What To Say?

Blog Title: What To Say?

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

Aug 29 ~ Day #111
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$11100
$27.20
$9430.97
$84.96
Miles by Road
Miles by Sea
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Miles
13853
4451
000
69
18373

Current Location: Davie, Florida

Transportation: $
Accommodation: $27.20

Today’s Total Expenses: $27.20

What To Say?

The times that we spend several days in one place, particularly when we’re just relaxing and not sightseeing, are the times when we find it most difficult to do daily posts.

After all, how many ways can you say, “it was sunny” or “it was rainy”?

And, who wants to hear what you had for breakfast, lunch and dinner EVERY day?

More Liquid Sunshine

Today started very overcast which was actually kind of pleasant as the days that are really sunny can also be really hot!

Yes, I know, I’m complaining about the weather no matter what it is. Hey, I’m Canadian – it’s our job to complain about the weather. 🙂

As the day progressed, though, the rain started – quite a lot of rain. By supper time it was pouring, which meant we couldn’t get out the Coleman stove or the JetBoil. So dinner was a couple of already cooked chicken breasts and salad. Actually, it was pretty good.

Stuff Getting Wet

As the rain continued we noticed we were getting little puddles of water on the tent floor.

We started moving the important stuff into the front of the car to keep it dry and putting down towels to soak up the water.

We were too late to save the cardboard box we were keeping our canned goods in but everything else fared pretty well.

A View of the Confederation Bridge

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 30 ~ Day #81
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$8100
$50.21
$7650.21
$94.44
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
10312+217=10529
3856 [4437]
000
69
15035

Current Location: Cape Tormentine, NB

Today’s Total Expenses: $50.21

Transportation: $
Accommodation: $16.95
Food: $33.26

Downtown St. Andrews-By-The-Sea

After packing up we headed off to explore downtown St. Andrews. It was easy walking distance from the campsite. There were shops, boutiques, galleries and restaurants and the downtown area was quaint and well kept.

We wandered through a few shops admiring many items but as we still have a lot of traveling to do, buying anything was simply not in the cards.

However, we did stop into the local Dollar Store (there sure seems to be a lot of dollar stores wherever we go) and we did buy a small sewing kit and a couple of luggage tags that were also Canadian flags for our backpacks.

That helped to satisfy a little of my shopping urge. 🙂

The Reversing Falls, St. John, NB

Back on the road again, we headed into St. John. Along the way we noticed a sign for the Reversing Falls and decided to take a side trip.

Apparently the Reversing Falls used to be called the Reversing Falls Rapids but the general consensus was that the name was just too long, so they went back to calling them just the Reversing Falls.

To my mind, they should actually be called the Reversing Rapids as it really isn’t much of a waterfall.

It all has to do with the tides. At low tide the rapids flow one way, at high tide they flow in the opposite direction and at slack tide they kind of fight each other and just swirl around. To see each effect you’d need to spend the entire day and we just weren’t prepared to do that.

Temperatures

It seems as soon as we crossed over into the maritimes the temperature had difficulty getting much over 70 deg F.

We much prefer high 70s or low 80s so I felt a bit chilly most of the time.

Sorry Canadian friends, I still haven’t mastered the temperatures in Celsius yet, but I’m sure you’re able to convert them.

I think the weather forecast is calling for some sunnier, warmer weather. I sure hope so.

Cape Tormentine, NB

We picked a campground near the Confederation Bridge to spend tonight.

We were able to camp right beside the ocean and had a fantastic view of the Confederation Bridge to Prince Edward Island, which we will be traveling over tomorrow.

Setting up the tent was a bit interesting as it was pretty windy. Actually, it was interesting for Geoff who does most of the tent set up.

Hey, I help a bit from time to time. I actually think I help the most when I stay out of the way. (wink!)

Into the Canadian Maritimes

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 29 ~ Day #80
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$8000
$86.40
$7600.00
$95.00
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
10071+241=10312
3856 [4437]
000
69
14818

Current Location: St. Andrews-By-The-Sea, NB

Today’s Total Expenses: $86.40

Transportation: $52.02
Accommodation: $30.00
Food: $4.38

Crossing into New Brunswick

We had thought that we might spent tonight in Maine, but as we neared the New Brunswick border, that area of Maine seemed really sparsely populated and there didn’t seem to be a campsite or hotel that would have suited us.

