Instead of our government debating whether to alter the words to our national anthem, I think they should be figuring out how to alter the name of the annoyingly large water foul 😉 that is associated with our country. The Canada Goose may be majestic looking, in its V-formation flight or gracefully cruising across a silently still lake as the morning mist burns off as the sun rises, however, the downside to the bird quickly obliterates those images.
Here’s an interactive map that lists all of the places we have camped (so far)!
As it takes you to a custom version of Google Maps, you are able to zoom in or out as you would normally. For places we have stayed in multiple times, like the Barrie KOA, each visit has been identified with its own stick pin. Where Google Maps allowed, I have tried to be accurate, down to the campsite we stayed on. If you are so inclined, zoom in and have a look.
Enjoy the Ride!
“It’s rather small, isn’t it?” Kathie remarked. Typically, this is not a phrase any guy likes to hear but, as I had no control over the situation, I took no offence. She went on to say, “And going from one end to the other doesn’t give you much of a workout, does it?”. Listening intently, after all, I kind of agreed with her assessment, I then tried to improve the moment by adding, “sure, but it is very beautiful in some spots so we might as well make the best of it.”
Now before you go getting the wrong idea about the rest of this post and either stop reading it thinking it is heading somewhere you’d rather not go OR you continue reading it in hopes that it is going somewhere that it’s not, let me explain.
Why, yes, of course it is!
How do I know? Because I am the owner of said face and, sadly, the body that it’s attached to. Now, it may not look terribly happy but there’s a logical explanation for that which I will get to in a bit.
You see, I know I’m happy because we’ve finally begun our camping adventures for 2016. In keeping with our tradition, we spent the weekend at the Barrie KOA, which as usual, did not disappoint. The campground was spotless and the friendly owners and staff continue to make improvements to an already amazing facility.
My loving wife Kathie (aka “The Goddess of Everything”) really wanted to have her parents share in the experience that is Sandbanks Provincial Park. You may recall from an earlier post, (and if not, please stop reading immediately and click here The Good, The Bad and The In-Laws to read said earlier post, so the rest of this post may make some semblance of sense)… now, where the heck was I… right… from an earlier post… in 2014 we had taken Kathie’s parents (Gloria and Alan) with us to Pinery Provincial Park for a long weekend of camping.
Despite our dog Bear’s displeasure with our choice of park to camp in, we decided to give Killbear Provincial Park a try. As Canada Day fell on a Wednesday, we decided we’d make the trek from Toronto to Parry Sound to arrive on the Canada Day Wednesday and stay until the Sunday, giving us an extra, long-weekend.
The drive up Highway 400 was a pleasurable one. When was the last time you heard someone say that?
On Canada Day we headed north to Parry Sound to yet another Provincial Park neither of us had camped at before. It felt odd to be starting a camping weekend on a Wednesday but that’s when July 1st fell this year and although the mid-week holiday felt awkward, it did help minimize the traffic heading up the 400. If the holiday had have been on a Friday or a Monday, the highway would have been bumper-to-bumper, which is always a great way to start a long weekend!
This journey brought us to Rockwood Conservation Area in (go figure) picturesque Rockwood, Ontario on Highway 7 a few kilometers (CAN), miles (US) or ‘clicks’ (bilingual) east of Guelph.
This time, we decided to throw in another “new” for us. We decided to arrive on a Thursday, instead of the typical Friday or Saturday and what a nice difference! Even though we ended up driving in the afternoon heading-for-home traffic, it certainly wasn’t like the rush-hour traffic in the city we’re used to.
On Monday May 4, 2015 we welcomed our granddaughter Penelope into the world, weighing a healthy 7 lbs.
Proud parents, Jenna and Michael and big brother Owen, welcomed Penny home a few days later and everyone is adjusting well! Continue reading