Log and Photo Album
||Il pleut et il pleut et il
pleut. We stayed at the camp and I did laundry and Michael vacuumed and
cleaned the bath. We are kinda bummed.
|| Well, it rained all night,
storming violently part of the night with lightening very close about.
The day looked dreary and dull but we bit the proverbial bullet, grabbed
the umbrella, and headed out for the shuttle bus to take us into
Montreal for the day. We
had made contingency plans in case of nice weather/rain and we were
convinced that whatever the weather we were going to have a good day of
orienting ourselves a bit upon our arrival, we decided that the
heavy-appearing clouds would hold off the rain while we walked the two
blocks to the subway station so that we could visit the Basilica of
Notre Dame. The walk was easy, the subway was even easier, and we
loved the basilica! We got in on a short tour led by a girl whose
English was so cutely enhanced by her Frenchness that we decided that
that, alone, made the trip worthwhile. The basilica was decorated over a
period of 40 years and is just absolutely beautiful. Gold leaf and
intricate carvings everywhere.
The ride back to the camp
was easy since someone else was doing the driving through the
bumper-to-bumper rush-hour traffic. After resting our aching feet for a
bit, Michael fixed us a delicious supper of pork chops and new white
potatoes on the grill. AND, it is STILL not raining! :) Since it is
Wednesday, we are enjoying ice cream as we listen to French radio. What
do you MEAN, it isn't Wednesday?
we visited the Basilica, we took the train back to the Centre-ville and
then went into the Sous Terrain, the Underground Mall that honeycombs
underneath the city. There are 29 km of hallways lined with shops, big
shops and small, crisscrossing between the Metrorails and the big
department stores. We had lunch at a little "Italian"
place and took this photo of another restaurant that we were surprised
to see. Then we shopped and shopped. Michael found the ultimate in
wallets, new sweats from Root's and a telephone connector. I got a
Quebec sweatshirt, a gray sleeveless shell, navy tight pants, and a
chicken cream pitcher and sugar bowl set. Most of it was on pretty good
"solde" and with the exchange rate what it was, we figure that
we did all right.
up to sunshine here in St. Phillipe at the KOA and went up to the office
to upload. Here is Michael talking with Debbie at the campground office.
Before we left the campground, we got a couple more photos of us
enjoying the bright sunshine.
We drove down 132 sud from Montreal and
went through some tiny towns before we got to the USA border. We stopped
in one, Beauharbois, to have lunch in their little parc and we had ice
cream after. Beautiful day! I took some pictures of the town. We so
enjoyed these quaint little towns. Click on the middle photo here for
sure. Notice the sign in front of the house. Also, notice the BLUE
of the sky! I stole that same blue and used it for my background for the
middle collage of photos. :)
We headed on down the road
from Beauharbois, driving down the little 2-lane till we got to the
border at Fort Covington, NY. The border guard was friendly but not
overly so. He asked us a LOT of questions about where we were from and
what in the world we were doing in Fort Covington. Since most tourists
go the big road they don't go through Fort Covington. We made it to
Massena NY at about 2pm and found a great shopping mall where we found
some great bargains on some clothes for me, all really good stuff at B.
Moss. I got a cardigan, matching shell, 2 more summer shirts, a
long-sleeved black cotton shirt, a short fuschia knit dress, and a
dynamite formal dress in burgundy, spaghetti straps, light velour stuff,
and it looks like it was made for me. $88 including tax. Total.
Bought a bag of popcorn
which I insisted on sharing with the gulls who loved me for this. Then
we went to our camp for the night at Massena International Campground.
Nice place, but not nice enough for the high rating that Trailer Life
gave it, but we were able to get level on the site without trying. The
guy in the office said that we could use "the only line we
have to check email really fast". This is why they advertise
"modem hookup". I'd call that false advertising. I'll ask
Trailer Life what they think.
||When we awoke today we knew
we were up for a big day of driving. (We have to pay for the loafing
that we have done.) Michael captured these rare photos of me helping to
unhook the utilities at our camp in Massena NY.
Today was sunny and pretty. A great day for driving and we did a lot of
that, about 275 miles or so, we figure. Along the way we stopped for
lunch at Central Square NY at a little pizza place called Quinto's NY
Pizza where they served hot and delicious pizza by the slice. Their
parking lot was just right to back into a nice big niche. After we left
the St. Lawrence Valley, we passed over beautiful hills and valleys,
lots of little lakes.