So, we just continued into New Brunswick crossing at St. Stephen.

New Brunswick Tourism

We immediately stopped into a New Brunswick Tourism office that was located just over the border to ask about campgrounds in the area.

They were very helpful and called a couple of campgrounds for us.

St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

We decided that we would stop at the Kiwanis Oceanfront Campground that was located right on the ocean in St. Andrews-by-the-Sea. Isn’t that a cool name for a town?

They were more expensive than most campgrounds, but that was because of their location. We balked a little at the $30.00 price tag for an unserviced tent lot, but, hey – right by the ocean!

Time Zone Change

We had been expecting a time zone change but weren’t sure where it would happen. I had thought that it might happened while we were still in Maine, but we discovered, at the New Brunswick Tourism office, that it changed as soon as we crossed into New Brunswick.

So, we lost an hour as we entered Canada.

St. Andrews-by-the-Sea

As we drove through downtown St. Andrews, we thought it was lovely and decided, since it was already getting late, that we would check out the downtown area before we leave tomorrow.

So, we set up our tent, spent some time walking by the ocean and settled in for the night.

St. Regis Campground, New York

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 27 ~ Day #78
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$7800
$82.67
$7420.19
$95.13
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
9449+337=9786
3856 [4437]
000
69
14292

Current Location: St. Regis Campground

Today’s Total Expenses: $82.67

Transportation: $45.00
Accommodation: $20.00
Food: $17.04

Tim Horton’s Doughnut Shops in the US!

We have started noticing the presence of a lot of Tim Horton’s Doughnut Shops in the northern US states. Tim Horton’s is a Canadian chain started many, many years ago by the hockey player – you guessed it – Tim Horton!

You just can’t beat the doughnuts and coffee at Tim Horton’s.

Go Timmy’s!!!

It’s Summer and Hotels are EXPENSIVE!

During today’s drive we thought we might want to stay at a hotel if we could find a reasonable one.

We used Madge (our Magellan GPS) to show us the hotels that were along the way.

Not only were the prices high but most of the hotels we called were fully booked.

Yep, it must be summer.

St. Regis Campground

We had Madge (our Magellan GPS) find us a campground along the route as we figured that would be the only reasonably priced option for us for tonight.

We stopped at St. Regis Campground in Northern New York and it was reasonable – $20.00 – and gave us a chance to dry out our tent as we had had to pack it up wet.

Dinner was a bit of a challenge because, even though this campground had water and electricity available, there were no picnic tables.

So, Geoff set up the Coleman stove on the ground and we did the best we could.

Canned Chinese Food

Apparently I still haven’t learned about buying canned Chinese food. It always looks so good on the can and sounds delicious, but I’ve done this often enough to know that the results are not good.

However, we had bought two cans of Chinese food and I decided to cook one of them tonight. The results were predictable – disappointing.

Note to self: NEVER, NEVER buy canned Chinese food again.

Watching Movies on our Mac

Along the way, when there is nothing else to do in the evenings, we have started to watch movies on our Mac and that’s what we did tonight before drifting off to sleep.

Visiting with Family

Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 21 ~ Day #72
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$7200
$0.00
$7253.59
$100.74
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
9285
3856 [4437]
000
69
13791
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 23 ~ Day #74
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$7400
$13.12
$7266.71
$98.19
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
9285
3856 [4437]
000
69
13791
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 24 ~ Day #75
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$7500
$37.69
$7304.40
$97.39
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
9285+106=9391
3856 [4437]
000
69
13897
Our transportation, accommodation, food and entertainment cost so far

July 26 ~ Day #77
Budget to date
Spent today
Total to date
Daily average
Total
$7700
$33.12
$7337.52
$95.29
Miles by Road
Nautical Miles
Miles by Air
Miles by Train
Total Statute Miles
9391+58=9449
3856 [4437]
000
69
13955

Current Location: Grimsby, Ontario

Today’s Total Expenses: $56.46

Transportation: $25.00
Accommodation: $
Food: $32.44

Six Days in One

In this post we are combining six days in one post while staying with my Dad and visiting my two sons and their families.

