Winter In Phoenix travel blog

Returning the rental car, Michelle gets an idea of what we look...

On the QEW Mike pointing out the piers by his brother's house

The bus in Scotts campground, as Mike tries the first spot to...

The American Falls and the Rainbow Bridge, looks like a postcard

Our first view of the Canadian Falls, the sun was about to...

We really were there, got the selfie to prove it!

The Nikola Tesla Statue because he designed the first hydro electric plant...

That's how close the train was to the bus, you can see...

Entrance to Fort George, built in 1812 by the British, captured by...

Everywhere in Niagara-On-The-Lake, vineyards and orchards

The Burlington Canal Lighthouse and Liftbridge...did you even know there was a...

And that it was the first public work undertaken with financial backing...

From that pier Mike was pointing to, the Burlington Lift Bridge, with...

If we got really bored, there was nightly entertainment across the street...

This was Michelle's view for most of the drive from Niagara to...

Parked at Wildwood Campground, the view of the bus from the 11th...

The view out the front window, it isn't as full as it...


As we pulled out of our campground, we were looking at crossing Toronto just after the morning rush hour. We debated a couple of different routes but in the end, what the hay... we used to live here, we will manage the traffic. One note, our GPS lady was struggling a bit. North of the city of Toronto, the roads are identified as regional roads in the GPS and shortened to RR … so when the lady inside the GPS tries to tell us our route, she sounded like a pirate... "...Then in 3km take ARRRGGGG 10 to ARRRGGGG 48..." Took us a while to figure out what she was saying... at first Mike thought she was laughing at him by saying HaHa … made us both laugh every time. Another oddity was how she said 'Queen Elizabeth Way'. The GPS shortened that to QEW and we locals all know to spell out the letters when referring to the Queen Elizabeth Way. But our pirate lady would simply say 'Cue' for QEW. That again took a bit of getting used to as we headed south from the 401 past Hamilton towards Niagara Falls.

Arriving, we stayed at one of the last open campgrounds in the area, Scotts Family Camping... across from the gentlemen's clubs near the edge of town... and we later found out, right next to a rail line. Neither of which seemed a problem since we were used to having trains very close to us and it was cold enough to keep all the entertainment inside the clubs. We were fortunate, the city shuttle bus that went down to the falls, stopped at our doorstep. (Mike fails to mention here how long it took him to set up the satellite dish....when you have cords connected to the dish and other cords connected to the box, but not to each other, it really doesn't work well! Moved the dish once or twice, but once he figured the wires figured out, no problem!)

The next morning we rode the shuttle down to the Falls and as we went along the route, happened to find ourselves the only passengers on the bus. An off duty bus driver was riding along, and she decided we needed a tour and commenced to read from the tour guide book, over the PA system. This lady doing the reading had come from Columbia 5 years ago, so her accent was still fairly thick and hard to understand sometimes but she was trying and it was wonderful to hear her make a go of it. Imagine the actress Sofía Vergara from the TV show Modern Family reading the guided tour and that's what we had. She was a blast. It was very interesting to hear about the various buildings, wrecks, bridges and the stories behind them all.

The next day we rented a car and drove to Fort George in Niagara-On-The-Lake, through all the vineyards and orchards on our way to go visit Mike's brother and his wife at their home. Olev (or Opie as most know him) and Sue live right on the shores of Lake Ontario, just under the Skyline Bridge, so we went for a walk around the trail behind their house and later had lunch downtown, at the Black Forest Restaurant, so the guys could relate to their heritage and early years! We enjoyed our visit, such a wonderful area, so much to see and everywhere you looked there were different views and vistas.

Waking up to rain the next day, we packed up for a travel day... off to Essex county, just south of Windsor for our last camp before crossing the border. Along the way we quickly popped into a mall to get Michelle's glasses fixed (which was a nice break from driving in the wet and traffic most of the day).

Funny thing, the campground that we pulled into, was one that we had stayed at 3 years earlier and had forgotten about. The last time we were here, Mike's mom took sick in Toronto, so Michelle had to come back and bring the RV back to Toronto for the winter. This time we look forward to getting a game of golf in and after a double check at routes and paperwork we'll be crossing the border in a few days. Glad we're missing the snow back home, for sure!



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