Sometimes I forget how much I do. How much I adventure, even in my own city. At times it can feel like I’m doing nothing. Nothing that day, nothing in life and that I’ve been doing nothing for a long time. But none of that is true. It’s just something my mind says when I’m lying down watching Netflix for 3 hours straight, or sitting on Facebook scrolling through the never ending trap that is the “newsfeed". (I'm just not sure if animal memes and engagement photos of couples laying in fields of wheat making googly eyes at each other are really “news"). Then I start thinking things like, “What if I died tomorrow and the last thing I did was read an article on Pokemon Go? Is that really living?"
Bucket lists. People make them but how often do they follow up on them? Most of mine are stored away in journals never to be found again. So this year I made a summer bucket list and am steadily working through them. Each experience makes me excited for the next and sends me new ideas and daydreams of things to come. My hopes are that by declaring my bucket list instead of hiding it away, it will stir up more inspiration to do. More incentive to experience new things and more joy. I love photos because they remind me that I do DO things and they invoke feelings that welled up inside me during those moments. So here is my bucket list and a few of the amazing times I’ve had lately because of it.
A nautical treasure we found.
Tater tot salad, tacos, watermelon mint cocktail and cerveza at Bent Taco in Collingwood.
Gummy bears with your bill! <3
All was muy bueno but the baja fish taco was my favourite.
This place was incredible. You are initially greeted by signs like, “#shhhrelax" and “respect the silence". I loved it. The quietness really helps you melt into a pile of jelly in the best way possible. They only allow photos from the entrance so these don't do justice to the 6 pools that range in temperature from on 60 –104 °F. There are little waterfalls in some pools, a eucalyptus steam room, dry sauna, and many comfortable places to relax like big fat hammocks, round chairs with a canopy and pillows to lay on, and adirondacks in front of a burning fire. I rested in a hammock while gently swaying back and forth looking up at rustling leaves waving in the light breeze. It was perfection. Not everyone is crazy about the Nordic Waterfall pool (bottom right) because it literally takes your breath away. But then you're more awake than 3 cups of coffee!!! So it's good... I think. And you feel really brave after.
TINY HOME CAMPING
A fire on the river with hot dogs and a nice bottle of ripasso. Because we classy like that.
This tiny home was super cute and cozy. It had a summer camp-like feel to it and was right on a river with one million baby frogs everywhere that we almost stepped on every other second! Late in the night we played Scrabble under the hanging star lights with the windows open and the sound of the rain pattering on the rooftop.
Views from the ferry.
Views from the boardwalk.
Views from the pier.
Views from the lake.
Views from the six.
Waterfall hike on the Niagara Escarpment.
Random wanderings in nature.
Sunsets at home and treats in the park.
Hope you are all having a wonderful ice cream filled summer! xx