I have reached the “avoiding the heat in southern Ontario” stage of the trip. It’s not yet nine o’clock, and it is already too hot to do anything outside. The trailer is fairly cool, but the house we are visiting is not air conditioned, so we are sitting in front of the fan and wilting. Ideal conditions for writing, I say!
It has been an action packed two/three weeks. We’ve been to my parents house in New Brunswick, during which we made a flying stop in St. Andrew’s. The aquarium was closed, but the playground was spectacular.
We drove a tractor:
and played on the beach with a cornucopia of cousins.
We had a decent run from NB to Ontario, me and my three kids stuffed into a Honda Civic. There may have been bribery with ice cream.
We broke the 1600 km (1000 mile) drive into three parts, of 4 hours, 9 hours, and 4 hours, with two nights on the road. Having finally obtained inflatable air mattresses, we declared the accommodations palatial:
And we had solar electric lighting!
In Bas St. Laurent (at the tourist stop at Pocaterie), we discovered an exhibit on the saltwater marsh.
so we took the time to smell the roses:
and look at flat worms under the microscope.
My son took pictures from the car, and we crossed bridges. (This one is the main way into Quebec city.)
We spent the night at Charleston Lake provincial park, which I can recommend for the fabulous beach (sandy, shallow water, warm) but caution you that it is full of poison ivy. On the plus side, we went on a nature walk with park interpreters that included a field guide to avoiding poison ivy. We also saw frogs
And snakes. Well, snake.
We ended that day in Toronto, but the photos were all taken from the car and none of them turned out. So Toronto doesn’t exist. Hah! (Whee! Hugely-bad logic R Us! (Also, terrible grammar. My blog, my rules.))
Tomorrow, my busy week in Toronto. Suffice it to say that I used the alarm clock almost every morning. On vacation. I might be missing the point.
I was looking for a photo for today’s post, when I realized that the entire set of photos was a pretty good idea of my day. Yesterday, I caught myself staring at the solar panels, watching the reflections of the clouds and the thin film interference. I mentioned to my husband that I can watch the solar panels longer than I can tolerate most TV programs, and we agreed that this might reflect a problem with my ability to relate to the majority of the world.
(There are pause and forward/back buttons if you hover the mouse cursor over the slideshow)
* We last had cable in 1996, and the TV receiver stopped getting any channels at all about 2 years ago.
Where we went when he asked for the beach on a blustery day:
The rail car in the front is an old coal car. The windmills in the background adjoin the Lingan coal-burning power plant, the largest power plant in Nova Scotia.
The old schoolhouse is now the visitor information centre, at least in the summer.
The history of Dominion is outlined at this tiny tourist destination.