Monday, October 26, 2009


Made it Sacramento dot Big palm trees here dot Another two day truck ride from Iowa to California dot We are so tired from it dot Pictures to follow Over

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Truckin' thru

After spending a weekend with our friends in North Bay we got a ride with the friend of theirs going straight to Sault Ste. Marie. Thank you Lindy!!!
At the border our bags got shaken out, of course, but we made it through. On the American side hitching is, apparently, illegal, or so everybody says. For us, though, it was easy to get about 70 miles covered that day. The next morning a semi picked us up, and we stayed with him for almost two days! Paul was a very kind guy, he gave us a few great tips on hitching around here and tried his very best at rounding up a ride for us using his CB radio.We have decided to take the most southern route we can - I-80 to be warm and dry!
Paul dropped us off in Oskaloosa, Iowa, and from here a friend of his will pick us up tomorrow morning and drive us to Omaha, Nebraska.
It's much warmer down here than up in Northern Ontario!

Saturday, October 17, 2009

We are going north to go south!

The first stop in our south-bound journey, ironically enough, happened to be Emsdale, ON. There, our new friends Mark and Rachel and their dog Scout greeted us with warmth of their wood stove and a few shots of vodka and a pickle. Good stuff!!!
We went on a three day, two night canoe trip with them. It was great. Experienced campers themselves, Mark and Rachel picked a great lake to camp on - miles away from any dwelling, smack on in the middle of a crown land patch. This is the view from the campsite in the morning, temperature around -6 C. We were all very excited to build a sweat lodge and have a sweat on the first night we were there. It was a cold night, maybe -6C and it was so nice inside a warm wickiup with several hot rocks inside a small stone stove. Learning a few tricks from the night before we have all decided to repeat the procedure the next day! In this warm, well insulated shelter with no drafts, sitting on a nice mat of cedar branches , pouring hot tea made with pine, sweet fern and cedar twigs on a dozen of glowing red stones we have discovered something else!!! Of course jumping in the lake that was nearby was an obvious thing to do! Oh, it was a good sweat, thank you guys for making it happen! The framework behind us is the sweatlodge.
After we parted with Mark and Rachel, we stopped in North Bay for the weekend, at Jeremy and Lucy's place. Here, we rested well, went to the waterfront and hiked in the nearby forest. The sunset was magestic that evening!
We saw a year-old buck there, it was so big and so close to us! Jeremy and Lucy, thank you so much for hosting us on these cold nights!!!

Monday, October 12, 2009

Setting out of Brampton

We are packing our bags once again - this time we're heading north to Sault Ste Marie (that road again!) where we cross over to the States and then we hope to go to Oregon, California, Utah and Arizona.
There is frost on the ground already, so we packed a few extra warm clothes - but there won't be any bugs, that's a huge plus!
Wish us luck!