This past weekend is my favourite of the year! Victoria Day weekend, or May 2-4 weekend (although I can’t remember the last time it fell on May 24), always marks the beginning of summer in my mind. My goal every year is to be outside as much as possible. Mission accomplished this year, we went to Emily’s dad’s deer camp!
Not our first experience at the ol’ Deer Run Inn, it is becoming an annual thing. We usually go up in the winter, which is quite an adventure because you have to walk in while dragging your stuff on toboggans behind you. Last year it was just Emily, Corey, Evan and I, as Dawn and Mark had a newborn at home and pulling your newborn into the camp on a toboggan in the dead of winter is probably frowned upon. But two years ago the six of us were up there.
Our first group deer camp pic:
Aww, Bolt (who is still doing so well, by the way! We get updates pretty often). That was actually the first time that Evan really hung out with my friends.
And this year’s group pic:
We had a couple new puppy additions with us. Still Miyou, the original doge, as well as Emily and Corey’s doberman Ace, and Dawn’s sister Melon’s dog Rocky was with us. Fun fact, all three of those dogs are rescues, and they are all just muffins.
I haven’t been to the hunting camp in the spring since I was in Grade 7 when I came with Emily and her parents. I still think it’s better in the winter, but it was nice to be able to go outside without full winter gear on. And it was green and beautiful, so I can’t complain about that.
I busted out my best plaid for the occasion.
Even though we weren’t actually hunting, and it is not actually hunting season. My mom used to have a really similar plaid jacket that she wore fishing when I was growing up (so it was called the fishing jacket) and she used to wear it to pick me up from school and I would just die of embarrassment. I don’t even know why, but I thought it was the most embarrassing thing in the world. And look where I am now. Now I feel proud of her plaid fishing jacket.
We were only at the deer camp from Saturday afternoon until Sunday, so we had to make the most of our time. We played a bunch of lawn games, and took the dogs on a big nature walk.
Can you spot Evan’s sass face in this photo?
It really is beautiful there in the spring.
The deer camp does not have indoor plumbing or electricity, so it is kind of like camping in a cabin. There is an outhouse, and there is also a generator to power lighting and stuff.
So it’s definitely roughing it, but I like it. And then there is the sleeping quarters. Five double bunk beds.
We have already talked about if there is a zombie apocalypse this is probably where we will be headed. And as Emily brought up, the entire area is not very populated, so we wouldn’t have to deal with very many zombies for a while. It seems like a good plan.
Once it got dark we ate dinner (pasta!) and played a bunch of games. The usual game suspects (Cards Against Humanity), Bingo (Evan cheated), and Jenga Xtreme.
Which is not as good as regular Jenga, just a heads up.
And of course we celebrate Queen Victoria’s birthday on Victoria Day, and for that you need fireworks. This is what most of my pictures of our fireworks looked like.
I have skills. This is the best one I got.
The dogs hated.
It was a good hunting camp time with our friennnnds.
The next day we took the dogs on another walk, had a big breakfast, packed up and hit the road. On Sunday the weather was ridiculously beautiful and Evan and I weren’t ready to go home just yet, so we stopped in Peterborough on the way back. Oh and dropped by Farm Boy and it was definitely NOT the same as the Farm Boy in Ottawa, and they did not have the lemon garlic dressing. So that was disappointing.
It was not a wasted trip though, we stopped at the Peterborough Riverview Park and Zoo for a couple hours. I have been to Peterborough many, many times before, but we usually just go to the bar, so I have never been to this park (and zoo). It was forest-y and pretty (and free!), and had mostly North American creatures. But here we have the exotic yak:
This would be the bobcat:
And I can’t lie, the cage over there had a strong cat pee aroma.
The most magnificent turkey:
This mountain goat was king of his castle:
The duck-faced camel:
The cherry blossoms!
And the Otanabee River.
Quite the zoo. There were a few more kinds of animals, but you get the idea.
Afterwards we went on a walk downtown and stopped by the Olde Stone for lunch. I have definitely been before with my bestie Lisa and her friends (I distinctly remember their cheddar and ale soup), but it was a while ago. They are a brewery also, so we started with beer.
Well Evan did, I went with the Pommies dry cider because I was in a cider kind of mood.
The Olde Stone has a cute patio on George Street, which I enjoyed for people-watching purposes. And I had the best veggie burger of my life. I don’t usually go for veggie burgers at restaurants, but this did not sound like your typical veggie burger.
It is the curried chickpea and apple burger, topped with mango chutney, sweet pickle slaw, lettuce and feta. It was seriously delicious. I also loved that you could order half fries and half salad. Evan did not enjoy his regular burger as much as I enjoyed my meal, but you can’t win them all. He had some meal envy for sure.
After wandering around downtown a bit more we came home and played Rummy on our balcony while we watched the fireworks in our neighbourhood.
And on Monday we went for a long walk along the Finch corridor.
I love finding forest trails in the city. There was a Buzzfeed quiz recently about picking the trail that was the most enticing to you, and that trail above is extremely enticing to me. I look at that and I just want to explore it. It’s just trees and more trees, but I like.
And that is that. Hope you guys had a great Victoria Day weekend! And if you are not Canadian I hope you had a great regular weekend!