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Old 09-23-2008, 09:27 AM   #181
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Still in Awe with the Island...

Instead of a quick stop in - we stayed 2 nights and had a super time with Dave and Diane and John - who just happened to one of our neighbours at the Region 1 Rally. Small world eh John

We got some time in with Dave and Dianes Hamster, and the dogs got along great - after Dianes little She Devil put Taz in her place (have to watch out for those Maltese Terriers they sure do like to put the big dogs in their place) Did I mention that there are some spectacular sunsets from their place, great adventures on their beach (the girls put a whole new meaning to exploring) and a quick trip to the local Lighthouse Inn and shots of some pretty impressive Red Cliffs that line the shore.

Not only did we have a fabulous Lobster feast with Dave and Diane's neighbours the first night. The next night enjoyed a nice quiet Scallop feast between the five of us....ending with an amazing sunset.

I could post literally hundreds of photos of our time spent with Dave and Diane but it would never speak to their kindness and genuine hospitality - Thank you so much Dave and Diane for having us! It quite possibly could be said it was our highlight of our Holiday!!

And John it was such a pleasure meeting you and getting to spend more time with you. Your special "whistle/pipe" tunes were absolutely perfect for the setting.

PS Dave sorry thought I would save the photo of you riding your silver bullet for another occasion

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:32 AM   #182
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Fun thread Sharon and great pics.It was great to finally meet you and Peter although it took a couple of tries.I'm sure our paths will cross again.
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:39 AM   #183
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And still more...

As we drove out from the wheat field it felt truly like a Maritime Brigadoon memories were setting in.....and times that put smiles in our hearts were formed for ever....

Oh and another neat thing - you can never get up close to those big windmills but we happened upon a road just down from D & D's where we were all alone and enjoyed the amazing power of the wind...It is quite something to stand directly underneath and look up....

And I would be remise if I did not mention that I did allow Peter to play with my camera and the last sunset photo I have to admit was just a perfect one and says it all about getting out there....

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Old 09-23-2008, 09:48 AM   #184
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Okay so....

I cannot think of another occasion...

Dave and his ancient Sears Craftsman - THE SILVER BULLET...Click image for larger version

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But that is a story in itself - you see those kayaks saw more water on top of the car and the grass was just the icing on the cake or Yak

But the priceless view was Dave's face when the wind caught the grass and piled it into the Yaks....

I think we are still pulling out a few blades here and there...
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Old 09-23-2008, 09:52 AM   #185
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Hey Mike and Marcus - thanks, glad you are enjoying the posts....

Will have a little break now and come back to finish the trip off with our trip within the trip to the Cabot Trail....

And hot on the heels of this trip was our recent trip to Algonquin Park this past weekend....

It sure is nice having a trailer that you can just hitch up and go and have things work....but hey the newer ones have their issues and annoyances too.

Peter and I are getting excited about the coming winter and spending some time working on the LadyBug and doing some general maintenance items to the ModPod too.

They both will have a place in the new garage....which is still yet to be built and the snow is going to fly in about 6 weeks or so.
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:28 AM   #186
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Nova Scotia...

Something we almost missed....as much as we wanted to just sit tight at Dave and Diane's I had my heart set on seeing the Cabot Trail. I had booked a trip back in 05 with the MoonBeam - but then we decided that it would be nice to take a family trip so we invited Mom and Dad and then a surprise visit from my brother ended up being the whole clan. Well they had been to the Cabot Trail so we ended up at PEI instead on the South Side over at Red Point Provincial Park...Although disappointed in not getting to the Cabot Trail I would not have had it any other way as that was the last trip that we would ever take together as a family!

I put my foot down and said to Peter "I am going to the Cabot Trail - you can stay if you like" We headed out on a glorious sunny day even though the forecast for the Cabot Trail was rain.

Annie and Marvin decided to pack up camp after driving all the way out there and head to Maine.....so we just missed them. They went onto a great last week of their Holiday touring around New Brunswick and we landed a spot of heaven over on Cape Breton Island.

We were so lucky - although not the most stellar weather it was not raining! That is itself was a real bonus.

After careful consideration we choose the MacLeods Campground - Located the west side of Cape Breton Island at Dunvegan on the Ceilidh Trail.

Now the transient spots are nothing to write home about and they sure do pack them in - but the more the better for the trail I suppose - and most just come drop the trailer and head out for the day and leave the next morning.
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But if you have the capability just to boon dock for a night their secluded off grid sites are excellent...

