Skating on the Rideau Canal
Greetings from the Philadelphia airport! I’m on my way back from a lovely weekend in Ottawa (hence missing Friday’s post) where we celebrated my grandmother’s 90th birthday. My other grandmother, who is 92, was also at the party — great genes on both sides! I was so excited for this trip for a number of reasons, including really the one chance I’d have to cross “Skate on the Rideau Canal” off my 101 things list.
When I added it to the list, I didn’t really think through the logistics of it. I mostly thought, “That’s a cool fun Ottawa thing that I haven’t done in awhile; I’ll add it to the list.” Turns out I underestimated “awhile.” It’s been 20 years since I last skated on the canal! My mom and I were thinking it through, and we can’t think of a time we’ve done it since we moved to North Carolina almost 20 years ago. The canal is never ready at Christmas, and if we visit in the winter that is when we come. When we made the plan to come up for my grandmother’s birthday in February, I politely requested (AKA vehemently demanded) that we go skating at some point during the weekend.
It was rough going at the beginning. My feet aren’t used to being in skates and were getting very sore. Luckily, I’ve got some very supportive family members who were willing to take it at a slower pace than they might be used to and make sure I wasn’t left behind. Unluckily, that group of family members doesn’t include my mom! She zoomed ahead with my aunt and a few other cousins. Glad to know she’s supportive!! I got into a rhythm and picked up my pace, and it turned into an absolutely lovely morning — even snowing while we skated, making it all the more magical. And eventually my mom came back to me, just in time to take a picture and buy me a hot chocolate.
I especially loved spending time with my cousin Alyssa while skating. She and I are the same age (her birthday is in May; mine is in August), and we’re ~technically~ second cousins. We get along so well though, and whenever we get together it’s like no time at all has passed!
I’m so happy to cross this one off my list and participate in such a fun Ottawa tradition. I’ll have to make sure I don’t take another 20 years to get back on the canal!