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Just a Quick Update

September 5, 2009

Our Tom Tom died died, piece of crap crap that it was.  It prompted an emergency trip to WalMart for a new GPS receiver.

We spent the better part of the day driving up Pacific Coast Highway 1.  It was gob smackingly beautiful.  Many times so-called scenic drives end up being a disappointment, but this was honestly some of the most stunning scenery I’ve ever seen.  We saw mountains, the ocean, vineyards and wild elephant seals.  It was so, so worth the drive.

We are staying in the Hilton in San Jose, the heart of Silicon Valley.  I love staying with Hilton.  It’s always a cut above the average.  Liam was a very good boy to sit patiently in the car all day so he was rewarded with a swim in the hotel pool.  I used the fitness room so we all had some exercise to work off the Carl’s Jr we had for supper.

We’re off to San Francisco today.  I’ll update again in a few days.

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Announcing a Temporary Format Change

August 30, 2009

That’s right; we’re leaving the trailer behind to go explore the Left Coast.  I’m not about to start another blog for our escapades without our ‘cottage on wheels’.  I’m just going to post it all right here and save everyone, namely me, a lot of hassle. This is, fundamentally, a travel blog after all.  For the next little while I’ll be blogging about a different kind of travel; the kind of travel where you fly and stay in hotels instead of a pop-up trailer.

We leave tomorrow and fly from Buffalo, New York to the bright lights of Las Vegas, Nevada.  You can expect to hear from me in a day or two.  I’ll do my best to keep you up to date.

Anyway, I’m very busy and important so I’ll talk to you all later.

New and Improved Cookin’ Link

August 27, 2009

I’m pleased to finally cut the ribbon on the new link:  Campsite Cookin’!

Applause!  Applause!

Campsite Cookin’ differs from the original link, Campfire Cookin’ in its format, appearance and expanded mandate.  Campsite Cookin’ won’t focus exclusively on campfire cookery.  It will deal with all sorts of different cooking methods, food novelties and the challenges inherent to wilderness food preparation.  It’s my hope that this link will be an easily searchable compendium of recipes, tips and advice for the al fresco chef.

The link to Campfire Cookin’ has been eliminated and replaced with the new link.  If you’re looking for an old post, you’ll be happy to know that I moved everything over to Campsite Cookin’ before I hit the ‘Delete Page’ button.

As always, feel free to post comments and suggestions.  I look forward to your feedback!

THE SOO

August 11, 2009

It turns out that there’s plenty to do in THE SOO and we had no trouble filling our day there.

Whitefish Bay

Whitefish Bay

We started our day off by taking a drive because I had never seen Lake Superior.  We knew that the Edmund Fitzgerald would have “made Whitefish Bay if they’d put 15 more miles behind her” so we decided that was as good a place as any to stop and have a look.  As it happens the legend does indeed live “on from the Chippewa on down of the big lake they called Gitche Gumee”.  There, I’m done impressing you with my vast knowledge of Gordon Lightfoot ballads.

After a quick lunch at THE SOO mall we headed off to the Canadian Bushplane Heritage Centre.  It’s a nice little museum with lots of different planes and interactive displays.  We got to see one of the planes Uncle Ian flies.  Liam loves all modes of transportation, so he loved this museum.  It was a bit too exciting in fact and he ended up taking over many of the interactive displays by force.  He behaved rather badly all-in-all and put a bit of a damper on things for us.

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We went to THE SOO locks because so many people had told us that it’s the thing to do when you go to THE SOO.  We watched the big tour boat go through.  Duncan found it interesting, but Liam and I lost interest.  Is it possible that I have the attention span of a two year old?

Trading Post in THE SOO

Trading Post in THE SOO

A must see for me was the Trading Post.  I just love trading posts; they’re so quirky and weird.  I didn’t find anything to buy…oh wait, that’s a lie.  I got ice cream.  I was allowed.  I was on vacation and you’re not going to make me feel guilty about it!  It was worth the stop if for no other reason than a photo op with the angry moose.

That's One Angry Moose

That's One Angry Moose

We had Italian food for dinner.  Duncan doesn’t like Italian food because he doesn’t like tomatoes, or pasta and that all but rules out the cuisine completely.  The reason we decided to have Italian food was that there isn’t really any other kind of food in THE SOO.  Unless you want a chain restaurant you will find that you’re pretty well limited to Italian eateries.  I didn’t mind.  I love Italian food and very rarely get to have it because of the above mentioned preferences of my darling husband.  I don’t remember the name of the place we ended up going, but apparently you can land a helicopter in the parking lot.  They know because it’s happened.

The conclusion I have drawn, from my one full day in Sault Sainte Marie, is that it’s a neat little city with plenty of things to see and do.  There’s more to do there if we pass that way again. I’d love to take the Agawa Canyon Tour Train in the autumn.  I’m sure we’ll be back again sometime.

Introducing François-The Road trip Coureur Des Bois

August 1, 2009

It’s August 1st and we’re wearing long pants and sweaters!  What’s up with this?

The drive to Sault Sainte Marie was decent.  The weather was good.  We didn’t get caught in any significant traffic.  Liam became impatient on occasion, but wasn’t too bad.  I brought a few new toys along, to entertain him on the drive.  At Nicole’s suggestion, I gift wrapped them to make it a bigger deal.  I took it a step further though, and invented the legendary character François-The Road Trip Coureur Des Bois who comes with presents for little children that are well behaved on long car rides.  Liam bought into it hook, line and sinker.  Why wouldn’t he?  There are so many other outlandish characters that come under cover of darkness, sneak into the house and leave him toys and candy.  To him it seems plausible that there is a dishevelled French Canadian fur trader, monitoring his behaviour and rewarding his patience.

Bonjour Liam! Je m appelle François.  Es tu un bon petit garçon?

Bonjour Liam! Je m appelle François. Es tu un bon petit garçon?

In spite of all our attempts, though, by the time we were passing through Ironbridge Liam had, had enough.  We stopped to let him stretch his legs at the Visitors Centre where there was a huge wood carving of Paul Bunyan.  We told Liam it was François-The Road Trip Coureur Des Bois and that he says to smarten up or no more road trip presents.  He now has a face to put with the name.

We’re in THE SOO now, staying at the KOA.  I like this campground.  It’s very friendly and welcoming, with lots of activities.  I’ll get into it in further detail later.  Right now I’m off to explore THE SOO.  See you all later!

Dear Readers: By the Time You Read This I Will Be Gone

July 31, 2009

We’re on our way to THE SOO.  The posts will come ASAP.  I’ll write from the road, if I can, but I can’t promise anything.  It all depends on internet availability and quality.

We’re all set and I have some fun ideas, so hopefully the trip will be a blast and I’ll have some funny and or exciting stories to share with you soon.