Saturday, August 11, 2007

Road Trip Part One

I will have to post my pictures in installments. I have taken lots, although most of them are taken through the bug-splattered windshield of the truck in motion. To start, here's the load we are hauling. There are three more drivers coming with the same kind of loads, but this one is the smallest (therefore less spent of fuel, which is a good thing).

I didn't take many pictures in New Brunswick, so we'll jump to Quebec. I had never been past Quebec City. We had to go through Montreal, so we took the tunnel.

There weren't many more pictures taken til Ontario. This is a shot taken through Ottawa. I have no idea what these buildings are, I just took a few shots driving through to show I was there.

Then, of course, there's the Scotiabank Place in Kanata, home of the Ottawa Senators.

This is a real truck high atop this truck stop sign.

Cool shaded fishing snowman of Beardmore. According to the site he's the world's largest snowman. He is pretty big!

Wool shop! We didn't stop (although hubby did ask), but maybe on the way back. It was on the opposite side of the highway anyways. They also have a petting zoo for kids, so that should keep them amused while I browse.

Olympic sasquatch of Vermillion Bay. (Well, I don't know if he's Olympic or not, but he's running, and it sounds cool.) I also don't know if this was Vermillion Bay or not. I thought it was a different town around there, but hubby says VB.

On the road to Nipigon. The rock cliffs were kinda cool.

We stayed at the Husky in Nipigon. Look at this oversize load! There were two trucks there carrying these (windmill bases according to hubby). Just take a look at where the Husky sign is in both pictures to get an idea of the length of these babies. Not something I'd want to haul.

The kids (especially the Oldest One) are amazed at all the trains in the Prairies.

Travelling sock! This was taken somewhere in New Brunswick. When we started I only had the 12-row garter cuff done and 8 rows of the pattern. This is Broadripple and is in Patons Kroy Krazy Stripes.

One finished sock somewhere in Ontario (minus the grafting). I have started the second sock and am at the heel turn. Oh, and I suffered one knitting casualty along the way. Someone either walked or fell on my knitting bag, which I've been trying to keep out of harm's way, and snapped one of my straight 6mm plastic needles in half. Well, I thought in half, but last night upon digging in my knitting bag for something I found a third piece. So, when I started the scarf for MIL I ended up using an either 5mm or 5.5mm circular needle instead. No big deal, I guess.

For the record, here's the diagonal felted bag I made for my friend's daughter. It's made with Patons Classic Wool in That's Blue.

I apologize for any typing errors (hate the laptop keyboard and mousepad). Also, if anyone lives in any of these places or is familiar with them and I happen to have a place wrong, please let me know. I have to try to remember where everything is when I edit the pictures, and there's so much driving through so many towns I get confused. I also missed a lot of pictures I wanted, so I'll have to take more on the way home. Sometimes my camera freaks out and doesn't take the picture soon enough so I miss it. Or it turns out blurry. Or I just am doing something else and miss it. Did I mention that my camera battery cover chose to break the day before we left? So now I have to either hold it shut while trying to take photos or have a wire tie around it that flicks off all the time and makes me lose and/or miss shots. (One of the cats had knocked it off of the kitchen counter, in its case, and I noticed when I checked it that the battery cover was loose. Guess it's time for a new one! This one is old anyways.)
So far adjusting to the time change is going so-so for the kids. I am trying to adjust time for the Oldest One's medications. I think that's part of his problem. He gets extreme whiney/crying bouts in the evening especially. (We are three hours behind our normal time.) We're trying to get them to stay up later and sleep in longer so when we go to my friend's place they aren't up at five in the morning and asleep at seven in the evening. I have actually seen a lot of truck drivers travelling with their kids so far, a lot of them looking to be around five, six years old. Lots of men travelling with their wives/girlfriends, too. I've also seen a couple of lady truck drivers, but not many. I stick to the regular washrooms when I go into these big truck stops (like where we are now) unless hubby is with me. Nothing against anyone out there, but a lot of the drivers look at me kinda weird when I'm in their area, especially with kids. Hubby says a lot of the older drivers don't think women should be truck drivers at all and that men shouldn't take their women/kids with them. He says they'll say it right in front of them, too, they're just really set in their ways. I don't want to rock the boat, especially since these are all regular stops for hubby and most of these other drivers. Don't want to get him labelled as a trouble maker and make enemies!
Part Two will maybe be posted tomorrow or Monday morning before we leave to deliver. It should consist of Manitoba. I may keep Saskatchewan for a separate post, depending on how many good pictures I have.

Happy knitting!


Blogger Donna said...

You guys are making great time! Sounds like all is going well and you are even getting some knitting done!
Although I have been out west, we always flew so I haven't driven past Ottawa. Keep the pics coming!

9:07 AM  
Blogger Miss Tonia said...

I miss road trips like that! Haven't gotten to take a long road trip in years. The most recent was the one to the Medieval Fest. Love the pics, that way I can live vicariously through you.

Have fun, be safe!

11:36 AM  
Blogger aija said...

What an awesome record of your trip! Thanks for sharing pics, it's neat to know what other places look like (the snowman!) :)

9:33 AM  
Blogger Alisha said...

What great fun. I would love to take a road trip like this...maybe one day.

3:25 PM  

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