Saturday, June 11, 2011

The Push East

We haven’t done much over the past few days but drive, set up camp, sleep, tear down camp and get back on the road. On Saturday, we went as far as Qu’Appelle, Saskatchewan. We were pleasantly surprised with the Saskatchewan landscape. It is not perfectly flat, at least not along the trans-Canada. It has some soft rolls, fields of green, farmlands, a few trees from time to time –we thought that it was nice. Around 8:00, we found a small, cheap campground which was great until we realized it was right next to the train tracks. We can’t seem to get away from the trains!

From Qu’Appelle, which is 50km east of Regina, we went to West Hawk Lake, which is just inside the Manitoba/Ontario border. We found a nice provincial campground on the lake and had a good night. There were a few white tail deer around who were very tame and came right up to Alex. He tried feeding them dandelions, which one did take from his hand but then spat out.

The rain started in the evening along with some thunder and lightning but we had the tarp up over the fire pit so we kept cozy by the fire and enjoyed the storm for awhile before turning in.

Monday morning we crossed into Ontario. By Wednesday evening we will have reached our destination in the province, Brampton (Tom’s university buddy Mike McCarthy’s parents’ home). In between we camped at Kakabeka Falls (a provincial park just West of Thunder Bay). The falls were quite impressive as was the price of a provincial campsite in Ontario! We visited the Terry Fox Scenic Lookout, where Kathleen filmed a BTV segment.

We camped at a KOA in Sault Ste. Marie where again we had thunder and lightning, but this time it was in the morning and right over our heads. The noise woke us at 6:00 so we decided to get up and get an early start.

The kids are now sleeping in the car which surprisingly is the first time they have slept while we’ve been traveling.They have been great travellers, keeping themselves busy during the long drives.

Northern Ontario certainly is big – as is Lake Superior, but the trees and lakes are pretty so we haven’t really minded the drive. Hopefully we will be at the McCarthy’s house before the puck drops for game 4.

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