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There is sense to these colours, probably in an organization that only makes sense to me. Each bubble colour on the map represents a different thing. The yellow balloons are for photos taken from the car. The green balloons are for photo pit stops. The light blue balloons are for animal sightings, and the red balloon is for a random event that occurred that did not require stopping nor could a photo be taken.
Augh, 5:30AM wake up and packing of the car. Shelley and I finally escaped her driveway (after I had to run back in to get the maps I left on the kitchen table, needed those!) at 6:40 AM.
The Chi Cheemaun
We had to be in Tobermory to board the Chi Cheemaun ferry an hour before our 8:50 AM departure time. We made it and I had a chance to go check out the front of the ferry.
The Chi Cheemaun leaves from Tobermory and unloads it's passengers in South Baymouth. The trip takes 1 hour 45 minutes and threads between the uninhabited Tobermory Islands.
Just in case, Shelley and I scoped out the safety equipment and hoped not to sink because all our stuff (and Dante who was in the car hold) would be gone.
Obviously we survived to tell the tale of our crossing
Despite the fog, obscuring the view the whole way, it was still a great experience. Traveling through the fog was terribly unnerving. We couldn't stop humming the Pirates of the Caribbean Disney song as it reminded us of the beginning of the first movie.
My first look at Manitoulin Island - The world's largest fresh water island; that's a Canadian Fact!
Shelley and I were disappointed shortly after embarking on highway 6 to discover that there is no sign to pose by for The Mounted Animal Nature Trail. If you are unfamiliar with this song you can listen to it on this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5H-uLvhDGBw. We found the park, but in the years since the Arrogant Worms wrote this song, the place has become a whole nature resort. We listened to the song anyway as we drove by.
The view was impressive. Across Strawberry Channel, you can see, surprise, surprise, Strawberry Island. I really liked the fencing in this field.
Dante also had a chance to get out of the car and let any passing wildlife know he was there. He did not find a monocle, but he did make Shelley's feet very wet in the long wet grass in his search attempt.
Wolf Sighting and Bird Attack
About 10 minutes south of Espanola, through a break in the trees that led to an abandoned railway (the tracks had been ripped up at some point) I saw a wolf walking along. Terribly exciting, though of course it happened to fast to even think of grabbing a photo of it.
Between Spanish and Cutler road, Shelley's car door was attacked by a bird. The car won and we left the carnage behind us.
Blind River Loggers and Buzzards
Shelley had read online somewhere that there was a giant statue of Paul Bunion and his blue ox Babe in Blind River, Ontario as a road side attraction. We were excited to see Paul and do a pose with him.
Just west of Iron Bridge Shelley saw an omen of 4 buzzards sitting in a row on a fence. That of course set off a short round of "4 Short Neck Buzzards."
Sault St. Marie on a Dime
Unbelievably, due to 2 hours of travel on the Chi Cheemaun and not on the road, we made it to Sault St. Marie on half a tank of gas. We rocked our way into the city with Lady Gaga, and the drive-by look I got of Sault St. Marie was that it wasn't really anything special and I couldn't put my finger on a description.
Shelley told me it's a steel town and is pretty much the Hamilton of Northern Ontario. That was the description I was looking for. It had the same feel, but with less flames. Also who knew it was so hilly north of the Sault - certainly not me.
Batchewawa Bay and the Pancake Bay Lizard-Wolf-Demon
Lake Superior Provincial Park and Alora Bay
Tomorrow I will be seeing a lot more of Lake Superior. But I couldn't wait for better photo ops. I was just too excited to see Lake Superior from the ground (I've only seen it once from the air).
Lake Superior Provincial Park was very beautiful, even overcast. I'd love to go on a canoe/camping trip here someday. Lots of hills but no moose. We did see a fox carrying it's kill in the ditch though. It was much larger than the scrawny foxes I've seen in Southern Ontario.
High Falls Motels & Cabins
I probably won't remark to much on some of our other accommodations along the route, but this place is fantastic. I can't recommend this place enough for people traveling with dogs. The owners love and understand dogs and are extremely friendly.
, We are staying in a cabin that sleeps four, have a flat screen TV, free movie rentals, kitchen and free wi-fi (which is why you are getting an update today, don't expect it everyday)
Dante is extremely tired from his trip. We suspect he had a nap on the ferry but didn't really sleep other than that. He loves the cabin and has decided that the table is the best place to sleep under for the night.
He has the right idea. Shelley is already asleep for our trek to Kenora tomorrow. I no longer assume the day in Ontario will be dull as today was much more exciting than I had expected. I am on a moose watch.