(Mattawa, Ontario, Canada) Perfect weather – Neither one of us slept well last night, so we both got up earlier than normal. We went back to the Roosteraunt for a big breakfast before we did our hitch up routine. This time I got a few pictures. (Click photos to enlarge)
Like I said yesterday, they have a LOT of roosters! :)
We left Smiths Falls at 9:35 and made it to Mattawa by 1:45. Not a bad trip. We didn’t know what to expect with the road conditions, but they were great. There were a few bumpy places but it wasn’t bad at all. The traffic was light so that wasn’t a problem. We took Hwy 15 to 7, then 417 bypassing Ottawa, then picked up Hwy 17 (the Trans-Canadian Highway). The scenery was beautiful.
I’m falling in love with Ontario, but Jim says wait till January. Guess I should say I love Ontario in the summer. Here’s a few shots I took along the way.
I have no idea what this field is, but it sure was a pretty bright yellow.
The trees are so different. A lot of pines that we’ve never seen. There were signs to watch for moose and deer, but we didn’t see any.
There’s lakes and rivers that are scattered all around, and they’re a deep color of blue.
Lots of Stone walls between the tree lines once we got further West.
My view of Tumbleweed with.trees on both sides
Or coming over the top of a hill to a lake.
One of the things we’ve noticed is a lot of signs that have pictures and no words. This one warns of a bumpy road.
As you’re going down the road, these are common. First it’s in English then it’s in French. Canada’s budget for highway signs must be double that of the U.S. :)
And sometime you pass one sign, and it’s in French. I hope it wasn’t too important.
The main road through Mattawa is under construction but we found the RV park ok. It’s NOT our type of park, but it’s Canada Day tomorrow (Canada’s Independence Day) and very few parks have openings. We are settled in under trees that have already started dropping nuts on top of us. We have no satellite and no wi-fi, except at the office, so it’s going to be a long four days. I’ll go to the office with my laptop a couple of times each day to get the blog out and read emails. We have a lot of TV shows recorded on our DVR so our evenings will be fine.
These little things are in the sand/dirt outside the door. They stick to your shoes and you really have to wipe your feet to keep from dragging them in. They’re like some kind of pine cones, only soft and very little. Lots to learn about the environment here in the far North.
This will be our very first time cut off from the world while in our home. But we knew it would happen sooner or later, and it’s part of the lifestyle. We’ll be back on the road Monday. In the meantime we’re going sightseeing the next few days.