What did we all do before digital maps existed? To plan our trip this weekend I selected my departure place and then just scrolled the satellite graphic area. In this case, I followed the thousand islands east, thinking we might boat, but found a really cool collection of islands that were driving distance away. So, there began the direction of our meander.
We took the 401 and Hwy 2 east and stopped along the way in Prescott to see a really cool windmill/battlefield.
Long Sault is where we planned to stop for lunch
' means waterfalls or rapids. This place is eleven islands, strung together like pearls with a common parkway road for a necklace. There were lots of tourists along the way but the scenery was pristine with sparkling water and turning fall leaves on the trees. We perused the islands - Macdonnel, Woodlands, Heriot, Hoople, Fraser (like the characters in the book I"m reading - awesome Scottish name), Snetsinger, Dickens, Vankoughnot, Philpotts, McLaren, and Mille Roches. It was all very interesting and even more so to learn that the water level was significantly higher than fifty years ago before they built local dams. Infact, many communities had to be evacuated in the 1950s and there are a few plaques dedicated to the Lost Villages.
We hiked a nature trail (called 'The Chipmunk' -cute eh?) and had a bite to eat before moseying on to poutine dinners and country roads.
Ha ha, well we didn't exactly get an early start like I had hoped - Senica assured me that he set the alarm but he set it for 8am because it was a holiday. So, whatever, we left when we did, after packing small backpacks and some food and going out for breakfast...