Thursday, August 7, 2014

Family Trip - Day 4 - 2014

Early morning was time to head home.  Had to get from point A to point B in shortest possible time because the 400 can be bad on holiday weekends.  Actually traffic got slower as we neared Toronto but able to easily get off and go down a nearby highway.  Wasn't too tired when we reached Brampton and really wanted by own bed so I headed home.  Few minutes to midnight and I was walking into the apartment.  Was tired but I got my own bed to sleep in.

So, would I do it again - YES.
A trip with the family -- yes but that is going to be harder and harder to arrange as the grandkids get more and more involved in their own lives, plans, working and families.
A trip to Moosone -- yes but with some changes.
-- Did the North Bay route twice -- time and mileage to Hearst is 11 hours 15 minutes and 1083.75 kilometres.  Nice to see once.  There is some through the Shield than a very flat, rural area near New Liskard.  (Picture at our lunch stop of Harveys).

Would do the Sudbury route at least once as more in the Shield and MapQuest states that it is 11 hours 40 minutes and 1097 kilometres.  Both measurements are from where I now live to Hearst.
-- Would spend more time in Cochrane to see all the things we missed -- to see the live Polar Bear and habitat, there is a Needlework store, the lake and might even make it to the Tim Horton Museum.
Did see Chimo .

Also saw the Trading Post but would love to see inside it as never found any souveners.
 
-- Would see more of Moosonee as there is a street called David Wayne Rd.  Would love a picture of the street sign if nothing else.  Must contact the Post Office and see if there is someone there to tell me if he did go to that particular office.
-- And definitely would go to Moose Factory and stay overnight.  Sounds like a very interesting trip and experience on the island.
-- Would like to spend two nights at Moonbeam -- to relax and explore more of the grounds.  Would hopefully have my scooter so could get around.  Could spend some time in Kap and visit their yarn store.
-- Brief visit at Lowther to honour the memories.  Can always take the opportunity to honour the place.
-- Brief visit to Hearst and trip along the main street just to see the changes and to see if it feels the same.
-- Then home either by one of the familiar routes or down through Hornepayne  Would love to see the place.  Did overnight dispatching for them, had a Corporal from London go there, and the area is near the Agawa Canyon where the tourist train travels through.
 
Thought I would be more settled going up there this year but found many places I would like to drive through and/or stop at.  Not sure if that is a good thing but does give a good reason to plan.  Good at planning things but some days that is all that keeps me going.  Want to knit so many things but now I add the words "before I die" so end up not wanting to knit.  Have to start setting a time limit rather than using those ominous words.



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Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Family Trip - Day 3 Part 1 - 2014

Day started with a trip to Tims - of course - then downstairs to the train tracks on the south side of the building.  The inter-city buses stop on the north side of the building.

Train is the Polar Bear Express which was to have left at 9 but was a few minutes late for mechanical reasons.  Lot of train motion, there is a domed car for better viewing and you better like seeing trees.

 Typical views from each side of the train.  And that is all you will see plus 1 hydro dam and three rivers until you are 12 miles out from Moosonee.
When you get 12 miles out, the train crosses the Moose River and regular travelers know this spot well along with many other spots related to the mile markers as there are several stops and buildings along the tracks where the train can be flagged down or will stop.  Below are pictures taken crossing the river.

After at least 4 hours (or a bit more) you come to the town of Moosonee.
No paved roads and scattered rain showers so hurried (?) and walked straight to the river.  It is lovely and really has to be seen to be appreciated!!
 First is looking north then swinging around to the south.  Moose Factory is back behind the islands across from where we took the pictures.

 Reason for coming -- scatter the last of David's ashes. 
Last year some were spread in Georgian Bay outside DL and Ross' house in Victoria Harbour.
This year we went North as David loved the area. 
When we were posted to Lowther one of the principals I worked for at the time laughed that I thought I was going North as he had been at Moose Factory the previous few years.
Now I am sure that David was laughing at us for we thought Moosonee was the far North when he had been to Alert, Resolute Bay, Kugaaruk Nunavut, and many other places in the Arctic.  We did our best with 10 people travelling.
Sorry, no canoe this year.

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Family Trip - Day 3 Part 2 - 2014

It started to rain so headed up into town to grab something to eat.  There was a KFC - pizza place but any similarity to something we know was strictly in the name.  They ran out of chicken and a party size pizza was just slightly bigger than a medium and cost $28.95.  Went into the attached Northern Store which are found across the Artic.  Checked out a few prices as David often talked about them.

Want some pop?

