Road Trip to Southern Ontario

Some videographer I am. We spent two weeks driving around Ontario and I never even took my camera out of the car, never mind the case! Joan was no better, as she left her camera in the same place. Maybe we’ll use them a little more on our cruise in October this year.

We travelled from Northwestern Ontario to Sault St. Marie and then on to Ottawa where we spent the better part of four days. Since my son is in the process of moving, we stayed in a hotel in the Byward Market in Ottawa. The Fairfield Inn by Marriott was a great choice of hotel for location! Not so great for the restaurant. This was not a problem as we were able to walk the mall with relative ease to find restaurants for the different meals.

I love Montreal smoked meat sandwiches, and our hotel was directly across the street from Dunn’s on Dalhousie Street, one of the best smoked meat restaurants I have ever visited. I had my favourite, the half pound smoked meat sandwich with a side of fries – mmmmmmm good. A good thing we live so far away, or I would have a sandwich most every night and soon be weighing in at 350 pounds ;>)

A visit to the Science Museum with my son, grandson and great grandsons was a real treat. They have recently re-done the museum, and although it is interesting and well worth the visit, the lack of dollars for the project definitely shows through – example a Van de Graaff generator was so small that it was almost impossible to get the usual mad professor hairdo we all love.

From Ottawa we travelled to Toronto to see the live theatre production of “Come from Away” which we loved. With a very minimal set, and actors each playing several parts, they conveyed the story of people stranded in Gander Newfoundland when all flights were cancelled in North America on 9-11. It was very moving.

From there we travelled to Barrie and then to Peterborough to visit more family and friends, but did not make any interesting forays.

The trip back was pretty uneventful to the point that even construction delays were few and short.

Our luck seems to have turned now that we are home. The morning after we arrived home, I noticed a shiny object in a front tire. Turned out to be a furniture glide nail that had entered the tire about 1/2″ into the sidewall. This meant that we had to purchase two new tires since we have an Honda AWD. Today, I needed to get a boost to start the vehicle. It appears that the automatic headlight switch is not turning the lights out after I turn the vehicle off.

Keep tuned for our next adventure – three days in Barcelona, and then 22 days cruising the Mediterranean.