We encountered a lot of road construction and more
traffic today than we have in the days before this. Just east of
Corning, we passed by a Soaring Museum, where they do glider flights. We
saw many gliders floating silently over the hills above us against a
backdrop of a perfect blue sky.
Tonight we are staying just north of
Corning NY in the "full hookup" area of an otherwise
campground. This place has 250 acres of woods and this sparsely treed
field with parched grass and parking spaces. Guess where they put the
full hookups! Here is Michael cooking our supper
tonight. After supper, Penny and I walked over to the other
prettier part of the campground and discovered how big and beautiful it
is. Old and dense forest. The sun has passed below the hill to our west
but has not gone past the real horizon so it is that beautiful part of
the evening when we can see most clearly.
we got up early and went into Corning to the Corning Museum of Glass. We
had been there before and so we sort of knew what to expect... NOT. They
had done so much to change the place and added on and it is just amazing
the changes! We will need to return in order to see more of the total
coolness that abounds there! We got there at 9 am and went directly to
the Steuben Glassworks section where
we were able to see some nice pieces on display and then we saw a
glassblower make a pitcher, telling the whole time what he was doing. I
wish that I'd gotten a photo of this demo; it was really neat. Then we
went to the glass sculpture gallery where there were some fascinating
pieces of glass on display. Some huge stuff! The shops were magnificent
with some really extensive and beautiful displays.
Ben Franklin show was next. Paul Stillman who played Ben Franklin told
us, in his humourous and interesting style, all about Ben's work with
glass, the Leyden jar and the wet cell battery which he invented.
Bifocal eyeglasses were another of his inventions and he showed us a
pair that he had made from discarded spectacles, cutting the lenses and
gluing the parts of different ones together.
Then he told us about another of his
inventions, the glass armonica, and he had one there to show us! Michael
had seen a documentary about the glass armonica and so was quite
interested in this. It is an instrument based on the same principle as
running a wet finger around the rim of a glass to make a tone. Made of
all lead glass bowls that are made to precision specifications, these
were quite popular in the 1700's till people started to think that it
was demonic. This
started when a guy stood up after an armonica concert and shouted
"bravo!" then fell dead.
thought that the harmonics from the instrument had exploded his heart.
Various other misfortunes befell people and were thought to be caused by
the armonica and so they were eventually banned. After the show, we were
talking to Mr. Stillman, quite an affable gent, and he let me play the
We had to leave Corning all too soon,
since our time is becoming short and we have some highway to cover
before we get home. We stopped in Bath, NY at a Pizza Hut for lunch.
(Yes, I know that we had pizza for lunch yesterday, but can a person
really have too much pizza?) It was some of the best pizza that we have
ever found on a Pizza Hut buffet. Back on the road and on to Mercer PA
where we are tonight. The weather all day today has been delightful!
Beautiful blue skies lightly decorated with fluffy white clouds, 78
degrees F. Lots of construction on the highway and parts were just so
rough that we thought that the motorhome would crumble to pieces. After
lunch, I napped on the couch while Michael drove us as far as the
gasoline stop in Jamestown NY. I took the dogs out there and while Penny
was peeing in some roadside dust, a guy came out of the junkyard office
right next door and shouted, "Ma'am, you can't walk your dogs here!
I've got a pitbull who will jump over that fence and kill 'em!" No
weather when we got to our camp to do a little Molson and toss a ball
around. Here are a couple of photos as proof. <g> Now it is
cooling down and almost dark, that time of day when the mosquitoes come
out to let us know who is really in charge.
||Drove and drove today. We
started out on interstate for just a bit on 80, then went south just
after Akron Ohio on highway 585 then 3 then 36 and 4 to Springfield
before we got onto the interstate again.
|| Tonight we are in Dayton Ohio
at the Tall Timbers KOA where we spent our first night out, four weeks
ago today. <Sigh> Not ready for it to end.
||We are home and busy doing
the re-entry routine. We had breakfast at Cracker Barrel not too far
west of Dayton and loved it. We got home at just about 12 noon to a
stack of mail at least 15 inches tall, a 12 inch stack of newspapers,
and grass up to our knees. We are full of happy memories of our vacation
and are <sigh> eager to get back into our routines.
Thank you for coming along
with us on our trip! We have really enjoyed the emails and comments. We
invite more and look forward to doing this again on our next journey!
Always me, Janee 7/15/00