I have always been a fan of berry picking, but have never really had the chance to do so over the years. Recently, I have really been enjoying getting out and exploring my area and Andrews’ Scenic Acres is a little gem hidden in Milton, Ontario. I had visited here last Fall for flower picking and we enjoyed it so much we knew we had to go back in the Summer. I know visiting Andrews’ is only going to become more frequent, especially when Fall comes! Pumpkin picking, flower picking and yummy food – how can you go wrong?
When we pulled up to Andrews’ Scenic Acres we were so excited to get inside! We went on the weekend, which sadly happened to be a scorcher so we weren’t able to get as many photos as we would have loved. Once we paid and got our berry basket, we walked to the tractor stop and hopped onto the tractor which took us for a ride to the berry fields. Little man loved the tractor ride and helping pick the raspberries off the bushes and put them into the basket which was so cute. He was having so much fun being outside and running up and down the rows of berries that he tired himself out by the end of the trip.
When we were done with the raspberries, we walked over to the blueberry fields and had much more luck there. It took all of our willpower to wait until we got home to eat our berries, but it was so worth it! I sprinkled a few over my oatmeal the next morning with a drizzle of maple syrup and it was so amazing. We then hopped back on the tractor and we sadly didn’t end up stopping to pick any strawberries since it was so hot.
After picking a mountain of berries and getting some much needed fresh air and sun, we headed into the barn to check out the store. We ended up picking up strawberries from inside the store, so we were happy about that. They also carried my favourite brand of honey so I couldn’t resist! There was a huge assortment of baked treats like pies, butter tarts, and even a little station to grab a tea or coffee. Besides their baked treats, they carried pre-picked berries as well as some really yummy snacks. I am obsessed with sweet potato chips at the moment and ended up grabbing two bags while the hubby splurged on peanut brittle. Delicious!
I am so happy that we ended up going back to Andrews’ Scenic Acres because it was just as enjoyable as it was last Fall. I wanted to get some peonies but sadly must have missed them, so I will have to get there earlier next year! If you are from the GTA then I highly suggest heading over there for a day of summer fun. They have tons of activities for kids so it makes for a perfect day trip. I really hope you guys enjoyed this little photo diary and I look forward to sharing more of my adventures soon!
What is your favourite way to spend a day in Summer?
Algonquin Park is one of those places that I have always wanted to visit but never had the chance. I had never camped or even entertained the thought of camping until I met my fiance. I wasn’t an outdoor person, AT ALL. Over the years, I have fallen more in love with the outdoors and really enjoying camping and exploring. We were invited to come camping with some friends and I was thankful that, since this was my first time at Algonquin Park, we car camped which gave me a great feel for the area. As crazy as it is, I am even thinking about trying my luck at interior camping in the near future- who am I?
If you are thinking about visiting Algonquin Park for the first time then hopefully this post will help you decide on some amazing locations to visit and make your trip awesome! Luckily, our friends had a really great knowledge of the area and took us to some pretty spectacular spots (that are easy to get to!) that were just breathtaking to say the least!
Mew Lake Campground
We stayed at the Mew Lake Campground, a first for everyone during this trip, and it was really lovely. Our campsite was right on the water and we were often visited by two families of ducks which loved to come and walk around our feet and under our chairs. I took a little video for Instagram stories of this so definitely head over there if you want to get more of a glimpse into my everyday life and adventures. I liked how this campground was really close to the Lake of Two Rivers Store and Cafe so it was easy to re-stock on items and grab some amazing Kawartha Dairy ice cream! Our first night at Mew Lake was very chill, and we managed to get some really great photos of the stars which I rarely see in the city.
Algonquin Park Visitor Centre
If this is your first time to Algonquin Park then be sure to hit up the visitor centre. It has so many amazing things to see and you can really learn about the history of the area. They have some amazing lookout points that are perfect to snap a few pictures and a live feed camera that you can tune into and screenshot a picture of yourself standing on the lookout with the never-ending trees in the background!
Algonquin Logging Museum
If you’re still hungry for knowledge, you will really enjoy the Algonquin Logging Museum. It has a long, winding trail that not only gives you a great workout, but it has interactive displays that were really interesting. During our walk, I came across this amazing vintage blue truck that had me swooning! There is so much history in Algonquin!
