Last autumn's Thanksgiving trip to Barrie had left such a positive impression that we attempted the same course this year round, with a few exceptions of course. Some three hundred and sixty-something days ago, the leaves had fully blossomed into a gorgeous gradient of red, orange, and yellow in Bala and Coldwater.
It was with much sadness that the same slew of colours were not visible during this trip, though I enjoyed the crisp fall weather nonetheless. The fact that I would likely be spending the remainder of Reading Week holed up in the depths of my room making dire attempts to accomplish all the tasks on my to-do list made the adventure even more worthwhile.
Upon being welcomed with a grand view of the clear waters and specks of gold in the distance, I requested a brief stopover. We pulled into the empty, dusty parking lot of The Precambrian Shield; I hopped out and began shooting immediately.
That being said though, I was more than happy to get out of the house (in the most literal sense possible).
I couldn't believe my eyes! What appeared to be a seemingly average tourist trap from the outside was, in fact, a Coca-Cola-themed shrine. Not a speck of ceiling nor shelf nor wall was excluded from the retro red design - it was a spectacle to behold.
While the I gazed at the varieties of ice cream and frozen yogurt flavours, it was brought to my attention that the owner had been collecting Coca-Cola merchandise for a total of nine years (and counting)! To think that one could commit to such a formidable task! It wasn't a surprise that even the individual bathroom stalls, which might I add were spotless in every corner, were bedazzled according to theme as well.
We requested two steamy cups of the soothing, refreshing liquid: it was tart, yet sweet and comforting at the same time. Having been brewed with a unique spice blend of their own, the alcohol-less cocktail was reminiscent of classic apple cider, but made more much more invigorating with the substitution of juicy cranberries for cinnamony apples. In fact, we found the tongue-scalding beverage so delectable that we ended up purchasing a small pitcher to bring home with us.