As I mentioned in my Week Two and Week Three fitness posts, JP and I recently celebrated our anniversary. We’ve been to Huntsville together in the past, but we had B with us and we didn’t own a boat at that time. For our anniversary, Grams watched B for the weekend, we brought the boat, and we had some time to ourselves for the first time in a long time: no obligations, no electronics, and no other people.
We decided to stay at the centrally located Comfort Inn, which is where we stayed last time (we are nothing if not creatures of habit). JP and I aren’t fussy when it comes to accommodations. We spend most of our time outside, so it’s really just somewhere to sleep and cook (we prefer to make our own food so we know exactly what’s in it. The Comfort Inn has barbecues available, which is awesome and saves us bringing one along).
This weekend away was really important to me so I could celebrate with JP and take some time out to just relax. Life has been stressful lately, so being away with my favourite person was exactly what I needed. I think it’s crucial for couples to carve out time for themselves to strengthen their intimacy, connection, and overall bond. I know the dynamic of relationships can change after having children, but JP and I have committed to always making our relationship a priority even if we do decide to expand our family (in a non-furry way).
What Did We Do In Huntsville?
We had a blast! I’m happy to share some highlights of our weekend away with you, including several pictures that my very talented husband contributed (click to enlarge them).
We spent a lot of time on the boat relaxing and talking. Of course, we also jumped into the water! My friend DK thinks we’re crazy to swim in the lake because she believes in lake monsters. Normally she is very practical, I swear.
We saw a deer jump into the water and take a dip. We loved being so close to the wildlife!
We also saw several pontoon planes flying overhead (but we didn’t see any land on the water, much to JP’s dismay).
We went for a hike in the rain and took pictures of the beautiful scenery. Remember how I said JP chases waterfalls? This is one example.
We were alone on the trail and we decided to dance just so that we could say we danced in the rain. You’re likely envisioning something romantic, but I did the chicken dance while JP shook his butt at me. On the bright side, this was our backdrop!
Unfortunately a lot of big box stores and chain restaurants have made their way into the Muskokas, but at least you can dock your boat outside of them1.
We explored downtown Huntsville and checked out some of the local attractions, shops, and trading posts. It definitely felt a lot more urbanized than I remember and was not exactly the charming, quaint town that we were hoping to find.
We searched high and low for a cottage of our own so that we can have a private slice of the waterfront. We haven’t found any that we love enough to make an offer on, but we are enjoying the ride (and the dreaming). I will keep you posted!
We relaxed! We didn’t have to get up early to feed and walk B and we also didn’t have to constantly let him out (unfortunately, B poops a lot). We love B like a son and would do anything for him, but it was still nice to have a short break (I’m sure I will feel that way about my potential human children too. On the bright side, they couldn’t possibly poop as much).
We had (massive) ice cream cones from Kawartha Dairy. If you go, I highly recommend ordering the “baby” size. Trust me, it will be enough2!
Where is your favourite place to spend a weekend away?