The second night we decided to go for a night hike on the Lookout Trail to see the stars. I can definitely see how this could be a little bit scary at night, but when you’re with a group of friends it doesn’t seem so bad. We were armed with flashlights and descended up the trail and when we got to the top the sight was breathtaking. It was 10:30 PM by the time we got to the ledge and the sun was still setting on the horizon and I can only imagine what the view would be like during golden hour in Autumn. I am so excited to head there when the leaves start to change! There are no rails on the ledge so we stayed a little ways back and laid on the rocks and watched the stars. It was humbling having the feeling of being so small looking up at all of those stars, and the sense of calmness, stillness, and peace while laying there was something I will always remember. I highly recommended visiting here for a night hike because it’s truly an experience you’ll never forget!
I’ve saved the best for last! The Oxtongue River Ragged Falls is an absolute must see when visiting Algonquin Park. It’s an easy walk on the trail to get to this amazing waterfall but takes a little bit of work to get down onto the rocks. I found a little area on a rock beside the waterfall to sit on and it was great just taking in the amazing sight. It was like nothing I’ve ever seen or visited. The water was roaring all around us and since the weather had been so warm leading up to our trip, the water was nice and warm so we all decided to go for a swim. We headed down the left side of the falls and jumped in. I can’t say I ever imagined that I would be swimming in a waterfall, and I was a bit nervous with the hard current and a large drop just a few feet away (which I made sure to stay far away from), but it was an experience I will never forget. That is definitely one thing I can tick off my bucket list!
So that concludes my little adventure to Algonquin Park! It was such an amazing experience exploring the area and has really made me fall in love with the outdoors. I am excited to visit here again in the near future and find some even more amazing places to visit and share with you.
Have you been to Algonquin Park? I’d love for you to share where your favourite places to see are!
Enjoy the little things in life for some day you will look back and realize they were big things.
I’m sure everyone has heard this saying at some point in their life, and while I understood the sentiment when I was younger, it means more to me now than it ever has. The saying grew with me and I find myself always wanting to enjoy those little moments and memories and hold on to them forever.
Since becoming a momma, my days are always different and no two days are ever the same. They are busy, chaotic, stressful, beautiful, wonderful, fulfilling – I could go on. Being a mom changed so many things in my life and made me want to live my life just a little bit slower, with a little more mindfulness and really cherish the little moments as they come.
The fact that my son is turning 17 months old in just a few days has my mind spinning. Where does the time go? Each morning I wake up and am amazed by how much my little man has grown just from the day before. Seeing him hit those milestones, picking up a new habit, trying to say a new word, his contagious laugh – these little things brighten up my entire day.
So while it can be easy to get caught up in things that go wrong during the day, to feel consumed by work or the evergrowing things on your to-do list, just take a moment each day to think about the little things that made you grateful today. That is why I recently started a gratitude journal which I am excited to share with you soon and in an attempt to really love each day for what it is, I have come up with a few ways that I am going to do so.
Be in the moment
I have always been a person who likes to pick up their camera (and more conveniently now my iPhone) to snap pictures during the holidays, special occasions, or while my son is doing something silly and I am so concentrated on getting a great shot that I forget to stop and be in the moment. As much as it’s great to have a picture to look back on, I think it’s okay sometimes to just have that memory in your mind to think back on. I am going to try and be more present, enjoy the moment, and not always be looking through my camera lens.
I touched a bit on this earlier, but I have really been enjoying gratitude journaling. There are so many things to be grateful for! Even though it may be hard at first, once you truly bring gratefulness into your life it gets much easier to see little things that you once overlooked that make you truly happy. There is something beautiful in every day, you just have to be looking for it.
Get outside more
As a stay at home mom, much of my day is spent running around after my energetic toddler and before I know it the day is done. It can be really easy to forget how important it is to get outside and smell the roses, as they say. Recently, I went on an amazing trip to Algonquin and it was so beautiful and peaceful and being outside for those few days really helped to clear my mind a bit. I plan on heading outdoors more often!
I plan to make the time and effort when I can to practice more self-care because as much as I love looking after my little family, I need to look after myself too. To be honest, most of the time I feel guilty for wanting to take some time for myself, and it’s something I personally struggle with. Now that I am a mom, there are so many things that I feel I need to be doing or taking care of, and learning to stop and leave some unticked boxes on the to-do list is totally okay. At the end of the day, my world isn’t going to end if I forget to put a load of laundry on.
I really hope my ramblings made sense and maybe even inspired you! What is something that you are grateful for today? How do you practice gratitude and mindfulness? I’d love for you to share in the comments!