Nestled in behind the almost Scottish Heather looking moor
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Is a pretty and private grassy site protected from the wind of the ocean but not the sound of the waves.
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And the view from your trailer would be spectacular and being westerly faced the sunsets would be supreme...
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Or there are spots up on the hill that give an awesome panorama - but then I was taking shots of the Girls in a patch where they cut out for walks and not the total view - but you can get the idea...Click image for larger version

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On our list for when we are better equipped with bigger batteries and 2 of them and the solar system installed. Not to mention better trained in conserving other resources to
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Old 09-23-2008, 11:56 AM   #187
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MacLeods..

We were so taken with the scenery I took 100's of photos.

I will go a bit backwards here and take you on our day at the park first - then our day around the trail.

After much driving we decided to stay an extra day and just enjoy the scenery at the campground - starting off with a walk to the beach through the dunes
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Next it was time to release the hounds (as there was not a soul around again - perfect time of year to travel that is for sure!)
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At one end of the beach was a rough and rugged cliff to which at the last minute we found a walking path that led all the way up to the top of the cliff.
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At the far end of the beach was a spectacular display of erosion and the results of erosion over time. From majestic cliffs to splintered mass that was smoothed over by the waves making it look like a perfect spot for the seals to sun (when there was sun)
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Looking back toward the campground and taking in the whole beach - it was quaint and gave a sense of seclusion and not the expanse of the beaches with no end in site.
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It was that nice sand that reminded me of Caravanning in Cornwall England when I was a little girl - the sand that is great to build sand castles with. Click image for larger version

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:20 PM   #188
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In the middle of the beach there was a fresh water river that spilled into the ocean that made for a unique setting.
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We decided to take a nice long walk without the girls. They had been very good being left in the trailer - so we thought....

There was not a shell to be found on that beach but the pebbles were simply amazing.
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We had been gone for about 2 hours and were heading back to make our last dinner - and nice steak and scallop meal. But it was getting dark fast and I did not want to miss the jaunt up to the top of the cliff for the sunset - there were threatening clouds to boot.

However there were several local campers that had been admiring our Airstream for one and when we returned we found that we were in the middle of a sea of Pop ups that had come in for the Long Weekend - and we were now sharing our spot with not just one but two other people and there were people everywhere!!

This of course set Taz into a barking frenzy as we left the window blinds open on the curb side as there was no one in any of the spots on that side. My heavens that dog went nuts and was up on the table and there was dog hair every where - I guess the people did not realize that they were loose in there and there were kids everywhere too just bedlum....

We got the girls settled and got at the dinner - and then Peter came around the corner with half the camp!!! for a tour - you see they had been talking all about Airstreams the entire time we were there and finally got the nerve to come and ask as they were dying to see inside...It was kind of funny as I continued to cook dinner reams of people poked their heads in and out - I never knew you could fit so many people in a pop up trailer!!!!

We were invited to a big campfire that night with singing and the works - they said you better come cause we will just keep you awake all night. I was actually looking forward to it.

We got the dinner made and rushed out the door and up the cliff - oh boy was that a tough one to do especially after eating as much as we did!
Well it was dark by the time we got up there and it started to rain...(Par for the course!)

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I had the monopod with me and with the wind and rain beating at me I barely managed to snap off a few with the ap wide open and the speed as low as she would go - although blurry you can get the idea of what it would have been like if we had made it before dark.

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We also just in the nick of time made it down the hill before the heavens opened up once more and poured with rain.

Needless to say the campfire was cancelled - at one point I thought they were all going to knock on our door again to see if they could join us for night caps ---phew I think they must have settled for the card game tournament - good thing as we had a long 12 hour trip in the morning to make it half way home.

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:42 PM   #189
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The Cabot Trail

I have no words for it - you really have to experience the trail - and not just in a day either. Something we are most certainly going to go back to continue our tour.

As we were ready to head out - the weather was not looking very good at all to the east - but the west showed some sun and clouds and dry. We did a quick check at the office to say we would stay another night - to find that we had to move over one spot as the one they put us in was booked - ARRRRGGGG!!!!! lesson learned always check and always arrive in the day light.

Off we went and just as we approached the trail we changed our minds on which direction to go first. We decided to go toward the sun at least that way we could quite possibly see half the trail in sun rather than fog and rain. Good decision - as it turned out the east side was raining and we did not make it all the way around before dark.

I was a bit worried that I would have a nightmare of a drive not knowing the East side of the trail - but then lucked out with a tour bus pulling in front of me just at dusk.

