10.07.2011 - 16.07.2011 29 °C
We drove 966km from Falcon Lake, Manitoba to Swift Current, Saskatchewan yesterday. All I can say is...our children are fabulous travellers and Simon is a hard core long distance driver! After such a long day, we decided to sleep in a hotel rather than setting up camp and, I must say, it was nice to have a hot shower and climb into a comfy bed last night.
We have crossed two time zones in two days and my body clock is a bit mixed up so I was awake at the crack of dawn this morning. Shortly after awakening, I slipped quietly from our hotel suite and found a quiet little spot and my favourite peppermint tea in the lobby (yum!). I had two blissful hours to myself to sit quietly and write a blog post about being off the grid for three days in northern Ontario. http://katieg.ca/blog/
So far, this trip is surpassing all expectations! The weather has been amazing, the camping really fun and the kids interested, enthusiastic and open to all the new experiences coming their way. I wasn't sure what it was going to be like being in the car for extended periods of time but that has mostly been a pleasure. Watching our amazing country unfold before us seems nothing short of miraculous!
The highlights so far are Pancake Bay Provincial Park and Sleeping Giant Provincial Park (both in Ontario). I had no appreciation of how fortunate we are in Ontario to have the Provincial parks that we do; they are exquisitely maintained, well run and beautiful. It is fun to be getting little tastes of these parks along the way and planning to return in summers to come (we are even talking about a sea kayaking trip around Lake Superior).
The other highlight is that our kids are really great campers. Before this trip, our kids had only slept on the ground for one night (two summers in a row). We were not sure whether they would be able to tolerate camping across the country. They are not only tolerating but actually enjoying the camping and a whole new world has opened up to us as an outdoor travelling family. It also means that the rest of the trip has all the makings for success.
We have 511km to drive to Calgary today and will then stay put for 5 nights. It will be nice to settle for a few days before hitting the road again. The world outside my window is absolutely flat as a pancake (the prairies are so amazing) and I am happily anticipating the splendor of the mountains!