(This post was called "Prep Day" and was moved from the 27th of June in order to line things up better on the blog)
Well the boys helped pick out snacks and lunches for the car on Sunday - and they cleaned up their toys in the house so I could vacuum and mop. Today is the day before - prep day. Making sure everything is in order: laundry, food, cat care, car tech, petrol, clothes, stuffies, and SatNav programmed with CFOne discounted Petro Canada stations en route. Hey - it's 10 cents off per litre at these places.
The boys will be home at 2000 hours tonight at which point the bedtime routine will be in effect. I'm anticipating a rough couple of mornings over the next few days adapting to the new morning routine of wake, PT, eat, and hit the road. They're not really morning people - unless there are video games to play...and that's going to be limited anyway. The earlier we're on the road, the earlier we can get off the road. I'd like time to enjoy each town, hotel, pool, or whatever we happen to find.
We've other games to play in the car and things to do...and staring out the window and thinking is, I think anyway, an important thing to do once in a while. Besides, there's so much to see along the way - at least in good sized doses as the scenery changes.
Laundry and final packing are the order of the day right now....and the prep continues.
We departed on time at 0630 this morning but we were 10 minutes late for the reservation cutoff. Despite having a reservation for the Chi-Cheemaun Ferry, arriving at 1030 instead of 1020 means we lost our spot and went into the standby line.
Everything worked out fine, but I'm reminded of the Seinfeld episode where he rents a car and they haven't any left:
Jerry: I don't understand. Do you have my reservation?
Rental Car Agent: We have your reservation, we just ran out of cars.
Jerry: But the reservation keeps the car here. That's why you have the reservation.
Rental Car Agent: I think I know why we have reservations.
Jerry: I don't think you do. You see, you know how to *take* the reservation, you just don't know how to *hold* the reservation. And that's really the most important part of the reservation: the holding. Anybody can just take them.
The Chi-Cheemaun used to be an Ontario Northland ferry, but it's now operated by the Owen Sound Transportation Company. The paint scheme is resplendent with indigenous themes and quite attractive. We got to park the car on the moving ramp.
For Lake Huron, it was pretty easygoing. For people who haven't been on Lake Huron, it was rough. Fortunately, none of the boys experienced that and instead, enjoyed the brisk wind pushing hard on the port side of the ship.
So they asked nicely for a milkshake. What else goes well with the wonderful odour of Espanola but a chocolate milkshake? Sam seemed to find the sit-thru window next to the cash...but didn't want company.
After the Waterpark Road Trip during which I nearly soaked the iPhone camera - but it did take great action photos of the water slides - I saved up for a waterproof camera that can do underwater shots as well. Plus, the kids can use it.