Goodbye Ottawa

Picnic Tables in AutumnPicnic Tables in Autumn

We’ve had a couple of whirlwind days in Ottawa sorting through medical and dental appointments before turning Phaeton Place south towards Florida tomorrow morning.  We were on our way to Kingston in the Vue by noon today and guess what……it was raining…..again!  Looks like tomorrow will be a grey day for the first leg of our trek south as well but we should see sun by the weekend hopefully.  We are hoping to be on the road by 8 am which should put us into Harrisburg, PA by 6:00 pm at the latest.  Of course, we are assuming our border crossing will be a quick as well.  Time will tell.  Our residential refrigerator is pretty sparsely populated at the moment.  We have purposely eaten down all produce and meat products so that should speed things up crossing into the USA in the morning. Passports check, Teddy’s papers and vaccinations check.  We’ve checked road reports and I-81 south looks in great shape at least as far as Virginia.  I know Virginia has seen snow at the higher elevations in recent days but we are hopeful that the road will be passable by the time we get that far south.

 Fall Along Rideau River

Fall Along Rideau River

Once back at Rideau Lakes campground, we quickly unloaded the car before taking Teddy for a nice long walk around the campground.  It was actually quite pleasant because the rain had stopped once we turned on to Hwy 401 coming in from Ottawa.  Teddy was in search of squirrels but unfortunately all he found was ducks and geese.  The campground is located right on the banks of the Rideau River.  The views of the river are stunning even though most tree branches are now bare and all the leaves have fallen to the ground.  Teddy had great fun playing in the leaves.  Today’s photos were  taken with my iPhone 5 which I am really liking as an easy camera to carry in my pocket while out for a walk.

Tree Fungi

Tree Fungi

We’ve got the Vue hooked up already….ready for an early departure in the morning.  Holding tanks are empty, laundry and dishes are done, fuel tank is full.  I’ve managed to find a discounted price online for our XM satellite radio in the motorhome.  $114 instead of $285 for a year.  We went with the deal even though we’ve never paid for radio before.  I guess there is a first time for everything. Boy, XM satellite radio along  with Shaw Direct satellite TV!

Pitter patter, time to get at it!