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2015 Cortes

Settling in

Story by Oren Teich July 26th, 2015

The theme this year seemed to be ‘settling in’. The 2nd year we’ve visited Cortes, we were comfortable from day 1. We knew where the food was, the good places to hang out, had a few friends around.

Beckett started the trip in full antagonism mode. Ignoring everything we said. Creating strife behind him. In the airport ignoring us and running top speed (which, to be fair, is awesome). In Cortes the first few days where rough. He was finding his groove with Olivia and I, with Sina and Constance. He missed his routine, and seemed to delight in making mischief. After a few days though, he settled in. We went out to dinner at one of the 3 restaurants, had a great family conversation, and Beckett picked up on the vibe. It was an amazing night out, with an amazing view, decent food, and family.

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Friends came over, food was cooked (so much food was cooked) and we slowed down. Mornings at the beach, or crafts, or walking around looking for bugs. Lunch at home. Afternoon at the lake. Some hikes. Reading. Quiet time. Play time.

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Hollyhock has a kids room. We visited a few times, found dominos, Jenga, books, legos, and a mask. The mask is cute.

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This year we managed to go on a few hikes. Some were right out the front door of the house. One was a 2.5 mile hike through insane beauty. Beckett ran, faded, rallied and made it. The further he can go the more fun we have.

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Hague Lake pushes the island into pure awesome. Freshwater, 30-50 feet deep so it gets pleasantly warm. Super soft sand. Shallow slope out. TONS of kids to play with. And of course, there is an island in the middle of the lake on this island.

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Olivia & B built crafts. We all read a ton. Played silly. Threw water balloons. Relaxed.
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Oysters are just outside the front door, and huge. Twice a week Hollyhock has an oyster dinner. First they grill oysters down on the beach, then go have dinner. Beckett took himself to the BBQ this year. Walked out the front door, walked the 300 yards, made friends, got 2 oysters, and walked back 40 min later. By himself. Kid was so proud he was going to burst.

A few days later Constance picked up these oysters on the beach in front of the house. Spent the afternoon cleaning and cooking, and eating.

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What can I say? Life is better when you are naked hugging a tree.

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What did we do? Nothing. Really. We loved it. I’m grateful to have been able to go again this year. 2nd time was as good as the first. Familiarity breeds comfort. We settled in, got cozy, and had a great time.

Goodnight.

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Cortes Island, Comox-Strathcona I, BC, Canada