7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 80

7_quick_takes_sm1 Please join me and other Catholic bloggers at Jen’s Conversion Diary for 7 Quick Takes Friday.

We’re in the midst of preparing a book (Don’t You Forget About Me by Erin McCole Cupp) for publication and trying to finish three other creative deadlines. But…earlier this week, my husband, my two youngest sons and I took a short trip to Toronto. It turned out to be slightly more stressful than being at home trying to meet several deadlines.

1. Canada’s Wonderland
The week started out great with us staying overnight at our friends’ house, then heading to Toronto. We had a wonderful time at Canada’s Wonderland.IMG_0677

2. The Only Ride I Go On
My husband captured a cool shot of me and my youngest on Silver Streak, which is the only ride I go on at the park. Despite my love for flying, I do not like roller coasters with 80 degree inclines and 320 feet drops (although my husband and sons love them!)

copyright James Hrkach

copyright James Hrkach

3. Torrential Rains
Our day at Canada’s Wonderland was cut short by torrential downpours and about 120 millimeters of rain in less than two hours (evidently, this broke a century’s old record for Toronto). After an hour, we decided to leave the park, much to the chagrin of the kids. Everyone else in the park decided to leave at the same time because it took us about an hour just to get out of the parking lot. Then another hour to travel to the hotel less than two kilometers away in stop and go traffic. One of the reasons it took us so long to get to the hotel was because it was rush hour and there were power outages, which meant that all the lights were out and we had to consider them four-way stops.

copyright Ellen Hrkach

copyright Ellen Hrkach

4. No Sad Songs for the Swimmers
Not surprisingly, when we arrived at the hotel, we found there was no power there either. On the way to our room through the dark hallways, we discovered the swimming pool and water slide. The kids, who were already disappointed we had to leave the park early, perked up, only to find the water slide wasn’t working. Here they are in the pool staring at the water slide beside them.

Copyright Ellen Hrkach

Copyright Ellen Hrkach

5. Black Creek Pioneer Village (#1)
The electricity finally came on in the middle of the night. The following day, we decided to visit a local historical attraction. As the author of historical books and a lover of history, I was excited to visit Black Creek Pioneer Village just two blocks from the hotel. The beautiful pathway (below) was one of the first scenes we encountered.

copyright James Hrkach

copyright Ellen Hrkach

6. Black Creek Pioneer Village (#2)

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The Mill – copyright James Hrkach

7. Black Creek Pioneer Village (#3) “Physician’s Office”
Since one of the male protagonists in my current work in progress (A Subtle Grace) is a physician, I was especially interested in seeing this 19th century doctor’s office.

copyright James Hrkach

copyright James Hrkach

Copyright 2013 Ellen Gable Hrkach


5 thoughts on “7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 80

  1. Pingback: 7 Quick Takes Friday – Volume 80 | Catholic Canada

  2. Wow, Ellen, your short trip sounds like my husband’s and my trip this past fall to Maryland to see the beautiful fall leaves…which had already fallen, and the torrential downpours that continued to fall the whole weekend…the weekend Hurricane Sandy hit the Jersey coast…all the way into Western Maryland where we were camping in a tiny cabin, which became flooded and we had to leave early to come back to a home devoid of electricity… Your photos are priceless and I’m glad the trip wasn’t a total washout. ~Victoria Marie Lees

  3. Thanks for commenting, Victoria! Sounds like a memorable trip you had last fall! And you were part of history too! I kept telling the kids this past week, “Isn’t it cool to be part of history?” I don’t think they were impressed…

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