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Sep 2, 2019 - The Final Chapter

As we've said often on this journey, plans change.... so... we got an offer on the bus we can't refuse, so it is now in for a safety and as soon as that is done, it heads off to the dealership to find a new family to enjoy it. We worked some more 'hard and long' days in the new 'to us' house, to get all the old parquet removed, all the old floor tile out, the walls moved to where we wanted, archways enlarged, added an entry from the garage to the house, removed most of the drywall so the electricians could remove all the aluminum and put...

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Winter In Phoenix

Aug 29, 2019 - East block tour and Rideau canal

Today we signed up for a tour of the East Block building, could not get a tour of the House of Commons as it's really popular. The East Block was built from 1859-1876 and now houses offices of government and there are several offices furnished to reflect the time period around confederation. It is under restoration and the exterior is covered by impressive scaffolding, supposed to be soon completed. The Centre building houses Parliament but is now closed for 10-25 years for restoration. It was built in 1916 after a fire that destroyed the...

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Aug 28, 2019 - Diefenbunker

Today we drove to Carp which is a small town west of Ottawa to tour the Diefenbunker. It was built from 1959-61 to provide a way for important government functions to continue after a nuclear attack. This place held civil defense personnel who would communicate with other shelters about conditions and could also broadcast to the country. Not as posh or large as the one we went to in West Virginia but just as interesting. The building is 157' to a side and 57 feet tall. The walls are 2 1/2 feet thick in most places and up to 4 ft thick in...

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Aug 27, 2019 - Hop on hop off Ottawa

We found the RV park and the spot we are in lets us get Dish. It's not very fancy but adequate and a short ride into town. We did see a part of the Changing of the Guard at the War memorial. This happens every hour. Because we are staying outside of town we missed the ceremony that takes place on Parliament Hill each morning. We took the trolley tour to get an understanding of Ottawa downtown. First we found a parking building - $20 for the day. Then bought our tickets for the next trolley and had time to eat a sandwich in a new age coffee...

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Jul 11, 2019 - Back In The Bus On The Lake and more!

When we last posted, we were in limbo. - Waiting for Michelle’s car – which she finally got Apr 30 and hasn’t stopped smiling about… and finally the weather has changed and it is warm enough that she's driving all over with the top down. PS: Now it's so warm she may have to leave the top up and run the A/C. - The water levels dropped enough at our summer RV park so that we could finally move back out into the bus. We intruded on the kids enough and we appreciate them having us for 19 days. May 11 - we moved into the bus at the lake and are...

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Winter In Phoenix

Sep 4, 2018 - Ottawa

September 4, 2018 Beautiful morning for walking! We sat in Confederation Square trying to plan our day while waiting for our walking tour at 11:00. The changing of the guard on Parliament Hill stopped for the year but we were able to see the changing of the guard at the War Memorial. Only 2 guards changing but still impressive! Ottawa, 1.2 million in population, is known as the third most educated population in North America (Seattle is #1 followed by Boston). The government is the largest employer followed by high tech and public services....

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Sep 3, 2018 - Sturgeon Falls to Ottawa, Ontario

September 3, 2018 We are pretty much by ourselves on a grassy knoll overlooking the river inlet. When we walked the actual camp sites, everyone was cheek to jowl. So happy where we are! The new bathrooms in the main building are far from the campsites but near to us which makes them ours!! Read outside in the breezy, balmy evening. Thunder, lightning and rain started in the middle of the night. We have a 250 mile drive on the TransCanada Hwy to Ottawa. There are few towns along the way. As we approached Renfrew, the dreaded “engine check”...

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Aug 11, 2018 - Ottawa, Ontario

August 2,3,4, Rolled into Ottawa on Friday evening in time for dinner after a long drive through Trois Riviere, Montreal and finally along hwy 17 into the east end of Ottawa through the old neighbourhoods where we lived 38 years ago! This time we moved out of Morris and into my Brother Greg’s place for three nights (Bowie too) as much because the humidex was above 40C! so staying in the van was not an option! We went from the sublime to the ridiculous; from remote Newfoundland to the center of Ottawa on Rideau St. on the 23rd story of his...

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Jun 6, 2018 - Tour of Ottawa

Up early for the bus-boat trip to see Ottawa. Interesting tour of picturesque old buildings, seeing parliament and enjoying a great fish and chips meal in a Irish Pub. Watched the changing of the guard at the War Memorial and Tumb of the Unknown Soldier. We went to the War Museum. We noticed the difference when we went across the river into Quebec. All the signs were in French.

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Mar 16, 2018 - Ottawa

Its been a relatively mild February and March in Ottawa this year, but that doesn't at all take away my excitement to get back into shorts and sandals, let alone explore the jungles and beaches of Colombia. Plan is to spend some days in Bogota, then start heading north to some colonial villages and waterfalls, then to the caribbean coast for beaches and jungles, capping off at Cartagena and about 24 hours in Panama City. Will be interesting to see how these old(er) bones react to backpacking again. Can't wait.

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WanderingIdiot

Aug 23, 2017 - Day 2

Today we caught up with our middle son and went out for lunch. After lunch we stopped into a local business to see an old friend. Its called "Vibration Studios". A music rehearsal studio and art gallery - supporting LOCAL talent. We spent some time with Fred, one of the co-owners and an old friend of the family. He gave us an extensive tour of the workshops, the gallery and coffee house, stage and open mic area, jam sessions, music studios and explained their future plans. They've done a fantastic job converting the building and putting...

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2017 Maritime Trip

Aug 22, 2017 - Ottawa, ON

So, word had it that we were probably going to run into 3 different storm front. Well, we sure did. First one was late morning around the Quebec/Ontario border. The second one hit as we pulled into our next campground in Ottawa. A lot of water real fast. The third front hit about 5 o'clock. That's OK. We were nice and dry in our motorhome.

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2017 Maritime Trip

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