Melissa MacDonald

Graphic Designer / Wanderer / Nature-lover Instagram: @thisismelmac
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    Holiday Monday in Almonte

    May 22, 2017 in Canada ⋅

    We decided to pack up camp on Sunday morning and head home since the forecast was calling for rain all night Sunday, but neither of us were ready for our weekend adventures to end. So, we made a game time decision to hop in the car and take off to Almonte for the day on Victoria Day Monday.

    Upon arrival, our first stop was at the ice cream shop (of course). A little ice cream fuel for small town adventures is a must! Once I had my chocolate & peanut butter scoop and Dave had his chocolate scoop in a waffle cone, we took off down the Riverwalk. The Riverwalk is a boardwalk and a series of bridges that lead you along the water line for fantastic views of the falls. It's only about two blocks in the length though so it didn't take us very long to traverse.

    Next up, the Mill Street shops! We popped in to a few antique shops, gift shops and outdoor stores. Even if you don't buy anything, the shops contain such neat little items that you can't find in the city! The architecture found in this part of town is breathtaking as well, lined with buildings that were constructed in the 19th century. The former Almonte post office and the Rosamond Woollen Mill are both designated as National Historic Sites of Canada.

    After a stroll through the park on the riverside, we hopped in the car and took a little tour of the countryside and then headed into Carleton Place to drive around town. About halfway through our tour it dawned on us... We were out for a Monday drive. When did we become our parents?!
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    Victoria Day Camping Weekend

    May 19, 2017 in Canada ⋅

    This weekend marked the official kick-off of camping season for us and we took off to Lac Simon, which is nestled in the heart of the Outaouais, a little under a two hour drive from Ottawa. While it got pretty chilly overnight and the black flies were pretty thick at times, we had an amazing time and it was wonderful to get out into the woods and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.

    A couple of takeaways from our camping trip:
    1. Keep the camping BBQ well away from the side of the screen tent
    2. Bringing two coolers is key - one for food and one for bevies
    3. Onesies are great for keeping warm, but not for middle of the night bathroom trips!
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