This past weekend, we drove up to Ottawa to spend some time with Cory, Robin and Luke. (Mallory is away at McMaster University. We went to see her a few weeks ago.) It is over 7 hours actual driving time to get to Ottawa from Strathroy. Most of the trip is on Highway 401, a very busy corridor that runs from one end of southern Ontario to the other and beyond. Highway 401 is often choked with traffic, especially near the larger urban areas. The worst part is near the airport in Toronto. We always pray that we don’t run into construction or an accident along the way. That really snarls things up. Cory actually lives in Kemptville, a small town just south of Ottawa.
Saturday morning, Cory and I went into town to pick up a package of cup hooks at Canadian Tire. So we could hang a piece of stain glass that Carol made, in the kitchen window.
I took this picture of their place just as it was getting dark, Saturday evening. Cory and I took Luke to hockey practice. Luke is 15 years old and has been playing hockey since he was 4 or 5. Hockey is a big part of their life. Practice sessions a couple times a week. Weekly games. And the Ottawa Senators are their favourite NHL team, of course, so they don’t miss watching the games on TV and they often go to see games in person.
Kemptville is a neat little town. In the “downtown” core, there are a number of quirky little shops. Saturday noon we went to one of their favourite restaurants. The menu had neat, “off-beat” sandwiches and soups. There was also a great selection of bake goods for sale. Cory bought some “bacon/butter tarts” to bring home. Robin had a pork roast in the slow cooker throughout the day. That was supper, along with grilled potatoes, and grilled carrots and cauliflower. Robin is a wonderful cook and always makes terrific meals. Saturday morning she made apple pancakes and Sunday morning she made scones. Yummy.
We spend some time looking at their vacation pictures from the family trip to Hawaii this past summer. They had a great time. And Luke was able to put his GoPro to use. He took lots of video and edited them into a fun film showing many of the highlights of their time there. Luke is a regular George Lucas in-the-making.
There just never seems to be enough time to visit. We left for home Sunday morning after breakfast. Another full day of driving. And we arrived back in Strathroy around supper-time. Despite all the driving, it was a great weekend.