A typical day. Today is day 12.
Matt & Ginnie are still here.
7:30 Wake up to girls yelling at Arthur to pour his own cereal.
8:30 espresso and blog updates
8:40 lily does her nails in stripy red pattern
9:00 kids steal all the camp chairs and move to next site to play game
9:10 Arthur falls in the firepit, screams, blames, cries, gets distracted from Ruby with an albino caterpillar. He returns to the game.
9:24 coffee round 2 and Ginnie’s banana bread
10:00 packUp site
11:00 Matt played fetch with dogs and we look at map
11:22 Heat sets in and so it’s beer o’clock.
11:45 realize we have to leave by noon! Annoy the kids to pickup chairs and trash on ” play site”
12:10 leave for st-thomas train museum.
12:13 realize we are four farm fields away from Sparta, an unusual place in the book
12:15 miss the county road for Sparta.
12:25 drive through 190 year old town, Sparta and decide to stop
12:35 find the Adobe blacksmith shop now a museum with an amazing assortment of historical objects from the area
12:50 girls want to leave amazing place cause the old man with no shirt on is too severe about no touching, even though they aren’t touching
12:45 Arthur touches too many things and Matthew takes him out of building
1:15 arrive in St-Thomas and stop at first pizza shop. Pile out. Closed. Get back in vehicles.
1:25 ask local and we go to Al’s, best pizza in St-Thomas. And cheap!
1:45 Find the CSR train station and tour a gorgeous crafted building.
1:53 Arthur rubs his hand on a table and gets a crystal sliver
2:45 Tour ends. Kids are annoyed they didn’t ride a train. Sadly, The tour was a little dry and the kids were not as impressed as we were. It was a beautiful building.
2:30 say by to Matt and Ginnie. Will they make it to Cheltenham Badlands?
4:10 stop for ice cream in 1970s town of Wheatley
4:30 arrive at Wheatley provincial park. Gatehouse girl gives us her favorite spot, we fill up with water, lesson learned!
4:40 arrive at site and scratch the fender off of the trailer. The 35 year old plastic shatters into 10 pieces. Irreparable. I see the ache in Rods face
5:50 kids get out of car and start complaining about the site: only one table, no paths, poison ivy. It’s a very nice site with a view of water and a cool breeze
6:10 tell the kids to suck it up. It’s a great site!
6:15 get to work: level trailer, set up stove and camp chairs and beer o’clock.
6:30 put water on for corn to boil and beer o’clock.
6:40 help Arthur make a menu for pretend coffee shop.
7:00. Put on steaks boil corn and it’ll be bed by nine and beer by fire so that’s all I have.