We left Winnipeg last Sunday morning right after Brodie finished his elite run. Our border crossing was very quick and uneventful and we powered through to Menomonie Minnesota where we crashed for the night. We hit the road Monday morning at 6am determined to make it to the Canadian border before dark so we would not have to spend a scary night in Detroit or Flint Michigan. We spent Monday night in London Ontario before heading up to visit Sean and Catherine in Meaford on Tuesday.
We were so blessed to have incredible weather all week and our dogs got along famously with Phoebe, their newest four-legged addition to the family.
They live on an amazing 100 acre parcel of land with pastures and a wonderful forest. Every day, sometimes twice a day, we walked all the dogs off leash on a 3+km loop (I’m sure they did 3 or 4 times that distance). They were in puppy heaven running, wrestling and just being free to roam.
For our last two nights we stayed in a house right beside the Meaford harbour. This was my view as I walked the dogs in the morning
On our last full day in Meaford we got to visit Sean’s fire hall (he is a volunteer firefighter) and watch him as he helped out welcoming the public to family fun day as part of Fire Prevention Week.
Catherine made us a scrumptious Thanksgiving dinner, in fact she spoiled us all week with so many wonderful vegan meals
We went for one last family dog walk this morning before we headed off to our next stop. Look at the amazing fall colours.
We were so blessed to have my cousin and her husband come and visit us from Hungary. I have never met anyone from my father’s side of the family so this visit was extra special. She is an English teacher back home so communication was very easy. They were only with us for 4 days so we had a jam packed schedule of things to see and do….but unfortunately Mother nature did not cooperate. This past winter we had snowmaggedon, well this summer we’ve had non stop rainy, grey and dreary days. We made the best of it.
The highlight of their visit was our whirlwind trip to Jasper. We left the house at 6am and got back about 10pm. Although there was heavy overcast and drizzle throughout the day, we were very blessed to get brief glimpses of the mountain tops. We also got to see several grizzly and black bears, big horn sheep and of course lots of Elk.
Our first stop was Athabasca falls. With all the rain we have had in Alberta this year the power of the falls was stunning.
Then we hiked up towards Mount Edith Cavell to get a peak at Angel glacier.
For their last night we went to a revolving restaurant on top of a downtown hotel so that they could see the whole city and enjoy a delicious meal. It was a short visit but a wonderful one. I can’t wait until we meet again!!