Saturday, June 2, 2018

Going to rest for a couple of days now....




Our Location:  Riverbend RV Park, Pakenham, Ontario

A nice night for sleeping or at least nothing bothered me last night. I fell into bed right around 10 pm and didn’t hear a thing until 5 am this morning. According to sister Jan there were lots of kids out and about screaming and yelling, etc around 11:30 pm. Seems they too were staying at the Walmart overnight. 


Some of the sights as we drove along Trans Canada Hwy 17 East between North Bay and Pakenham in Ontario.

We were all up by 7 am, packed and ready to head out again this morning at 8:30 am. We were happy to leave North Bay behind us in our mirrors and point the Big Dog’s nose east once again. We pulled back on to TransCanada 17 to continue along our way. 

Leaving  North Bay, lots of water around, some rivers, some marsh, some bigger bodies as well.

Lots of little towns dot the landscape between North Bay and the Ottawa area. I won’t try to tell you the names other than the few that stick in my mind, Deep River, Mattawa, and Arnprior.


Of  course fog was constantly seen over most of these bodies of water.

We stopped a couple of times, once for fuel and while we didn’t really see the parking lot accident I certainly heard it. A Chevy Silverado backed into some little Honda car as it sneaked behind to get to the gas pumps. Ironically a police officer was just returning to his own cruiser when the accident happened. Who says there’s never a cop around when you need one? 


Blossoms, lilacs, and lots of green are now everywhere.

Our next stop was a leg stretch in Deep River at a church/school parking lot. We didn’t realize it was a school lot until we read the the bus signs. Didn’t matter we were there for 10 minutes and then gone. 


Some long sweeping vista, road signs are in kilometers, and a bit of rusty looking water tower in Deep River.

A bit of rain, a bit of sun, hot, humid weather and a few rumbles of thunder have been the call for the day today. I believe this weather will now pass us by as we’ve been heading east right along with it but will staying for a few days right here in this park. I do wish we’d have a thunderstorm though that might help the humidity that has locked in around us these last number of days. 


Some of the sights we noticed along the way.

We arrived at River Bend Rv Park in Pakenham, Ontario near Ottawa around 1 pm this afternoon. We parked here last fall when we came for sister Jan’s daughter’s wedding. Brittany and Kevin were married at the end of September and have since left the Ottawa area, moving to Newfoundland where Kevin is now a member of the RCMP detachment in Port au Basque. They are expecting their first baby, a boy, in mid to late September. 


Deep River hosted our rest stop in the church parking lot.

We are parked in J2, not far from where we parked last fall. This spot is closer to the road and near to a marshy area and the mosquito’s are horrendous. We’ve sprayed all the screens with bug spray  and I can tell you we won’t be outside here doing much. According to the park owner they’re waiting for the dragon flies to arrive as they apparently help control the mosquito population. 

Arnprior is where we get off Trans Canada Hwy 17, and head toward Packenham.

I called my dad but had to leave a message as he’s off gallivanting around the country side somewhere. After the message leaving effort I started lunch preparations, we finally finished eating, and doing dishes by around 3 pm. 


I enjoyed this drive for the most part, some great views.

We spent the rest of the day just relaxing, reading and doing a few things to entertain ourselves. Called my dad again to chat, he says it's cold, rainy and windy back on the rock. 

Thanks for stopping by, hope you enjoyed your visit.

Until next time… take care, be safe,

Deb

10 comments:

  1. I don't envy you guys having to travel in heavy humidity and bug infested air. Have to admit it's one of the things that has been a discouragement for us traveling anywhere in the summer. You two are a true pair of RV troopers alright and I admire your stamina and grit. All the best to you true Canadians:))

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    1. Thank you Al. You are most kind. I will say I'm finding all the rain daunting though. We've left the bugs behind or so it seems anyway but the rain is hooked to our bumper, front bumper by the way as it seems to keep raining on us every day.

      Thanks again for the compliment!!

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  2. Not a lot of fun having to deal with those mosquitoes, hopefully they will soon be gone. It has been many years since we travelled that route to Ottawa, a nice drive. Now relax and enjoy your travels again.

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    1. We didn't enjoy the pesky things at all. Seems we've left them behind. Hopefully the sun comes out and we have some good sight seeing weather.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  3. Hope the bugs don't eat you up! we have tons of dragon flies here right now, maybe that will help prevent the mosquitoes then! The black flies seem to have abated for the most part.
    Enjoy your down time.

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    1. According to the folks in Riverbend RV Park the dragon flies help clear them away, so hopefully that works.

      Thanks Patsy.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  4. You are on quite the adventure. I haven't been to the Ottawa area in years, had family there at one time. Seeing the Arnprior sign, reminds me of an "Emergency Preparedness Coarse" that I took there back in the early nineties. Have fun and safe travels.

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    1. Thanks Bill. We were in the Ottawa area last fall for the wedding so that part wasn't too new but it's always interesting to return to places and see new ones as well.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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  5. Beautiful drive you had, love all the pictures! Enjoy the next few days of staying put! Too bad about the bugs, that can most certainly ruin a nice trip...

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    1. Thanks Shirley. We seem to have left the bugs behind but picked up the rain instead. Everyone is talking about the late, late spring and way too much water and cold which of course the water brings on the bugs. Hopefully we're out of the worst of it now.

      Take care, be safe,
      Deb

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