Toronto and Guests on board!

July 31, 2017 Melody Lodge & Marina in Seeley’s Bay ON to Toronto, and then back!

Since flooding was still an issue, and we needed to pick up our friends from the Vancouver area, we needed to get a ride to Kingston where our car rental was waiting. Fortunately for us, the marina owner, James, volunteered to drive us the 40 minutes or so there.  We of course gave him gas money plus, as well as our huge apprecation. There are no Uber drivers in the town were we are staying!

We had called ahead to see if we could visit Dirk’s cousin Saskia and her husband, and of course she said “Come”. Our plan was to stay the night and then pick up Monica and Shaun in the morning.

August 2, Melody Marina to Kingston Mills Ontario

We traveled to Brampton, north of Toronto, and had a great time visiting Dirk’s cousin Saskia and her husband Randy. Great meals, great walks and talks, and successful shopping for supplies as well.

IMG_5449As we went to pick up Shaun and Monica at the airport the next morning we realized they had texted us that their flight had been cancelled and they’d arrive at 5:30pm, not 8:30am. We called Saskia and headed back to their house and spent another nice and productive day in the Brampton and Toronto area including shopping for boating items. Saskia invited us all to stay another the night with her and Randy, and once again fed us with her excellent cooking and joyful spirit.

After a 3+ hour ride in our rental car to Kingston Ontario this morning we shopped for groceries, returned the rental car and got an Uber ride to the marina.

Finally on the water we headed to the next lock, 15 minutes away. And here we sit. Lock is temporarily closed and we don’t think we’ll make it to Kingston tonight either! Will we ever leave the  Rideau? Of course there are a lot of nice people here and we’ll have a nice evening…

Update: We made it to Kingston Mills after all, but not to Kingston. We only have 4 more locks to go through here, and then the Rideau is complete… tomorrow!??




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