Saturday morning we headed off to the lake. Manitoba is cottage country littered with lakes and trees. It’s a tradition I have always wanted to experience and thanks to our wonderful friends, the Penner’s, we were able to make some amazing memories.
The winds had picked up and the lake was quite choppy when we arrived but Jakob was eager to get into the water anyway, as were the dogs, which, by the way, is the whole reason for our trek out east. Soren will be spending the year in Winnipeg with Ben’s longtime friend and his wife. We were so pleased to see that the dogs got along great, and Soren seemed at ease in the Penner house.
Saturday evening was filled with wonderful food, wine, friends and conversation: perfection.
Then Sunday morning, Mark took Ben and Jakob out in the boat for a little fishing excursion. As the story goes, they were all fishing, minding their own business when Jakob started reeling in the line. Now understand, Jakob has never been fishing before, I don’t even know how he would figure out that there was a fish on the line, but he did and started to bring ‘er in. He caught a small little pickerel all by himself. But more importantly, he had a great time and made some great memories.
We headed back Sunday night and I made them a true west coast meal to thank them for their hospitality.
With Monday being a holiday and the hottest day of our stay our attempts to shop in the Academy area fell short and the playground at The Forks ended up being under construction.
So we went for lunch at “Stella’s” and headed home for some much needed rest and headed out after supper.
We said our good-byes to Soren which is always a little bitter sweet but we know he will have a great time with his new friend, Hunter and I for one, will enjoy a year of no dog hair.
It was an unexpectedly but wonderfully pleasant trip and it was all due to our great hosts. Thanks Mark and Tat!