summer fun = research for this writer
Wow! What a week it’s been! I hope you’re enjoying as much time away from the daily grind as I am.
Our weather has been pretty darn good and I’ve taken every opportunity to enjoy a multitude of diversions away from the writing life. Not to say the experiences aren’t fodder for this blog and future articles. Everything is research to a freelance writer! But I’ve fully been living my motto and enjoying every day as though it could/might be my last.
I’ll post a pic of the new upper deck as soon as the last couple of boards have been stained to match the treated wood and composite floor boards. But just so you know, it was done in time to host our Alberta guests and I know that Rudy enjoyed playing his harmonicas out on the 2nd floor deck each morning. Life in a rural resort setting just can’t be beat!
We spent time exploring Hecla Island. Our visit seemed to coincide with a frog fest as I’m sure we saw no less than 100 tiny frogs frolicking along our hike from the Hecla Lakeview Resort to the lighthouse.
We were also fortunate to see the granddaddy of them all basking in the sun. He was absolutely massive compared to all the other mini versions of himself that we saw along the way.
Hecla Island must have a healthy biosphere, as I have heard that the presence of frogs indicates a good balance in the eco-system of the local environment. If you stay at the Lakeview Hecla Resort, you can arrange a customized tour with the on-site biologist. More on that at:
Following our visit to Hecla, I had the pleasure of attending the Opening Night Party and premiere screening of the Weakerthans documentary, “We’re the Weakerthans, we’re from Winnipeg” at the Gimli Film Festival. The Weakerthans are a terrific indy band from Winnipeg. More on them and their fabulous music at: http://www.theweakerthans.org/.
What an amazing event! We enjoyed watching the Weakerthans tour across Canada on a 35×10-foot movie screen suspended above the waters of Lake Winnipeg. It was a warm and (nearly) clear night with no wind and a minimal amount of insect life, making it the perfect night to sit on the beach and enjoy the show.
This is a daytime shot of the frame for the film screen set in the waters of Lake Winnipeg. It comes alive at 10 pm once the sun begins to set. Awesome setting for beach-loving movie buffs.
I’ve been told that there is no other film festival setting like this. It’s truly magical when the conditions are perfect as they were for us last night.
The Gimli Film Fest (GFF) celebrates its 10th year this year with the screening of more than 80 films. Find out more at http://www.gimlifilm.com/. Check out the photo gallery on the site for a first hand look at what you’re missing.
I’m glad I finally got to the GFF after living in Manitoba’s Interlake Region for the past three years. One more thing to strike off the regional Bucket List.
So how have you been enjoying the summer? Have you attended any special events we should know about? Have you discovered a special place like Hecla Island?