The weather turned really nasty and rain and high winds shook us around pretty good until we turned back toward the west side...We had a fabulous day all round with simply breath taking scenery...for those who never made it out - you must do it some time well worth the drive.

The first few photos are from the Ceilidh Trail that leads up to the Cabot Trail....
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The Cabot Trail.....

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....And the only HAIR RAISING moment of the trip - and we thought it would be in the car YIKES....When Haily gets a bee in her bonnet look out..I don't know who saw stars first Peter seeing his life flash by his eyes or me seeing the rest of mine without him!!!! Scary moment.....

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:50 PM   #190
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More of the Cabot Trail

We met a nice couple on matching rides - something I have wanted to do for a long time - but life just gets in the way of some dreams for other dreams....

From quaint fishing villages to nature walks along a brook, to reaching the top without the fog engulfing us - stayed just at the tree line allowing us great views but not so good lighting for the photos....

Coming over the last pass we headed down grade a bit to some amazing surf and even more spectacular scenery - but with the storm rolling in and the days light coming to an end I did not get off the shots I was hoping for - all the more reason to head back next year.

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Old 09-23-2008, 12:53 PM   #191
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As you can see the wind was quite strong and we had at least a 3 hour drive to get us back to the campground - but the last shot put it all to rest - a trip well worth it (I think I have said that a couple of times now eh!)

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Old 09-23-2008, 01:29 PM   #192
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Our drive home caught us even more pretty scenery - what a country this is!

After raining for most of the day - the sky finally cleared and gave us yet another beautiful sunset.
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Seemed that I was always in the drivers seat when the photo opps were at there best - the guy wires from the Yaks and the use of two hands being best to select your distance and frame the picture nice and no live view mode on the D80 along with hmmm towing all made it difficult to do the one handed shots

I gave in and let Peter take over for some shots, but poor fellow has lots to learn yet but did squeeze off this great shot...now who can honestly tell if that Airstream is new or old - nope - but you sure can tell it is an Airstream..

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The St. Lawrence Valley area is such a pretty drive. And there is a bike trail that leads for many miles along the river too - a great ride I would think.
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Peter drove through Montreal - hmm that one was planned well as I wanted to take shots of the Expo 67 site. I was navigating and told him up teen times that the cut off for 40 is coming up and to get over to the far lane....well I was not going to yell at him but the lanes came and the signs came and he just was driving with his head in the clouds I am sure daydreaming of all the amazing sites he had just enjoyed during my stint of driving....ARRGGG you missed it!

Well so much for the Expo 67 site and instead we got to experience going under the St. Lawrence instead of over it I could just hear Wally Byam now "never a wrong turn or a missed exit - always something of splendor around the corner with an Airstream...

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And so ended our almost perfect first 25th Anniversary Holiday in our almost perfect 25th Silver Anniversary Present.

If life were perfect what a boring place this would be to live.

Make the best of the bad times by turning them around to good times so that life can be lived to its fullest every day.

Friendships made along the road are what makes up your life...they are not meant to be perfect either but they are there for you to cherish every day.

To all those we had the pleasure of meeting and spending a bit of time with Thanks to each of you, for in your own special way you have made our special Holiday for us one to remember for a life time.
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:08 PM   #193
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And speaking of Friendships....

A perfect introduction to our next adventure in our Mod Pod.

Back in 2004 - our first Airstream adventure began when we purchase "MoonBeam" the 1969 Globe Trotter. We had found this forum and had a 1000 questions to ask before our trip to Louisiana took place to pick up our first Airstream.

While on the road Annie and Marvin Fisher - "HappyCampers" saw our posts and realized we live a mere 40 minutes from them.

We returned to a PM from the forum welcoming us home and asking if we would like to get together for brunch at a local restaurant at Young's Point Lock.

Well what can we say - we have been smiling and laughing ever since....and this past weekend was no surprise! We had just a fabulous time at the Lake of Two Rivers Camp Ground in Algonquin Park with two days of paddling some amazing wilderness.

A little early for the full splendor of the fall colours, nonetheless we were able to see the change begin right before our eyes. If you have a chance to visit the Park you will not be dissapointed - if you hike, mountain-bike backpack, canoe or kayak you will be in for a treat and guaranteed to experience some wildlife along the way.

