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My Life is Fraught With Memories

Don't worry... this is NOT a "poor me" post...

The little one (as regular - and those who need more bran - readers know,) is currently up at a rental cottage for the week... the cottage is near Minden, Ontario which, oddly enough, is close to where my former family cottage was.

So, yesterday, I decided to show Sue what the ol' cottage looked like...

Thanks to Google satellite images...

My Old Islands from Space...

There it is! See that tiny spec the arrow points to? It's an island on the end of the lake... surrounded by a river... a little touch of heaven on Earth in some ways to me. It's small (about one-and-a-half acres) but it had a beach and the water was always swimable.

Sadly, it is no longer in our family... which is a situation that has left me not speaking to one sister... but I can remember it well... which is why I'm posting about this.

In my adult life, I never got up there enough... and not because of "lack of want", but lack of transportation... or a lack of willing to have a vacation that HAD to include said sister.

...that said...

How I found this image, which is NOT exactly a "bookmarked" bit on Google maps was funny...

I didn't know you could use "road maps" on Google... so I started with a satellite image of #1 Spadina Cres. in downtown Toronto... then "drove" using the roads to the cottage.

Yup, it was flying "blind" in some ways, but I navigated to the place via Google satellite images using "sight" and "memory" alone.

I was so unsure I was in the right place that when I noticed the "Map" option, clicked it, and discovered I was bang on, I was decidedly impressed with myself!

Further Up...

Here's the road map...

My father bought the island and built the initial cottage there... and from the ages of two to about sixteen, I spent more Summer time there than anywhere else... in fact, in many ways, it was the ONLY link I really had to my "family".


Here's a long view...

As you can see in the map above, I was so pleased when I heard schnookie was up at a cottage "near Minden" as I felt as if she was near-enough by my old family stompin' grounds as there is a SLIGHT passing of me to her... even if it isn't "The Island" as such.

Who knows, however... despite the mean/average cottage price in that area for a "lake front" cottage being reasonably close to a million dollars (the average seems to be about $600,000 to $900,000 depending...) as the location is very "desirable", and I probably will never be able to afford this one, another dream Sue and I share is trying to re-capture that island... one day... for our family... in a sense from my old family.

I guess it may never happen... or perhaps we'll find our own island... but I miss my dad... and I miss this island... and all I have are memories...

...but it's good to know that our little one is up near Kawartha Dairy and the like... so I'll take it...

...and it's weird and great to know my memory of this place worked so well that I located it from the air without directional or "road map" help.

Apparently, forty-year old brain cells CAN work. :)


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Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
K.. dude..? As much as I big pink puffy heart you and sue, I am NOT putting a SAVE THE ISLAND on my blog.. at least, not until after I've gotten my OWN dream of an island. :) After that, yeah, what the hell.. :)

I wonder if Alcatraz is for sale.. that'd be a pretty interesting vacation spot... ;)
PermalinkPermalink 08/06/07 @ 23:21
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Trish... Well, we're NOT going to do a "Save The Island" blog... realistically, I'd actually prefer to do our "own thing" and hope to find a property down the line that we can buy and build on and pass on to the kids.

As for Alcatraz, Sue and I would be in HEAVEN! Imagine! History! Crime! Violence! GHOSTS! PERFECT!!!!
PermalinkPermalink 08/07/07 @ 06:39
Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
hey Hey HEY.. Don't go bogarting my dream!! :D

Maybe I'll let you and Sue visit once in awhile. ;)
PermalinkPermalink 08/07/07 @ 22:12
Comment from: Admin [Member] Email ·
Hey Trish... Awww... We'll give you a ride in the bus... the least you can let us do is wander around Alcatraz looking for the ghost of Big Al!
PermalinkPermalink 08/08/07 @ 06:41
Comment from: trish [Visitor] Email ·
Yeah.. you're right. You guys could come over as much as you want. :)
PermalinkPermalink 08/08/07 @ 09:51

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