Monday, July 09, 2007

July 9, 2007 (Toronto to Ottawa)

We got up and ate breakfast in the cafeteria. They provide a very nice breakfast bar which is included in the price of the hotel room. There was fresh fruit, eggs prepared in various ways, bacon, sausage, pancakes or French toast, cereal, yogurt, whole apples, oranges or bananas, muffins, croissants, juices, and even my morning diet coke. All in all, much better than a continental breakfast. It was 10:15 as we were leaving the cafeteria. Since they quit serving breakfast at 10;30, all of a sudden the students were swarming in – sleeping as late as they could without missing the food!
Before leaving Toronto, we went to the reference library and took a few pictures. We thought it impressive, but nothing over our own Salt Lake City library. We expected an old building, instead we found a modern one. Then we went to an old church centered in a graveyard. There was a funeral being held inside, but the seats were out of sight from the open front door which revealed the beautiful stained glass windows at the front of the chapel. We drove around the old cemetery and saw some wonderful headstones and nooks and crannies.

It was then on to Port Perry and Scugog Lake where Candleman has some ancestor’s. He was trying to locate their headstones. We first drove to Scugog Island to visit the museum. Then drove around the island looking for a cemetery. We found one, but it was an Indian cemetery with only a few headstones. There was one larger monument with all the names they knew of. Candleman followed one clue after another. Each clue provided an important piece to the puzzle; and each led to the next. As Candleman narrowed the area, we stopped at a farm house to ask for help. The sweet lady who answered the door told us that her property was the original Scoville homestead and pointed us around back to the cemetery. Candleman was able to locate the headstone of both Rebecca and Stephen Scoville. It was very thrilling.

The Scugog Island is a little quiet community, but there is a casino up north on the reservation. Both its big parking lots were packed.

After our success finding the cemetery we went back to Port Perry, a beautiful little town. The storefronts are all fixed up so lovely and quaint. We ate a delicious early supper at the Court Jester’s, a restaurant recommended by someone from the blogging community. I’m sorry to say I can’t remember who because I would really like to thank them for the great recommendation.

We hadn’t expected to be in that area for so many hours, so we didn’t get on our way to Ottawa until nearly 5:00. The scenery was beautiful but the speed limit was only 60 mph. I thought I’d go crazy at first, but soon I settled down. We arrived in Ottawa about 9:00. The chintzy hotel wants to charge us $11 a day for internet connection.

1 comment:

Lotus Reads said...

So glad Candleman located the headstones of his ancestors!