Friday, July 28, 2006

Home Again, Part II

As promised, here is the continuation of pictures from our trip to the Great White North! :)

On July 1 - Canada Day - we set out from the Browns with Jake, Sarah, Mary, and Ben to celebrate the nation's birthday with the Stannuses in the capital city, Ottawa. (We wore the most politically neutral colors possible! :D)
The crowds on Parliament Hill were IMMENSE.
Here, Sarah shows her patriotic spirit. ;)
I have to admit - it WAS cool to watch the RCMP (what we could see of them - the closest we got was five rows of people back).
This is Parliament from the river side.
That night, we went down to the bank of the Ottawa River and watched the fireworks - which were magnificent over the water! This is a picture of Pont Alexandra, all lit up.

On the fourth of July, we actually got to set off fireworks in the backyard!! That was really neat. :) They were followed by a campfire and s'mores.

The following day, we played the part of tourists - exploring (a very small) part of Ottawa on foot.
The church of Notre Dame in Ottawa...

The Alexandra Bridge by daylight...

To be continued! :)

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Home Again

Well, dear friends, we arrived back home from the land of Oz (after all, anything outside of Kansas would qualify for being Oz, wouldn't it?? :)) Monday evening. We had a very lovely three-and-a-half weeks up in Canada. Here are a few photos from the vacation...

June 22... stranded in Chicago! Our flight was cancelled quite unexpectedly because of weather, and we were forced to spend the night in Chicago.

Not to be left in the doldrums, we made the most of our situation and visited the Sears Tower! :) It is the tallest building in North America and among the very tallest in the whole world. The view was quite something and we caught a brilliant sunset from the Observatory on the 103rd floor.

Once we had arrived safely in Ottawa, one of the first things we did was go sailing on Saturday, the 24th. It was GORGEOUS and so much fun!! :)
Here Rose mans the rudder...

On Sunday, we went home with the Browns after Mass. They gave us a warm welcome and we settled in.

We went on walks through their beautiful property...

...stopping at the various waterfalls...
...and explored the maple taps.

There were volleyball games...
...a visit to a local museum...
...a visit to The Beer Store...
...a canoe trip...
...card games...
...lots of good food...
...and a campfire to finish off the week.

More in the next post!! :)

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Pink Lake

We went, on Sunday afternoon, for a hike around Pink Lake... it is called Pink Lake after the man who previously owned it, not as an indication of its natural hue. :) It was very pretty and a nice hike (except for all the ups and downs - there were lots of stairs!). Fortunately, the July weather in the Great White North allows for outdoor excursions such as this one. Meanwhile, most of those who did not go on the hike went sailing and had an adventurous time (by the sounds of it). :)

Here is a picture of Pink Lake. Pretty, eh? ;)

Monday, July 10, 2006

in Montreal

We went to Montreal for the day on Friday. It was a VERY tiring but VERY nice day. :) We're now safely back in Ottawa and enjoying our time here. Here's a picture from Friday, of Mom, Rose and I at St. Joseph's Shrine, and I'm on my way to bed! :D