After Christmas, we returned to Sanibel Island for a week of fun and relaxation. Last there in 2005/06, we returned to the same condominium complex on the beach and stayed the whole week on the island. The trip was capped off with one bonus day at Fort Myers Beach, which is not a beach, but a city. Well, it is also a beach, but it is city on a long island just south of Fort Myers.
We finally made our dream trip to Newfoundland! It is everything we heard, and more! We flew into St. John's and toured around there for a couple days. From there, it was down the Avalon Peninsula to Cape Broyle for another two days. From our cottage in Cape Broyle, we were able to explore parts of the Avalon Peninsula, including the beautiful Ferryland, site of an archeological dig at the Colony of Avalon that was founded around 1621. From the Avalon Peninsula, we headed up to Bonavista for three days, then on to Twillingate (and Trinity!), and finally over to Gros Morne on the west coast.
For the past several years, we have been renting a cottage at Willow Beach on Lake Kashagawigamog -- usually with Aunt Joc and Uncle Mark who couldn't make it this year -- where we enjoy the ski trails right across the road. Glebe Park in Haliburton is only a short drive away and features a new mad-toboggan hill with bone-crunching jumps.
The Clements family had a successful 4-day, 3-night wilderness canoe adventure in Killarney Park! This was Kristin and Jakob's second time in Killarney, having visited four years earlier on their first-ever canoe trip. The first time in, Jakob was only 6 when faced with his first portage: a 2.1 km bruiser with no lunch in his tummy. This time around, the longest portage was just under half-a-kilometer, but the kids were asked to drag a kayak through it.
One week on Sanibel Island is not quite enough! A month would be just about perfect, but everybody in the family is happy with the one week we had on beautiful Sanibel Island in the Gulf of Mexico just outside of Fort Myers, Florida. Our beach front condominium turned out to be perfect. With a south-facing view of the ocean we could see both the sunrise and sunset from our balcony. However, for most sunrises we were already out on the beach hunting for shells.
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