For those, like me, who forgot how to relax.
I knew I could do better after my glamping (mis)adventures at Mew Lake in Algonquin Provincial Park. I didn’t repeat the same mistakes but, I learned a few more lessons about glamping at Silent Lake Provincial Park.
I’m happy I took the time to truly enjoy one of Haliburton Highlands’ natural gems.
1. The hum of the highway fades away
When you let the sounds of nature envelop you, the noise emanating from roadways simply disappears.
2. It’s OK to relax
Some glamping spots beg to be enjoyed for as long as you can.
Cabin 210, with its prime location near the water and beach, made it easy for me to stay put and relax.
If you’re so lucky as to find that perfect escape into the wild, don’t fight the urge to nest, and let yourself be immersed in nature from your site.
3. No, you don’t have to hike
Sometimes, I put so much pressure on myself to explore as much as possible that I forget how to unwind.
This time, I wandered for a few hours, but my homing beacon always brought me back to the cabin to sit in the sun and enjoy the view.
4. Go swimming with your clothes on
If it’s a beautiful day, don’t make any excuses not to cool off in the water.
In my case, I didn’t get a swimsuit before my trip, so I just jumped in the water fully clothed after kayaking on Silent Lake.
It was so very refreshing.
6. It’s OK not to take a thousand photos per day
Never let the number of photos you take determine the quality of your trip’s memory.
Soak in every moment you can.
7. Love the wild things from afar
It was such a delight to be surrounded by so many wild birds and animals. There were a few over-curious chipmunks and red squirrels, but we let them know that there were no snacks for them here with the stomping of our feet.
These wily creatures have either been fed by other glampers or have discovered food scraps before to have become so bold.
Remember to Leave NO Trace!
8. In a beauty contest, nature always wins
So, forget that mirrors and razors exist once you start a trip.
May the length of your chin hairs measure the breadth of your adventures.
9. It’s OK (not) to miss home
For the first getaway of the season, it was nice to get away for a solo night and have company break the silence on the following two days.
I’m also truly thankful for the hamburgers and hot dog meals Lindz@IBBTravel brought!
10. This is Bear Country
While I didn’t go out exploring, I was ready.
I hope that when you’re in bear country, you’ll follow all proper precautions!
Like, carry bear spray and know how to use it!
Clap and sing periodically while hiking to announce your presence.