Although we live in a world where transportation technologies are improving day by day, there are still many areas where we’re not equipped as well as we’d like to think. There are still many places we go to that require a certain amount of technology – perhaps a personal car, a bicycle or a scooter. Many of these areas are considered “off-limits” to those with equipment or special equipment, as they’re difficult, expensive, and maybe even dangerous. Sanctuary houses, resorts, campsites, and rental condos often fall into this category.
A perfect cross-country camping vacation
In the case of my family’s recent cross-country camping vacation, I was determined to find a way to get close to some of the sites I’d seen during my previous stay. Even though I was accompanied by a spouse and several friends. And we could rely upon to provide us with what we needed. At the same time, we were committed to finding BC’s lowest price point. In the end, we decided that an old campsite on the Sunshine Coast whose park and grounds we admired superbly from a distance and whose owners through whose doors we passed helped to make the decision easy.
Because this trip we were traveling with several people, site-seeing opportunities were not blocked and, we were able to devote time and energy to what we’d been looking for: great natured nature encounters. In many of these locations, we felt that we had the group’s safety in mind, either through the efforts of the owners to keep their property secure and tidy or through the guides’ thorough knowledge of the local surroundings.
So what Natalex is looking for now? Their current list includes:
– Fishing spots
– Garden of Attractions kinds of gardens
– Locally famous lakes
– Hunted game areas
– Spas and health retreats
– Resort buildings, lodges, and campsites
– School and daycare
– Designate bad karma hospitals
– Places with favorable energy levels
and many more!
First stop at Collingwood, Ontario
We made our first stop at a shopping mall in Collingwood, Ontario. We parked the car and approached the owner, who was sitting quietly with his wife and two lovely dogs. When he saw us, he muted his dogs and welcomed us to his garden. We had a lovely lunch, looking at the flowers and plants he had set in his garden. When it was time for his pet dog to have his dinner, we approached the owner and asked to use his worksite. He readily agreed, and we found ourselves looking at a sketch of a dog hairy hound, next to a dog’s skeleton. When we were finished looking at it, we looked up at the skull. What an interesting and unusual subject! The owner had a dog-food dish in his car nearby, and he fed the dogs right at lunchtime, while he was doing his work. We watched him making the dog bones as he worked and then staring at the back of the bones as they were plunged into his mouth. He seemed to be in a constant state of amazement at the things that life put together can produce. We left the rancher’s home with a feeling of immense satisfaction and vows to come back and take a proper look at some of the local places.
The next morning, we had another interesting experience in Victoria. We drove down to the South Shore and saw the excitement with which cyclists in a festive mood had arranged their bicycles. We went down to the beach which is close to the village of Methvenhurst, had a refreshing swim and had a gelato in a tree-lined area while we had a peek at the Stillers’ bicycle shop, which was fascinated by all the visitors, especially at our contacting them and inviting us to come into the shop. We had some gelato and stayed for a couple of hours, while some of the visitors were having asleep.
From the South Shore, La Croisette opened its door to welcome us in the morning, and right behind it, as on the main street of Barrie, opened the doors of the Café Botté and provided us with an even warmer welcome. The owner Qin Shi started going through his regular supplier list, as some of us waited to hear what delightful refreshments he offers. We expanded our reach, moving from the restaurant into the café, and other neighboring establishments were joining us.
Until quite recently, one could hardly find a café in this neighborhood without the residents taking part in some street-fishing, or busily working the grilling space behind the bar. The street-fishing here includes marlin, a Canadian fishing national everyone fishes over and makes a yearly contribution to the local lobster population.
The only all-season fish meal we had was at the South Shore Marina, where they served up the best breakfast sandwich we have ever had.
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