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IN THE TINY TOWN OF ROSSPORT
WHO KNOWS WHO OWNS THE SIGNAL??
As much as we didn't want to leave our little boondocking site on Lake Helen, it was time to move on.
The mist was rising up off of the lake and was absolutely amazing. Here are a couple photos
And here is a youtube clip I shot as we were driving down highway 11 heading towards Queens highway 17.
Oh my! We saw our first moose!
Well he wasn't alive anymore but we did see him...
We drove back down towards Nipigon we're there was some road construction taking place. The so far is the only road construction we have really run into. We did remark yesterday how amazingly smooth and wonderful all the roads of been up here compared to what we have back in Wisconsin. Its been very easy gliding down these roads, settled back in our comfortable chairs, with the big huge windshield showing the world moving by. Its almost like sitting in a movie theater! Seriously, the traveling has been very pleasant and smooth.
We made our way to Rainbow Falls Provincial Park. There wasn't anybody at the gate house but there were self registration posts and envelopes. We unhooked the tracker and drove around through the campground noting any sites that we really liked. We noticed only one other camper in the entire campground. We did drive by a worker who was cleaning out fire pits. As we made our way back to the gate house and started filling out the envelope, the worker drove up to us in a pickup truck. He stated that he thinks the park is closing today, but he want sure. He will go call his boss to check, so we better not register yet. I was just minutes away from sliding the envelope with our cash into the paypost at the registration station. $41.25 to be exact!
The worker came back a few minutes later in said yes indeed the park was closing at 2 p.m. that day. But he did say the other section of the park which is a few miles back up the road and close to the water is open yet. Its called Rainbow Falls Rossport Campground. So we only had to backtrack a couple miles and found some other beautiful campsites.
Within minutes after our registering for our new site, the people that were in that other campsite at the closing campground also pulled in. They said they had paid for the night and the worker told them to come here and their envelope would still be good, even though was in the post at the other campground.
Oh well, we will make due and not complain because it's nice having electric on these very cold nights. We have been running a little electric heater when we are in a campground, saving on our own propane. It's also very nice to have our electric mattress pad heaters on to warm up the bed.
We walked around the campground, which is pretty small with only about 30 camp sites. Maybe 15 of them have electric. It is pleasantly situated right on the water of Schreiber Channel that leads out into Lake Superior. Some of the campsites right along the water are so picturesque.... but taken. We walked down among the tenting non electric sites and the very last one is absolutely perfect with a remote beach area in a very private setting.
We made a nice lunch and relaxed in our lounge chairs out in the sunshine. It was so nice to have a normal day without rain. Trailers started pulling in, selecting sites, and setting up in the afternoon. We met a couple from Manitoba, another couple from Duluth, and a couple from Rhinelander Wisconsin.
It was so comfortable and peacefully quiet, that we decided to lay down for awhile and take a little afternoon Siesta. There was a slight breeze and warming sunshine and everything was very relaxing. We are really getting into this "vacation mode thing".
We loaded the laptop and my cell phone into the Tracker and off we went. This little town is so tiny there are no stores or gas stations or hotels. Just one bed and breakfast and one little restaurant and a tiny Museum that is in a railroad caboose (which sadly was closed).
We drove slowly up in down the two streets in that make up the entire little town. Yes, at the top of a hill next to a boat, in a gravel parking lot I found a open Wi-Fi signal! I was able to load up all three of my blogs and arrange the photos on each one. It was a very slow signal and tedious going... but at least it was working. By the time I reached the third blog I ran out of time to arrange the photos because my laptop battery was dying. Please excuse me if the blog before this just has a pile of pictures in one spot. That is how they get loaded up before I move them around within the text.
Steve patiently waited for me in the driver seat while I frantically worked in the passenger seat. The black flies kept coming in our open windows and biting us. They were very pesty. Back at the campground we noticed them too, but we said up our Thermocell mosquito repellent unit. It also chases away the black flies, especially those little gnats too.
We headed back to the campground to get some supper going. Since we have electricity tonight I decided to make some barbecue ribs in my GoWise electric pressure cooker. We popped some baked white potatoes in the oven and had a dish of tiny grape tomatoes and mini cucumbers as our vegetable. My oh my we sure eat good when we camp.
We decided to have a campfire for the evening, even though the winds have picked up a bit off of the lake. We invited a few of the other people we had met to come over and enjoy the campfire. Steve started up his pellet campfire called Flame Genie. It burns compressed hardwood pellets and we avoid having to haul bug infested firewood from province to province or state to state or county to county. Steve wanted one of these for a long time and I found it for him on Amazon. It was drop shipped from the company but was cheaper to buy it on Amazon than it was on the website from the company itself. Plus, I got free shipping!
Here is a You Tube link I made for the evening:
As the fire died down it was time to head into bed. The Flame Genie cools off quickly and all you have to do is knock out a little bit of ashes from the bottom and it is ready to be stored back in it's compartment underneath the motorhome.
The temperatures only got down into the low 50's overnight, not as low as we thought it was going to get.