We got an invite from our friend Mike to spend the weekend with his family out at a cabin at the ELA - Experimental Lakes Area in northwestern Ontario.
About a four hour drive east from Winnipeg, Mike spends a good chunk of time in the milder months doing research on the lakes.
The ELA is a natural outdoor laboratory that was established in the 1960s. It is unique in this world and is the only place that scientists can conduct experiments on whole lakes to understand the emerging threats to our freshwater ecosystems and fish populations.
The devastating part is that our current government is short sightedly shutting the place down next year. Closing the ELA will certainly threaten the health of our fresh water and fisheries when it ceases to provide the world with the vital and invaluable information needed to manage and protect our fresh waters.
The invitation to come out and spend the weekend there was especially appreciated because of the uncertain future of the ELA. We also were thrilled to spend a few days with our new pals, Mike, Carmen and their adorable kidlets. Speaking of being thankful, this year in particular my gratitude goes out to having found some great people to hang with already in our new city.
Have reconnected with Mike and Carmen (folks from our Calgary past), and realizing their kids and ours were going to be friends from the get go, has made our transition to Winnipeg much smoother. A big 'Thank you' to Jess for hooking us all back up:)