Did a quick trip this weekend to Canada for my husband's aunt & uncle's surprise 60th birthday party. We hadn't seen them since our wedding 5 years ago, and they're just north of Toronto - don't know why we hadn't visited sooner (been in Rochester - 3.5 hours away - for almost 3 years now). For those in the area - no we did not take the new fast ferry. Although the trip might have been easier on Pumpkin (2.5 instead of 3.5 hours and ability to walk around, play, watch a movie), the cost was a little more than we wanted to pay. Might take it sometime...
Anyway, we left at about 8am on Sunday, I sat in the back with Pumpkin and read to him and watched for interesting stuff out the window (construction equipment, animals...). So the first 1.75 hours were good. Then we stopped for a 1/2 hour - good, then drove for another 1.5 hours - and Pumpkin screamed for much of the last 1/2 hour. Stopped for lunch - only time I've ever been happy for a long line - Pumpkin got to run around for about 20 minutes before eating. then he passed out in 5 min after getting on the road. Had a good time at the party - at a farm about 1.5 hours north of Toronto. Pumpkin got to run around a lot, see horses, cows and chickens, play in the sand and on an antique fire truck. Stayed at a B&B (Avalon Clearview - very good!!) and took our time back home. Stopped at Niagra Falls - first time for Pumpkin. He didn't seem too impressed - did try to throw stuff over the edge though (found a hair band on the ground and successfully threw it over, but wasn't too happy when I wouldn't hand him his sippy cup or try to pick up the hair band...). Just too hot to stay too long and we had a good drive back to Rochester.
Here's a picture of Pumpkin in the pool in CT on our last trip.