Join us as we travel North America in our
Holiday Rambler Vacationer, since August 2006
Early morning sunrise but it is cool and windy. Today we are on the road again. First stop is 8:00am at Pettigrew's Garage in Plattsville, for an oil change etc. Once Dale was done with our coach I called Suzie at the farm to bring along the car and we can hook up here.
Todays Journey 157 kms (97.3 miles)
|a nice drive|
Then we head out thru Kitchener to Guelph and fuel up our coach here, its been six weeks since we put any fuel in and was still half full. From Guelph we headed north to Fergus east thru Orangeville then North on the scenic rolling hills of Airport rd to Stayner Ontario. Its been a few years since we have travelled this route and its amazing how the towns and villages have expanded and grown.
|Hockley Valley, Airport Rd|
|Dufferin County Museum|
We are in the area for a wedding on Saturday night, so I thought that It would be nice to camp here for a few nights and see how much things have changed. From about 1954 to 1967 my family had a cottage not far from here and my sister and I had spent pretty well every summer and most weekends here with our grandparents and parents. We got to explore the whole area on our bicycles right from Wasaga Beach to Collingwood. I doesn't seem like 50 years ago but wow how time flies.
We pulled in front of the Cedar Grove Dance Hall (now empty) and made our way thru the bushes to the office. This elderly woman behind a desk piled with papers, can I help you? She has been here at this campground since 1944 and her husband as well since 1954. She managed to get a golf cart and show us around and we choose a site for two nights. The roads are very narrow, trailers old, the campground old, (but new electrical service), and the buildings old, just like I remembered it. I think time stood still here, a very busy and crowded campground. But we found an open sunny site and checked in for two nights. Almost everything was the same, no computers, no credit cards, except for the price!! How does $60. a night grab you? We weren't too happy about that but its only two nights. (Thats six weeks camping on Arizona BLM Land)
Once got set up, we chatted with a neighbour and the husband who has been here since 1954, updating me on interesting information. A walkabout the campground and down to the beautiful sand dunes and sandy beach. Checking out some of the older buildings, and remembering riding thru here as a child on my bicycle. We could of had a site on the beach but the narrow roads, no sewer connection and the very strong cold wind coming off the Georgian bay we decided a sunny site with no wind to be much nicer. And we were able to sit outside and read for a while before supper and enjoy the sites.
Supper tonight was a rotisserie chicken we picked up in Fergus with boiled potatoes and broccoli, then another walk to the beach and an early night after some reading and a bit of tv.
We stopped at the Stayner arena and made lunch trying to decide where to camp. There is not a lot of choices for campgrounds, just two that were here long ago Jelly Bean and Cedar Grove Campgrounds. Both their rates were very expensive (close to Toronto and no competition) and neither one too exciting so we choose Cedar Grove, I had ridden my bicycle thru here many times way back when.
|Cedar Grove Campground|
|Cedar Grove Dance Hall, heyday in the 1960's|
|We were surrounded by Lilac bushes, can you smell them?|
|nice and sunny|
|Campsites on the beach|