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This weekend we are at the cottage in Muskoka for my birthday. This morning I woke up early with the dogs, and hiked the Torrance Barrens with Zeppelin. No one else was there, which made it awesome. It’s pretty wet so we have to do some backtracking but we had a fun time and Zepp enjoyed some rock climbing. -2C this morning but it’s looking to be warm this weekend, 18C apparently!
@WNGD the water levels aren’t too high on our lake this spring, have you been up yet?

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I'm coming up tomorrow (Saturday) to open up.
I know exactly those rocks at the Barrens, I used to pick blueberries down there as a kid before the barrens were the Barrens and when driving down Southwood Road was an adventure.
 

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I'm coming up tomorrow (Saturday) to open up.
I know exactly those rocks at the Barrens, I used to pick blueberries down there as a kid before the barrens were the Barrens and when driving down Southwood Road was an adventure.
The drive was quite the adventure this time, hit a monstrous bump and the truck jumped 4 feet to the right lol
 

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A really nice morning here. The dogs enjoy their morning stroll around the property. We had visits from a pair of loons and geese.
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What a beautiful peaceful place your cottage is. Torrance Barrens look great, like Zepp was having a blast. Is that long flat ridge where the snowmobiles go through in the winter? (It's been awhile since I've been there)

Thought of you and @WNGD today driving back from Killarney - I gassed up at Magnetawan First Nation, $1.829. Shawanaga First Nation was $1.759 so should've gone there - Pointe Au Baril (not a First Nation) was $1.949 when I drove past (yipes). But over on Wahta right off the 400 - can't remember the name of it - $1.659. Had to wait in line for awhile, and was only down 1/6th of tank, but heck! You probably drive up 11 but thought I'd mention it.

Figure support Indigenous entrepeneurs and businesses and save some money at the same time. Me and a friend are going back up to Killarney Friday to backpack with Agis and I am going to be smart about my gas stops - on the way up the trip I just did I gassed up in Parry Sound and kicked myself when I got to Shawanaga!

After that digression, I just love how close the dogs are on the cushion...living the dream!
 

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Oh shoot I forgot it was your birthday too! Happy Birthday!!!!! 🥳
 
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Weekend at my parents’. Worked my horse and hiked with the dogs. Gorgeous weather, Zepp enjoyed some swims in the pool (74F water and it was only opened a week ago) unfortunately I don’t have any good pics as I have to facilitate Zepp’s swimming so he doesn’t rip the pool liner. He is getting better at using the stairs.


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What a beautiful peaceful place your cottage is. Torrance Barrens look great, like Zepp was having a blast. Is that long flat ridge where the snowmobiles go through in the winter? (It's been awhile since I've been there)

Thought of you and @WNGD today driving back from Killarney - I gassed up at Magnetawan First Nation, $1.829. Shawanaga First Nation was $1.759 so should've gone there - Pointe Au Baril (not a First Nation) was $1.949 when I drove past (yipes). But over on Wahta right off the 400 - can't remember the name of it - $1.659. Had to wait in line for awhile, and was only down 1/6th of tank, but heck! You probably drive up 11 but thought I'd mention it.

Figure support Indigenous entrepeneurs and businesses and save some money at the same time. Me and a friend are going back up to Killarney Friday to backpack with Agis and I am going to be smart about my gas stops - on the way up the trip I just did I gassed up in Parry Sound and kicked myself when I got to Shawanaga!

After that digression, I just love how close the dogs are on the cushion...living the dream!
Wahta First Nation (convenience store and gas bar) is on 38 between Hwy 400 and Bala. We almost always go home that way instead of through Gravenhurst on 11. Mileage is almost identical to get to where both highways join in Barrie but the speed limit is +10kph and the views of Go Home Lake and Georgian Bay are awesome. Mrs H's Fish and Chips on the same property is supposed to be pretty good or so the lineups say. There's also a new gas station even closer to the 400 as of last year.

Gas prices are nuts right now, topping $2/litre for regular. My truck takes $150 to fill with mid grade.:mad: so we'll be heading up to the cottage less but staying longer.
 

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Yeah @WNGD I'm doing a lot of weekend trips but we'll see how that lasts. Heading Killarney way in part because it's prettier AND I can get cheaper gas (I mean, it's 100k further, so a bit of a wash I'm sure). Trying to save other ways, though I drove to get groceries yesterday (normally I'd walk) - but since I drove I got a ton of non-perishables and stuck them in the community pantry that a church just down the road has set up outside of their gate. I'd never haul that around normally.
 

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I like taking Zeppelin in public and to stores as much as possible. I feel this helps him be a good citizen and a well-rounded dog.

Today we went to DSW (a large shoe store) with a family member after I discovered they allow dogs!


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He was a very good boy and went to the pet store after for some treats and a new crate pad.
 
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