The weather was okay again today so we drove about 5 miles back towards Ottawa and took a ferry across the river to Quebec. We drove up through the Gatineau Hills and it was a lovely drive. We ended up in a small town called Wakefield and there was an old steam train there, it goes every day from Hull to Wakefield and was stopped there for a bit before returning to Hull. There is also a covered bridge in Wakefield, the original bridge burnt down in the 1980’s so they rebuilt a replica but this one is for walking and bikes only. We walked across and got some pictures of the river it crosses – all in all a real pretty place. We had lunch there then came back down to Ottawa.
We went to Ikea – what a zoo, then drove along the waterfront, up Sussex Drive past 24 Sussex and Rideau Hall, then toured around Rockcliffe – wow the houses there! On the boat tour yesterday they said the average house price in Rockcliffe is 2.5M so you can just guess what the houses are like. It appears that there are a lot of ambassadors living in the area, hard to take!!
It was about 6:30 when we got home and had started to rain so I thought John would get wet doing the barbecue but it stopped right after he got the awning out and hasn’t rained since, wouldn’t it be nice if the forecast is wrong! Tomorrow is the War Museum so if it wants to rain that is fine.
Friday – September 1 – What a beautiful day for weather but the forecast for the next few days is not great so we are trying to make the best of the good days and do the outdoor things first..
This morning we went into
I don’t know what is in the air here but for the last couple of days I have been going crazy with allergies so stopped in
We got set up at our park, Recreationland RV Park, which is located in Rockland, east of Ottawa and we are very pleased with the park, especially after the one in Lindsay. I must say the park in Lindsay was not great but we didn’t spend a lot of time there so not too much of a problem, but apparently the washrooms were deplorable – I heard and didn’t even want to check! This park is cheaper and has cable TV and free internet – HOORAY!! Now I can keep in touch plus get my blog up and running again. It’s a small world, the woman who checked us into the park saw John’s hat (Carl gave it to him the other night and it is from Sarnia) and said she was originally from Sarnia and it turns out she lived on Talfourd Street (the other end from us) and went to St. John’s Church (first thing she said was Cannon Bev Farr). So we went through some names but didn’t come up with much but I think she has about 10 years on me so I will have to think about this and see if I can come up with some more names. (Janet – any help for me?)
After we got set up we went into Rockland and got some groceries, so now we are all set for a few days.
The play was called The Art of Silent Killing and was about a couple who had been at Camp X during the Second World War. Camp X was located in Oshawa and was a very secretive place, people who went there were sworn to secrecy and they trained people to be spies in Germany during the war (Ian Fleming the creator of James Bond had something to do with Camp X). It turns out that Tim’s (our son-in-law) grandfather worked at Camp X, Tim’s mother says as a janitor, but who knows for sure. Anyways, the play was very enjoyable and in a very unique setting. It is on a farm on the 4th line and they have bleachers set up and it is all pretty well outside. We got to sit on plastic chairs as we had the VIP seats and if it rains the show is cancelled, so thankfully it was a beautiful evening. It is amazing what there is out there we don’t know about! We got home about 9 so it wasn’t a late evening (the play started at 6).
There was a lacrosse game in Peterborough which Carl wanted to go to so Nan came to Kel’s for dinner and Carl, Brent and Derrick went to the lacrosse game. We left Kel’s at 11 and they hadn’t come back yet so it would be a real late night for Nan and Carl, as it is about 1-1/2 hours home from Kel’s, then they had to get up and go to work in the morning. We had a great dinner and a wonderful visit with Kel, Tim and Nan (saw a bit of Cara but like a normal teenager she spent the evening watching a movie and on the computer).
I hooked my computer up at Kel’s and downloaded my e-mail, did some banking etc. It sure is a pain not having the internet in these campgrounds. All in all it was another most enjoyable day.
We visited for a bit then they drove us into Peterborough by the scenic River route and we saw Sanford Fleming College and Trent University – both very pretty places. We went to the lift lock and were in luck, just as we were going through the Visitor Centre the girl there told us there were boats in the lift and it would be coming down soon. What an amazing system, there are only 8 of these hydraulic lift locks in the world – one in Peterborough, one in Lakefield and the others are in Britain, France and Belgium.
We went back to Susan and Dick’s and had a great visit and a delicious dinner. Their 40th wedding anniversary had been on Sunday and I was a bridesmaid in the wedding and when we called they had asked us to come on Sunday as they had some people over to celebrate their anniversary but because we were going to Marion and George’s we had to pass on Sunday. Probably Monday was a better day anyways as we were able to have a real good visit with them. Tim, who was also in the wedding party, came for dinner so it was a fun visit. Tim is in a play in Millbrook about Camp X and Dick is on the board of directors so they got us tickets for Wednesday night in the VIP seating so we are looking forward to that.
Once we moved it was get ready to go to Bobcaygeon as George and Marion Arnold had invited us for dinner and John and Fran Wylie were also coming. These are people we have met through Can-Am at the shows (George & John) and we have got to know George & Marion as they come to Green Acres for a week each year to visit with George’s sister. They have an absolutely beautiful home in Bobcaygeon and we had a wonderful dinner and a good visit. George & Marion had hoped to take us for a boat ride but the weather was not good for boating, plus we were late getting there because of having to wait to move the trailer. We were disappointed in being so late getting there as we didn’t even have time to check out Bobcaygeon
This is our first time traveling with A/S in Canada and so far we are not impressed with the parks. As far as wireless goes they just look at you like you are crazy when you ask if they have wireless.
We went to Golden Pond RV Park which is east of London on the 401 and on the phone the lady assured me that they had large pull through sites – what she didn’t tell me on the phone was how narrow they are and that there is a large tree on the corner of every site – wonderful. After quite a bit of messing around it became apparent that we weren’t going to be able to fit in there so they gave us our money back and we went back to the London KOA. I have a problem with KOA’s as they charge a huge price for mediocre services (on the site we were on the grass was ankle high) but at least the trailer fit in and by this time it was getting dark and we’ve had enough and just want to sit back and relax.