The trip has come to a close. We spent 7 days exploring Ontario Provincial Parks and on the last two days we were headed for Sibbald Point near Sutton, ON. As it happens, my sister has a place in Keswick and she offered to put us up and forego the campground. Rudy jumped on the opportunity (just a little too eagerly I might add) and so we pulled into my sister’s driveway and parked the beast for our final two nights.
There is something to be said for a ‘real’ shower and toilet facility. Relief.
After work, my sister and brother-in-law joined us for a BBQ dinner. Luckily we had some provisions in the RV and were able to cobble together some cheeseburgers and coleslaw. Even that was a welcome break from the rigours of camping. Everything is a process that takes time and patience and a bit or organization.
Here are some thoughts from the week at large:
Disruptors: There are a few things that we can reflect on that were disruptive. In no particular order
- constipation – don’t underestimate the power of routine and familiar settings to deregulate the most regular; next time I will be armed with provisions (Senna Tea is my go to remedy) to deal with this nasty inconvenience
- wifi – while some campgrounds may offer this service, we were not so lucky and as a result got the dreaded notice/text from our service provider to let us know we were reaching our peak usage. Seriously???
- rain – I can never live in Vancouver. Being wet is one thing. Everything you own (and then some) getting soaked is NO fun.
- laundry – admittedly I am the queen of the laundromat and take pride in my washing, drying and folding! there is nothing worse than needing a good laundry moment and not having the loonies and quarters required to operate the machines; note to self: pack a roll of change
All in all a great trip. We visited some of the most scenic spots including Craigleith (our least favourite), Inverhuron (our favourite of the bunch), Point Farms (great because we had a surprise visitor!!), Earl Rowe, Balsam Lake (make sure you book the sites on the water!) and finally Lake Drive in Keswick (not really a camp out, but fabulous none the less) …. We did make use of our reservation at Sibbald Point to handle the pump out (aka Shitter’s Full!).
I think we are prepared to try camping again some time …. now we have the know-how and the gear.