Back in the U.S., Back in the U.S., Back in the U.S. They R

Well LLL and BBB have returned to the homeland September 18, 2016 (hence the reference to an old Beatles tune as my title) and while they were excited after a nearly 4 month absence to return to the land of boring looking money, I can still faintly hear them bemoaning the loss of the 25% Canadian discount upon every consumer purchase made south of the border.

Regardless of how much one enjoys visiting and enjoying the hospitality of another country there is a hard to describe feeling one gets upon setting foot on home soil. The Captain and DD had a blast hosting BBB and LLL in their designated role as Kling-ons as we toured Ontario, Quebec and the Maritimes.  We had high hopes for this trip and it exceeded them on every level even with DD’s ongoing ISSUES and BBB and DD’s Princess preoccupation.

So thanks kids and safe travels and we’ll see you in the desert in November.

The Final Countdown

As planned after leaving Ottawa on September 7, 2016, we set up camp at the Pine Valley Resort northeast of Pettawawa on the shores of the Ottawa River. Two nights here was a real antidote to parking lot camping.  No fibreglass penetrating streetlights, real dark quiet nights and the hot tub made the stay delightful. DD, of course could not resist the lure of the water, and what Oggorfian could, took a dip and bath in the river in the early morning hours so as not to scare any children or wildlife and declared it felt just like being on her home planet.

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“peace” de resistance

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our little private beach

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sunset on the river

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sunrise on the river

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Leaving Pine Valley on September 9, 2016 we drove down to Napanee for another 4 night stay at Camp Walmart before moving on to Kingston on September 13, 2016. While in Napanee we took a drive down towards Picton availing ourselves of 2 free crossings on the Glenora Bay Ferry. On the way back we stopped at a u-pick apple orchard where we likely ate more apples than we ended up buying, but then isn’t that what u-picks are all about?? We also ventured into Bath to visit the Coach and the Aud One and get CC’s list of chores for when we visit for the last 2 weeks of September. CC made the 24 km trip by bicycle and rode at such a pace that he arrived within minutes of the less energetic folks who took the truck.

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the sky shortly before a huge storm in Napanee

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on the Glenora Ferry

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LLL may not be tall enough to get into the orchard??

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apples aren’t the only fruits in the orchard

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BBB can pick em with the best

While in Napanee CC also had to take DD to the Emergency Department early one morning. DD  after just recovering from a 2 week long cold DD was afflicted with an infection that required treatment. Happily she seems to now have a made a full recovery and is back to ordering CC around.

Back in Kingston much of the time was spent watching LLL prepare the Phantom Phaeton for the trip home although we did manage a walkabout in downtown Kingston at the Farmers Market and a bit of needless shopping.

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the 2 Captains in step

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a Choir performs at the Farmers Market

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this guy got kicked out of the choir

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so long to Sir John A.

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a new type of car wash in Kingston

On September 16, 2016 the four of us, with Sylvie, the Coach and Aud One celebrated CC’s 64th (DD says yes??) birthday by pigging out on unnecessary desserts at the Mandarin Buffet. It’s quite amazing how much food one can pack away beyond his/her normal capacity.

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BBB and LLL present the Captain with his birthday gift

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part 1 the hat

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part 2 the cap and YES the CAPTAIN is always right DD

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LLL is saved from a viscous attack by his high tech throat protector

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the Coach, CC and the Aud One get ready to head to the Mandarin

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the Birthday Boy in all his spendour

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now you know why she’s known as the Aud One

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the Harvest Moon in Bath

Yes so that’s about it for now as we are spending 2 weeks with the Coach and Aud One and will be heading to Hamilton on October 3rd to drop off the Eagle for some warranty work. This work will take about 2 weeks and during that time we will be squatting at MODDs.

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CC toils away

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while DD gives the Coach a trim

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the Coach settles for a vegetarian (carrot) cake

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with the rest of the Cowell gang minus sister Barb

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CC grows a Joe Thorton/Brent Burns World Cup of Hockey beard

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DD insists on another sunset picture

By stubbs99

2 comments on “Back in the U.S., Back in the U.S., Back in the U.S. They R

  1. With sad hearts we had to say farewell to our traveling buddies, whom we spent a fabulous summer traveling with. We saw many beautiful sights and had lots of laughs along the way.
    We do miss our Mothership,as we meander our way back to our home planet for our “winter” months in AZ, where we will once again meet up and continue on making wonderful memories. Until then, travel safe and we can’t wait to meet up once again.
    Thanks again for a very memorable summer. Signing off for now BBB and LL❤️❤️

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