First we stayed a couple nights at Cyprus Lake in Tobermory. As you can see, the water was turquoise, giving it the feeling of a tropical paradise. A few steps from where I painted this is a waterside cave called The Grotto. The Grotto is the most beautiful place I have ever swum. With water so clear that you can see the bottom far below you. The white rocks have a bluish tinge, reminiscent of a swimming pool. The icy water will forever be our benchmark against other swimming temperatures. As in: "The lake is cold, but at least it's not as cold as the Grotto" or "This pool is way warmer than the Grotto." We got used to it very quickly and had a beautiful and refreshing swim.
Next, we took a glass-bottom boat to Flowerpot Island, named for the bizarrely-shaped rock formations. On the way, the boat passed some sunken ships. Our boat didn't sink though, and we made it safely to the island for a nice hike. I regret not taking more time here. We booked the boat back after the recommended 2 hours, but next time I would bring my bathing suit and stay the whole day.
We said goodbye to Tobermory and took a Ferry and then drove to Killarney Provincial Park. Above is a painting of Killarney at night. As you can see, the night sky and trees looked gorgeous reflected in the water. I needed a flashlight to paint in the dark, but when I had it on some of the stars would disappear. Light pollution in action! Adam took some breathtaking star pictures.
We did a lot of hiking in Killarney. The hiking "trails" were actually just mountains with trail markers on them. There would always be a nice easy meandering path to your right, but the trail marker would point to the left, up a cliff made of jagged boulders. The most difficult of these was the Crack, which I'm sure was named because you could easily crack your head open if you lost your footing. 6 kilometers, culminating in the aforementioned jagged-boulder mountain. At the end of our climb, we were treated to a breathtaking view (above) which I painted quite accurately even though I almost lost my canvas and brushes to the wind.
We rented a canoe and explored some of the islands in the area. Once we got out into the bay, the water became too rough, and we were afraid that we would capsize and destroy our expensive electronics. So our canoe trip was brief, but we stopped on one of the pink rocky islands to eat lunch and paint a picture of the view. Later, we took a longer canoe ride and went fishing on the water. I couldn't catch anything, but Adam managed to snag a trout, a small-mouth bass, and a catfish. As usual, nothing was large enough to keep. We stayed until dark, when the fish stopped biting and bats began dive bombing our heads.
And now we're home. Just for one day though and then we're off to Pinery Provincial Park to camp with the kids. I don't think I'll bring my paints this trip. Maybe some crayons and paper.