Up at the crack of dawn … NOT ! We slept in till around 9:30 am. Had our Cinnamon Buns that we bought yesterday at the St Jacobs Farmers Market. Yummmmy.
After eating that, we decided we better get out and do some walking. There were a couple more Geocaches in the area that we could go and see if we could find. The first one was in the Dignity Memorial Grove. It is a peaceful place with a winding little path among the trees.
Oh here is the Geocache, hanging from a tree branch.
Now can you see it better ?
I reach in to remove it from the hanging basket it is in. Then examine the treasures held within and sign the log book.
We finished our walk around the Memorial Grove.
And then struck off in pursuit of another Geocache that was located within the park boundaries. This one was along a pathway through the forest. It was really buggy in amongst the trees, I pulled up my hood in an attempt to keep the bugs away.
It has to be around here somewhere, keep looking.
And I found it. Quickly sign the book and lets get out of here and away from the bugs.
Back at the Motorhome we have a light lunch and then we head out on a bit of a tour of the area.
There is an old covered bridge not too far from here that we want to check out. It is Sunday today, so we saw lots of Mennonites out in their horse and buggies and dressed in their Sunday best, heading to or from church.
We want to get to the St Jacobs Farmers Market nice and early to avoid the worst of the crowds.
St Jacobs Market is only about a 10 minute drive from our base camp here at Laurel Creek Conservation Area. After we got the car parked, we stopped to visit the animals at the market.
Posed at the entrance for a photo op.
And then into the madness that is the St Jacobs Market. Although at this hour the crowds have not arrived yet, but they are on their way. In another hour or so, this place will be packed.
Lots of items for sale outdoors and indoors.
We wandered around for an hour or so checking prices and then we came back to make our purchases. We bought bed sheets for the house and the motorhome. We bought delicious sweets like butter tarts and sticky buns. We bought fruits and vegetables.
We put all of our purchases in the trunk of the car and then we bought tickets for the St Jacobs Horse Drawn Wagon Tours.
The tour today will take us to see a working Mennonite farm. Along the way we passed by these horses out in the field.
We are on our way to visit the Mathew Martin Farm. A very large producer of maple syrup in this area.
We got to learn how maple syrup is collected. The old fashioned way was with taps and buckets, but the modern way now is with plastic hoses running from tree to tree and a pump located back at the sugar shack to suck all of the sap into the boiling room.
At the end of our tour, I bought some maple syrup, this will taste so good on my breakfast pancakes.
We got back to our motorhome just after noon hour and had a nice lunch. Then we went for a walk around the campground. There was a dragon boat team practicing out on the lake.
We walked around by the dam and got some pictures of the water flowing over the edge.
There is a nice little beach.
We decided to try our hand at Geocaching. I have a Geocaching app on my iPhone so we went off in search of the first cache. Geocaching is like a treasure hunt. You follow the clues and the gps coordinates till you find the cache.
This cache is hidden in this old rotted tree stump.
When you find the cache you can open it up, sign the log book and then you can take a little trinket, but only if you put in a trinket. We didn’t have anything with us to trade, so we just signed the book and then re-hid the box for the next geocacher to find.
This is a fun way to get out and explore parts of the campground that you would never explore otherwise. The fun is in the chase and tracking down the hidden box full of goodies. We will try to find some more caches after dinner.
Back at our campsite, there is a squirrel sitting at our picnic table.
I cooked us up some burgers on our Weber Q BBQ and then after dinner we went for another walk and searched for another geocache.
We found it after following the clues and narrowing down the search area with the gps. This one is hidden in a tangle of tree branches.
Karen wanted to try to find one on her own, so off we went in search of the next geocache.
We had fun finding these hidden caches and tomorrow we will go off in search of some more.
To learn more about geocaching, go to the official geocaching website. You can learn more and download the app onto your smart phone. Then you too can get out and find your first cache.
We probably walked a total of 8-10 KM today thanks to the St Jacob’s Market and our geocaching hikes.
Back at the motorhome we had an evening fire and roasted marshmallows.
To see all of our photos from today you can find them on our FLICKR site.
Today is the first day of our 2 month summer vacation.
We will be travelling to various locations around Ontario this summer in our motorhome. Our first destination is the area around St Jacobs Ontario.
We set off from home around 10 am.
Karen is following in the car so that we have a vehicle with us to do some sight seeing. You really need a car with you when you travel like this, otherwise all you see is the campground you are parked in. Unfortunately we do not have the car set up for towing behind the motorhome yet, so Karen has to drive the car.
As you can see in the photos, it is raining as we head to St Jacobs.
This is the route that we took.
We prefer the more scenic, slower back roads when we travel.
What is the hurry, we are on vacation and it is much more relaxing on these roads.
I have to pull over a bit to get past a horse and buggy. You wont see a sight like this out on the 400 or 401.
Driving through the little town of Arthur ON.
We arrive at Laurel Creek Conservation Area where we will be staying for the next 4 days.
Laurel Creek is one of several campgrounds in the Grand River Conservation Authority.
We got checked in at the gate and assigned to our site.
We are in site 62. We got set up and settled in for the evening.
To see all of our photos from today, you can find them on our FLICKR site.