We drove the 10 kms (6 miles) or so into Arnprior and went for a walk around the riverfront. The Madawaska River flows into the Ottawa River, and the town of Arnprior (pop 8,100) is built at those rivers. We walked down to where they had built a wall to hold the water when they release too much from the hydro dam upstream.
When I took the above picture, I had put my sunglasses on my head on top of my baseball hat. You can see how calm the water is, and I leaned over the wall to see if I could see any fish. And as my sunglasses fell off my head, I was able to watch them fall into the water!
See my sunglasses?
You can see my sunglasses, plain as day. But the wall I am leaning over is a good 6 feet above the water level, and the water is at least 6 feet deep here. So my sunglasses are at least 12 feet away! And you can't go for a swim in this area because it's right near the wall that the water is flowing over so quickly.
But, easy come, easy go. Funny enough, these sunglasses were ones that I found on a hiking trail in Nova Scotia last year around this time!
Where the Madawaska River meets the Ottawa river.
Arnprior has a nice beach on the Ottawa River.
And a fancy church. In Mexico, the doors would be wide open for anybody wanting to go in. Not so in Canada, even on a Sunday. Probably worried somebody might steal something!
So we go to buy me some more sunglasses. You can see from the pictures above that this was a sunglasses kind of day! On the main drag, there's a Giant Tiger discount store, and a Shoppers Drug Mart. We go in the Shoppers and I'm looking at their sunglasses that range in price from $14 to $24. And they're junk, at least compared to my Ray-Bans. One of the pairs I picked up to try on had a slight bend in the frame, so I tried to bend it back. They snapped in two! Junk! It was too funny. I ended up buying a pair for $10 at the Giant Tiger.
A few people were wondering how we download TV shows from the internet. I use the free version of the www.vuze.com player to watch and download the files, and I usually use www.kat.ph to find the files we want to watch. Yes, you have to be careful to only download files that are "checked", and there's a bit of a learning curve involved. But we've been using this system for over 3 years without a problem and we do not run any antivirus protection on our computers. It depends on your internet connection, but for larger files like movies we usually start the download when we go to bed and leave it running all night. Sometimes it takes an hour to download a movie, and sometimes it takes all night.
Looks like we could break the 7,000 mark today!