>..I stayed at the BEST place in Wawa. If you ever happen to be driving along Highway 17 and need a place to stay… STOP at the Northern Lights Motel & Breakfast!! I was told about this place by a co-worker.. and if I needed a place to stop along the way, in Wawa.. to stay here. I wasn’t disapointed!
The owners before getting into the motel buisness were comedy writers… the room was FILLED with ‘funny’ things… and posters/sticky notes… helpful hints… (quite fun!)… and there was EVEN a PIRATE DUCKY… (apparently they knew that I was a pirate and made sure I had that in my room!)
Here are some of the funny signs/extra helpful things… to make my stay more comfortable!!!
..Pirate Ducky.. complete with a ‘ducky’ nest!!! (that’s some mad skills!)
A little bit of ‘reading’ material on the back of the bathroom door…
(the sign at the top said, “Hey there you look bored…How about a little Wawa Trivia!?”
This was a sign on the chair… “If you would like your room filled with mosquitoes, Please use this chair to prop open your door!” And nothings spells welcome like HI written with TOOTH PICKS!! 😉
Then the next morning, after a crazy sleep listening to ‘big trucks’ whizz by on the highway, and rain fall on the roof… I got up for my ‘free’ breakfast… and the options were ENDLESS… muffins, bagels, toast, cereal, oatmeal, hard boiled eggs, juice, milk, tea, coffee… fruit… SO GOOD!! 🙂
Plus the ‘breakfast’ room… was pretty snazzy as well!!… here are some of the photos of that!!
SEE all those “WONDERFUL” choices!?
It’s no wonder that this place won the Travelor’s Choice award for 2010!!
(if you want to stay.. you really should make a reservation!)
Milo and I both HIGHLY recommend it!!!
My first stop the day was just down the road… I had to go see the Goose…
(but also found this little gem.. sitting in front of the visitor centre!)
The rain had stopped…but there was tons of mist/fog on the lake… so I didn’t stop long… The last time I was in Wawa, looking at this goose… I thought it was the BIGGEST thing EVER…but well I suppose my 12 year old brain remembers things a bit differently than looking at it as a 30 year old gal!!! (it wasn’t so big!!) But still kind of cool to visit… apparently Wawa has a “goose retirement fund” going on… I think this is to ‘replace’ the current goose…But I’m not 100% sure!
I think the best part of my drive was from Wawa to the Sault Ste. Marie… the VIEWS rocked, and having mist and fog over the hills and trees… was awesome… I didn’t take many photos today.. partly because I just wanted to get to Haliburton…
(I was tired…and as much as I loved Milo.. I was SO READY to not be sitting in him!)
I did stop at “Katherine’s Cove”..partly because of the name of this place.. (being my mum’s name and all I thought I should stop and walked down to the water…
(I think on the way home… if it’s hot I’ll swim here!)
This family was from Quebec… (didn’t talk to them..but that was the only van in the parking lot.. with Quebec plates…so they must be from there!)
The path to the parking lot…
Back in the car… and apparently I had to PEE really badly again… so stopped at the “Pancake something Park”…. (the nice summer youth staff working let me quickly park and pee… without paying anything!!) And this was the view of the lake from just outside the outhouse!
The rest of the day was pretty un-eventful… I stopped in Sault Ste. Marie, at a timmies for some chili lunch… and then again for some hot chocolate in Esponla… Talking to the young teenage boy at the counter.. he thought I was a ‘rock’ star for driving from Winnipeg all the way there.. in like 36hours.. because in his words… “dude, that’s a long, long, long, ways away…” I just smiled and said, “uh huh… it sure is!”…
I was going to stop at the “big nickel” in Sudbury.. but well to be honest.. I didn’t know where it was.. and I think I by-passed the city on the highway.. and didn’t want to get off and ask for directions.. and well I really wanted to get OUT of the CAR and STOP driving… on the way back.. I will remedy this.. and there will be photos of the “big nickel”…
I was VERY excited when I saw this sign….
See that ‘haze’ in the photo… it was SO MUGGY/HUMID…
I had issues with my Milos’ windows for a part of the drive, you see…
Milo was all COOL like inside.. and well outside was so hot… my inside windows started having MAJOR condensation… SO I figured out the problem.. and well made it warmer inside the car.. to match the outside temps!!
Finally at 8:36pm I arrived at my mum’s house… and well was greeted by my mum.. and a SWARM of mozzies… 🙂
Stats on the Trip
Departure: Wawa, Ontario 9:03am (EST)
Arrival: Haliburton, Ontario 8:37pm(EST)
Total Hours on the Road: 11 hours 34mins
KMs: (today): 867.9km
KMs: (total) 2, 041.7km
Mother duck and her babies
I was pretty excited to be at my mum’s… even though she doesn’t have internet AND my cell signal is spotty.. sometimes I get it and sometimes I don’t!!! (it’s nice to be out of range… sometimes.. that is!)