Chapter 10 – Stormy night at Foxwood

We checked out of our hotel in Huntsville today and travelled to Foxwood Resort on the Lake of Bays, our home for the next few nights.

We stopped for some retail therapy in Huntsville on the way. I couldn’t bring myself to go into the Christmas Shop in August, even if there are only 132 days until the big day. I noticed that the Huntsville Lego man outside the toy store has a penchant for Tim Hortons coffee…he must be a proper Canadian.

Tim Hortons coffee is very popular in Canada...
Tim Hortons coffee is very popular in Canada…
Only 132 days until Christmas! I haven't done my Christmas shopping yet!
Only 132 days until Christmas! I haven’t done my Christmas shopping yet!

We also grabbed drinks and ‘bear poo’ at a cafe called ‘Erika’s’ and acted like right tourists amongst the many moose and bear-themed products in the Dwight Trading Post.

A plethora of bear-themed merchandise was on offer...
A plethora of bear-themed merchandise was on offer…
That's dinner sorted, then
That’s dinner sorted, then
Catrin's accommodation
Catrin’s accommodation

Finally we had our first glance of Foxwood Resort…through a torrential rain storm. It was beautiful and the lake absolutely stunning. We are staying in an Eco house made of straw bales. I say house, but it is more of a mansion and makes some of the houses on ‘Grand Designs’ look like pokey council bungalows. You almost need a compass to navigate across the vast polished concrete floor of the living/ dining room and the kitchen has fancy hobs which heat the metal pans via a magnetic field (you could put your hand on them without burning yourself (well, Abu Hamza might burn himself) but the pans heat up within seconds). All was quiet, apart from the rain, chirping insects and free range chickens pottering about.

A beautiful view of The Lake of Bays at dusk
A beautiful view of The Lake of Bays at dusk

Nightfall brought the most amazing thunderstorm. I ran down to the lake shore to watch the lightning illuminating the clouds above the water. At first the storm lit up the two distant corners of the lake and then moved closer and closer to the jetty I was standing on. Each time the flashes turned night to day I could see a wall of rain advancing on me. I turned and ran back to our chalet just as the first few enormous blobs of rain fell and soon the lightning was directly above the chalets with monsoon-style torrential rain sending rivers along the pathways. The storm rumbled on for a couple of hours and Catrin and I watched the lightning and rain from the conservatory/ viewing gallery. It brings a dramatic change in the weather (goodbye hot sunshine) but it doesn’t really matter…we have raincoats and jumpers and the lake is still warm. This place is beautiful no matter what the weather throws at it.

Sheet lightening over the lake
Sheet lightening over the lake
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