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Thursday, August 7, 2008
70 miles Swum
Arlene has been coming to BONDI for 34 summers. (Longer, if you count her visits in the fall!) In all that time, she has never missed the Island Swim. This is every Thursday morning in the summers. We go early, because the lake is still then. There is very little boat traffic, or waves.
Every swimmer has an escort boat, a canoe, kayak, paddleboat, and Nancy patrols the course with an outboard. It's not a race -- swimmers swim at their own pace. John kayaks along with Arlene.
Sometimes, like this morning, we are joined by others who share the lake -- the occasional loon. A family of ducks. Today it was a cormorant, who flew so close to John's escorting kayak he could have touched it with a paddle.
Earlier in the week, kayaking on Cache Lake in Algonquin Park, a loon surfaced so close to John's kayak that he could have touched him without a paddle. Any closer, and the loon would have been sitting IN the kayak too!
The Island is a mile away. There's a huge flat cliff at the halfway mark. And there is always the risk that swimmers will drift off course towards Lumina Resort, our neighbours. About the time we swim from the Island, the second sitting is heading into the Dining Room at Lumina. The sound of the breakfast gong, the faint smell of coffee and bacon must drift across the water and lure our swimmers off course! That's hardly surprising -- Lumina has an excellent chef!
As of this morning's swim, Arlene has swum 70 miles, coming from the Island home to Bondi. She says she has no intention of missing these swims anytime soon, even if her kids seem to reach the dock before her!
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Changing the Season
We are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages duringOctober -- the fall colours are astonishing, and on our own 600 acre property, there are so many walking trails and lookout views that there's no need to battle traffic into the Park just to see the beauty! Algonquin is always amazing, but during high colour season, best seen mid-week. There are so many other wonderful places around where you can enjoy the autumn without the congestion of the road, and we are happy to direct you to them.
We have great deals during the fall season, for couples, up to small groups of 18 people.
And don't forget Winter -- we've got vacancies for Christmas! We'll provide the tree, and you bring the family.
We've got a fantastic place to gather, enjoy the scenery, relax by a fire, and spend time with family and friends. Whether a quiet couples' getaway, or a family reunion or a club outing , we've got your cottage waiting.
We'd love to hear from you. The experiences our guests have are precious to us. If you have photos you took at Bondi, we'd love to have those as well. You can email them to Nancy at email@example.com
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We are very proud of Napster, our tail-painting cat, who uses his lovely artwork to raise money for charities. This lovely little creature passed away July 2015, but left a huge legacy, having raised over $12,000 for various charities through the sale of his artwork. That artwork, through prints and notecards, is still available. Click here to visit Napster's Blog and visit the gallery of his tail-paintings.
Now sold around the world, he was honoured to have his artwork sold around the globe -- he even has a print with the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.
Click on the following links to enjoy a 'virtual ski' round some of our 15 km. of groomed track set cross country ski trails. Thanks to Altitude and Attitude, North Muskoka gets the kind of winter you can really enjoy. Huge thanks to Eric Prince, the creative mind that made this videos happen!
Click here to enjoy seeing a variety of our trails.
And Click Here for another cross country ski adventure.
and this one, in 2014, just days before the snow vanished, from Hawke Lake on down. Click Here
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