atara treated me to a surprise trip for my birthday. The trip itself was not a surprise, but she kept the destination a surprise until we got there (or until I figured out where were going from the direction we were heading). We did an overnight stay at the resort up on Hecla Island. The trip was wonderful - not the least because the weather cooperated - and the resort was nice. It had a few flaws, but overall I'd stay there again.
My foot is almost entirely recovered now. If I twist wrong I am reminded that I injured it recently, but otherwise I'm down to the normal aches and pains that one experiences as my age (which are not a lot because I'm not that old yet).
I stole this new avatar from 1n33d4hug on DA. I will link directly to the page here, with the disclaimer that DA pages are ephemeral at best, so you might well find the link broken if you try to follow it at some future time.
We were going to hike up to a beach called "Sunset Beach" at the park, but we discovered that it was about 2KM hike through mosquito-infested woods, and by that point we were both thoroughly chewed and walked-out for the day. Fortunately we happened up on a tower that afforded us a very good view of the sunset over the trees.
I got a great shot of the birds on these rocks. That is, it would have been a great shot if it had not been blurry behond redemption. Fortunately I got a couple other shots that weren't bad.
Speaking of ephemeral things, we were both amused by this little inukshuk standing on the rocks by the lake shore. In spite of its defiant pose, I imagine it will not withstand the waves when a good wind whips up the waves into a fine fall tempest.
Edit: Aw screw it - I wasn't going to whine about the flaws at the hotel, but I changed my mind after my shower.
Overall the place was quite nice, but I was unimpressed by the bathroom. It had a very modern, European styling, but it was a great example of form over function. It had a long counter that ran the full length of the bathroom on one side, with sliding doors at either end. The doors were mostly decorative, with big gaps that offered no privacy. The counter had dual sinks in the form of large, metal basins measuring at least 15" across the top. With all that real estate to play with, they positioned the taps right against the back so that you had to literally press your hands to the back of the basin when washing them.
The bathtub had a shower that looked intriguing at first; it had the usual adjustable shower head, and two nozzles projecting from the wall so that you could turn on side jets in addition to the overhead shower. The principle was nice, but the water pressure was too low to make it terribly effective, and the hot water alternated between comfortably warm, and uncomfortably cool. Finally, the tub's drain was set to the side, rather than the end making it very easy to step on while you were showering. Pressing it would either close or open it, depending on its state, and it was not unusual to suddenly discover that you were showering in standing water because you had accidentally stepped on the drain.
Finally, I was unimpressed with the breakfast we had there. The dinner we'd had the night before was worthy of a resort - not exactly Michelin star material, but decent. On the other hand, breakfast the next morning was phoned in at best. Fortunately they lowered our expectations right at the start when atara asked for her sausage to be butterflied, and the waitress responded with, "I'll put in that request, but I can't make any promises." I've run into this at a lot of hotel restaurants, that is, where they have decent lunches and good dinners, but treat breakfasts as if they are a necessary evil.