What does a guy do when it’s -8°C/18°F outside early in March?
Well, if he’s babysitting and is coming down with cabin fever, he takes the grands for a ride in the car. Besides, it was sunny and actually warm in the car, and I am getting desperate to get a wee dram of rays.
So, here’s our trip of about 3/4 hour duration with a few photos taken while stopped in the middle of the road (we have some quiets roads around here), some through the windshield.
He's sick. Can you tell? Coughing like crazy and nose constantly running. Nevertheless, he's been in a pretty good mood.
This is what it looks like a on a rural round here these days. There is snow cover but not much. We tend to keep our snow for the duration because it's cold, not so much because we get a ton of it although that has also been known to happen..
The Mississippi River (not the big one) winds its way throughout the region. It's still ice covered (in the distance) where the water runs more slowly. Where it runs rapidly (by this bridge), the river doesn't freeze over.
We turned around at Temples Sugar Camp. Some sap is running, and this restaurant will open every day through March and April. Hopefully we'll get there soon and likely more than once. I asked Nikki Dee if she remembered being here for Amma's birthday last year, but she didn't seem to. However, for the next few minutes of the drive she would point out this and that and ask if I remembered it. For the sake of peace I nodded my head a lot and pretended that I did. She can be so flippin cute.
Temples is located in a little hamlet Called Ferguson's Falls as is this log house. There are many such houses in the rural parts of the Ottawa Valley.
I decided to take a less-travelled route back home, but there was ice on the road. It soon got worse, so I turned around. The cargo was too precious to take a chance.
Our town hall (left) from an unusual view (for us). It also sits beside our Unmighty Mississippi River, which you can see a bit of just beyond the snow in the foreground. It's also unfrozen in this rapid section.