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Niagara Falls

Since we were homeless for a few days while Edelweiss was in the shop getting a new windshield, we headed up to Canada to see the “pretty” side of Niagara Falls and to explore Toronto.

The falls were awesome and crowded as usual. The kids were not impressed :-/

We still had phone service at this point.

From there we pushed on to Toronto, but it was a little further than we expected. The switch to metric was to be expected but did a number on our brains in calculating distances. Our phones stopped working about 20 km in. There goes our GPS! So we pretended it was 1990 and followed road signs.

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Delaware

After passing through Maryland we arrived in Delaware; a new sticker to add to our state map. We ended up leaving a day late because the night before we were planning on leaving we noticed the brakes on our Saturn acting funny. We were able to take it in to a shop in Woodbridge and after many hours they fixed the brakes, a hydraulic leak and a tire that was beginning to bulge. By that time we would hit DC traffic if we tried to head out. DC traffic is not fun. So we opted to stay another night.

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Prince William National Forest

Moving slightly further north in Virginia we found a place to stay near my relatives in Springfield. This is the beginning of the Memorial Weekend, which for the north signifies the start of camping season, made for a little difficulty securing a reservation. But we were able to get the last full hookup site in Prince William Forest for a lot less money than the Cherry Hill Park in Maryland.

We’ve been dealing with some minor annoyances with our toad lately that hopefully a tune up will fix. It has been impossible to find a reputable mechanic that could check her out on short notice without keeping her over the weekend. But we were able to get an appointment for first thing Friday morning with my cousin’s mechanic in Springfield so hopefully everything will be taken care of.

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Florida Still Has a Hold On Us

We’re in this “off the highway” little RV park, a quarter mile from the mechanic, called Casey Jones RV Park. There are mainly year-rounders here, but there is a large center section of grass with full hookups intended for transients like us. And really, it’s just us. Another fifth wheel pulled in when we did, but they’ve left already.

This is what the off-season looks like.

The people here are super nice, even if there isn’t much to do. It does allow for focused school days and work days. And attempted fixing of general maintenance items – aka leaks.

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Slight Detour to Florida

We made a quickie (or so we thought) detour back down to Florida for our oldest to take his Driver’s Permit test. I picked a podunk town just over the border that I hoped wouldn’t have too long of a wait. In Florida┬áthere are DMV offices and then there are Tax Collector offices that perform some DMV services. This was the latter.

Florida requires quite a few hoops to jump through for taking the test. First you need to take a course (FLVS offered this course for free) which is advertised at $40. Then you need the certificate from the course, birth certificate (or passport), social security card, both parents present, 2 proofs of residence (for a kid this is nearly impossible but we did have a bank account statement that had just arrived) or 1 proof of residence and an affidavit from parents that he lives where he lives. Then he gets his picture taken, does the eye exam, signs in blood…just kidding, but he did have to sign electronically. Now he gets to take the first test, the road sign test. You need to get 15 out of 20 correct to pass. And then he takes the road rules test, again 15 out of 20 to pass.

HE PASSED!