71d. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

We walked to a small coffee shop in Baddeck for breakfast.  We packed and drove the 1/2 mile to the Alexander Graham Bell National Historic Site. They had different level activity books based on the child’s age.  The tasks included testing out a rotary telephone, drawing, and, for Ella, attempting to block the path (Ella’s … More 71d. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

71c. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

We drove onto the Cabot Trail the next day; from Truro to Cheticamp.  We stayed at Laurie’s Inn just on the edge of Cape Breton Highlands National Park. Ella’s fever persisted, so we went to bed early. The next morning, we ate at the hotel’s buffet and drove the 15 minutes to the park’s entrance. … More 71c. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

71b. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

Ella threw up in the middle of the night; a sick kid on only the second night of the trip.  She seemed better by morning and we went to the Green Gables Heritage Site just after it opened. We toured the house and walked through the haunted woods trail.  The tee box for a golf … More 71b. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

71a. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

We started packing for our move to Colorado.  Kris put the stuff in boxes while I played with the kids.  The baby (we were liking the name Theodore/Teddy) was kicking like crazy. We had postponed our trip to the Maritimes twice.  This was our last chance before we left Montreal.  I finished up a draft … More 71a. Montreal, QC to Cape Breton, NS; July 15 – July 22, 2017

70e. Montreal, QC to Washington, DC; June 28 – July 5, 2017

And like that, Kris and I awoke and we had been married seven years.  We said “Happy Anniversary” to each other and got ready to leave Pete and Char’s for a 14-hour drive. We said our goodbyes to the whole family and loaded into the van for the long haul. We stopped every two hours … More 70e. Montreal, QC to Washington, DC; June 28 – July 5, 2017

70d. Montreal, QC to Washington, DC; June 28 – July 5, 2017

Ella and I woke up early to eat Cinnamon Toast Crunch and ignore Uncle Pete as he got ready for work. Pete left and we started to get ready for Manassas.  We wanted to be there by the 8:30 opening.  I went downstairs for the other kids.  And Anna’s eye was swollen shut. We adjusted … More 70d. Montreal, QC to Washington, DC; June 28 – July 5, 2017