Winnie the Pooh

Posted by martin.parnell |

One more long day of driving ahead until I reach Sudbury and the home of my daughter Kristina, and her family. The weather the last two days has been beautiful. Clear skies and the temperatures up in the high twenties. I started out at 6.00am. Soon the darkness faded and the sun sent its rays dancing across the horizon. The scenery had changed from Prairie to Great Lakes, from fields upon fields of crops to jutting rocks and expanses of trees. This is the start of the “Colours” in Northern Ontario. The trees make up a patch work of reds, oranges, yellows and golds.

For 6 hours the highway took me around the north shore of Lake Superior through Terrace Bay, Marathon and onto White River. I knew I was going to stop in this town and as soon as I saw the bear up a tree with a honey pot I pulled over. Winnie the Pooh had been based on a bear that had been purchased from a hunter for $20 by Canadian Lieutenant Harry Colebourn while on route to England during the First World War.

A.A.Milne gave Winnie many wonderful quotes. One of my favourites is: “If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together. There is something you must always remember. You are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.”

My next stop was Sault St. Marie to see my son Kyle. We hadn’t chatted in a while so it was great to catch up. The last time we hung out together was in 2010 when he did one of the marathons with me along the waterways of the Sault.

I arrived at Kristina’s in time for a wonderful meal of fried potatoes, corn and steak tenderloin wrapped in bacon. Sorry McDonalds, not tonight.

comments powered by Disqus