Beating the summer heat

After a steamy, humid week, my thoughts are drifting to beaches and lakes to beat the heat. Chances are I won’t make it to the beach this weekend though, as it’s a holiday weekend in Ontario, and they will be ridiculously busy. I’m not a big crowd person; I prefer going when it’s a bit quieter and even better, is when I feel like I have the place to myself! These photos that I’ve dug out of my collection, some of them decades old, take me there.

Sunrise in Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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One of my first major hiking experiences was a huge undertaking for a rookie hiker. Maybe if I’d known what I was getting myself into, I would have shied away. It was an incredible experience though, and I’m so glad I did it! I hiked all 60 km of the Pukaskwa Trail with my Uncle Joe and two of his canoeing buddies.

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My Uncle Joe also took me on my first canoe trip. My favourite spot to go with him is Lake Temagami, but the views on Lake Panache sure didn’t disappoint!

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One of my favourite spots in Algonquin.

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Georgian Bay (near Owen Sound)

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Misery Bay Provincial Park, Manitoulin Island

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As you would expect, Australia has some stunning beaches. One of my favourite spots was Byron Bay. This beautiful, laid back spot is on the mainland’s easternmost point. There is a lovely coastal hike, part of which runs along the beach, and makes its way to a lighthouse. I remember walking along here, spotting dolphins on occasion – pretty idyllic! I also love listening to waves crashing on rocks.

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More ocean…this time Mexico. You may recognize these from my trip last spring.

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Rivière Trois Pistoles

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Sometimes you gotta stop to smell the flowers, and to watch the sunsets. This was a beautiful, serene spot along scenic Route 138, Le Chemin du Roy

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Santa Monica beach, as seen from the pier

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All images by me; copyright Tina Beynen, 2017.

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