Featured Pic: Dre and the Goose look towards sunset, Wawa
It’s been way too long since I did a post here. I think I’ve lost the routine I had some years ago when I was posting nearly every week. Since I ended my neighbourhood stories AND have a dog that prefers the same parks to walking the streets, that clearly results in less new material! But, this past Summer, Dre and I did a few road trips that are definitely share-worthy. In 2013, I decided to make Canada my bucket list, versus travelling to other parts of the world. Funny how we seem to leave touring the places/country we grew up in when we’re younger and tend to stay closer to home later on in life. Well, that’s how it was for me anyway.
For the first time, we took to the road eastward. We have friends in Lunenberg, Nova Scotia, so why not right? And what a great trip it was. We went via Quebec and New Brunswick before arriving at our destination where we stayed for five days. What a gorgeous part of Canada. Six to eight hours a day in the car was what we averaged, and to be honest, that was often the best part of the trip. Seeing and feeling the beauty and expanse of Canada by road is mind-boggling. Luckily there were some sweet stops; Quebec City, Riviere du Loup, Fredericton and Ottawa.
Some takeaways from that trip were: once you leave Ontario, you’ll be lucky to see a cop! There were no homeless people in Quebec City, the stink of manure permeates through the countryside in Quebec, the squiggly icon in New Brunswick means ‘scenic route’, the backroads in all three provinces were beautiful and practically empty and the Irving family seem to own the east coast gas station empire.
When we returned, we pretty much turned around and took to the road again. I’d rented a cottage up Bracebridge way for the weekend of Sept 28th and decided after that to keep going. I mean, if you haven’t been up to Thunder Bay, you should go! That was my thought. I had camped there a few years back with a friend, on the south shore of Superior (Agawa) and had gone on a train trip to the canyon last year with Miss Daisy, but had never been to the ‘top’. So, we did. What an incredible journey.
The weather on both trips was not by any means, perfect. We had beautiful days, rainy days, and got to experience Hurrican Dorian first hand in Nova Scotia! And on our drive from Wawa to Thunder Bay, it decided to snow. I’ve been dubbed the Rain Goddess by a few friends in the past, and while I escaped that moniker over this past year on other trips, the crown found me a few times on these two. Hopefully that’s it for the year! But rain, snow, wind and crazy weather make these trips all the dramatic and fantastic. I mean who wants pefectly sunny days all the time? Lol
A few takeaways from that trip were: hitchikers are alive and well north of Sudbury, the gas increases exponentially north of Sudbury to Thunder Bay (it was $1.36/litre at its most $$), the coffee gets worse the further north & west you go, Tim Horton’s & Starbucks are practically non-existent north of Sudbury (smart Ontarians!) and the highways from Manitoulin Island (#6) and from Sudbury to Thunder Bay (#17) were two of the most beautiful I’ve ever been on.
When you’re thinking of your next trip, think car. Think Ontario. Think the gorgeous great expanse. And get goin’!