Let's go back to Saturday after we were finished our two night stay exploring downtown Ottawa.
We had visited with my Mom and she took us out for lunch to a nice Indian restaurant and Ruth and I enjoyed curry for lunch. When we find a restaurant that has good food at reasonable prices we have no problem telling you about it! For lunch in the west end of Ottawa, go to Mia's Indian Cuisine!
Made it back to Ruth's father's place in Galetta and stayed up late watching the Red Sox vs Detroit Tigers game for the American League Divisional Series baseball.
Sunday was pretty much a day of rest. I drove down to the west end of Ottawa to pick up our son Alex and bring him back up to his grandpa's place for the night. We stayed up late watching the baseball game again. Huge Red Sox comeback in the 8th inning. Go Red Sox!
Monday morning, Ruth's dad came with me to drop the little blue car at the storage place. I've got a prepaid season of indoor storage, so we decided to use it. The little blue car has been very good to us and although we don't know for sure when we'll be using it again, we decided to keep it instead of selling it. It will be raring to go whenever we decide to use it again!
It was Thanksgiving Monday here in Canada and Ruth had invited my mother and sisters and nephew up for dinner. But first, Alex and I had some work to do. Ruth's dad heats his house mostly with wood in the winter, and winter is coming! So he had a couple of loads of wood dropped off in the driveway and it needed to be stacked.
Our son Alex, and Kevin...stacking the firewood.
Everyone arrived for dinner, and Ruth and her sister Lesley made a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings. Deeelicious. We were stuffed just like the turkey had been!
Big gathering for Thanksgiving feast!
Tuesday was our travel day. We love travels days! Ruth and I spent most of the morning getting things sorted and packed. Even though we aren't bringing very much, it was difficult deciding just what to bring. We are going from here to New York City, to Africa, back to New York City and then directly to Cancun, Mexico. And we want to travel light, but we'll be having some extremes of climate so it's tough to know what to take with us.
It's a difficult lifestyle in this regard because we end up with our "stuff" spread all over the place. We have things in my sister's basement, in Ruth's father's basement, in our motorhome in Mexico, and in our "cabin" at Sturgeon Lake where we worked this past summer. And we're hoping to leave some things with whoever we stay with in New York City so we can retrieve them when we return in the spring.
All packed up, and off to the Ottawa airport with lots of time to spare for our 1:25pm flight to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Our flight route from Ottawa to Halifax.
There are three major carriers that fly within Canada. Air Canada, Westjet, and Porter. I had never flown with Porter before, but they had a great sale on last July and I paid $157 each for our one way flights between Ottawa and Halifax. Considering most of that is taxes, it was a great price and we never did see it get any cheaper.
Very happy with Porter Airlines. It was a small Bombardier turbo prop plane that seated around 72 people. The flight was about an hour and a half and the two stewardesses did a great job looking after us. Porter still serves beer and wine included in the price of your flight!
Headed for Halifax!
The plane was full!
Enjoyed roasted almonds with my glass of Steamwhistle beer. Ruth had a glass of wine that she said was very nice. Glad to see an airline that hasn't forgotten about what makes a customer happy!
We had a nice view of Montreal.
Nova Scotia below us!
Arriving in Halifax.
Our daughter Lindsey was there to pick us up. She brought our granddaughter Sadie who we hadn't met yet. Sadie was only born on August 29th, so it was great to finally meet this new addition to the family. We had an hour drive to get to her place from the airport where son in law Justin and grandson Cameron were there to meet us. So good to see them all again as it has been about a year since the last time. Of course we'll have lots of family pics for you over the coming two weeks or so.
Lindsey and Justin's house is in a beautiful spot overlooking a valley and farmland.
Our view out Lindsey's backyard this morning.