A bright and sunny start to the day but at 9C, it was a tad chilly. Still, the piping hot shower at the "Comfort Station" helped as I settled into a lazy morning of eating breakfast and peering out of the window at the rest of the campground coming to life. I noted with some disappointment that the noisy kids from the night before hadn't actually been rounded up and fed to the bears and were chasing each other noisily all over the campground again. I did take a walk down to the bay (all of ten paces) and read the information boards before snapping a few photographs of the still water. I met with a very bold chipmunk who, I suspect, was used to be being treated with food by the park's visitors. It's not often these little creatures are so forward but I have to admit to regretting wearing my "It Ain't Half Hot Mum" shorts that morning as the little critter made a beeline for me. Thoughts of gathering nuts flashed through my mind.
Anyway, there wasn't much to do except prepare for a lunchtime departure and shiver in the cold, before Mrs Toad put the heating on, of course. A straightforward hitch-up and poo tank dump was followed by a swift departure onto Highway 26 and total disobedience shown to the woman in the GPS gadget. Mrs T had programmed the thing but for some reason today, it had decided on an entirely different route from the one it gave us on Wednesday. Still, my memory's not shot yet and I managed to navigate my way through Collingwood and out towards Orangeville without too much trouble and despite the GPS's shrill admonishments to "turn around as soon as possible".
The run back up the Niagara Escarpment is long and steep in places but the Toadmobile dealt with it all quite admirably. Sure we were down to 40mph in places but the speed limit's 50mph so to lose 10mph isn't so bad. Driving down Highway 10 towards Brampton and Toronto was quite pleasant, especially as the cool, clear air gave us an excellent view of Toronto's downtown lakeside area and the CN tower, all from about 40km away.
I should just mention what an absolute boon it is to be towing ones own toilet and fridge behind the car. Once again we stopped to fuel up, pulled over (into specially marked RV bays today) and used our own facilities rather than those in the Service Centre. The fridge stays cold for ages so a frosty Mars Bar was most welcome before setting off again.
Then we were home again. The dog was deliriously happy to see us and took about an hour to calm down; the kids were a little less animated, thank goodness. I was a bit hacked off to notice that the hitch receiver (tow bar) on the car was looking the worse for wear and I fully anticipate having to replace it, sooner rather than later. Still, I know a man who can do that, albeit that he won't be cheap. Sigh.
So, trip number one of 2015 passed off well and, as I sit here in quiet reflection, I recognize that the child and dog free environment was probably what made it a very good trip. Sorry, kids and Willow!
We are traveling again next week but details have been withheld. Keep an eye on Facebook, my friends.
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