Day 6 from somewhere west of Brandon, MB on the Trans Canada
09.07.2011 - 15.07.2011 28 °C
Well, we finally got around to getting our blog up as opposed to just posting pics and quick updates on FB. I'm currently sitting in the back of the van while Max is spinning tunes (and Kate's driving of course). Here are a few things I've learned on the trip so far:
- We live in a beautiful country. Every day we've had beautiful drives from the Bruce Peninsula, to Hwy 11 over Lake Superior, to Lake of the Woods to the Prairies.
- Ontario is SO big. Kate and I did this drive 18 years ago and I'm sure that Ontario has grown since then. I'm pretty sure Stephen Harper needs to look into this. It's funny how being in the same province for 3 days makes us feel like we are not making progress. After we pulled out of Thunder Bay yesterday, Max asked if we make a goal of getting into Manitoba. We did it!
- Ontario Provincial Parks are amazing! Pancake Bay on the northeast tip of Lake Superior is absolutely beautiful with an incredible beach. Sleeping Giant outside of Thunder Bay was no less stunning. On top of this, they are really well taken care of and managed. We met a family from Minnesota yesterday who said all their parks have been closed due to lack of funds. We have it good!
- Our boys love baseball. All the guys have always been active and sporty, but this summer they have decided that baseball is their sport. At every stop its been baseball gloves and catch or batting practice when we have found a diamond. If some team out there is looking for an infield we have it!
- Camping with the Geoghegan family is really good. My assumption was that we would need to break up the camping nights with some indoor stops. Tonight will be day 6 in tents and everyone is doing really well. The boys are in a good groove and really enjoying the camping. Our budding teenager, Max, even slept until 11am on our off day at Sleeping Giant!
- It's possible to eat well while on the road. Any long road trips I've made in the past have included a lot of drive thru meals and styrofoam. While we have had the odd junk stop we have mostly eaten out of our cooler and off the coleman. Kate's prep of quinoa salad, cashew cheese and gf granola really helped. At night we've had spaghetti and meatballs, chilli, chicken curry and some cooked breakfasts at camp sites.
- Smart phones are not in Northern Ontario. Because there is no 3G network there our smart phones became nothing more than digital cameras for the best part of two days...
We just crossed into Saskatchewan.