Well...finally some sunshine! But windy...very, very windy! So much for taking the boat out and doing a little fishing. Oh well, we’ll explore this park, maybe hike a trail or 2 and then see what it’s like later on this afternoon.
The return trip takes you through a shaded cedar grove. It was a nice little hike...we really enjoyed it.
After exploring another road or 2, we drove back to the campground. Deciding that it would be really nice to have a campfire tonight, we stopped at the gatehouse to buy some firewood...$6 for a bag containing 6 split pieces of wood...what a rip-off!! So, we bought 2 bags...
While buying the firewood, we asked the girl about a picture that was hanging on the wall...it had been taken at the Sea Lion Trail. The trailhead for that hike was back where we had just been and not wanting to drive all the way back there, she suggested we go to the Thunder Bay Lookout. She said the view was incredible and on a fairly clear day like it was today, it would be awesome! Okay...we’ll go there.
The turnoff to the lookout ended up being quite a drive back down the road and then it was a 9 km drive on a fairly rough gravel road up to the top. So it was slow going...especially in the truck. But we eventually made it to the top...where the road and parking area had turned into sheets of glacier scraped bare rock...that’s when you know you are on top of a mountain! As our luck would have it...just after we pulled in, a Parks Ontario truck came in to check for park permits...of course, we hadn’t purchased one. But he waved as he drove by us...on the way in...and then on the way out, as we sat in the truck looking like typical tourists reading up about the area.
Back at the campground, we stopped at the gatehouse again to see what time it opened in the morning. We wanted to get an early start and didn’t want to have to wait around for the gatehouse to open so we could return the extension cords and get the $200 deposit back. As it turned out, they don’t open until 10:00 a.m. so that meant we would have to return them now...and they close at 3:00 p.m....and it was almost 2:30, so we had better get crackin’!
After dropping the cords off, we went to the Visitor’s Centre to take a look. It’s a very cool log building and has quite an interpretive display of the park. We wandered through both floors and then headed back to our campsite.
It was Sunday evening...time for our weekly call to the kids...YAY! I really look forward to hearing their voices! All is fine back home.
It was just after 8:00 p.m. and with the firewood all gone, it was time to put the chairs away and head inside. The end to another good day!