Monday, July 16, 2007

Honeymoon: Part 3

"We lie in each other's arms eyes shut and fingers open and all the colors of the world pass through our bodies like strings of fire." - Marge Piercy

To truly have a great honeymoon is not rocket science. There are only a few essential elements. Here are what they are:

1. The couple.
2. Privacy.
3. Time.
4. Lack of distractions.

Take any one of these elements away and thinks just aren't as good. For instance, taking away privacy on a honeymoon is very problematic (unless you are an exhibitionist and even then it becomes problematic - for others!). Or if you take away time. I've know several ambitious couples who spent the majority of their honeymoon travelling! Of course when you are traveling there are other things that you are not doing (at least if you want to travel safely) and I've had several men tell me that if they could do it over again they'd do way less traveling. Or how about distractions? Some couples plan so many things to see, do, and explore that they don't have time to do these same things with each other!

Jobina and I planned our honeymoon in the Whiteshell Provincial Park in Manitoba. After our first night at Marriagi's, we stopped by our apartment and opened up all of our presents (which were mostly cash gifts). This was incredibly fun and all the cash made us feel even freer as we packed up the car. We stopped at Safeway and went food shopping together (very cool to do this together for the first time) and then headed to our first resort, Jessica Lake (less then two hours away) where we stayed for five days. We then moved onto Caddy Lake Resort for two days and then we stayed our final day/night at the just opened Falcon Trails Resort. Caddy Lake wasn't very impressive, but the Jessica Lake was the perfect place to hole up for five days and Falcon Trails was the perfect way to end (saving the best place for last). Why the Whiteshell? Well, we got married in early September so the crowds were gone but the weather was still summery. Also, it was close to Winnipeg (and I didn't want to spend much time traveling). Lastly, we both love the outdoors and the Canadian Shield is a beautiful and romantic place. Add to this that the Whiteshell wasn't familiar to either of us (thus mysterious and exotic) and had some luxuriously appointed resorts.

Jobina and I planned nothing in stone except to eat and enjoy ourselves. We had plenty of options of things to do when we left the cabin (hiking, canoeing, eating out, swimming, driving to nearby Kenora) and we did all of these things. We just didn't do these things as much as we thought we would. Being newly married is pretty exciting stuff and quite frankly we didn't see as much of the sights as the Whiteshell Park had to offer. And when we did go out, it seemed like we always found an excuse to head back to our lodgings. Ah, l'amour!

The beauty of the honeymoon is the time, privacy, and lack of distractions that make it possible to get to know each other (yes, I do mean in the Biblical way). This is the whole purpose of this excellent custom. If you've already had your honeymoon, I hope you look back on it fondly. And if you are anticipating it in the future, I wish you a thrilling and exciting time that you will treasure for the rest of your life. In my next post I'll conclude my series on honeymooning with a few thoughts and advice.

May Light increase!

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