Monday 17 July 2006

Our Day Trip to Gananoque

The restaurant where we had lunch today

Today was really hot! At one point this afternoon the thermometer in the truck read 34 C (93F). We left at about 10:00 a.m. this morning to take Bib to Gananoque to the groomers. During the winter he has to go to three or four different groomers so in the summer we try to take him to one he likes which happens to be in Gananoque. So now he’s a handsome dude again instead of a wooly bear. It’s much cooler for him too.

His appointment was for 12:30 p.m. We got there about an hour early. Typical Virgos, always early. I had some errands to do, so got that done while we were waiting for his appointment time. We dropped him at the groomers and then took off down the Thousand Islands Parkway to look for a picnic area as I had packed a picnic lunch. We couldn’t find even a picnic table. We went just east of the Thousand Islands KOA and then turned around and came back to Gananoque and decided to eat lunch at a restaurant. We found a little restaurant called Anthony’s on the main street that had an outdoor covered patio so we ate there. It was okay but nothing special.

Gananoque is a very pretty little town on the north bank of the St. Lawrence River just before it flows into Lake Ontario. The following was taken from the town’s website.

Gananoque is the entry point to the picturesque 1000 Islands. A classic example of a quaint Ontario town, Gananoque offers its visitors a welcome change of pace. From its five star restaurants, convenient lodging, and unique shopping opportunities, to its daily excursions on the St.Lawrence River to view the 1000 Islands, Gananoque offers all those who pass through its gates an experience which makes the town a destination like no other.

Gananoque, pronounced GAN-AN-OCK-WEE, was first identified in 1686 on Deshaise's chart of the St. Lawrence as “Gananocouy”. The town itself was founded by Col. Joel Stone, one of the many United Empire Loyalists who relocated to Upper Canada following the American Revolution.

When I was at my sister’s yesterday I picked up our mail and I had a letter from the hospital where I was admitted in Cincinnati in April saying if their bill wasn’t paid in 30 days, I would have to pay it. I had also gotten a statement from the medical insurance showing that the hospital hadn’t been paid. So, I called the insurance after lunch and was told that they are in the process of negotiating the bill and that it should be paid in 1-2 weeks. It turns out that only about 30-40% of the bill gets paid whereas if you or I had to pay it, we would pay the full amount. I would really like to find an insurance that would pay up front and not leave this hanging over my head all summer but you never know that when you purchase the insurance before you leave Canada.

Anyway, we got back before 5:00 p.m. We went a roundabout way as there is construction on Highway 7 right at the Appleton Side Road. They are putting in traffic lights and yield lanes so when we left this morning traffic was backed up so we decided to avoid the backups on our return and returned to the RV park the back way through Carleton Place and Appleton.

Tonight has been quiet although the forecast is for thunderstorms that may produce tornados!

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