Up around 6:30 it wasn't long before Old Sol made his presence known in the east. We had us a clear sunny morning going on and with temperatures continuing to climb these past couple days we knew it was going to be a very warm day. Even Friday afternoon we had noticed the humidity climbing and today was going to be even hotter. We don't do hot very well so the decision was made to slowly wander on home. Having over-packed for our Sarnia trip a couple weeks ago we flopped over to the other side and 'under-packed for our Bruce Peninsula trip. Odds are next time we'll maybe get it right.
|MORNING'S PLACID WATERS IN WIARTON'S HARBOR|
|WE WERE THE ONLY ONES IN THE WHOLE PARKING LOT....I LIKE WHEN THAT HAPPENS:))|
|GEORGIAN BAY'S CLEAR WATER|
|A SMALL FISHING BOAT HEADS OUT EARLY|
|WIARTON'S WEST SIDE HARBOR WITH THE NIAGARA ESCARPMENT TOWERING IN THE BACKGROUND|
|KELLY CHECKS OUT THE PLAYGROUND WHILE THE ORANGE ELEPHANT CHECKS OUT KELLY|
|'HEY KELLY, WAIT UP'|Rolled out of our Wiarton overnight spot at 9 a.m. with our first stop once again being Tim Hortons for coffee to go on our slow and meandering homeward journey. Just another beautiful Autumn day as we leisurely cruised southbound through small towns like Allenford, Tara, and Dobbington in southwestern Ontario's beautifully rural and sometimes rolling farmlands. Trees are turning color fast now. A lot of farm machinery on the roads today as farmers were busy with the soybean harvest and we noticed a couple fellas already starting to combine their corn.
|WHO SAID THAT??|
|HEY GARY M. I SNAPPED A COUPLE DRIVE-BY PICS FER YA:))|
|MOTORING THROUGH PAISLEY ONTARIO|
Just north of Mildmay Ontario we pulled into a County Works yard for a walkabout on some green grass and it was here we came up with the idea to head for Anna Maes Mennonite Restaurant in Millbank, Ontario. It's been a whole lotta years since we've been there. One time when my Aunt Jean flew into Toronto from Sarasota Florida Kelly and I picked her up at the airport and we drove straight away to Anna Mae's. Anna Mae's was a favorite place for Jean's brother, my Uncle Harry too. RV readers of my blog will well know Suzi and the late George Yates from Our Awesome Travels. Anna Mae's was one of George's favorite eateries and he loved the broasted chicken there which Anna Mae's is well known for.
|LOOKS LIKE A LOG FARM OVER THERE|
|STOPPED FOR A LEG STRETCH NORTH OF MILDMAY ONTARIO|
|YEP, WE'RE GETTING CLOSER TO MILLBANK ALRIGHT|
It was about noon when we rolled into Millbank and even knowing there would be a lot of people at Anna Mae's already I was instantly discouraged by all the cars in the crowded parking lot and people lined up to get in. Had I been by myself I would have just kept on going but Kelly would have none of that. I dropped her off in the parking lot to slip inside for a reservation while Pheebs and I tried to hunt ourselves down a parking spot. There were so many cars coming and going it was discouraging but finally I found room on the west side of the building. Kelly came out and said it would be a twenty-minute wait which of course I knew would really mean a forty-minute wait. And forty minutes it was before we even got in the door. Can you imagine me standing in a line-up for the best part of 40 minutes?? No, I can't imagine it either......but I did.
|AND BY GOLLY THERE IT IS......ANNA MAE'S:))|
|FINALLY FOUND A PARKING PLACE AND I THINK KELLY IS OVER THERE ON THE RIGHT SOMEWHERE LEANING AGAINST A TREE|
|YEP THERE SHE IS|
In my opinion, Anna Mae's restaurant is a head and shoulders above all the other eateries in the area. Like George, my favorite is the broasted chicken as well and that was what both Kelly and I had. Just think of it, real mashed potatoes topped with real homemade gravy, real turnips, and real chickens as well. And all done to perfection by the areas Mennonite folks. Top that off with a fresh bun baked right there in their own bakery. And then there are the deserts which of course I didn't have any. Darn it anyway!!
