Keen to check out the state of one of my favourite getaway spots in the city, the kids and I made the trek over to the Island on Friday after work, for dinner and a swim.
I've never seen the ferry so empty, especially on a warm summer evening, and it was strangely indicative of what we would see on arrival at the other side.
If this state of affairs was "almost ready to reopen" I can't possibly imagine what it must've been like here a month ago! And to be honest, I worry about what will happen to the delicate landscape when bombarded by an onslaught of eager tourists next week: A few folks sneaking across the water to supplement the careful and committed residents is one thing, but the approximately 20 000 daily visitors that the island typically hosts in summer is going to test the still-saturated land, that's for sure.
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We found our favourite table unoccupied, and devoured double orders of mac & cheese for the boys, a veggie burger for me and a good sized salad for the three of us to share.
It was nice to have the islands to ourselves in some sense.
Before they jumped into the water, Simon and Alex insisted on doing a little pole dance for me in their underwear, loudly exclaiming, "look, Mom, we're strippers!" (Yet another reason to be thankful for the empty beach, lol!)
But soon they were in the water, and I was amazed at how undeterred they seemed by the cooler temperatures of a not-yet-warmed-up Lake Ontario.
I feel better already for having spent the evening there, and can't wait to make at least another trip over later this summer!