Thanks to the help of the TA community, I had a great visit with my daughter! The only thing I asked of her was to have some wine for me at her apartment upon my arrival. Oh well....it was an excuse to go out for a walk after the long flights from the west coast! The flight was on time, arriving just before six thirty in the evening.
My daughter was at the airport to greet me, and she saw me before I saw her. It was so nice to have that hug! And to help with the 50 pound suitcase! It was all stuff for her anyway, including corning ware casseroles and cookies sheets and muffin pans! We grabbed a taxi and were at "home" within ten minutes. I said a quick hello to her two room mates, and due to the lack of wine, we headed out the door pretty quick!
We walked up Colonel By Drive, and through the Carleton campus, making our way over to Bank Street. We stopped at Patty's Pub for a dinner and beer. It was a beautiful evening, and we sat outside and talked and talked and talked some more. Then across the street, we found the Wine Rack and I picked up a bottle of red wine and some cider. I wanted the LCBO, but given the time of evening by then, the Wine Rack had to suffice just this once! We had a nice walk back to the apartment, and then visited some more with her room mates before heading to bed.
The next morning proved to be another glorious sunny day. We didn't linger long after breakfast, and we got going right away. We walked all along the canal, as far as Bank Street, then all along Bank Street through Glebe, and all the way to downtown. We saw the Parliament Buildings, the War Memorial, and continued on to Rideau Center. The Starbuck's in the Chapter's was our meeting place for one of my daughter's friends. It is wonderful now to be able to put a name to a face! After our drinks, we headed into the shopping center. I found the LCBO in there, and grabbed a bottle of white wine, one that was recommended from my TA thread about Ontario wine. Having walked from Hog's Back Falls neighbourhood to get downtown, we decided to get the bus back! But not all the way back.... we got off at Bank Street Bridge, then walked along the canal again, all the way to Dow's Lake, to see the tulips! We walked all the way around the lake, and continued along the canal, all the way back home. It felt great! At one point, just south of the restaurants at the lake, my daughter heard a rustling in the bushes beside the trail. She spotted it before I did, a HUGE turtle! Okay, I see big turtles when visiting Maui, but this is a turtle in Canada, in a swamp! And I was told by a passer by that it was a snapping turtle! We don't grow them that big on this side of the Rockies, at least I have never seen one that big ever! It was more than a foot across. It slowly lumbered out of the bushes, and slowly made it's way across the path to the lake. We stayed with it until it got across safely, and made sure a biker didn't accidentally ride into it.
When we got back to the apartment, we ordered pizza from Gabriel's. We waited over an hour to get it delivered though. We figured it might have been because of the hockey game that night, but we were sure hungry by the time it got there. No cable or internet hooked up at the apartment yet, so we weren't able to watch the game, just listen to it! Oh well! But congrats to the Senators for a great series.
On Monday we were up bright and early as we had reserved a rental car for the day. They picked us up right on time, and took us to the office. We got a free upgrade, and that was nice, as it came in very handy later in the day at IKEA. Our first stop was Canadian Tire, picked up a couple of things right away. It was easy and so convenient to the car rental place, we figured we may as well stop there right away. Then my daughter used her phone to guide me north of the city, across the bridge, and to Gatineau Park. We went straight to the visitor center for maps and info. The majority of the roads were still closed, so we headed to King's Estate. Even there, the buildings were still closed, including the washrooms!! But we walked around anyway, looking at the ruins and the other sights. We took a walk down to the falls, and then headed back up to the car.
After the Estate, we headed to COSTCO in Gatineau. I loaded up the cart with tissues, mops, cleaners, food, and BEER!!! How cool is that? And great prices too! With the perishables in the trunk, we decided to head back to the apartment right away before heading out on our next adventure. It took quite a few trips up the elevator to get everything in the apartment. We got the food put away, then headed out again. Next stop was Wal Mart for more food, lamp, etc., then off to IKEA. My daughter bought a desk chair, and the desk. I convinced her to get the bigger one, with drawers, and gave her an extra 100.00 as an early birthday present, so she could get it right away. I knew she wouldn't be happy with the cheaper one once she got it back home. Of course, once we got the desk out to the car, we had that extra 2 inches in length and we couldn't fit the desk top box in the car! DARN!! Then the light bulb went off and my daughter had the great idea to see if the seats would go down... voila! I was so worried we would have to go upstairs and return the desk right away.
We went back to the apartment for the last time that day. After another I can't tell you how many trips up to the apartment, we were pretty tired. And that was before we spent three hours putting the desk together! We had spaghetti for dinner, so it was nice and easy to make supper at least. And the two room mates had left for a conference in Ohio early that morning, so we had the place to ourselves for a while. That was a good thing as we used the whole living area putting together the desk.
The next morning we managed to get to Loblaw's for just a few more groceries before having to return the rental car. We filled the gas tank on Bank Street before heading to the Discount rental place. $37.00 plus some change for a 24 hour period... it was great, and we got a lot done with it. I could not imagine doing all that with the bus! And then Discount took us back to the apartment as well. Great service!
The rest of the day was spent just staying around the apartment. We cleaned all the windows, after figuring out that they were caulked shut, and we could indeed get it all off and open them! Seasonal thing, the office said. And we got the office chair put together too.
My daughter had two more friends cover over for dinner, so she cooked. We did walk over to Hog's Back Falls before dinner, and that was wonderful. There were lots of people out enjoying the beautiful weather. Another great day!
Wednesday we walked downtown again, this time though, we followed the canal all the way. 8 km one way! We stopped in at the Starbuck's again, then headed to Byward market for lunch. I also bought a beautiful t shirt there, with tulips on it!
Then we headed over to the Parliament buildings. We got there about one, and the soonest we could get a tour was 3:20. So we went up to the Peace Tower first, and it was amazing to see the views in all directions. It was such a clear day, again! By the time we were done, I didn't want to wait any longer for the tour. We went to the Dollar Store instead! Got some more bits and pieces for the apartment, then bused home. I had enough walking for the day!
I made lasagne for dinner, something my daughter has missed very much while attending university. And I figured we would have it for leftovers when we got back from Montreal! We were up early the next morning, out the door by 8:30 in the morning, and took two buses to get to VIA rail.
To be continued!!