Oh, Canada....Ay?

Trip Start Jul 22, 2012
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Trip End Oct 13, 2012


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Port Glasgow RV Park

Flag of Canada  , Ontario,
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Driving across Rainbow Bridge into downtown Niagara Falls, Canada.  We were given special treatment at Customs.  Cars go one way, rvs another.  "Please unlock all of the storage areas and step away from the vehicle".  Very polite, efficient and thorough, the two Canadian border guards poked into every cabinet, cupboard and storage area.  I was glad that it was Blue rather than I getting the body cavity search.  

Once clear of customs we found parking for a $10 fee near the river and walked to the falls edge.  The view of the Canadian side of the falls is, of course, spectacular and you are looking down at the tour boats that we were on the previous day.  The city of Niagara Falls, Canada, is full of tourist trappings and at least three casinos that I counted.  Barb and I took advantage of the lunch buffet at one casino to fortify ourselves for the afternoon drive westward.  After lunch I squandered some time and cash at the gaming machines, ah well, at least the weather is still good, so I have some luck!

Driving toward Windsor, Ontario, from Niagara Falls, I am struck, once again, by how neat and tidy Canada is compared to the US.  No litter, no junk cars in the farmyards, everything landscaped and trimmed to perfection.  No sense of randomness, everything appears planned out to a t.  Very attractive countryside....

We are cutting across Canada on the north shore of Lake Erie.  Our plan is to enter Michigan across the Ambassador Bridge from Windsor to Detroit.   Heading south off of the freeway we drive along the secondary roads soaking up the scenery and enjoying the lack of traffic.  Early that afternoon we decide to stop well short of sunset at Port Glasgow RV Park, right on the lake.  The park is owned by the town of Port Glasgow, which seems to exist solely to operate the rv park and nearby marina.  There doesn't appear to be a town center or business district, just farms and summer cottages.  The park is, of course, very neat and tidy.

The manager of the park is a sailor who is planning to sail down the intercoastal waterway to Florida as soon as he buttons up the rv park for the winter.  He said we are lucky to arrive at the park during the week as this weekend (Labor Day) he has fifty rigs showing up for his 35 open sites.  Apparently it is a square dance club that utilizes the park pavilion for do si doing every Labor Day weekend.  Sorry that we will miss the spectacle.
 
A walk down the loooonnngggg staircase to the beach and on to the marina prepares for an early bedtime.....tomorrow, my home state of Michigan!
 
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