June 1, 2014
It was Canada Day when we woke up at Mile "0" Campground. We visited a great museum with many well-preserved historic buildings. The buildings housed oodles of interesting artifacts. One of my favorite articles was a trunk that had been on the Mayflower. Had to visit Canada to see that, haha!
It was an excellent display, and we all really enjoyed learning history from another nation's perspective.
Before leaving town, we took another pit stop at the visitor center to pick up a couple goodies. And since it was Canada Day, they also served us up some delicious homemade cake, Canadian flags, and pins. It was really fun being in Canada for their national holiday.
We headed off to what may be the most swanky McD's ever--automatic door, vaulted ceiling, full glass walls, beautiful seating, and a see-through fireplace. We made quite an entrance as the boys contrasted this to Wasilla McD's where we are known to pick up a fair amount of 50-cent cones.
Anyway, we decided to buy McFlurries all around. I told the boys they could choose between Oreo and Rolo as I didn't know what Smarties were. Finally, I was curious enough to ask a cashier, "What are Smarties?"
She looked at me like my head had just spun around three times before replying, "Serious?" She incredulously tried to explain to me what they are. By this time, five employees were gathered around, vexed with this strange family circus of almost all males who didn't know what Smarties are.
I began to catch on to her description and said, "Oh--like M&Ms?"
"YES!!!" she said with much approval and relief. I explained we are Americans, and then the light really went on--as all the employees (there were six now) tipped their heads back and yelled "Ohhhh!!!!" in unison.
Canada is funny that way. In most ways it's so similar to the U.S. but then there will be something to remind us we're in a foreign country...like....Smarties...or other unfamiliar brands or packaging. Everything is on the metric system of course, and so I take a little longer to determine distance or volume. And Canadian signage is just plain awesome.
On the road that day, we were happy to get a few miles under our belts. And let's face it--a journey isn't a journey until you've had your picture taken with a giant beaver.