Scranton, PA to Petawawa, Ontario, Saturday the 27th March, 2010
March 27th, 2010 by susan_dyer


On Saturday the 27th, at the Clarion Hotel in Scranton PA, we had one of the best breakfast’s in our whole 5 months of travel.  Eggs, waffles, bacon, sausage, hash browns, fresh fruit and cereal were all on the buffet.  After such a great meal, with lots of coffee, we got straight on the I-81 heading north. We saw some frozen icicles on the rock face along the highway….

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But we mostly passed small farms with pastures starting to turn green in the sunlight….

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We eventually crossed into the state of New York….

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We knew we were heading in the correct direction when we started seeing signs for snowmobile crossings, but I must say it was strange to see such signs in the middle of small towns! 

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We also started to see traces of snow on the tree covered hill sides…

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Red barns were another welcoming sight.  The Amish barns had seemed to be white…

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Spoke too soon, more white barns!!  :)

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This is either Binghamton or Syracuse, NY.  It was months ago, and I just can’t remember which.  :(

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Wherever it is…these people had just had a baby boy!  :)

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We continued to follow the I-81 through town and country….

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…..and surprise, surprise, I didn’t take many pictures at all through New York.  It was overcast and cold and gloomy.  Before we knew it we were at the Thousand Islands Bridge…

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 We breezed through Customs after declaring our purchases and stepped into Ontario, 5 months to the day after crossing the border at Fort Erie on the 27th of October, 2009!!  :)

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We got on the 401 for a very short distance, then headed north to Petawawa  on the beautiful back roads.  This is possibly the town of Athens.  I was really taken with the mural on the side of this store….

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You don’t often see this type of fence any more…

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Then on to Smiths Falls, where they have removed the ” ‘ ”  from their name….  :)

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Another older type of fence…

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Goats?…Sheep?  feeding at a huge bale of hay….

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Who knew that there was a Mississippi in Ontario?

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Have I mentioned that I love old barns and sheds?    :)

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We passed flocks of Canada Geese heading home….

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…and lots of swollen rivers….

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We stopped in Arnprior at the first Timmie’s we had come across in a long, long time….  :)

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By the time we got back on the road it was too dark for any more pictures.  We arrived in Petawawa around 8:00 PM, delighted to see that everyone was still up and waiting for us!  Here is Abby, and also Ramona who we met for the very first time…

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Ramona gets a brand new pink sombrero from Mexico!!  :)

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I’m not sure that Ramona was a big fan of the sombrero!  :)

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Nicole and Ramona watch while Caleb and Abby open their gifts…

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Caleb says “Grandma Sue, watch Ramona do some tricks!”  :)

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Ramona twirls for Caleb…. while Jim, Abby, Nicole and Damon watch from the Dining room…

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Ramona shows how she shakes hands…paws?  :)

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After a wonderful visit, a warm cup of tea and a freshly baked, delicious lemon pie; we fell into bed exhausted at midnight.  It was so good to be back home and visiting with family.

2 Responses  
  • Nina Dyer writes:
    November 24th, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    What a wonderful welcome home for you both! Nice to see the family and their new addition – Ramona.

  • susan_dyer writes:
    November 24th, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Ramona is a real cutie!! She was a big help while Nicole was holding down the fort all by herself. Abby and Caleb were able to focus a lot of their attention on Ramona. She is a very important member of their family! :)

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