Oh my goodness. I am so glad to get back to blogging this week after a much-needed break in Canada. As I've mentioned before, Sam and I make our way each year to Ontario to celebrate the anniversary of our first date. We always stop by Sam's family cabin to relax for a few days by ourselves before helping his grandmother get settled in for the Summer. Throughout the past 4 years, we've also begun a tradition of exploring a new city and staying in a hotel downtown for 2 nights or so on our way back home to the states.
The cabin in Ontario has become one of Sam and my favorite traditions since we began dating 5 years ago. It's propped up on an island on Bob's Lake where we don't come into contact with people for days on end. The first 3 years that we visited, we actually had to swim from the parking spot where our car was located, to the cabin which is quite a ways down the lake to get the boat that would carry our things (mainly wine and swimsuits). It was always a fun tradition, even when it was pouring down rain and the lake was ice cold one year.
As you might know, Sam and I live in the big city of Baltimore. We have for over 4 years now and we truly crave the hustle and bustle and loud noises right downtown. We love that at any time throughout the day, whether it's a Tuesday afternoon or a Saturday morning, there's no question that the moment we step outside, we will see friends walking their dogs, babies strapped to their chests, they'll be couples racing bikes, weaving in and out of the busy streets, and we know that practically anything we've ever wanted to eat is just within walking distance. It's a nice feeling knowing that adventure is waiting right outside our door whenever we are ready for it.
With that being said, however, we all need a break from time to time to readjust, refocus, and pause to breathe for a moment or two. If you read my May recap that I shared earlier in the month, you know that I was at that breaking point. Work was stressing me out (which is a pretty normal reaction for anyone in the mortgage industry), blogging was beginning to feel more like a competitive sport than something I enjoy, and my body told me abruptly before my 23rd birthday that I simply wasn't able to keep up with it all.
The emptiness and quiet that the cabin brings came at just the perfect time. Doing nothing at all felt like exactly what I needed. For days, Sam and I anchored the boat in the middle of Bob's lake, read books, played the most ancient version of Battleship ever, and drank cold beer without a single thought directed at work or social media. When Sam's grandmother arrived, we talked for hours about growing up as a foster child, her time on a poultry farm, and about her long lost brother that she almost found the courage to call once from the phone book in New Jersey.
Sitting on the porch swing overlooking the trees, in some moments I felt like if we had brought Oliver along, we would never leave.
On the fourth day, with harsh sun burns on our shoulders and tears in our eyes on the way back to the dock, we waved goodbye to his grandmother and to the lake for yet another year; knowing fully that we would appreciate the cabin even more when we returned. We headed in the direction of beautiful Montreal (without directions, rather) to explore the French-speaking city and load up on a ton of croissants and fancy champagne.
Are any of you thinking of visiting Canada this year for vacation? I'd love to hear what your plans are.
Coming soon: Part 2 of our travel recap - our time in Montreal!
xo Anna Elizabeth
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