|KELLY IS SO MUCH LIKE HER DAD WAS FOR STRIKING UP CONVERSATIONS WITH STRANGERS....ME. NOT SO MUCH, IF EVER|
|I DON'T THINK THIS BIG BRIGHT ROOM WAS EVEN BUILT THE LAST TIME WE WERE HERE|
|NICE TO SEE THEY PUT IN THESE BIG BRIGHT WINDOWS|
|OH-BOY, GEORGE WOULD BE SO PROUD OF ME FOR TAKING THIS PICTURE....NOW WHY DIDN'T I REMEMBER TO TAKE THAT BUTTER THING OUT OF THE PHOTO!!|
|NORMALLY ALL THIS EMPTY FLOOR SPACE WOULD BE TAKEN UP WITH TABLES|
From Anna Mae's to home it was a pleasant Saturday morning drive except for the wind suddenly picking up and knocking us around a bit. It was right on the stroke of 3 o'clock I backed into our driveway and shut it down. We had traveled 423 miles since leaving home 4 days earlier. Soooo good to get away and sooooooo good to get home again and especially so with the heat and miserable humidity creeping back into the air. Despite both of us being very tired we emptied the rig right away (refrigerator etc,) and that is something we always have a tendency to do after returning from any kind of a trip.
|THAT ODD LOOKING LITTLE BICYCLE THING IN THE CENTER IS ACTUALLY FUNCTIONAL AND IS USED BY THE YOUNG MENNONITE WAITRESSES TO SCOOT AROUND THE PARKING LOT WITH TAKE-OUT ORDERS FOR PEOPLE WAITING IN THEIR CARS|
It was a great four-day orientation trip we had as we got to know our way around the rig. It was very assuring to know the decision we made to buy this particular Class C RV was the right one for us. Its versatility and ease of driving are two big factors and the ability to scramble around on roads in out of way areas is key for us. We have always been the kind of travelers who like to get off the beaten path away from the hustle and bustle and explore new areas and places. These past four days were a good example of that. Our way to travel.
|AN EARLY MORNING WIARTON DUCK IN THE HARBOR|So, any travel plans for the next few weeks?? We haven't got that far in our thinking yet but with 5 days of rain predicted starting Monday we will certainly not be going anywhere for those days. We'll see how the weather pans out after that over the next couple of weeks. Our travel window is quickly coming to an end for another year here in Ontario but with a bit of luck we can hopefully get one more short trip in before having to winterize the rig. We'll see........
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A Sunday School teacher asked her class, "Does anyone here know what we mean by sins of omission?" A small girl replied, "Aren't those the sins we should have committed but didn't?"
|A BLOG READER RECENTLY SENT THIS TO US SAYING IT REMINDED HER OF KELLY AND I...YEP, THAT SURE IS US ALRIGHT AND THAT SURE DOES LOOK LIKE ME|
Looks like you had yourselves a nice little trip there all right! Lots of inspired pics.ReplyDelete
Glad you're finding that this rig suits you.ReplyDelete
Glad this RV is working out for the both of you getting you where you want to go.ReplyDelete
Even Kelly can drive this around.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
I always enjoy being somewhere the leaves are changing! Such cute pics of Kelly in the park :-)) Strange to see all those people crowded around the restaurant, and only two masks in sight. Glad they at least had the tables separated. We miss restaurants but not sure when we'll brave indoor dining again. That chicken looks amazing!!ReplyDelete
Yea and yea again.ReplyDelete
Great seeing where u both went on UR get away,,,ReplyDelete
Will check out that sweet spot at Bedford lake when we are up that way Next!
Glad u enjoyed UR time,,and perfect Weather!