Thursday, November 13, 2014

2014 Visit to the House of Mouse!

We're going to see The Mouse, we're going to see The Mouse, we're going to see The Mouse!  Yippee!  Can't wait!  Haven't been for a couple of years, and have never been there during the Christmas season, so am excited to see all the beautiful decorations.  Lots to do to get ready, still have a few weeks to prepare!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We are home!

We are back home after being gone for almost a month!  How time flies!  We left Friday March 25, 2011 and returned today, Wednesday April 20, 2011.

We left Kissimmee, Florida to return to Canada on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. and arrived home today, Wednesday, at 5:30 p.m.  The direct drive home was 2,382 km.  It took as long as it did because we made a number of stops along the way - we are not yet very disciplined travellers, but we had fun!

We left Monroe, Michigan at 9:30 this morning, travelled about 550 km today and arrived home about 5:30 p.m.  It was really cold there, only about 40 degrees in the van when we got up.  It rained cats and dogs all night, so I was glad to be in a hotel for the night.  And it's really cold back home!  We crossed the border around lunchtime at Port Huron/Sarnia this time, and were through in about 5 minutes, so it is definitely faster than trying to cross at Detroit/Windsor.

"Bridge to Canada" sign at Port Huron.

Bridge to Canada from Port Huron to Sarnia.

Border crossing with Canadian flags!

We did a lot on this adventure - we saw Nashville, Memphis, Tupelo, Destin, and Kissimmee.  We camped, we stayed in hotels, we rented a house.  It all happened so fast, it seems like a dream!  We met up with old friends in Kissimmee, Michelle Hill and Alicia and Jordan Cox, and made new friends there too, Emily's cousin Erin and her husband Glen and their two children.  And we had a wonderful vacation with Rob and Emily!

One of the reasons I wanted to do this trip so soon after last year's was to test drive my new bionic knee, which I had had replaced in September 2010 specifically to be able to walk around Disney.  I am happy to say that the new knee is a peach!  It works great in the warmer climate.

I also wanted to definitively decide if the surgery for the second knee is absolutely necessary or not, given that I have already scheduled the surgery for September 2011.  Based on this trip, I was able to do a considerable amount of walking, severe arthritis notwithstanding, and am leaning towards cancelling the second surgery.  Before I do that though I want to evaluate it in the colder Canadian climate.

Although it is fun to go away, it is good to get back home.  Everything here is as it should be.  The ice on the lake has gone, and it seems funny to be seeing water again!  I am looking forward to putting the dock and boats in the lake, and going kayaking again!

First view of the lake water for 2011!!

Thanks for everyone's support and inquiries, and a special thanks to George for all his interest and value-added suggestions and advice for our travels and the blog itself!

I have already started to plan our next adventure!

Thanks for stopping by, and as they say at Disney, have a magical day!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Red Roof Inn, Monroe, Michigan, near Detroit. About 45 degrees now!

We left Lexington, Kentucky wearing shorts & T-shirts.  By the end of the day, we were almost at Detroit, and now wearing long pants and sweatshirts and winter coats!  We travelled 476 km today.

We stopped to have lunch with George & Sue at their campground in Wapakoneta, Ohio.  We were there for about 2 hours, then got  back on the road again.  That was fun!

George at Wapakoneta, Ohio.

Paul & George.

Sue.

Lou & Paul in the beautiful pool area.

We have stopped in Monroe, Michigan at a Red Roof Inn that gives you dinner (pizza), breakfast, a decent room with king size bed and easy chair and desk, wifi, fridge, microwave, coffee maker, and is pet friendly, all for $49.00!  Cheaper than some of the campgrounds we have been in, and a lot warmer!  Apparently they had snow here yesterday!

We drove through a lot of windy rainy weather today, so were travelling a little slower than usual.  I took a photo of the stormy sky at 9 a.m. as we left Kentucky, and that was before the storms started.

Stormy sky at 9 a.m. near Lexington, Ky.

We hope to have a decent day for travelling and to be back home tomorrow.