My First Trip to Lake Ontario
Skipper Radha Mokkaba gives an account of her first encounter with the fresh Great Lake of Ontario
My first trip to Lake Ontario was an unforgettable one. It was in 2004 and I was 8 years old. My parents decided to take my sister and me to Lake Ontario for the first time. By that time we had been living in Toronto for 7 years already, and one of my parent’s friends had been shocked to find out we had never been to the Lake, even though we lived in the city for that long. So my parents finally decided to organize a trip in October. The weather was rough, so there was no option for swimming that day. Still in our plans, we had organized a picnic and packed sandwiches, snacks, and beverages the night before. The next day I happily put on my best clothes and we drove down to the lake. It was beautiful and I felt kind of a magical sense when I experienced the water for the first time, unsettled by the strength of the wind. My sister and I with excitement started getting closer to the water and playing nearby, where my parents had decided to set up the picnic. As the more outgoing and more daring sister, I convinced my sister to jump and walk over the rocks that were in the water by the edge of the shore. But my sister soon got bored as she was ready to eat and had always been a foodie J. So she joined my parents. Just as I was deciding to join her, after a while longer by the lake, I suddenly slipped and fell into the water. It was not deep and I rapidly got up and tried to put on a brave face. However, as soon as I climbed out of the water, my parents decided to cancel the entire trip and go back home. My mother was afraid I would get sick as it was cold outside. Our trip was ruined some would say, others may say it was not even a worthwhile trip! Either way, we did not for back to the lake for years. But it was still a memorable moment for me, enough to make me have more respect and love for our waters. The sight of the dancing waves of the lake, sparkling dim in the cloudy weather, changed my view and thoughts about the lake. And I also realized that just like my family, there must be several families in Toronto who have spent most of their lives here but never been to Lake Ontario. I hope this story will inspire many to visit our fresh water lakes, as it truly was a life-changing moment.