We’re in our old home territory surrounded by family and friends yet it feels kinda weird. Why? Well we’ve been “tourists” for the past 10 months traveling to and staying in places outside our usual environment. I never went anywhere without my camera and now that we’re back in our “usual environment” I don’t know how to be a tourist…
We’re in a great part of this wonderful province – surrounded by acres of blossoming orchards, local wineries, parks and conservation areas. We witnessed the escarpment “springing” to life. We’re 30 minutes to the world renowned Niagara Falls to the west and 60 minutes to Canada’s largest and beautiful City of Toronto. We have just travelled thousands of miles being a tourist and our “usual environment” is tourist heaven for goodness sake!
The 1st Tim’s Horton’s opened in Hamilton in 1964 – I didn’t know that. We checked out the 1st Starbuck’s in Seattle so why wouldn’t we visit this iconic Canadian coffee shop and museum? We will!
We witnessed the re-enactment of the 1836 final assault on the Alamo in San Antonio, TX. There’s a re-enactment of the 1812 Battle of Stoney Creek on June 6th and 7th – I didn’t know that.
We spent 4 days in Napa touring our favourite California wineries and we’re right smack in the middle of Ontario’s finest wine region! We’re not 30 minutes to my most favourite place Niagara-on-the-Lake with its 35 wineries, 30 restaurants, 25 historical sites, 3 cycling trails and 4 music festivals – and I didn’t know it had all that! We’re 20 minutes from the Niagara Escarpment and Twenty Valley with its 47 wineries, 16 historical sites, 14 restaurants, 8 cycling trails and over 6 conservation areas to explore – and I didn’t know that either!
We hiked to Twin Falls waterfalls in Smithers B.C. and to Takakkaw Falls at Yoho National Park. We are in the area that claims bragging rights to being the waterfall capital of the world with over 125 waterfalls in the vicinity, and, I didn’t know that! We love waterfalls and we’re going to start with Tiffany Falls, Darnley Cascade, Devil’s Punchbowl and Tew’s Falls. Let’s see how many we can cross off the list – we’re up for the challenge!
We absolutely loved the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon and spent hours checking out their exhibits and getting our pics taken in the cockpit of the infamous Spruce Goose. The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum is here and I didn’t know that!
I said I was struggling with being a tourist – and I have to come to the realization that our life is not really about being a tourist – but simply living on and off the road and changing up the scenery whenever we get the urge. But, I’m afraid of missing something!
We’re here for a few months and it looks like we’re going to need each and every day to hike, cycle, see, taste and drink our way through all of this Southern Ontario beauty. I do know that I want to see it all – in person and through the lens of my camera – now!