Riding Mountain National Park – Manitoba

After Winnipeg, and before Saskatoon we took a trip to visit Riding Mountain National Park for a few days. It would be the second time we camped so far on our little adventure (the first was at a Michigan State Park,) but it would remain as one of the highlights of the trip. As I reflect on the entire trip through Canada and the USA, I realize that most of my highlights and favourite places  are all in National Parks or places where we had an opportunity to see natural beauty and surprisingly did not generally include all the wonderful food places we visited (although that was nice too.) Loading The adventure continues. Goodbye Winnipeg. On to Riding Mountain National Park. View on Instagram One thing we weren’t ready for – mosquitos. People said there were mosquitos. But we didn’t really believe them until we saw the swarms in person. But that’s not fun. Let’s start at the beginning. We woke up fairly early and started driving westward toward the park. I had booked a nice looking site online, through the parks Canada booking system, in Wasagaming. We had a tent and equipment with us, but I was really tempted to book one of the oTentik sites, because they’re kind of like cabins, but also still let you sleep in the wilderness. We decided to save the oTentik camping for another time. Spoilers: during the remainder of our camping visits, we never ended up near a National Park with an…

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Roadtrip 2014 Begins – Fort Custer Recreation Area

J and I have been planning a bit of a road trip for a couple of weeks, and now we’re actually doing it. The exciting and daunting thing about embarking on this sort of thing is that we’re not planning on being back home for quite a while. Thankfully we have some incredible friends and family that will make sure our furkids are okay while we’re away. We’ve already turned on the kitty cat spy cam a few times – because leaving them behind is easily one of the hardest parts of travelling. Before we left Toronto we picked up a box of our traditional Through Being Cool roadtrip treats, turned on an Animals Voices podcast, and were on our way – first stop the Blue Water Bridge border crossing in Sarnia into Michigan. Border Crossings can be such a mixed bag, but while this one had a very long line, it was one of the more pleasant crossings I’ve had in the last couple of years. The most incredible thing about the crossing, is that they’re not kidding about the blue water. It’s so blue and looks so lovely from the bridge, so while you’re waiting you get to see a beautiful vista. Our first planned stop was at Fort Custer Recreation Area, which is a Michigan State Park in Augusta, Michigan. We built a fired and roasted Tofurky dogs on sticks, slightly kicking ourselves for not bringing along Dandies marshmallows to roast – of course we’ll fix that after Chicago (since that’s…

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