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After spending a week in Winnipeg and attending the Winnipeg Folk Festival, Emily and I rode a Greyhound bus for 24 hours to Espinola, Ontario. 24 hours is a really long time to be on a bus, but I was happy there weren’t any weirdos on the bus. I even managed to sleep for a few hours.

In Espinola, Emily’s mom picked us up and we drove to lovely Manitoulin Island for 5 days of cabin relaxation. The highlights of the trip were:

  • Playing Euchre and Rook.
  • Hiking the Cup and Saucer trail, a strenuous but rewarding hike along an escarpment. It took us 3 1/2 hours to hike – 2 hours up and 90 minutes down.
  • Canoing and kayaking in Lake Huron.
  • Building Inukshuks along the coast.
  • Having lots of time to read.
  • Looking at the artwork at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation. I really liked the paintings by Barry Ace.

The lowlights:

  • Swimming with water snakes. After the I saw one swim by me, I didn’t spend much time in the water.
  • Being frequently grouchy from lack of sleep and hunger.
  • Spending too much time in the car driving around the island. Manitoulin Island covers a huge area, and it takes a long time to drive around.
  • The crappy meal we had at Roosteraunt. My gnocchi was literally swimming in oil.

Patio Dinner Manitoulin Bridal Veil Falls Cup and Saucer Hike Manitoulin Extension of the Niagara Escarpment Jumping the Saucer Emily Paddling Kayak Time inukshuk Man Stone Stacking My Inukshuk Creation Having a Blast Sunset Artist Manitoulin Sunset

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