Long Drives

Trip Start Jun 11, 2009
Trip End Jul 17, 2009

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Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Friday, July 3, 2009

Canada Day (AKA My Birthday) Nels and I left Minnesota on June 30th with the best intentions of soaring across the top of Lake Superior on the Circle Drive and getting to Niagra Falls in a couple of days.  Today is July 2rd and we are  still on Lake Superior.  It truly is the biggest damn lake in the world.  I want to thank the Canadians for helping me celebrate my birthday with all those red and white flags flying.  I spent my birthday in Sleeping Giant Provencial Park.  We had a lovely picnic and then went for a canoe ride on Lake Marie Louise.  The sun even came out for an hour or so.  The clouds however moved in while we were on the water and the waves picked up rocking the canoe to the point Nels was sure we would capsize.  There were two bald eagles flying overhead which distracted him from his panic and we enjoyed watching them immensely.  And then there were a couple of loons on the lake to keep us company as well so we stayed out for a couple of hours.  We are used to kayaks and they feel so much more stable than canoes.  Our inflatable kayak is no match for Lake Superior and the myriad lakes, rivers and waterfalls that cascade and flow into it.  Fortunately they rent canoes in all the parks. We are in the land of outdoorsmen and we really stand out like naked people without fishing rods in hand.

  There are many of these beautiful provincial parks along the rim of Lake Superior. We drive and drive and then stop for picnics and hikes.  I have never seen so many waterfalls and rivers in my life.  Rainbow Falls was a special treat with pink granite rocks and wild orchids. Our little camper van is getting us surely but slowly along the way.  I don't know if we will ever make it to Maine.  I don’t know if the mosquitoes will eat us alive.  Thank God for Deep Woods/ OFF repellent.  It lasts at least five minutes so you can sit by the lake, drink a glass of red wine, and watch the clouds reflected in the still surface of the lake at night.  It stays light until 10:30 p.m. and the loons call to us.

You know you are a long way from California when you have run out of Peets Coffee, use up the Caribou Coffee and there is nothing but Folgers on the shelves of the grocery store in WAWA.  Yes, that is the name of the closest town and no they do not have cell phone service or internet.  It has been two  days since I saw any bars on my cell phone and speaking of bars, they hide the liquor in Canada.  If you know the code you can get in to a liquor store. It is LCBO.  We are not living on sponge cake in Margaritaville; we are living on walleye sandwiches in Mosquitoville, and we are loving it!  Randi 

Then we made it to Barrie, Ontario (just north of Toronto) and decided to stay at a Best Western, have a good bed, internet and do laundry.  The last two days we did not have cell phone reception.  We saw phone booths at funny place we stopped and asked if they had internet, they responded "yes, $3 for 3 minutes of  dial-up. They also had stuffed wolves and bears for sale so go figure.  Tomorrow (July 4) we are going to Niagra Falls-on the Canada side and hope to take the Maid of the Mist under the falls.  Nels

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