As part of an early birthday present and to start a tradition, Dan and I went on a bike adventure to the Toronto Islands. We went about a month earlier than last year, which I appreciated since I froze my bum off last time! We also ended up biking all the way to the waterfront instead of taking the subway. We followed the same path as I took last time, and it was fun to show it to Dan. Unfazed by the Lower Don Valley Trail closure, we forged onward and followed the detour from last time.
Unfortunately, we passed by a horrific car accident scene and we overheard that a child had been struck. We later found out that the child miraculously came away with minor injuries despite being struck by a vehicle and dragged over 20 meters. Otherwise, we made it to the waterfront without incident. We enjoyed some street meat (veggie for me, Italian sausage for him) on the boardwalk while we waited for the next ferry. Our ferry was different from last time - there was no outdoor deck. It was warmer, but didn’t afford as nice a view. The ferry was bustling with many young families with toddlers and babies in strollers.
When we docked, we were greeted by a large sign promoting the Far Enough Farm fundraiser. Being huge proponents of local and urban agriculture, we made a note to check it out later. Plus, the sign promised corn and beer!
We beelined to the beach on Centre Island. I cannot put into words how much I love being around water, and consequently, how much I miss Vancouver’s proximity to the Pacific Ocean. Living in Toronto, it’s easy to tire of the suffocating concrete jungle. It’s no wonder Ontarians love their cottages so much! We set down a blanket and just took it all in - the sound of crashing waves and the warmth of the sun’s golden rays. Perfection! I have no idea how long we laid there for, but I was filled with joy and relaxation.
I wanted to go to The Rectory Cafe again, in honour of our newly established Annual Toronto Island Bike Trip tradition. Unfortunately, they were closed for a private function. Heartbroken and hungry, we made our way to Far Enough Farm. I was delighted by the array of animals - some of which I was seeing in person for the first time - chickens, turkeys, goats, sheep, pigs, cows, donkeys, and a peacock! I was like a kid in a candy store, fascinated by every critter I laid my eyes on.
We ate our dinner, consisting of non-GMO corn-on-the-cob and beef burgers, in the beer garden. We enjoyed our meal while listening to a folk band and watching cute children play. We also had a funny prank played on us - a guy had attached a fake spider on a fishing line and dangled it in front of Dan’s face, which surprised him and delighted me!
While we waited for the ferry, we indulged in beautiful views of the Toronto skyline. On the way home, we lucked out on an amazing sunset. The perfect end to a perfect fall day!