Summer Spot, Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
Our time at the farm was wonderful, time spent getting to know Judi and time playing with Winnie, and before we knew it, it was time to head out. We left Buttercup Ridge on Thursday morning around 9:30 am. We were on two lane roads for over half of our travels, lots of hills, winding, humpy and bumpy. We passed through a number of smaller towns before finally popping out at Orillia, Ontario where we climbed onto the ON 400 North. A nice big highway with very little traffic for the size of the road. We enjoyed the drive. Although I will say it rained off and on the entire day, a few sunny breaks, temps up and down, so typical Northern Ontario spring day. We ended our night about 20 minutes south of Sudbury, still on ON 400 N at the MTO Truck Inspection pull off. We arrived around 3 pm, levelled up a bit and called it a day.
|Small towns are pretty much the same everywhere. |
|ON 400 North near Orillia, Ontario. |
|Spring is not quite here yet but you can see the hint of it. |
This morning we climbed into the Dogsled and started running at 7:45 am, I know because I looked. Within a short time we were around the city of Sudbury and heading west along the Trans Canada Highway. Within the hour we were stopped at the mall in Espanola, where we purchased a few last minute things, managed to chat with an old friend for a few minutes and empty the Igloo's tanks.
We were back on the road by 11:30 am, this time heading south. Within a short time we could see the Rock ahead and soon rolled across the bridge that spans the North Channel. We touched down on the Rock just before the noon hour. I know that too because I looked. From there we just let the Big Dog have his way and he rolled along toward home dirt with a big grin on his grill.
|One of the many little inland lakes. |
|Once we cross that bridge we are on the Rock. |
|We are getting closer.|
A stop at Dad's, he wasn't home but not to worry we knew he wouldn't be. He has been very worried about the mud and water in the bottom of the quarry and whether or not we could get through. It had drained and dried up considerably in the last few days but we wanted to check it out before pulling in the gate. We left the Dogsled and Igloo in his driveway, climbed on his quad and headed down to the inside road to our spot. Well it was muddy, and there was a lot of water but we weren't too worried. We slipped across the road to see the renovation in progress at Jason's and just lucked out, he was there working. We chatted for a bit and soon Riley and I were headed off once again. A spin up the hill insured it wasn't washed out and soon we were back at Dad's. The quad away, he still wasn't home and so we headed off to give it a try. We managed to get through the mud in 4 wheel drive and stopped at the bottom of the hill to engage 4 wheel lo and before long we were up the hill and getting turned around. I managed to get us turned on the first try. It took a few more to get backed in right where I wanted, the rock is just in the wrong place and we can't move it.
We call this Ten Mile Point hill. The look out is at the top. I'll show pics from there another tim. We turned off Hwy 6, and we are now about 2 miles from our end destination. My dad and brother live on this road. Our bare summer spot. It's a bit tight but we manage to turn up here.
We had feet down, and truck backed into it's parking place, lunch heated and dished up by shortly after 2 pm. A very good day for us!! We will be here until further notice. I promise to try to blog more than I usually do during our summers here but I can't promise. Today's pics were taken yesterday and today. Take care ALL.
Perhaps this summer we will get our little cabin sided. The Dogsled and Igloo have made it to the top of the hill. We need to turn around now. We are parked and level here at home. In a couple of days we will start unpacking our summer things.
Thanks for stopping by, we wish you all a very good summer.
Until next time....
Take care, stay safe,