With 10 days to go before leaving on vacation, Tom and I tripped off to Toronto with friends Steve, Cindy, and Eric. Cindy had researched Glen Rouge Park campground, situated in downtown Toronto and had scoped out other attractions in the area – as well as planning a day trip to Niagara Falls.
Our campsites were lush and green, and you would never know that we were camped practically on top of the busy city of Toronto.
After dinner, and a blasting, brief rain shower, we drove to the old Distillery District of Toronto -- home to many of Toronto's hottest designer boutiques, unique cafes, artisan shops, art galleries, performance venues and award-winning restaurants. We enjoyed the walk through the old-town cobblestone streets, and celebrated our arrival in Toronto with drinks at the Mill Street Brewery.
With a view 1,122' straight down, even those not afraid of heights might need a little help. It took me a long time to grow enough courage to walk out on that glass floor, and I only manged by looking straight ahead. When I sneaked a peak down, my head rocked, and I froze; what an amazing feeling. It took Tom a bit longer to edge up to the brink, but once he did he went for the total experience laying down and sprawling on the floor, posing for a picture. I just wish the picture could show the view beneath him.
I also got a proof of Cindy's walk on the glass -- she told me she didn't look down -- but the picture shows otherwise.
The regular tower viewing areas, both inside and outside, gave a tremendous 360 degree peep of Toronto.
When we were down again I took some street-view shots of the tower.
The tower was next to the Toronto Blue Jay's ball park, which had some very impressive artwork on the outside.
Conveniently close for a final stop of the day was the Ripley's Aquarium of Canada. We saw wonderful wet displays walking through the Canadian Waters, Rainbow Reef, Dangerous Lagoon and Planet Jellies.
We reversed our trip taking the subway back to the Kennedy Station, and driving through the awful traffic back to Glen Rouge, where we planned our next day's jaunt to Niagara Falls.
From our group of five, Steve and Eric had never seen the falls, and it had been over 35 years since Cindy had seen them. Tom and I have managed trips throughout the years with several in the past 10 years. However, it is always a new experience and the view never gets old.
Tom and I left on Friday morning, needing to get back for the final count-down preparations for our upcoming vacation. On Tuesday, May 24th, we head West for three weeks. Check back for vacation updates.
We don’t go camping any more . . . we go ‘streamin’ ! The “SIlvermine and His” is our 2016 23' Airstream, and ‘streamin’ is the name we use to describe our adventures. Stream along as we document everything from weekend trips to longer summer excursions and full-blown vacations. You know what they say: if you’re not in an Airstream – you’re just camping!
Tom & Ella Brown