Sunday, July 25, 2010

Hiking and Christmas in July

A highlight from yesterday was meeting Canadiens Rick and Marie
They have been here about a week and are from the Sudbury area which is a little north of here.  They have been RVing for years.  They took a 3 month trip last year west to Vancouver and then east from Washington over to North Dakota and back home.  They will be going to Fort Meyers, Florida this winter for 5 months and are seriously considering full-timing.

We talked for a while and they had a few questions.  When people talk about full-timing, I always refer them to and have them read about Howard and Linda's story.  Howard has done a fabulous job with lots of information for those that are considering full-timing.  We found (and continue to find) it to be a wealth of useful information.

Earlier, Pam, Kelly and I spent some time on the Fitness Trail that winds through Parry Sound.  It was overcast but a very pleasant afternoon for a hike.  We started out not far from the marina.
Not sure what kind of berries these were but they are very common here.
This bridge was built in 1915 and is way up there.  We took the foot bridge not far from it.
Down near the marina and harbor there were some more flowers and markers along the way.
The trail went along the bay and near the Stockey Centre and the Bobby Orr Museum.
It was a nice hike and we may continue the trail at the point we turned around on another day.

Back at the campground we got ready for the big 'Christmas in July' happenings.  I pulled out the lights from our storage in the basement.  With Kelly's help those got hung.
She added the stringers and bows to the front.

Then we waited for Santa.  About 7:30 PM he came out of the woods shouting 'Ho Ho Ho' and led the dog parade through the campground.  It was a great turnout!
A little later, I spotted him on the wagon with a lot of folks who joined him for a ride around the campground.

There were more campers who joined in the fun and also put out decorations.

As I was walking around taking pictures, I stopped and took one of Dean and Donna's campsite.  They decorated their rig and ATV which added to the atmosphere.  
It was a fun day ~ thanks for joining us today on the Roadrunner Chronicles!  Hope you are having a great weekend.


  1. I'm sure it was a lot of fun but the idea of Christmas in July makes me cringe just a bit - thanks for posting the photos!

  2. That's how I like my a warm climate! Hopefully we will be celebrating the December Christmas in places you don't have to shovel anything!! Your pictures were great..and thanks for the link to Rick and Marie..I intend to check that out!!

  3. Christmas in July...neat idea! I'm sure you all had fun having Christmas twice in one year!!
    Nice hike with great pics!!

    Mike & Gerri (happytrails)

  4. Looks like all the kiddos had a blast... and the grownups too!~ Loved the doggie parade too. Gotta get the dogs in act, of course.

    Karen and Steve
    (Our Blog) RVing: Small House... BIG Backyard