Saturday, July 23, 2011


We entered Canada about 10am on Friday. The customs inspection went smoothly. No unreasonable delays, no food confiscations. By noon we were in St. Jacobs "camped" in the city park along the river. Carol & I took a walk around town being sure to stop in the Stone Crock Bakery. Free wi-fi and great apple strudel.
That night we treated ourselves to dinner out; a rare event in our travels. Bakeries, yes, but rarely restaurants. We are at Jacks Family Restaurant; an excellent choice. Jack's also had free wi-fi; a real benefit when traveling in Canada. The VZ roaming charges can kill you.

On Saturday we were at the St. Jacobs Market Place by about 8am. The place was already crowded. It's billed as Canada's largest year-round farmers market.  Carol & I always enjoy these markets, you get to see so many different, and interesting, things peculiar to the region.
We had the most amazing apple fritters ever. You start with a whole apple then core, peel it, then slice it into about 1/4" think pieces that now resemble a donut. Dip the apple "donut" into a batter. I suspect pancake batter would work well. Fry in hot oil then roll in a mixture of cinnamon & sugar. This entire process takes place while you're watching your order being made fresh.  Now that's an apple fritter!!
Because of the heat, we decided to continue on to Michigan  and the comfort of a campground with electricity(A/C). We passed through US customs at Port Huron. About a 20 minute wait. Nothing confiscated. They were looking for citrus of any kind and mangos.
We're at the Lakeport State Park just north of Lakeport,MI on Lake Huron. No water view but neither did we expect one. In fact, pulling in on a Saturday afternoon, we were glad there was an empty site. There were two. This is a real family campground. Two to three kids and a dog or two per site. :-) Our campsite is one of the main walking streets in the campground; great for people watching. Until it started to thunder, Carol & I were sitting at the picnic table, playing Rummicube and watching the people parade.

I bought the annual state park entry pass for $29. The regular out-of-state entry fee is $8. On our last trips to MI, we rarely actually camped in the SP's but would use them as a source of water & a dump station.
The weather is supposed to start cooling off some; starting Monday.

About an hour ago we had a huge rainstorm. Some of the camping areas are very low. This couple near us pitched their tent in a very low area. Everything they own is spread out to dry.
On the other hand, the kids are having a ball. Riding their bikes through the puddles, using tarps as a slip-&-slide, zipping around on skim boards, chasing after the dogs, on & on. I suspect they think the is a lot more fun then the tenters.

1 comment:

Jim and Gayle said...

Those apple fritters sound wonderful. By the way, I made your "apple stuff" with apples, pears, Craisins and blueberries. Really good, especially with vanilla frozen yogurt!