- There is a certain mystique about islands. We talk about going away to romantic islands, either for actual romantic reasons (honeymoon, second honeymoon--you get the drift) or to experience things remote from every day life, i.e. pick up shells on an endless white beach on some tropical island. You'll recall Robinson Crusoe, who was actually shipwrecked on some island, probably somehwere in the Pacific Ocean. Everything was different there and everything was new. No doubt he was quite surprised by the variety.
Well islands have their place. They're escapes, they're things of beauty, they're fantastic--maybe.
So about a month ago we spent a week on a 7 1/2 acre island in the 30,000 islands lying off Parry Sound in Georgian Bay. It was an idyllic spot. We had the use of a bunkie several hundred feet from the main cottage. There were windows on all three sides and why close the blinds? There was no one around. No lights to be seen on the nearby islands. At night the water reflected the sky and the islands darkly separated the two elements. Sometimes a loon called but that was the only sound, well, except for rain on the roof when it rained.
But I made some observations, some with my eyes and some with my mind:
- Walked around the island one day on a barely discernible path that wound through forest, over rocks and over amazing soft cushions of lush moss. Interesting mushrooms dotted the ground in places. Very beautiful.
- I never met a bear though they were known to swim over. Good thing.
- I found several otters playing in the broken boards of the deck of an old derelict shed on the far side. Liked their bright, beady eyes.
- Saw many beautiful views.
- Waded into the water to my knees. Yikes. Felt like the ice had just melted. What I really wanted to do was run down the dock and jump in, but common sense took over.
- If you want the plumber to come out to your island, he has to come by work boat. Price starts at $150.00.
- There was a beautiful cedar hot tub right in front of our bunkie. How cool is that!
- If you need some lumber delivered by work boat or barge, price starts at $150.00.
- If you need groceries, your speedy boat uses 30 liters of gas for the round trip to town and back and if you forget something, well, too bad.
- Blueberries were just beginning to ripen and we picked enough to make a lovely sauce to pour over a lemon cake. Oh yeah!
- Did some fishing off the dock, but I needed a worm and I didn't have one. The lure wasn't the right bait. I did see something humongous lurking below my lure once. It would have made meals for several days--if I managed to wrestle it to shore.
- You need to have a lot of money to live this way on an island. There was no roughing it involved right down to the dishwasher.
- I did lots of reading, knitting and drawing. There are only so many places to go on an island. One island lying nearby was the size of our city lot. How do you go for a walk? I guess you go paddle your canoe or kayak.
- Thinking of canoes, we did go canoeing one day. Very nice. At one spot, we paddled right over a shipwreck. There it was right below in the clear, clear water.
- There's no such thing as zipping over to some fast food eatery because you can't think of what to make or don't want to make anything. There are no fast food eateries out there. You have to make it yourself--or go hungry.
- Was it mysterious? No.
- Was it nice? Yes.
- But I prefer my cottages to be on the mainland with the option to visit an island on occasion.
- See some pics I took there.