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nym lake

the final chapter in john and cailin's thunder bay vacation was unfortunately ava-free. while ava gallivanted around hymer's fall fair with grandma, john and i spent some time with will and erin and family at their island cottage on nym lake.

john spent a solid ten hours or so over two days out fishing with will's dad, dave. over the course of the weekend they caught pike, pickerel, bass and lake trout. dave even taught john how to clean his own fish.

i spent my time visiting, relaxing, reading and taking picture of other people's cute kids! full album

vince, per, oscar and nora out for a canoe ride.

john, bass fishing off the dock.

little miss astrid.

bass fishing is for kids, silly john. here, per will show you how to do it.

quetico adventure

while we were in thunder bay, ava, john and i went for a short canoe trip in quetico park. we canoed through nym lake and then portaged over to batchewaung lake to camp at one of quetico's best camp sites, "bunny ears". we lazed around for an idyllic afternoon. it was incredibly hot. hotter then i have ever been in quetico park. we went swimming about 6 times and delayed ava's requests for a campfire until the sun was well good and down for the night.

the next morning we canoed across the lake and did a little exploring of the narrows. after a leisurely lunch and more swimming we hopped in the canoe for our return trip across batchewaung when a thunderstorm rolled in. in 5 minutes we went from blue skies and sunshine to howling wind, dark skies, splotches of rain and impressive waves. for once though, the wind was in our favor and the canoe surfed it's way across the lake. we scrambled across the portage as the rain picked up a bit, got to the other side and... no wind, glassy calm water, no rain. like the whole thing had been a figment of our imagination.

all in all, it was the perfect little canoe trip. full album

grandma's house

at the end of august, john and i joined ava and grandma in thunder bay for a week of relaxation and outdoor fun. thunder bay is always beautiful at the end of august, but this year was rather picture perfect. full album

summer with grandma

ava spent the latter half of her summer hanging out with grandma in thunder bay. they had a summer full of good times and fun adventures including camping, concerts, chicken-chasing, classes, fairs and bears. and, of course, lots of time to just enjoy grandma's house. full album here.

grandma's chickens

due to a rather late-breaking change in the schedule for the end of the nyc school year, ava hopped up to thunder bay for a quick early-summer visit. among other things, this meant that she got to meet grandma's new chickens. and who knew... a case could definitely be made that chickens make better pets then cats.

i had no idea that chickens actually like humans. provided that you don't lunge at them, the chickens will actually voluntarily come see what you're up to - even if you don't have any food. and, they aren't so very smart, so if you stay still for a minute, then grab 'em real quick when they get close, they aren't too hard to catch. i wouldn't say they are exactly snuggly, but if you hold them correctly, they'll put up with it. and they are so soft, like little bunnies!

ava spent hours hanging out in the chicken run. she hammered them together a perch, stole all the cat toys and gave them to the chickens, and made them a little swimming pool. and after a few days, she was an expert at chicken capture too.

in addition to chicken farming, ava and grandma had a busy week full of hiking, picnics on the beach and tending to the garden. full album here

Lake Superior Ski Division Championship

Ava popped up to Thunder Bay to visit Grandma (and winter) for her Mid-Winter school break. I came up to pick her up at the end and got to see her compete in the Lake Superior Ski Division Championship.

Ava was the only 5-year old skiing in the 8-and-under category. There is also a 5-and-under category, but the course 100 meters long, which is just silly for Ava. Ava skiied the same 800m course that she raced on Boxing Day, and once again I attempted to follow her around and take pictures.

I did not do nearly as well with pictures this time though, because Ava had gotten way too fast! Despite my attempts to sabotage her performance by tripping and falling in front of her, Ava sailed through the course 2 minutes faster then in December (finishing in 8 minutes).

Christmas 2011

ski camp

christmas began for ava on december 9th, when she flew up to thunder bay with grandma to begin her three weeks of "ski camp". despite her short stay in the wintery north, due to grandma's every day training camp, ava passed all the way through "level 1" in jackrabbits. when she comes back in february, she'll start level 2, and start skiing with poles.

christmas traditions

christmas in thunder bay follows a pleasurable pattern. this year's theme for quinn's magical family christmas cake was "santa's workshop".

ava and john assembled multiple components of lego city. by the end, ava was able to nearly follow the directions for the speedboat all on her own. we all predict that daddy will be superfluous in next year's legoing.

lappe boxing day classic

ava stepped it up a (big) notch in this year's boxing day ski race. she graduated from the 200m race to the 1 KM race. the weather was mild (-2 C) and just before her race the sun came out for about five minutes. the result of the brief warming was that your skis got temporarily glued to the ground. this resulted in 80% of the kids in ava's division falling over trying to get out of the gate. ava was no exception, but she just got up and kept on trucking, finishing her 1km course in 10 minutes and 46 seconds.

skating

the city of thunder bay outdid itself with a brand new outdoor skating rink at the thunder bay marina. the rink comes complete with a heated indoor changing area, from which you can stroll outside in her your skates right on to the ice. well done!

sleigh ride

we conveniently picked the only cold day of the entire christmas week for our annual sleigh ride. thankfully, everybody seemed to remember how you usually need to dress in thunder bay in december, and the frostiness didn't matter much.

due to low snow and high temps the little sledding hill at the sleigh ride place was an ice track. this turned out to be a good thing - bumpy but really fun and fast.

measuring by where her runs ended, ava's little green sled was the fasted sled on the hill. so fast that i would slide down on my stomach behind her for the first 10 feet, acting as a temporary brake. at the bottom, ava quickly perfected the emergency exit. see tree coming. roll out of sled.

the grown-ups had fun too.

the white stuff

snow was in uncharacteristically low supply this december, but things picked up just before john and i arrived, and there were several good snowfalls during our visit. ava enjoyed all snowy activities, but she seemed to get a particular kick out of sledding this year, so we graduated her to "the big hill" at centennial.

quetico 2011

we took a big plunge for our third annual quetico canoe trip, and decided to bring ava along too. thankfully, grandma has been training her for years on both tent etiquette and wilderness survival, so she was well prepped. we still couldn't do it without moral support though, so we also roped in will and erin and 19-month-old per into the crew.

we made sure not to overextend ourselves ava, and planned a very mellow trip. one night at will's family camp just outside the park. paddle-portage-paddle and one night in the park. paddle-portage-paddle and one night again at will's camp.

despite having advanced a whole 500m or so past the park boundary, we landed one of the best campsites i've encountered. vast swaths of gently sloping rock down to the water. lots of rocky coastline to explore, and even a bay with a sandy beach.

ava was an angel in the canoe, thanks in no small part to an awesome tip from my mom's friend howie. gone are the days of children sitting cross legged wet and soggy in a puddle in the bottom of the canoe. in these modern times, ava and per were treated to miniature adirondack lounge chairs. (which, yes, are a bit awkward to carry across a 1km portage, but oh-so-worth the bother.

lots more pictures of our picture-perfect journey here

the cascades

now that ava is such a grown-up girl, the cascades is just hop and a skip away through the woods from grandma's house. ava also has a great deal of good sense regarding water, and fully understands which little waterfalls she can climb up and down on, and which big waterfalls four feet away are going to send her to her doom. a welcome contrast to one of her earliest trips to the cascades, where i caught her picking up broken glass and putting in her mouth.

our chosen spot on the river this day turned out to also abound in local berries - blueberries, raspberries and saskatoons. quite the haul.

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