|Overview of lake and park area (Bracebridge, Muskoka)|
|High Falls - Bracebridge|
|Iron Art - Bracebridge|
Doesn't seem like much right? After all, we were just supposed to be going up to High Falls in Bracebridge for the day but somehow, there was still that "anticipation" - it was a date. One he'd thought out, and planned before asking me. I looked forward to Friday all week, simply because of the thought he'd put into the date. On Friday morning when I got up, I prepared for our date.
|Bracebridge Power Plant & Damn|
The difference between the average "let's go to Bracebridge for a day trip" and "would you like to go out on a date with me". Getting asked for a date made the entire day seem that much more special, even though we'd been to High Falls before. (psssst ... hey you guys out there - try that sometime, okay?). As it turns out, we didn't end up at High Falls, although we did go to Bracebridge, and then to Gravenhurst.
|Water Wheel at Bracebridge|
Now there are swim platforms at the edge of the
waterfront next to the boardwalk, making it much easier to actually use the waterfront in this area. There's always been a pathway from the park up to the power station, but it's neat and tidy now, with a small beach area (very tiny) hidden in a curved area of path, just before you come to the waterwheel.
|Condos and Power Plant - Bracebridge|
|Boardwalk at the Bracebridge Park|
On our way to Bracebridge we headed north from Orillia along the "backroads" and stopped in Gravenhurst to grab a coffee. Driving down the main street I noticed a store I haven't seen in a very long time ... I'm not sure, really why I never noticed it before except maybe it was because it's just off the main drag area.
A Stedman's. Yeah, can you believe that? Anyone who has spent most of their life in Orillia (and is over 40) will probably remember Stedman's. I didn't think there were any of them left. Orillia hasn't had one for maybe 20 or more years. Steadmans used to be downtown ... close to where the Golden Dragon Restaurant was.
I can still remember the large sign over the store with "Stedman's" in big red letters, and below that "5 and 10" (affectionally labeled the "five and dime"). I remember it's old wooden floors, and the lunch counter too. Anyway, passing Stedman's in Gravenhurst I commented on it to my husband, so on our way home from Bracebridge we stopped in Gravenhurst and went into Stedman's.
|Gravenhurst Wharf Shoreline|
|The Wenonah II at Gravenhurst|
I didn't buy anything that day, but I'm definitely going back. Stedman's. Go figure.
A few more pictures from the outing:
|New condos in Bracebridge.|
|Gravenhurst Wharf Park Area|