How about some bananas?
 Or potatoes?  Everyone uses them.
No wonder everyone that was coming home or visiting family had lots of groceries with them.

Across the side street was the Northern College with a radio station.  The public school also was part of the same building and a community centre to the left of this picture.  Found out later that the High School is a few streets North.
Across the street from this school was the Church,  Post Office and the Police Station down the way.

At 5 the train heads back to Cochrane.  I spent some of the time in the Observation Car and some in the regular car.  There is some food choices available on the train but some prices were higher than Cochrane but not too bad.  A better choice was to bring snacks and such with you.


Back in our rooms at Station Inn before midnight.

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Family Trip - Day 2 - 2014

Another plus for the camp site - easy trip over to Kapuskasing which has 2 Tim Hortons.  What could be better?  I guess if you remembered exactly what everybody wanted but there was never such a thing as a coffee shop when we lived up North.

Achieved one purpose of visiting Kap -- found the grounds of the public school the kids had attended for 3 years.  We knew it had been pulled down as David hadn't located it on his trip to the area.

Grounds are on the left and the old hospital is on the left.  It is now a Community Centre and apparently being well used.  The Diamond Jubilee Public School is now in a lovely building with the high school and there is a lovely new hospital out in a new subdivision on the east side of town.
 
One of the things that Kap was noted for was the two tall smoke stacks that spewed the smelliest sulphuric smoke from the paper mill and the dirty foaming water that collected below the dam.
Both have been cleaned up and there is now a very lovely park alongside of the Cove.

What a lovely change!

The GM Cold Weather Testing Centre is still there, the memorial to dead War Prisoners, and two cemeteries are there before the tiny airport as you head west.  Used to laugh that if you could survive seeing that stretch of road and the smell from the paper mill - you could survive anything.

Had a very nice lunch at a restraint in a mall with a great clothing store beside it.  Yes, we did some shopping.

Then headed out to Lowther where we had been stationed for 3 years.  David had difficulty finding it but with the newer Google maps and smart phones we found it very easily.
 A photo I found on a web site that talks about the base is above and below is the base today at the end of the main road in before it has really broken up.
 Looking off to the area where our trailer would have been.

Lots of good memories and stories.  Couldn't find the quarry where the kids had walked to for swimming.  And where a little boy that DL had babysat played one time with the puppies.  Only problem was that they were bear cubs.

Then on to Hearst where I had worked for two years as a dispatcher for the OPP.  They have a nice new building -- right beside a new Tims.  How very appropriate many will be saying.  Did remember the old building and got some pictures of it.
Sargent lived upstairs and the radio room was right behind that flag pole. Three garages on the left.  Number of different businesses using the building now.

Main road seems wider, more businesses and busier.  Would have loved to see the main business street but didn't this trip although it was just one street south.

Stopped at the Moose as that was a big attraction when talking the youngest into going North.  They have built a tourist info building and some additional animals so a very nice spot to stop for a visit.








Into Cochrane for a night at the Station Inn.

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Family Trip - Day 1 - 2014

On the Thursday DA and I went to Port Hope and visited Ev.  We had met in Europe when David was just past 3 so have known each other a long time.  Don't see each other all too often nor talk on the phone either but she is always there when I need her and I hope I am there for her.  They have just recently sold their house of 38 years and moved into an apartment so a big change and adjustment.  She truly misses David and thinks of him often so it seemed very fitting to have even a short visit with her.  The driving was almost twice as long as the time spent together but we both needed the hugs.

Friday was the first day of our Family Trip.  One car from Oshawa with 2 Granddaughters GDT and GDJ, and 1 boyfriend Scott.  One car from Brampton with myself, DA, Andy, FGS and GDA, and myself with the camping equipment.  Met in Victoria Harbour for DL and Ross.  Redistributed the passengers, camping equipment and people before heading off to North Bay through to Cochrane.

Spent the night at a lovely campground just north of Moonbeam.  Highly recommend it even though we had little daytime hours to enjoy the swimming, boating and trails.  They have an old railroad car converted into 2 units that sleep 4 and one unit that sleeps 6-8.  Place is called Twin Lakes Camping and some of the full time trailers even had hot tubs beside the lake.

 Open door led to our half.

 The kitchen - dining area.

One of two bedrooms with bunk beds.  There was also two futons in the front room that made down into double beds.  And of course two 2-piece bathrooms.  Showers down the road required quarters.

Out the back.

Part of the front patio.  Parking was on the other side of the hedge so you saw very little of anyone else.  And the price was $150 per night which I think is reasonable for 10 people to have a place to stay.  Bring your own bedding and dishes and towels (which we had forgotten).

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