We're Off to Canadia and then on to Acadia

Trip Start Jun 13, 2009
Trip End Jul 03, 2009

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Bronte Creek Provincial Park

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Monday, June 22, 2009

Well today did not start on a high note... because Madeline had a sun burn and wasn't used to them (like Sigrid), so she was not feeling well. It looked like we might have to put our trip on hold for a day or two till Madeline got better, but miraculously, with Sigrid's care, Madeline was feeling better by lunch time and we were able to start our drive into Canada through Port Huron. So we bid farewell to Orson and Olive, Terri's two cats who comforted us when we missed our kitties and were on our way. We didn't realize it was so easy to get across the border, even with all the talk of passports and such, but alas a few simple questions, not even a glance at our passports and we were on our way. We needed gas, so we stopped at a station off the road, which looked really old, a guy came out and pumped our gas for us, and the bill... Our fill-ups in the US so far have been around $30! After our gas-shock, we were on our way again headed for Niagara Falls (everyone told us it was better on the Canadian side). When we got into the town of Niagara Falls we thought we were in hollywood, there were ridiculous tourist traps and big motels and people everywhere! There was of course NO free parking, so being cheap skates, we refused to pay $18 for parking and drove the strip very slowly. We were able to find an open metered slot and we pulled into it and parked for a couple minutes to dash to the other side of the road and take some photos, then we were back on our way to our next stop... Toronto. It was starting to get dark so we decided we better find some place to sleep for the night and there were no rest stops, but there was camping at a Provincial Park. After getting off at the exit for the picnic area and getting back on the expressway and getting off at the next exit we finally found the camping area for Bronte Creek Provincial Park. It was worth the search, all for the super hot park ranger manager; Madeline's only question was, was it worth her $37.50 (the most expensive accommodations we will have the whole trip, unless something crazy happens). We were assigned a campsite and we hurried off to pitch the tent. After we had settled into the tent and were starting to drift off, Madeline started seeing intermittent lights shining around the tent, being momentarily freaked-out, she pointed this out to Sigrid who informed her that they were lightning bugs, a.k.a. fireflies. Awesome!

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