By 9:10 we were all packed up in the truck and rolling out of Kal Tire on 4 new wheels.
It was an uneventful drive that started in the wide open plains - this was perhaps the flattest part of our trip. As we drove east, towards home, more trees appeared, gradually thickening until it was mixed forest on each side of us. We could smell the pine and spruce - it smelt so fresh.
Once we passed into Ontario, we started seeing the odd rock, and soon there were towering cliffs of granite at the sides of the road - sometimes even blocking out the XM Radio satellite signal.
It was obvious that we aren't in the prairies any more. We are in Ontario, headed east towards home.
By noon we were pulling into Rushing River Provincial Park (RR), just outside of Kenora. It was hot, close to 30C, and humid. We checked in and then drove to our site. It was very uneven but we set up anyway. Once we had the front legs down, and I put down the stairs it was clear that this site just wouldn't do. The steps were over 2’ in the air, and it seemed the trailer was about to topple over.
Carm went back to the registration hut where they gave us a choice of other sites - we chose the best of them, moved the trailer and re-setup. Much better. There are even some trees to shade us this afternoon.
We didn't even take the time to check the time but quickly got into our bathing suits and took a walk to the boat launch where we could let the dogs have a swim, and have a little dip ourselves. Ahhhhhh. Nice :-) Perhaps even nicer with the contrast of last night!
Later we went swimming again - this time without the dogs! I knew that somewhere there was a "rushing river" for tubing down – we may have found it, but it is awfully fast water for tubing. What we did find was beautiful view after beautiful view. I’ll be walking around with my camera later and write up a post just about the park.
After our swim I got online and had my finger on the trigger to increase our stay here another day, and switch around our reservations at Pancake Bay, coming home just one (or 2!) days later, but I changed my mind at the last minute. Maybe home has a little pull on me now that we are in Ontario. Although the thought of another day here, and an extra day at Pancake Bay is mighty tempting!
“Roads go ever ever on
Under cloud and under star,
Yet feet that wandering have gone
Turn at last to home afar”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit