Friday, June 29, 2007
We then piled into the van for the drive to Pennsylvania. As we were going, I looked at the map and realized we would be within 10 minutes of Cindi and Tom (Chris' sister.) So we called Cindi and arranged to meet them for an hour in Lewisburg. They took us on a tour of their new farm. Right now the barn is being repaired and the old house is being torn down to prepare for the building of their new house. It was great to see them and finally see the property that we've heard so much about.
We then got in the car for one final time, and made it to Allentown at about 9:45. Today we're spending the day doing laundry and playing with all the toys. Benjamin and Alexander got all of Dave's old Star Wars toys out of the attic and have been playing happily ever since. Mom is in the garden, picking fresh peas and sugar peas for dinner. It's nice to finally be in one place and relax. Until Sunday, when we take the boys to camp. Chris and I will be staying in the Poconos for three nights while they are at camp to celebrate our 15th anniversary! We'll have high speed access then and hope to post some pictures from Niagara Falls and Lockport.
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
We then crossed the border to see the American side. Here we only had to pay $8 to park, and we took a trolley for $6 for all five of us. The view from the American side is not as nice, but that's because the Canadian side is so built up.
We then met our friends JD and Lisa, who we haven't seen for years. They brought us a wonderful picnic dinner. Luckily our 6 kids hit it off and played all night, ending at the grandparent's pool. We didn't get back to the hotel until 10:10, at which point the boys collapsed. We're about to do the same.
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Monday, June 25, 2007
Tomorrow we visit our last two main sights. Chris is downstairs right now, trying to figure out if it is easier and cheaper to drive or take the bus/train. We've also managed to run out of Canadian Dollars and need to go exchange some. I always forget how expensive big cities are. When we go to NYC next month, we're taking double the cash!!!
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Pictures just added: Four boys walking toward Lake Huron at our hotel, B and A playing by Lake Michigan, B and A on top of a hodog, and saying goodybe to the Elmquists.
Wow, day 14! It's hard to believe we've been gone for two weeks already. Today was a long day. We said goodbye to the Elmquists this morning, then started driving across the northern part of Wisconsin. What a beautiful area. We expected dairy farms, but this section of Wisconsin has forests and rolling hills. We drove on one of the backroads, a first for us, and enjoyed the scenery immensely. Mom and Dad Weinrich love taking backroads instead of highways, and now we understand why. That being said, however, we will be back on the interstate tomorrow. It's a faster, more direct way to travel on a long mileage day.
Since we knew we had about eight hours of driving today, we did some research on the web and found two places to stop. Our first pit stop was in Rhinelander, WI, home of the "hodog." We found a great playground for the kids, and it was right next to a train, logging, schoolhouse, and OUTBOARD MOTOR museum complex. We found everything but the outboard motor section interesting.
A few hours and a new time zone later, we ate lunch in Escanaba, Michigan. We found a park right on the beach of Lake Michigan. It was at this point we realized we are going to see at least 4 of the Great Lakes on our trip. The boys had a chance to play on the playground, and dip their toes in the lake. Then we piled back in the car for another few hours.
We are now at our stopping point of St. Ignace, MI. We are just north of the Mackinac bridge and can see the island from our hotel room, which is right on Lake Huron. It is so calm and peaceful here, plus they had a warm indoor pool and free breakfast! For dinner, we tried the local specialty, "pasties," which are basically potpies you can eat with your hand. The kids are finally asleep at 10PM, mostly because the sun doesn't set here until about 9:30!! We should be able to see the sun rise tomorrow morning.
We're off tomorrow for Toronto. We won't be using our cell phones while in Canada, due to 75 cents per minute charges. We will have internet access, though, and hope to update at some point.
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
This morning, I put my phone back together after it had dried out, and it worked!!!! So I guess he will get to buy something afterall.
Monday, June 18, 2007
Saturday, June 16, 2007
Last night, Alexander, Chris, and Karen ran the 5K. Alexander had a personal best of just under 36 minutes!!
Today, Karen ran the half marathon and had an awesome personal best of 2:11!!!! The last marathon was 2:28, so it was quite an improvement. Dave ran the full marathon and finished just under 3:45! A great running weekend overall. Hope to post pictures sometime soon!
Thursday, June 14, 2007
We took a boat trip along the upper part of the Wisconsin Dells. We rode on a boat called the General Bailey. It had an upstairs and a downstairs and fitted more than 100 people. When we started our tour, there were a few signs of civilization, like houses and a resort. Farther down, there grew less and less of these signs.
Indians used to inhabit a lot of the upper dells. There are even a few cliffs named after them. One of them was named romance cliff. To determine if their marriage would last a long time, the priest threw a torch down into the water. If it reached the water without going out, then their marriage would last a long time and nothing would happen. But if the torch went out before it hit the water, the woman had a chance to push her husband off the 80 foot cliff into 100 foot water.
The indians named a few rock shapes. One of them is a triangle, and is called the giant shield.It is about 6 feet tall and rests along the water line. Once, the water touched the top of giant's shield.
After the boat trip, we spent 5 hours (about) swimming in the water park. There were two sections; one was outside and one was inside. The outside park had a lot of things to do, including two water slides, a lazy river, and small areas for kids to play in. One water slide is named Tahiti Twister. When you ride on it, you have to have an innertube, either a double or a single, and you have to be 36 inches tall. Then, you put your inner tube on top of a fountain which holds it there until you are ready to go. You sit down when the life guard allows you to, and then the lifeguard pushes you off. If you are in a single tube, you may ask the life guard to spin you, which sends you spinning around in circles, and sometimes you end up going backwards.
We're out of time, but Benjamin has lots more to say about this later.
Day 6: Wisconsin Dells, Rice Lake, and Duluth (by Karen, who is short winded)
As I write this, I am at the Elmquist's house in Rice Lake. We spent the morning getting our final rides at the water park. Then we drove to Rice Lake and got to see Jeff's church. We're at their house now, having dinner, and will then move on to Duluth (we'll be coming back here in a week for a longer visit.) Our posting will be a bit spotty, due to limited internet access, but we'll try to post something after the marathon.