A nice tour around Science North

I had a very good first part of my trip going to Science North. Although the 3D movie was kind of cheesy it wasn’t unenjoyable, and you get to have some water sprayed on you.

I expected larger exhibits, but I suppose that since there is some construction on half the place some compromises were made. However what was there was interesting, specially the butterfly room where kids are advised not to slap them or grab them if a butterfly lands on them. There’s also a beaver, a porcupine and the skeleton of a whale.

A giant bug crawled over me, I think it’s the second largest bug that has crawled over me but at least this one didn’t wake me up. After watching the exhibits and getting myself locked out for a few minutes I went to have lunch at the very elegant Lakehouse Restaurant that they have there. It has a very nice view of Ramsey Lake and the skating track they made on the frozen surface. I didn’t see how long it was but it was pretty long, at least half a km but probably a lot more. It was also very wide.

I ate copiously, drank some beer, fell asleep while seated a few times and the check wasn’t too bad, about what I would expect in most places. I also tried not to make too much of a mess…

I’d like to do something else before heading to Sault Ste. Marie but might end up just looking for a calm public space where I can take a nap. It’s not vagrancy if you don’t lie down completely. I also need to find a place with power outlets. Right now I’m in a Tim Hortons, but wifi is iffy and I don’t want to overstay my welcome. Still need to recharge the music player and the GPS.

Science North

You can see some of the pictures below or go to the album to see all the pictures!


Being stranded is not so bad after all

Well, the forced stop of my previous post happened to be not so bad. Although it was kind of a bummer what ended up happening was that the company sent another coach to take us all the way to Sudbury, so we didn’t have to wait who knows how many hours for the tire truck to arrive. I used the time wisely by going to the washroom and snapping a couple of photographs.

By the time we got going the clouds had parted and the moon was able to shine brightly over the snowed fields and frozen creeks and rivers of the Georgian Lakeland. The views were wonderful, simply astounding. Being late also meant that dawn broke while we were still on the road, and that was very nice as well.

Finally, during the wait at the Tim Hortons I also got to hang around some farmers and a girl who was probably high on extasis!

Overall I think that was a very good emergency stop.


Stranded in McDougall

The Tim Hortons in McDougall

The Tim Hortons that served as emergency stop in McDougall

Well, so far this trip isn’t going so good. First Greyhound’s disorganization made us leave half an hour late, after keeping us waiting in the cold for one hour.

Then everything seemed to be going fine and we made the normal stop in Parry Sound, when the bus got going again it started to shake. The driver stopped to take a look and then drove again slowly to a rest stop in McDougall.

And now we’re here waiting for a tire truck to arrive from who knows where but I doubt they have one of those every 20km.

At least it’s warm, there’s a washroom nearby and I have a good musical selection in the mp3 player.
So, who knows any good word games?

Going on a trip!

I’m getting ready to leave for my weekend trip to Sudbury and Sault Ste. Marie. It will be a bum breaking trip of 11 hours each way. At least on my way to the Soo I’ll be stoping at Sudbury to visit Science North.

For this trip I will be posting my position and photos, not in really really real time, but as close as possible. Maybe even a video or two, depends on how I do finding wi-fi hotspots and power plugs. So, if you want to track my whereabouts, just go to the Live! section where you’ll find what I’ve been up to. Or you can also keep a look on my Facebook page where, thanks to FriendFeed, there will be regular postings on my activities.

I hope my house won’t have completely flooded by the time I come back, but if it has, oh well! No big loss, except for some magazines in the corner that I need to get rid of anyway.