“The biggest adventure you can ever take is to live the life of your dreams.” – Oprah Winfrey
Our days in Niagara seemed to fly by. The pursuit of replacement bicycles (see earlier blog – “And Everything Had Been Going So Smoothly..” ) resulted in some pleasant drives around the area. The cool beverages on the patio helped beat back the 35C temperatures, the amazing food created for every meal put our calorie intake over the top, the ladies created some beautiful cards and other crafts and well, MK and I enjoyed more cold beverages as the ladies were creating. Another great Niagara visit capped off by a “nothing special” breakfast of sliced meats from that excellent butcher, Niagara fruit and berry preserves, an amazing variety of breads, a selection of cheeses ranging from gouda, camembert and other mild and medium selections all the way to that “really stinky stuff” that requires years of nibbling to get used to. Oh, and did I mention several egg dishes, cooked meats, juices, fresh coffee??? With that familiar feeling of “Man I ate too much…..but was it ever good!” we headed out to contemplate the exit from our campsite. (see earlier blog-“Niagara on the Lake-Our Paradise”) I know what was on everyone’s mind: 3 ½ hours to park it, how long will it take to get out? What damage will be done this time? Will tensions go over the top between Brian & Deb? But!….planning is everything. While that amazing farewell breakfast was being prepared, I spent time, all alone, sizing up the trees, the bridge, that $#@% sloping driveway and all of my other demons. Realizing I couldn’t be seen from the house, I hooked up the 5th wheel and put the truck in gear. Inching slowly ahead, cautious of all of those obstacles (and undistracted by well meaning instructions) I got the rig out to the road with only one (OK, two…might have been three at the most) stop and reverse adjustments. Maybe Deb was right after all when a few days earlier she suggested that, once we finally had it in the proper spot, we take a bit of time to ensure we could juggle it out again. Without duplicating our 3 ½ hour performance. And so, it was with great pleasure that I watched those looks of concern on our friends faces transform into pleasant surprise as we walked around the house and gazed at our rig, sitting on the side of the road, ready to deliver us to our next adventure!