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On the way to Sudbury
The drive to Sudbury was scenic, dotted with the lakes for which this area is well known. At least the bits and pieces that I saw were scenic—I drifted in and out of sleep, probably because of the glare bouncing off the road.
We settled into the hotel and then picked up some swim stuff at the nearby Zellers and Canadian Tire. You know you're still in civilization when....
We went for a quick swim. J. liked the small pool, although the whirlpool was a bit too warm for her. *I* really enjoyed sinking into the 100'F water, remembering the onsens of Japan. We alternated between the warm whirlpool and the slightly cooler pool. The swimming pool was around 5 meters long and 3 meters wide, which wasn't much challenge in terms of laps but still provided good exercise if one did those laps while chasing or being chased by someone. Beside the pools was an exercise room with a few pieces of gym equipment: a treadmill, an elliptical traininer, and some weights. I didn't bring my exercise gear, though. At least I remembered my swimsuit this time!
Before heading to dinner, we passed by a toy store that caught our eye. I was sorely tempted to get a paper doll crafting book because the patterns and ideas caught my eye, but I figured that I could get it for less if I ordered it over the Internet. W. picked up two well-constructed wooden puzzles which looked nicely fiendish.
We ate at Swiss Chalet, one of J.'s favorite restaurants. Feeling a little bit guilty about having indulged in so much bacon over the past few weeks, I ordered the garden fresh chicken platter and chose fresh vegetables and a salad as my two sides. (There, Mom, look, I'm eating vegetables voluntarily!). This chicken platter was mostly ignored, though, as I poked and prodded the two puzzles we just bought. (No luck yet.) Only the occasional twangs of responsibility and sense of etiquette reminded me to look up from the puzzle and eat dinner. Fortunately W. and J. were busy with the other puzzle, so I wasn't being antisocial.
Tomorrow—Science North, the reason we made this trip. =) I hope it's as interesting as the brochures make it sound! This is the first time I've made a trip *just* to go to a science centre. Stay tuned.
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