This cruise was the first one that I have “directed” for our local Muskoka Miata Club. We started our cruise in Washago at a new fresh food market called “Canoe”. Fresh pressed coffee and a fresh cinnamon bun was just the ticket to start the day. We had 8 Miatas of various vintages to cruise the back roads to Sainte-Marie among the Hurons in Midland. More experienced club members were on hand to make sure we tested our CB’s and that I had all our signed u members accounted for.
We started the day with our tops down in the true spirit of the day. After realizing I had left my written notes at home, we used my GPS to run the route from our test run. My co-pilot must remember her reading glasses for the next trip!! She was great at advising up coming turns using a CB. A wonderful bonus of farm country is the roads are in a grid pattern, so if we missed a turn, it wouldn’t be the end of the world. We drove around the bottom of Sparrow Lake and headed south and west over hills and dales seeing all the country estates and fall harvest looking farmsteads. The roads were in great shape and we wound down River Road in Coldwater before heading along highway 12, also freshly paved to arrive at in Midland. We departed at 9:30 and arrived close to 11, just about dead on for timing.
According to the Guide, Sainte-Marie among the Hurons was a 17th century French Jesuit mission to the Huron (Wendat) nation that last for 10 years. The site was taken on in 1964 by the Ontario Government, in cooperation with the Society of Jesus and the University of West Ontario and opened to the public in 1968. Our group spent a mere hour and a half touring the site, with self guided “wands” to explain the different structures and explain the history. Definitely worth a return visit!
A short 5 minute drive later we arrived at Henry’s, for a fabulous fish and chips lunch, there are actually two restaurants, the other one is on an island …an adventure for another day….
Pouring down rain shrunk our group for the second leg of the cruise to Big Chute Marine Railway where the rain let up for those who wanted to stroll about. The last two cars headed on to Bala to finish the cruise at Don’s Bakery. The weather stayed foggy and the roads wet, but the fall colours were evident and will probably peak soon.
My co-pilot had never been down Southwood Road, a nice twisty route that would bring us back closer to home, it is the path to the Torrance Barren’s a local dark sky reserve where the stars are lit brilliantly with minimal light pollution to distract from the sky. My co-pilot enjoyed the scenery while I enjoyed the twisty roads!
Whew! Made it Home!!
The Miatas of Muskoka are going on a cruise today! It is currently 10 degrees or so with a chance of rain and thunderstorms. No rain at present. I believe we will have 10 cars and will be starting in Washago, a lovely little village and heading in an over- hill over-dale route to Sainte Marie Among The Hurons in Midland. Lunch at Henry’s and then North to Big Chute Marine Railway and ending on Bala.
I am hoping the rain holds off so we can see the colours, so keep your fingers crossed!
Who knew there was this lovely place to find this and that in Bala? A few weeks ago, the lady drivers who belong to the Miatas of Muskoka , went on a little cruise around Lake Muskoka and took in the sights. We stopped at Barnyard Savey in Bala, and then carried on to Port Carling to the Museum to learn some local history. We all live here, but I can honestly say, a history lesson was timely. A lovely lunch then on to an outside Art Display just outside of Bracebridge.
We pretty much have one long weekend a month now I think. New Year, Family Day in February, Easter in March or Early April – Victoria Day in May, Canada Day-July 1st, Labour Day in September, Thanksgiving in October – personally I think November 11th Remembrance Day should be one too, and then Christmas in December. Does not really matter which faith, or non faith you practice, it is nice to take a break and celebrate what matters most to you.
Wikipedia says in Ontario, the holiday was renamed Simcoe Day in Toronto effective 1969 in honour of the first Lieutenant-Governor of Upper Canada and the promulgator of the Act Against Slavery, but a motion at the Ontario Municipal Association to extend the name change province-wide failed.According to a 2005 proclamation this name continues to apply in the present amalgamated city of Toronto. Civic Holiday is now known by one of a number of local appellations such as Colonel By Day in Ottawa, George Hamilton Day in Hamilton, Joseph Brant Day in Burlington, Founders’ Dayin Brantford, McLaughlin Day in Oshawa, Alexander Mackenzie Day in Sarnia, James Cockburn Day in Cobourg, Peter Robinson Day inPeterborough, and John Galt Day in Guelph, as well as numerous other names in smaller municipalities. When not given a local name, it is often referred to as ‘Civic Holiday’. Although a work holiday is given to employees of the federal and many municipal governments, the Government of Ontario has not defined this day as a statutory holiday and it is not mentioned in either Ontario’s Employment Standards Act or Retail Business Holidays Act. The Scotiabank Caribbean Cultural Festival, formerly known as Caribana, is held this holiday weekend in Toronto, coinciding with Emancipation Day.
I bet you skipped all that. So today, after a leisurely breakfast of a steak omelet made by the man of the house, we hopped in the Miata with the top down and headed south down Rama Road, then East across the Switch Road then North on 169 to Brooks Side Road, to Fairgrounds Road, to Coopers Falls Road, to Barkway Road, to Germania Road -circle there we were looking for someone, then East again I think -maybe I need a map on Doe Lake Road to Gravenhurst for a Muskoka Mocha and Bear Claw ice cream cone – compliments of Taste Buds and Kawartha Lakes Dairy. Muskoka Mocha is a new flavour and it is yummmmmy! 65 miles. Lovely, tunes, wind in our hair..
It was a beautiful day for doing anything outdoors, even sitting and listening to the new birds in the nest outside – Juncos. I ventured in the whirl pool to do some exercises and I do believe the day is winding down. No packing today.
The day lilies on the other side of the deck are going to bloom now – there are four of them. I tried to take a decent picture of the other three – with my Blackberry Bold 9900, 🙂 but I couldn’t get it to look the way I wanted it, maybe tomorrow will be better.
I did read the writing challenge for the day – what did I want to be when I grew Up? Physiotherapist, or Psychologist. Uh uh, totally did not happen – not even close.
Saturday, was such a lovely day, that my sweetie took me out for a spin in my Miata. Now it has been some time since I drove a standard, so I need some refresher lessons (these may carry on indefinately ) – Chris drove down the Highway to Cooper’s Fall’s Road, then up in to town – the long way lol. I did drive home – the beginning of said lessons. Fortunately, Chris is beyond patient. I do have complete faith in his ability to get me to use the stick again – it is such a little stick. I do play Luminosity, but my strengths are problem solving and flexibility. Not speed and co-ordination. (Smile). After two days of sunshine today Sunday, was rainy. Totally fine – we went for a drive in the truck to the other side of Peterborough. 5 hours round trip. First we went South to Beaverton, then East…then North….so coming back we came across the 507 and the 503. Lovely two lane roads with some nice curves that I look forward to doing in the summer with the top down in the Miata. Kawartha Lakes, Minden, Haliburton, Muskoka, saw them all!
I got a really cool surprise tonight when i got home – new shining rotors and pads for the car!! Also a really neat air filter – supposedly increases the air flow and improves speed – just what I need lol.
Next I have to save my pennies for a new roof – not a necessity but definately desirable.