I opened my peepers just after 5:30 and felt Bill move at the same time. There are mixed feelings today but mostly excitement about returning to our homeland. We are so close and we become anxious to get the last stretch under our wheels and in our ‘dust’. We aren’t tense while in the United States but there is still a huge relief when we say s’long to the Border Crossing Guard.
|The sky at the park, at 7 am|
|Down the highway, it was worthwhile watching it|
We had our morning drinks after taking turns in the bathroom for a sink bath. I was pulling the slides in by 6:40 and pulling out just before 7. Rob walked over for one final ‘safe travels!’ and we were On Our Way. The sky was mostly cloudy but to the east there was a hint of a pretty rising of the sun. We caught I-75 and grit our teeth as we endured the rough roads for at least 20 miles.
|And it got prettier|
|One of favourite pictures today|
(one with no grandsons involved, I mean)
|Rest Area, not so full here|
I witnessed one of the most beautiful sunrises since leaving the southern states. Just as we crossed the Veteran’s Glass City Skyway in Toledo, the sun put on a gorgeous performance for me, reflecting on the water of the Maumee River. This bridge is very interesting, spanning to a 400’ height.
|It is a very impressive bridge|
|and sometimes, timing is everything|
The interstate finally smoothed out before we took Exit 20 and hopped on I-275. Our destination first today was Bluewater Shipping in Port Huron, MI to pick up Bill’s package.
|Like a kid in a candy store...........|
|and we transported it here as we crossed the border|
"anything over $800?" Nope!
The big surprise was that his ‘one’ package (according to FedEx) was actually 6 big boxes. Not heavy, just bulky. LOL We opened one slide and put them in the living room and drove to the border. There were 4 vehicles in front of us and within 5 minutes, we were on the good side. What a beautiful day! It is 53F/12C. I love reading the familiar signs on the 402 and I LOVE seeing NO snow! Time to relax and regroup.
|4th in line at the border crossing|
It was 11:15 when we took our Exit 98 and pulled into Can-Am RV. This wasn’t looking good as the lot was overflowing with trailers. Not all staff was in on a Saturday but we got warm greetings from those who were. Kirk, one of the owners, has offered to let us stay on their farm, just down the highway. This is a very kind offer and one that I will appreciate a lot. Staying on a peaceful country setting as opposed to a busy parking lot? Easy choice and I thank Kirk and Kate very much for their hospitality.
|This is the back lane to their property|
too soft for any entry right now so we came in the front drive
|Here we are nestled up to the west of the barn/shed|
|Bill HAD to open 'to make sure everything arrived safely'|
This is one half of half of the wing - get that?
The wing span is 15', this is only about 3 3/4'
After a quick lunch of warmed up leftover stew and rice, Bill and I had a visit from my son, Patrick and grandson, Nathan.
|Two of my favourite guys|
|Nate and Grandma|
"The sun is in my eyes!"
|Okay, Nate, I have something for you then|
|Molly just loved chasing after her ball|
Such a sweet dog, she greeted Clemson and left him alone
|Patrick tries to figure out the metal link puzzle|
It's a guy thing
|Clemson thanking Patrick for picking him up|
Clemson and I walked out around the yard and down the back lane before coming inside. I wanted to crochet an addition on my project from a while ago but it wasn’t coming together as I’d hoped. I decided to leave well enough alone and instead start supper early. We were both hungry and had grilled cheese sandwiches. The onions and Vlasik dill pickles in mine added an additional kapow!
|Quick and easy supper|
We had made prior plans with Bill’s youngest daughter, Jess and her fiancé, Matt for them to bring that new little grandson, Easton for our first ‘meet and greet’. They arrived around 5:30 and it was love at first sight. This little tiny boy stole our hearts. Somehow, in pictures, size is never easy to depict. Bill was very proud to hold Easton and tell him who all he was named after. I snapped a picture or two (or 8) of the two of them.
|Grandpa meets Grandson Easton|
|Easton thinks that was pretty cool too|
Then it was my turn, after Easton had his bottle. He fussed a bit, I seem to bring out the best in babies, but then settled down and I didn’t want to give him up. This is the priceless age, one of them. There are so many. After more pictures, a selfie included, they left around 7:45. We’ll see him again in a week so that will be nice. We had a bowl of Lime Jell-o fluff (I don’t know what to call it!) and it went down well with a taste of Rum Chiata. I think it might be an early night.
|Bill, Clemson and I with the new family|
Thank you for your visit. Hello Ontario!