Here's the thing: to be immersed in nature and to soak up such wonderful sights while reveling in the movement of one's body on a bicycle in a way that has become as much a part of yourself as walking...such a beautiful experience!
But...to do this in sync with 18 other people? With such fun-loving harmony, respect and good-will? To discover gorgeous vistas together and almost hear a collective sigh of "ahhhh, just look at that...!"
It rarely gets any better than this.
One of us attempted to sum it up with his words:
"It Was a very Relaxed and very Inspirational Weekend.
It's a Retreat of Like Minds,
and I want to Thank each and everyone of You
for Sharing and Giving up, your ones Self,
for the Common Interest of us All.
Our Harmony was Perfect
and I am Filled with your Spirits and Laughter ...."
Here is our hostel at Tibbett's Point, complete with our own lighthouse:
Our host at the hostel was a hand-in-glove fit with our group. The cost of staying at this hostel for each of us from Friday through Monday was a meager $66 for the entire weekend! I encourage folks to check out hosteling as a low-cost, personable means of travel. The above link can direct you towards hostels which may be available for your travel plans.
We each brought food to share, dishes all made up and ready to eat. I brought my home-made hummus, veggies, a big container of home-made lentil-zucchini soup, salsa, apples, bananas, oatmeal and a couple dozen eggs & butter. Such a collective bounty of food was brought that there was no need for dining out. All meals were a collective group effort and we sometimes cozily jammed into the little kitchen, but mostly sat around in the Adirondack chairs or picnic tables outside to enjoy our meals and conversation.
During the day we would ride out to Kingston, CA by ferry or explore some of the islands Wolfe Island, which sprawled across Lake Ontario from Tibbett's Point. Other islands we explored included Simcoe which was a little ferry ride away from Wolfe Island and Wellesley Island which was up near Alexandria Bay after crossing the 1,000 Island bridge:
Friday and Sunday evenings offered gorgeous sunsets which we all savored while enjoying each other's company and conversation:
Saturday night was a wild and crazy night of weather! The wind off Lake Ontario was so strong that one could almost lean into it and allow it to hold one's body upright! Along the horizon one could see thunderstorms crackling and flashing a show that lit up the sky! We didn't have the rain yet so we were able to get out and let the wind pummel us as we took in such a powerful display of nature!
Friday and Sunday evenings were quieter and we gathered 'round a campfire. I played my guitar and loved hearing all the conversations all around me and joined in at times in between songs. Some of the nights drifted on well past midnight...just didn't want it to end!
Even after checking out on Monday morning we weren't willing to simply go home...so we stop at the Black Pond Nature Preserve and beach on Lake Ontario on our way back home:
And a final meal at Bob's BBQ in Homer, NY:
What an absolute joy the entire weekend was for all of us!
I'll sign off with yet another beautiful sunset:
...and a wish for all of my SparkFamily to fill your lives with equally heartfelt and special times.
Update: FYI...this is my 2nd year joining with club members in what has been an annual tradition for many, many years. My hope is to never have to miss spending my Labor Day weekend with my cycling buddies up at Tibbett's Point!