Having walked the 3km hike to the Grotto from our campsite and back last night, we knew we needed a serious plan of attack to get the kids to do the hike. Rod was really pumped, since I had told him to hold back from climbing down at Indian Head cove last night. We sold it as a day long adventure! Pack awesome lunch and snacks! Lots of points of interest on the way! Ignore the grey skies, put your bathing suits on anyway! but bring a sweater.
So 5 PB&J and 3 salami sandwiches later, with three backpacks on our persons, we started on the hike. The girls were having a rough morning and people were not getting along, so we just kept our spirits up and light and pointed our the rock shelves on Cypress lake, the dwarf cedars and bizarre root systems. Are we there yet? Are we half way there? Are we a quarter of the second half way there?
We did get there. And all the problems and fights and long hikes were forgotten.
It was so different from the evening before when Rod and I went. Last night there was not a soul and the water still. Today it was full of people on very piece of cliff, just looking out at Georgian Bay. There were six foot swells hitting the rocks. Even though the skies were grey the colour of the water was beautiful. Apparently, it is only in this bay that you will find this colour on the entire planet. The algea only grows in our waters. Cold waters.
Of course, we had to swim in it. Ruby was right in there. Stay away from the rocks!! The waves will knock you right into them. She was tiny on the big rocks and crashing waves. Rod got in, and Josie and I followed him. It was co-old, people. Cold and super clean. The water felt incredible and Josie and I waded on the rocky bottom in the waves for like 15 minutes. You just didn’t want to get out, the view was so beautiful.
We then hiked the cliff up and then down the face of the grotto. The kids found a cave deeper in side and they all climbed in it. The only light we had was the flash so they took the camera and flashed to peek inside.
We then climbed out and higher and down again through tight rocks into this gorgeous little grotto with a pool inside. It was magical. A tunnel came into the cave and shone light into the pool. A good swimmer might be able to swim from the grotto to the outside on Georgian Bay if it weren’t for the waves. Ruby and Josie jumped in. They were the only ones who still had their bathing suits on. DANG! Ruby jumped off her second cliff of the vacation.
We then climbed around across the rock onto Boulder beach. That is what it is. A beach of boulders. Thousands of boulders, big and small just lying there, with pretty purple flowers growing out between them.
When we finally reached the campsite, everyone was tired but satisfied. Rod went to get us a fabo steak, played a few rounds of cards with the kids, made tacos and took it easy.
Rod also bought his souvenir for the trip: his very own pair of wooly moccasins.
We watched the sun set over Cypress Lake. It was nice but what was cool were the two sun dogs(mini rainbows) in the clouds on either side.
Amazing way to end our adventure.