Canada & USA 1998
'Around the Great Lakes'

Photos © Ruud Leeuw

We flew to Toronto and headed for the Great Lakes. Ever since hearing Gordon Lightfoot play 'The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald' it held a somewhat mystical notion for me. We didn't quite make it around all the lakes, but got a good impression of the country around the large body of water.
Quite a bit of time was dedicated to search for various sorts of aeroplanes, as you will see.

Travelogue Canada 1998
We soon left Toronto, mot much caring for the city and what it had on offer, preferring the countryside. Via Parry Sound we arrived at Killbear Provincial Park, found a place to camp at Dillon Cove just outside the park. Beautiful, we felt much more at ease here.

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Unfortunately there was no place to eat here and cooking on a campfire wasn't allowed because of a drought.
But it was for a child a much nicer place to spend time then in a city or motelroom. We spent time on the waterside and did some hiking in the woods.

 

 

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While staying in a motel near Espanola I found a flyer about flightseeing flights on a DHC-2 Beaver, and grasped the opportunity. We had a similar experience in Alaska but Ada had to stay behind as the plane, a Piper Cub, was too small to fit all three; this time we could all fly and Alexander got the seat next to the pilot.

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We bought this tent in a General Store while en route, it suited us better than teh small one we had.
This campsite was near Sault Ste. Marie ('Soo'), it was a KOA campsite which offered many opportunities for kids, e.g. a swimmingpool, indoor games, a movie in the evening and socalled 'funbikes'.

 

 

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Getting further away from civilisation á la Toronto, the scenery began to improve for me, more rural.

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This photo may already have been taken in the USA. We crossed the border for Oshkosh to attend the air show.

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The Oshkosh EAA AirVenture at at Oshkosh's Wittman Regional Airport in Wisconsin is famous and celebrated.
It lasts about a week and the planes on show vary from home-builts, to vintage warbirds to modern airliners:
the Concorde did tours from here! www.airventure.org

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We also did some plane-spotting at Chicago's O'Hare and Midway airports, each a few hours or so.

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Ada doing a cockpit check! Near Kalamazoo we visited an aviation museum, 'Air Zoo'.

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And another cockpit check!

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The day ended with a peek at Detroit's Willow Run airport, where a freight hub serves the automotive industry.

 

 

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Besides all the planes and plane spotting there was some time remaining for th eusual tourist stuff, such as the Niagara Falls. We did not go for the boat tour (this time) as the weather was foul and we gasped at the crowds.
We did go into the Skylon Tower, but for the low clouds and rain, we rather more enjoyed the food than the view; there was also a games arcade and we went wild driving karts!
 

 

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This photo was obviously taken earlier en route, but it rather suits the ending of this photo report, eh?

Travelogue Canada & USA 1998
Martinair ceased flying passengers in 2011.