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Old 09-23-2008, 02:12 PM   #194
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We met A&M up there coming in real late (of course why not) Thursday evening. Yep night time and trees seems to be our favorite way of parking the airstream.Click image for larger version

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And I thought I was brave - heck Marvin is a pro and just puts his 1978 Argosy right between the trees - even though he had a huge site and could park anywhere - always tempting fate that oneClick image for larger version

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Old 09-23-2008, 02:23 PM   #195
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Algonquin the park...

As they say there are two Algonquins the hwy 60 corridor for us wild wannabees in our fancy campers and then there is the real wild the back country for those who really tough it out on the ground and in the tents - I think I just might have to pack a tent for at least one night out in the wild - can't be any harder than sleeping in the ModPod Bed

Our first day was glorious sunshine. We headed up a little stretch of the Madawaska River just west of Lake of Two Rivers. We paddled for ever it seemed but when we looked on the map when we returned we had gone maybe a 1/4 of an inch worth!! There were a lot of switchbacks in the river which had us going backwards more than forwards.

At the end of the river or I should say at the first 50M portage we said hmmm time to paddle back for dinner....
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:43 PM   #196
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Algonquin..

Our second day of paddling we thought the route through Lake of Two Rivers into Pog lake and then through Whitefish Lake passing Coon Lake and ending in Rock Lake would be a nice days paddle.

I quickly mentioned in the morning that it might be a good idea to drive one of the trucks down to our planned end of route - just in case we have bit off more than we can chew. Yep that was a perfect idea as we would have never made it back before dark as it took us about 5 hours to get there. Mind you we did have lots of leisurely stops and 4 moose sightings that soaked up lots of time in awe with jaws open...

It was a bit threatening at the beginning but cleared up nicely for the rest of the day

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Now this was a real highlight - the first set we saw earlier were younger and not quite as majestic.
But this Bull Moose was hmm quite a big fellow.

We were able to drift in quite close without getting him upset...but as you see Peter's face in the first shot he is quite amazed - but then the second shot tells all

And when we returned we then found out that this time of year Late Sept early Oct is rutting season - YIKES - like you really don't want to tick off any of the males while they are in some serious courting mode....
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This was the female of that big fellow - I forgot to post her with the other wildlife shots...
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Old 09-23-2008, 02:59 PM   #197
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Final Day at Algonquin...

Yet another beautiful sunny day and the colours were really starting to show as we just had 3 warm days and fairly cold nights to get things moving....

We packed up camp and headed east for the day - first stopping at the Spruce Bog Marsh Board walk. Then we toured the Logging museum and lastly a tour of the impressive Visitor centre that has a spectacular view of the rear deck.

Great times will be remembered as we passed through the gates of the park that sort of reminded me of Jurassic Park A step back in time - not quite to prehistoric times but back to the days of the 1800's for sure....

Thanks Annie & Marvin - we had just a super time and can not wait until next time....

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Old 09-23-2008, 07:25 PM   #198
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hey there!

Just checking in on the saga and noticed the photos. It looks like we are doing some kind of frankenstein walk! Must take photo!

Anyway, this is what Peter an Sharon look like as your truck gets towed away.
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Old 09-23-2008, 07:41 PM   #199
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Thumbs up Great friends and great times..

Peter and Sharon.... We really enjoyed ourselves this past w/e. Looking forward to more good times and travels. Many more happy years together for you both. We have had some great times together and are sure to have many more ....
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Old 09-29-2008, 12:37 PM   #200
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Question...on LP Detector

The LP Detector keeps going to amber and intermittent beeping. It says in the manual that this may be caused by low power. But we have plenty of power. If not that it just says malfunction with no explanation.

Have any of these become faulty? and if so does Atwood replace them? is there a warranty on such a puppy?

There is definitely NO propane leak anywhere on the trailer - the vent is open and good air circulation too. It went off for no reason several times during our holiday - and at one point Haily touched her nose to where the sensor is and actually set the alarm off - this is not right???

As we are very seriously wanting to try some winter camping we will be using propane as a back up heat source just in case the camp power goes out. So we do want a properly functioning LP detector.

We do plan on using a portable oil heater - it is not dangerous with no propane flame or heat elements. No micro heater either that dries the air out even more than our dry winters as it is.

We have to do some reading up here on the forums as to those who have done some real winter camping (not the fall camping but the Canadian Winter Camping Have to get in some snowshoeing for sure. As well as getting away.

As for trailering in the snow - that is a piece of cake and we do have RV wash bays to clear off the salt if we pick up any - but our roads are mostly clear and dry - even last year with all that snow.
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