Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Heading towards Home…..with a few stops…..then west!

Tues. July 5th - Quebec was a fine finish to the  East Coast section of our summer travels. The next half of the summer we plan to spend in the  Western United States. We are headed to California to  meet up with family for our nephew, Andy, and his fiancée, Quinn’s wedding celebration in the Los Angeles area on July 23rd.

On the way, we plan to spend some time visiting with our daughter, Sarah and her fiancée, Jason in Chandler, Arizona. Then, after Los Angeles, we will head a bit south to visit Fred’s brother, Mike and wife, Pam, in Encinitas, CA, then north to visit our other daughter, Laura, and husband David in the Emeryville/Oakland area. Then home, by way of  the Joslin family reunion in South Dakota, and a visit with son, Brian, in Sioux City, Iowa.

Crazy….I know! But we DO miss those kids!!

In all of these travel plans, we figured that we might as well pass by home (it really is on the way) for a few days to pick up mail, do laundry, and drop off all the souvenirs that we bought. So – we are driving towards home….putting in a number of longs days of driving, and planning our stops where they make sense…….and they might as well be pretty……….

Our first stop was Darlington Provincial Park on Lake Ontario, just east of Toronto, Canada. We had a wonderful camp sight right by the Lake. The weather was nice and we left our windows open so that we could listen to the sound of the waves all night (Lake Ontario is so large, that it has waves like the surf on the ocean).


That evening, we took a walk on the beach…….


And spotted a swan……


Make that TWO swans……so beautiful and peaceful…..


Our second night on the road we stopped at Sterling State Park, Michigan – on Lake Erie. It had been a LONG day of travel….traffic getting through Toronto…..then a flat tire on the trailer….which we had to replace in London, Ontario. Then more traffic going across the border back into the US……

We were glad for a place to stop….any place…..Sterling State Park turned out to be lovely.



I knew that we would just be ‘passing through’ the Great Lakes area…..not staying nearly long enough. But I am putting these two parks on my list of places to stay when we head back for a longer visit!

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