached Highway 638 in Bruce Station, we turned right till we met up with the main highway in Bruce Mines. The back roads are enjoyable rides with lots of scenery and very little traffic.
We went for a walk to the lighthouse, and ventured back by the Bluff Walk, Jen had had enough by the Coureur de Bois and headed back to the cottage. I tried to find the geocache for the Coureur de Bois but could not. I continued on to the Kissing Rocks. I looked between around and under the Kissing Rocks for the geocache and found…..nothing. I don’t think that it is there anymore. We had a camp fire after supper.
Friday July 11, 2014 Day 6
Mama duck swam by with eight of her ducklings. The mallard is sitting with the other two at the foot of the dock. we went for a country drive, as usual very little traffic. I went for a walk when we returned to the cottage. Jen did not feel like it.
I seen fresh deer tracks on the beach path across from our cottage. We had left overs for supper. Jen is bored and wants to go home. She did not want me to make arrangements for this to happen, my misery is her “fun”. We went for a walk after supper. It rained lightly.
Saturday July 12, 2014 Day 7
We packed up and headed home. We stopped at the 17 Restaurant in Blind River for breakfast. It is so nice to be home.