Enjoying Time with Dad

We arrived around 6pm last night so Wednesday was the first full day we had to spend with Dad.

It’s great to see him and to spend some time with him. The last time we saw him was when he visited us in the Bahamas for a month last November.

Bodies – The Exhibition – Niagara Falls

On Thursday we planned a trip to see “Bodies – The Exhibition – The Science Inside of You” in Niagara Falls.

This is a display of actual human bodies and organs in various types of dissections to show such things as muscles, internal organs, blood vessels and much, much more.

At first we thought we might have difficulty with this type of display. We were afraid it might be a bit gruesome. But, Dad had seen the exhibit before in Vancouver and said it was fascinating.

So, off we sent and we did find the exhibit interesting, educational and fascinating. The human body is truly amazing.

Actually, the only things that we thought were in poor taste were the photo they took of each group, photoshopped in one of the bodies and then offered the photos for sale and the gift shop had such things as a stuffed “Flesh Eating Disease” toy and leg bone swizzle sticks. Sorry, but that kind of thing is just gross!

Discount Shopping

Just around the corner from the exhibit was a discount outlet, so we also stopped in there.

Dad found a lovely bird feeder for his backyard and we got some small propane cylinders for our Coleman stove. The prices were not only good but they also included the taxes in the price. In my opinion, that’s a great way to price things.

Niagara Falls
Then we drove around Niagara Falls for a bit. We have all been to The Falls many, many times so we didn’t stay long as it was, as usual, quite crowded.

Unexpected Dental Work

After getting back it was time for Geoff to head off to the dentist. He had chipped his tooth the day before.

We just picked a dentist from a sign we drove by. I think, perhaps, we should have shopped around a bit.

For just 5 minutes to fix the chip – with no freezing – he was charged $140.44! And, they said they gave him a significant discount. This was just another one of those unexpected expenses that you can’t possibly plan for but have to find some way, on such a long to trip, to allow for such things in your budget.

Canadian Tire

When we were leaving the US we started having a little trouble with the transmission. It was having difficult changing from second to third gear. Having to fix a transmission could easily be a trip ending problem.

As the car needed another oil change, we took it to Canadian Tire and also had them do a road test on the car to evaluate the transmission.

When we picked it up they let us know they couldn’t find anything wrong with the transmission. Good news. Now let’s hope the car behaves. Perhaps it was just a little quirk. Here’s hoping.

Work Day

We decided that Friday needed to be a work day so we did our best to catch up on our posts and other stuff that just goes along with keeping up with life.

Mexican Train Dominos

During this week my Dad also introduced me to a game called Mexican Train Dominos. It’s really a lot of fun.

Try as I might, I have yet to beat him, but I did come close – once!

Visit to My Eldest Son and Family

Saturday we were off to visit my eldest son and his family which includes my grandson, my granddaughter and his lovely fiancé and their new home.

This was the first time we met his fiancé and what a lovely lady she is. She has three children – two boys and girl – who we’ll get to meet tomorrow at a bbq given by my other son and his family. More about that next.

Visit to My Second Son and Family

This son and his fiancé have just purchased a lovely house and are busy making it their home.

I was happy to see them both again as well as my grandchildren. Together they have five kids and only one of them was missing as he was working.

We were also able to meet my eldest’s son’s fiancé’s children and that was a pleasure, too.

All the kids played together amazingly well and enjoyed themselves immensely in the pool at T & F’s new house.

Our Last Day Here

On our last day here we had to take our car back to Canadian Tire because the “check engine” light was on.

They simply wanted too much to check for the reason and we’re sure there really isn’t anything wrong. It has probably just registered a miss-fire like the last time when we had the distributor cap replaced.

We did some more running around and topped off the evening with a lovely spaghetti dinner cooked by my Dad. He’s a wonderful cook and the spaghetti sauce was amazing.

It will be sad to leave tomorrow, but it’s time to get back on the road.

Thanks, Dad! Love you!

Thanks also to T&F and family and T&E and family for welcoming us into their homes. We love you all.