Monday, September 19, 2016

Furnace Falls, Kinmount & Head Lake

Sign at the edge of the historic park in Kinmount, Ontario, which is also a snowmobile trail.
Sign at park in Kinmount
Last year (2015), as in other years, we spent a day over by Kinmount, leaving Orillia along route 45 (aka "Monck Road") and stopping over in Kinmount, where one of our favourite parks is. Kinmount is a small and sleepy community once the summer is over and the cottagers have gone back to their city lives, but during the summer months it's bustling with cottagers, hikers, and sightseers.

It's a quaint little area, but I would warn you in advance that your best bet is to pack a picnic lunch because the very best place we've found to lunch is either the historic park at the dam and mill in Kinmount, or over at Furnace Falls, which can be busy in summer.

Old wheels and parts from a mill make unique garden art.
Millwheel 2016
Rusted millwheels used as outdoor art at Kinmount.We've been to Kinmount several times, specifically to visit this historic park, but we often go just after Labour Day, and during the week. It's usually fairly quiet and peaceful, with only the odd local showing up while we're there.

We've never been to the park when it was crowded with visitors, but I suspect if we visit during the height of the holiday season, we'd be hard pressed to find a parking spot (the parking area isn't very big, all things considered).

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Travel to Niagara Falls (Canada)

In September of 2015 we took our first "longish" driving trip from home since my husband's illness and confinement to a wheelchair. We settled on heading to Niagara Falls (Canada) for a couple of reasons: it was a long enough drive from home on the highway (roughly 3.5-4 hours depending on traffic) to test his driving ability after recently getting back behind the wheel, and because there were several places along the way where we have friends or family that we could stop if he needed to (Barrie, Brampton, Hamilton, Beamsville - all fall along our route). We weren't sure if the drive would be too tiring for him (I don't drive at all), and didn't want to leave ourselves stuck if the traffic became too much for him. And lastly, we'd been to Niagara Falls quite a few times (when the kids were small, for our belated honeymoon, on our own after the kids were grown) and Niagara Falls has many attractions for people of all ages (including the older, but young at heart seniors).

Looking for waterfront hotel options that might not be too expensive, we decided to try July, August and September, and hope there was something during that time frame that we would consider reasonable and affordable.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Quick and Easy Kitchen Pizza

A cooked pizza on the tray, half with beef, spinach and bacon, the other half with beef, bacon and onions.
This quick pizza from your own kitchen tastes so good, you might be tempted to quit ordering in pizza. It's the first time I've made pizza from a prepared "store-bought" crust, but both my husband and son-in-law gave it 2-thumbs up. Even better, I liked it ... much more than I really expected to. I'm fairly picky about my pizza (my mom used to make her own, starting with her own yeast-dough crust, and before I married I used to help her, but it was a long process to get to the point where you could eat the cooked pizza) and won't normally eat "just any old pizza", so finding one I really like, that is made with my own ingredients (except the crust of course) and is fresh from the oven that I can prepare and be eating in half an hour ... that's worth doing again. I'd make this way before I'd order a $20 delivery pizza!

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