Before heading home from Great Grandma and Grandpa's, we stopped by the "family" sugar bush. I've never been to a real live maple sugar bush before so I found it really interesting although it wasn't a boiling day and things were quiet.
Great Grandma tried to get me to drink the sap straight from the bucket but I didn't have the nerve. I did catch a few drops on my finger to taste and was really surprised. It tastes just like watered down maple syrup! My mom laughed when I told her that, but for some reason I was really expecting something more tree sappy. Elizabeth seemed to like the sap too...
We didn't end up leaving Waterloo until quarter past four, but we were able to bypass the Toronto rush hour by taking the 407 all the way to the end past cows and the pinkest subdivision I've ever seen.
Brendan says that everytime he spoke to me Elizabeth was crying but I kept her well-supplied with potato puff chips. I did regret allowing her to play with her drum as it thumped, glowed and jingled nearly continuously, but it was a major factor in managing to drive straight until the first service centre past Toronto. Elizabeth had her first fast-food restaurant experience (chili at Wendy's) for supper and then I bundled her back into the car. She soon fell asleep so we drove from Port Hope all the way to Ottawa without a stop!
So the secret to travelling involves chips and driving at night. Too bad I really hate driving at night - my nerves were jangling every time we passed a jumping deer sign.