How is it possible that the summer is gone already?! The lazy summer mornings and hot afternoons filled with adventure are winding down as the cool air and earlier sunsets creep up on us. Though the autumn in the Hamilton region are filled with wonderful festivals, trails and adventures to be had, I'm always a little sad when those warm and lazy summer days are gone.
Our summer was absolutely filled with adventure and fun! Now that we are moved back to our hometown of Dundas, we had a great time filling our days with adventures from our childhood memories that we could now share with our girl. And boy did she enjoy checking everything out!
Whether we were chilling out at home, or off adventuring outside, I always brought along my trusty camera along for the ride.
We kicked off our summer by celebrating Elizabeth's third birthday! She was so excited to blow out the candle on her cake...she may have gotten a little close for comfort!
We made sure to check out as many local summer festivals and amusement parks like the Waterdown Ribfest and the Dundas Cactus Festival as well as Storybook Gardens in London! Our girl showed her fearless nature by riding all of the amusement rides possible...and begging to be allowed to go on the ones she was too small for! I'm pretty sure she will be skydiving before first grade at this rate!
We also spent quite a bit of time at our favourite place...our family cottage. Elizabeth absolutely loves it there because she can spend all day outside, in the woods, on the beach and in the lake. Not to mention fishing with her Grandpa and kayaking with her Grandma!
When back home, we made sure to make the most of the local trails and parks! Elizabeth and I love exploring the Dundas Conservation Area trails, in particular the Monarch Trail and the Spring Creek Trails! What adventure into Hamilton trails would be complete without visiting a waterfall! Sherman Falls in Ancaster is fantastic and easily accessible for little toddler feet. The fantastic Cherry Hill Gate trail in Burlington is also great for connecting with all of the birds and tiny critters in our area, feeding them was definitely a summer highlight for our sweet girl! And of course no summer would be complete with out many trips to the splash pad at the Dundas Driving Park and the swings at Sanctuary Park!
And no summer would be complete without a trip to the beach! We really loved visiting Fifty Point Beach in Grimsby!
Of course, with all this adventure outside, we did have some days spent at home, dancing in the rain, jumping on beds and starting experiments like germinating avocado stones!
Our summer days were so full...and we are so grateful for all of them. But whew...we are exhausted!!
What are some of your favourite summer family memories? I'd love to hear about them in the comments below!
Next stop....autumn! And its sure to be filled with more adventures. I can't wait to share them with all of you!