July 12, 2015


We've just finished our second annual staycation.  For one week starting on Canada Day, July 1st, we camped in our backyard and explored Eastern Ontario and Quebec on day outings.  Our staycation includes camping in the backyard.  We pop up our camper trailer in the backyard, get our fire pit going, clean up our small pool, and lay out a nice country table cloth over the picnic table.  Here's the activities that we did during the days.

Day 1:  The first day it poured rain until the late afternoon, but that was okay as this was our camp set-up day.  We made up the beds, set-up the laptop to play dvd's, planted flowers at the front door and I kept hoping it would stop raining in time for fireworks.  And it did.  We ate a spaghetti dinner outside at the picnic table and also got the camp fire going for hot-dogs later.  The smoke from the campfire helped keep the mosquitoes away.

We did several fireworks and sparklers and then we went to bed in the camper.  We brought the cat and the dog in right before bed and they slept nicely all night.

Day 2: We rented a pontoon boat for the day on the Rideau canal.  It was a beautiful sunny day.  We brought our fishing gear and did a lot of fishing.  Just for fun, we didn't keep any fish.  We also went for lunch at Chaffey's lock.

Day 3:  We had booked a morning of zip lining at Camp Fortune.  So the four of us did the kids course.  It was super fun.  At first it was a bit intimidating with all the safety rules of how to use the carabeeners, the pulley's and harness and gloves.  But after we got through the first obstacles we were all pros.  My 8 year old son was able to go through without any problems.  We'll definitely do this activity again this year.  It wasn't too far of a drive either, just past the Ottawa/Quebec border in Gatineau Park.  Then we stopped at the Chelsea Pub for lunch.

Day 4:  We were invited to a bbq at a neighbors for lunch then I took the kids swimming at an outdoor swimming pool.

Day 5:  We drove down to the Gananoque area and visited Upper Canada Village.  I love all the pioneer houses and vegetable gardens.  The kids got to milk a cow and pet little piglets.