Friday, August 03, 2012

Eerie Ontario!

We found ourselves camped on the shores of Lake Ontario one evening and we were in for a wild ride that night. We do always check the weather, but as you know, the weatherman doesn't know everything. We had a clue when the park ranger came around and gave us all pamphlets telling us bad weather was imminent. We noted the shower house across the road was concrete block construction, so we had a place to go if the going got rough.

Nothing was happening in the early evening and we sat out on the shores of the lake and read until it got dark. Later at about 2:15 a.m. the storm started. We were first awakened by what sounded like fireworks. I thought perhaps it was thunder associated with the lightening we could see across the lake, but it really didn't coincide with that. The thundering got really ominous, but we didn't get a lot of wind. It rained hard and the strange sounds continued. The next morning we found out the sound was created by "hail cannons." It is created by pressurizing oxyacetylene and igniting it in a long tube aimed up into the atmosphere. Although unproven as to its effectiveness, the idea is to disrupt the formation of hail in the atmosphere. The fruit farmers in the area use them to protect their crops. Interesting. The storm never got too bad and we were able to stay in the motorhome without any problem.

On our route from Vermont, we traveled along the "St. Lawrence Sea-Way" which follows the river along the border between the U.S. and Canada. The river was beautiful as we continued on our way. We eventually made it to Niagara Falls and spent a morning visiting the falls. We could not park the motorhome in the regular lot, but we drove over to Goat Island and parked there. We had plenty of room there and it was far better than staying on the mainland. We could walk between the American Falls and the Horseshoe Falls. We have been there before, but did not go to Goat Island. I think you see more there.

We made it back in time to prep for our next trip. We left yesterday and are headed to Charlottesville, Virginia to see the kids! Whoo hoo!

Till next time. . .


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