here comes the....wedding!
Well it's here! After a year of being engaged the big moment has arrived. FOREVER. Cameron and I planned our wedding for July 13, 2019 up in Deer Isle. Of course, being the (now camping) Camera Couple, we had to do a destination wedding filled with a gorgeous two-week road trip. The plan was to leave from North Carolina, head up to Niagara Falls and go through Canada back down into Maine. After the wedding we planned our honeymoon for Nova Scotia! Passports get ready!!
On July 4th, we headed out. Conveniently, it was the 4 year anniversary of when we met. It made the trip that much more special knowing we were heading across the East Coast to get married exactly 4 years from when Cameron wowed me by singing at a 4th of July party.
The first stop was Ohio. It was going to be a long shot to make it to the Canadian border in one day pulling the trailer. After about 9 hours of driving we found a State Park in Ohio that we reserved for a short one night stay. The state park was called Mosquito Lake State Park. There aren't any pictures from this night, mostly because you can image what any campground called Mosquito Lake is like. However, it served it's purpose for a quick one night sleepover!
The next morning we got up early, explored the lake for a little and headed to Canada! We had about 3 hours from Ohio to the border, so we got an early start in hopes that we could explore the Falls! Like most of our plans, it became a comical joke that didn't pan out like we had hoped. This time it was due to some unhappy border patrol officers that thwarted our timing. When we crossed into Canada we attempted to follow the signs for RV inspection. Again, we ATTEMPTED. However the very unhelpful border patrol girl hardly gave directions, and when we pulled into the check point, we were very confused about where we were. It didn't look like a border checkpoint but rather a very fancy hotel. Not to mention all the signs turned to French and really made it challenging (even with my 6 years of practice in high school.) After getting yelled at for cutting all the buses and being told "WHAT MAKES YOU THINK YOU COULD DO THAT?," we shut the truck off and just sat in a puddle of our sweat until further instruction. Once they checked our passports and realized we weren't trying to cause trouble cutting the line instead were just confused Americans, they let us on our way. We headed to the falls only to realize we made a MASSIVE mistake trying to get down busy roads in the middle of the day with a trailer. Plans thwarted we decided to skip the falls and just head to the campground. We traveled about a half hour from the border to our campsite in Ontario called Dressels Jordan Valley Campground. It was off the beaten path and very cute!
After we parked and set up our chairs we realized we were missing one thing. BEER. We didn't pack any because with our luck, we figured they would snatch it up at the border. It didn't seem like we made any friends there, so it was probably for the best. We decided to venture back out and get some beer so we could relax before checking out the falls. The only problem was we had no service, which meant no maps. It was a very good game of guessing which included driving around in circles until we saw a store that looked promising. We found a beer den not too far up the road and got some classic Canadian beer and headed back to the campsite. We cracked our beers and enjoyed the beautiful weather all while getting to watch a free show! A neighbor camper showed up while we were out and was attempting to back his pop up into the spot behind us. It took him one, two, three, about 6 tries to really perfect it while his wife loudly pointed out his terrible park job. Cameron and I had about 30 minutes of entertainment.
We decided to hit the falls in the evening in hopes that it would be less crowded than during the middle of the day. I don't think it was however parking just a truck was much easier than parking both a truck and a trailer. We hit the falls at dusk and it was perfect! The shots were amazing and it was an unbelievable sight to see. Pictures really don't do it justice because they can't describe how forceful and massive it actually is. Next time, we definitely want to do the Maid of the Mist! With very satisfied views, we headed back to the campground to drink more beer and get ready for Montreal!
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