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Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Raging Water, Ragged Falls
Ragged Falls in spring is always a beautiful place to be.
While the rush of the floodwater has receded, there is still plenty of water coming over this falls. Walking in there today, in the sunshine, with no flies out yet, the air thick with the song of the returning birds, the trout lilies decorating the forest floor, it was magical. I highly recommend it.
During the height of the flood, the rock in the center was completely covered, and the water was much farther up the banks as well.
Just upstream of the falls, it looks deceptively like something you might try in a canoe. Not.
Upstream, rapids create wonderful patterns. The rush of running rivers is a beautiful thing indeed.
Looking upstream above the rapids. The Oxtongue river rises at Tea Lake in Algonquin Park and falls steadily downhill until it tumbles into Lake of Bays.
We were in t-shirts. The day was hot. But as you approach the Falls, the air noticeably drops in temperature. There are still huge rock-falls of ice next to the river, creating their own patterns. There are nine distinct ecosystems at Ragged Falls Park -- this, with the mossy northern face of the rocks holding the cold, is one of them.
Sun streaming through the trees, casting shadows, and the 'glacier' effect of the ice, made their own pictures.
Another look down towards the brink of the Falls.
Old stumps have their own charm, and beauty.
Trout lilies -- or as my dad called them, Adders' Tongues, are out. Next will be the May pinks, and trilliums.
And no visit towards Algonquin Park is complete this time of year without the obligatory photo of a moose standing at the roadside. We saw 4... but three of them kept moving just out of camera range. This youngster was more obliging. And he was only a short distance from Ragged Falls itself.
Don't overlook our specials for COUPLES! As well as families and groups, we offer great deals for couples looking to just get away.
You can check our availability on-line. We work hard to keep this current, but it may lag actual bookings. And it may not be 100% accurate...
We do have vacancies throughout July and August, but not that many... so you should scoop up yours! In fact, there are only about nine vacancies left for this summer!! We've got your cottage waiting, but you should call now!
We much prefer to keep the personal touch, and to discuss your booking the 'old-fashioned' way, directly, person to person! This helps us ensure that we've got your booking just the way you want it.
1 888 300 2132 or 705 635 2261 or email us. We've got your cottage ready!
Changing the Season
August is on the doorstep. We currently have no vacancies until September, and our guests are enjoying the lake, the calling loons, the quiet times and all the activities that go with a summer here at Bondi Village. Get out of the city, restore your soul...
This means that we are now accepting reservations for two night stays and weekend packages during September and October -- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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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
And Click Here for just one more...