I am so thankful that we are having such a great trip. It was cold when we first crossed into Alberta during the night, so I used the heater for that night, but since then it has been nice and warm, and now we are into an intense heat wave in central/south Ontario. Today was 95F as we pulled into Halton Hills. But everything has worked out perfect. The one variable that I was stressing about in the back of my mind was: how are we going to tour Bethel if it is really hot. I had a couple ideas in mind: 1) let Anastasia go on the tour while I pup sit...or.... I hadn't figured out the other plan yet. Anyway, all was solved when we got to the gate at Bethel. I started talking to the gate attendant and it was suggested that I come early for our 8am tour, set up the truck tent in the corner of the parking lot for the dogs to sit in while we tour so that they can go in and out with the pen. Perfect idea! So we are at a wonderful campground that the brother suggested: MILTON HEIGHTS CAMPGROUND, and then we will get there early, set up and go on the tour.
The campground is fabulous. Beautiful pool, playground, grassy lots, power/water/ RV section and tenting section. It is $40 per night, but that is much more reasonable than a hotel and the pups are welcome.
Today, as we were leaving the Bethel parking lot I noticed literal gushing of water from the side of my engine. My heart sank. However, the gate attendant told to go to the garage around the corner in Georgetown because they have helped them out a lot. I was so worried but the man who came out to take a look just said it was the AC unloading itself because of the humidity. Heart lifted!
Anyway, I think we will stay here a few days. Tomorrow for Bethel, Friday Niagara Falls, then Saturday we are heading down to Windsor to stay with Brenda and get some good visiting, service and meetings in.
Cute moments with Anastasia so far:
1) We were driving through Crows Nest Pass and we stopped at a nice rest area. Anastasia had to use the bathroom. When she comes out she says: aunti, I just used the most DISGUSTING toilet I have ever seen! There is a regular toilet in there, but there is no pipe. There is just a sewer beneath it! Me: "mmm...you just described what an outhouse is. We have those in Canada where it is more remote. "
2) I sent her to the garbage can to dispose of some stuff. She comes back screaming with tears telling me there is a hand sticking out of the container. :-/ Really.... I go take a look and it is a baby raccoon. I ordered her back to take a second look with me to prove nothing creepy was going on. When I opened the lid and she could see the baby then she got a big smile.
Anyway, the trip is everything I imagined and more. Looking so forward to seeing my friends and working in service with them and seeing their lives in this part of the country. The prairies were spectacular, Ontario is littered with gorgeous antique towns with homes from the previous turn of the century, and camping and driving to see it all is just wonderful. Hit the 2600 mile mark this morning. Can't hardly wait for Bethel tomorrow!
love to all! d :-)