Rondeau Park Stay-cation

Frog, yup climbing on the window.

Sorry for not posting for a while, I know that there are at least a few of you who check out my blog on a regular basis. We went on a “stay-cation” this past weekend, and even stay-cations take lots of packing and planning. It was just so nice, I thought I would make a page about it.

We went to Rondeau Provincial Park, and stayed in a cottage. It was just wonderful!I would like to say a special thanks to Momo and Pa for inviting us! We had a great time!

Our first night there we had great warm weather, and we were greeted most kindly by the frog population of the park. They are everywhere! The above picture was one that decided the cottage window was a great place to hang out! We were sitting in the living room relaxing, when one of us (not sure who saw him first) noticed movement on the window. I ran to the other room and grabbed the camera. He was happy as a clam, sitting on the sill, then climbing up, and sitting some more.

The next morning, on our way out, Pa found this guy sitting on the front porch railing. He was just hanging out. The kids loved to look at him, but we were careful to tell them not to touch the frogs (as they apparently have very sensitive skin). I was pleased as punch to see so many frogs, they are one of my favorite animals, and of course healthy frogs mean a (relatively) healthy ecosystem!

Saturday, when we returned to the cottage, we found yet another frog, hanging out on the stairs. He was so cute, I had to include him here! The funny part is  that this, the smallest of the frogs that we saw, was the one that freaked my daughter out! It really was very funny. My almost 2 year old daughter was about to climb the steps when she spotted the frog, and she let out such a blood curdling scream that I thought she had hurt herself! She was stomping her feet and screaming when I realized it was just the frog scarring her. I moved the little frog over to a tree and everything was fine.

We also saw a tonne of Dragonflies. I love Dragonflies, they are cute! I was not quick enough to catch many of them, but I did manage to capture one in a photo. This one landed on a chair beside Joey and I as we were enjoying the afternoon from the look out at the cottage.

Throughout all of the days we were there, there were tonnes of Dragonflies in the sky. They are just such a iconic insect to me, they represent high summer to me, as  they have always been visible (regardless of location) in late summer here in Ontario.

We also saw some humming birds, this was a first for me. I know, they pass through every year, but I had never seen one in person before! I was not fast enough to catch one with the camera, but what an awesome thing! it really does look like they do not have wings when they are flying! SO COOL!

Last but no least we saw a snake, not that they are uncommon around here, but it was neat to see one none the less. I am not at all freaked out by them, I actually quite like snakes, and I definitely appreciate their function within the food chain. So, yay for snakes…. I guess.

The best part of Rondeau, for me, as it always is when it comes to Lake side locations, was of Course the view. I think It speaks for itself.


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