All posts by Trish Yanke

Chicago….something something windy….

Is that really the title of this post?  Yes.  Yes it is.  I put that down, assuming something more cleaver would come to me by the time I was done.  And yet, here we are….

TRISH:

We were now really ‘booking it’ to head west again.  Chicago was the last stop we had specific plans for, as the guys were headed for their last baseball game there: Toronto Blue Jays @ Chicago Cubs.  Dale, as a Jays fan, had been looking forward to this game!  (Not to mention, he had a number of players from both teams on his fantasy baseball team).  You probably belong to one of two crowds – those who know what fantasy sports are, and those who are lucky.  Kidding, kidding.  Sort of. Continue reading Chicago….something something windy….

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Birthdays and Bridges and……oh shoot, “Waterpark” doesn’t start with a “B”

 

I was sad to have to leave the Hershey/Lancaster area.  We had just enough time there to realize we were missing out on a lot. (In fact, we did look into trying to extend our time there – but we couldn’t cancel our next night’s bookings over near Pittsburgh, so we continued on.)

Continue reading Birthdays and Bridges and……oh shoot, “Waterpark” doesn’t start with a “B”

Turkey Swamp (I saw neither Turkeys, nor a Swamp….)

We were all pretty excited that our drive from Wakeda campground to our next stop (about half way between New York City and Philadelphia) was only going to be about 5.5 hours.  All things considered, that was a “short” day for us!  ‘Present me’ laughs at ‘past me’ now.  We were on the road for about 10 hours that day.  It wasn’t long after we left our New Hampshire campground that we started getting into a lot of traffic and towns/cities. Continue reading Turkey Swamp (I saw neither Turkeys, nor a Swamp….)

The Island currently known as Prince (Edward Island).

As we began to approach the east coast a few weeks ago, my kids started asking “Is this the place where we go over the huge bridge?”  Or, as we crossed any number of “large-ish” bridges:  “Was that the big bridge?”  I had been telling them, before we ever left home, about the big Confederation Bridge that stretched across from the main land (New Brunswick) into P.E.I. and they were imagining the things of fairy tales (I’m pretty sure). Continue reading The Island currently known as Prince (Edward Island).

Icebergs, and Vikings, and Whales….Oh My!

When I went to do laundry the other day, I walked in on Sherri waiting for her load to finish in the dryer.  She was in the middle of a conversation with a lady who was from a different part of the province, but who had been ‘touring’ the western portion of Newfoundland with her family.  They had actually just come from the northern peninsula (which is where our family was headed next).  She talked about a dinner they had gone to called “The Great Viking Feast”.  It included a buffet of local foods, and a “show”.  Intrigued, we called ahead and made reservations for the next night. Continue reading Icebergs, and Vikings, and Whales….Oh My!

Day 6 – Moncton to North Sydney

This day was going to be our shortest drive yet!  According to Google Maps we needed just under 5 hours to do it.  Our experience thus far told us it would be more like 6+ hours, but still!  It sure was nice to sleep in, take our time with breakfast and packing, and get on the road by 11:00 am knowing we still had plenty of time to make it to our destination. Continue reading Day 6 – Moncton to North Sydney

Day 5 – Quebec City to Moncton, NB

Our drive this day was going to be slightly shorter than what we’d been doing up until this point (think 8-9 hours rather than 10-11), and so we didn’t feel as pressured to get up at the crack of dawn to be on the road.  That being said, we also didn’t want to get stuck in the parking lot once Walmart opened and cars started coming in!  Sherri and I had a quick discussion about where we should try to camp that night (near Moncton, NB), and decided on Stonehurst Golf Course and RV Park.  We called to make reservations, and were on the road by 9:00 am. Continue reading Day 5 – Quebec City to Moncton, NB

Day 4 – to Ottawa…..and beyond!

We got up early, in hopes of catching up to Sherri and Erick, who were about 2 ¾ hours ahead of us.  By the time they were up and leaving, we were only about 45 min. behind them.

As we worked our way towards Ottawa, we wondered how we could get in to see Parliament Hill (with our trailers in tow).  Dale suggested I just call their visitor information line, and so I did.  The guy suggested 3 options (there is no parking right at Parliament Hill) Continue reading Day 4 – to Ottawa…..and beyond!

Day 3 – Sault Ste. Marie to North Bay and Pembroke (Ontario)

(Okay, full disclosure:  this post is heavy on the writing and light on the pictures.  I’ll try to do better next time! ) 

Dale was up early today so he could be at the dealership by the time they opened at 8:00.  The rest of us took advantage of the fact that we could sleep in, since we knew we wouldn’t be leaving Sault Ste. Marie until at least noon now. Continue reading Day 3 – Sault Ste. Marie to North Bay and Pembroke (Ontario)