The water was also the highest we have ever seen, being right up to the beginning of the dock. When, in the past, we have been able to walk out to the rocky outcrop where the Inuksuk stands and build our own.
Our trip began Friday mid-day, when my husband was able to leave work for the afternoon. We dropped the kids off at Grandma and Grandpa's house and made our way up to the cottage. We took our time, stopping a few places along the way, with a dinner destination in mind.
My husband is a big fan of Block Three Brewing Co. in St. Jacobs; while researching brew pubs along our route, he found out that one of the founders of Block Three had started a new Brewery in Goderich (Square Brew). We decided this would be our first stop along the three hour stretch. As well, my husband wanted to purchase one of their Crowlers (a growler, but in a can). He was hoping to take home their Vienna is Waiting (which he taste tested and loved, and even I somewhat enjoyed; I do not like beer in general). It is an amber ale, but unfortunately they only had a bit left, not enough for a crowler. So, he opted for the Pilsner instead. The place was spacious, with fantastic staff to talk to. Unlike most craft breweries, their samples cost a bit of change; which makes sense, as it was a little larger of a sample and that is their beer they are trying to promote. Really recommend trying this beer out if you are in the Goderich area. I believe the consensus was that the Pilsner was also delicious, and perfect for cottage drinking.
Now praise for the chicken wings, because they were mouth watering. When we were in University, we used to hit up Morty's Pub regularly for their Thursday wing deal (in fact, that is where I was first introduced to my husband). Our favourite choice was the smokey barbecue, the perfect mix of spicy and sweet. However, over the years Morty's has changed, and in our opinion gone downhill. They discontinued the smokey barbecue and replaced it with a generic and bland barbecue sauce. Well, my husband ordered the Bourbon Barbecue at Outlaw, and right away when he smelled the wings he knew it was the sauce we love, because there was the distinct hint of vinegar in the air. When we tried them they were melt-in-your-mouth and it was the sauce we missed terribly. It was so good, such a perfect way to start our cottage vacation. This alone cemented that we made the right choice of dinner destination.
In the afternoon, we made our way to Sauble Beach. Probably the most disappointing part of the trip, as the beach was not what we were expecting. Lots of people, and cars parked on the beach. We still had fun swimming, but did not stay too long. Spent a lot of the time rock collecting for my daughter.
On the way out of Sauble, my husband was too cute and waited in an intense line to purchase a small Cinnamon Bun Latte for me (which tasted just like a cinnamon bun, nom nom) at Amici's Coffee Bar. We also went to check out a very cool double decker taco bus. Did not buy anything, as our friends were making delicious tacos for dinner already.
We went back to the cottage, and the dinner...oh my gosh, so good. Mango salsa, three kinds of taco shells, chicken with an amazing seasoning, fresh guacamole and all the toppings you could hope for. The taco bar was a huge success, and I stuffed my face with four tacos...what was I thinking? The mango salsa though, to die for! The guacamole was also delicious on eggs the next day.
Saturday night we played Cards Against Humanity, laughed, talked, drank, and enjoyed each other's company. Again, the next morning my husband and I were up early to read together on the deck, then we asked if we would have time to go canoeing before breakfast. We were given the go ahead and canoed to a little island across the lake. We found it was a bird feeding ground, with crab claws littering the large rocks. Took some back to show my daughter. It was quiet contemplation time, and even though we forgot our bathing suits, we took advantage of the perfect swimming spot (underwear works as swimwear in a pinch). Was idyllic, and a nice moment to be the two of us.
We headed back after about an hour and breakfast was ready to go. After eating all the yummy food, we decided it was time to head back to reality and the kids. We left some food for our friends for lunch, since we had eaten breakfast so late, and wished our friends goodbye, with the hope that this might become a yearly tradition.
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