Visiting Friends – Toronto, Ontario CANADA

 

A very blurry group shot of all of us

A very blurry group shot of all of us

We’d had our trip to Toronto planned just about longer than anything else on our journey. Chris has good friends that live there (Josh and Jane), and other good friends from Arizona (Alonzo and Molly, who we met up with in November in Sedona) had plans to visit Josh and Jane in Toronto in June so we invited ourselves to tag along!
We parked our Moho at a beautiful KOA in Cookstown, outside of the city, after a quick peek at the Indian Line campground, which was overgrown, had incorrectly labeled campsites and abandoned trailers. One look at that place and we googled “KOA” as quickly as possible. We’ve found on this trip that if you want a clean, reliable place to stay, KOA will usually offer that (although we’ve been to one or two rough ones along the way). The Cookstown KOA was really private and beautiful, and the people there were super friendly so we felt safe leaving our home on wheels there for the week while we headed into the city to stay at a a condo we rented with Alonzo and Molly (collectively known as “Mollonzo”).

The boys - Alonzo, Chris and Josh

The boys – Alonzo, Chris and Josh

The girls - Jane, Molly, Zeph (not a girl) and Erin

The girls – Jane, Molly, Zeph (not a girl) and Erin

We found the condo on airbnb.com, and the place was totally perfect for us. We had one bedroom, and Mollonzo had the other. Josh and Jane’s place was only a mile or two away. So while Josh and Jane worked during the day, we did tourist stuff like go to the top of the CN Tower, the highest building in the world (or something like that). They had a glass floor 1000 feet up, which was dizzying to look down through, but we did it anyways! Josh and Jane hung out with us at night, taking us to yummy restaurants and dessert places (like “Baker Bots” where you can choose your own gourmet ice cream sandwich flavors – I had birthday cake cookies with lemon meringue ice cream).

Jane and Molly at BakerBots

Jane and Molly at BakerBots

We said a sad good-bye to Josh and Jane (and their Westie dog, Boggle, who Zeph now thinks every dog is named after), and drove with Mollonzo to Niagara Falls for a couple nights. I had never been there, although once upon a time about eleven years ago Chris and Alonzo had visited Niagara together on their twenty-day cross country boys’ trip in Chris’s Toyota Tacoma. I didn’t expect Niagara Falls to be so amazing, but the falls were pretty darn impressive. They were very… large. And misty. And so pretty. Totally worth the trip.

The view of Niagara Falls from our hotel room

The view of Niagara Falls from our hotel room

We dropped Mollonzo off at the airport in Toronto, and packed up the Moho to move south. We took a ferry, the MS Chi-Cheemaun, from Tobermory on the Owen Sound on the Bruce Peninsula across Lake Huron, west, up to Manitoulin Island. We spent a night at Chutes Provincial Park and quickly headed out the next morning… we had a date with the USA!

Chris and Zeph checking out the falls

Chris and Zeph checking out the falls