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10 Aug, 2018

Silent Lake 2018: last post!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

It’s been a busy week! The highlights: I got to fly on a vintage WWII bomber and Mark and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a little staycation. I want to share one last post about this summer’s camping trip to Silent Lake. (You can read part one and two first if you like.) […]

07 Aug, 2018

A peek inside a B-25 bomber!

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: Ottawa|travel talk

I have soooo much to write about this week but so little time. (1) I have some camping stories to finish telling (2) it’s Mark and my 20th anniversary! (3) I was a passenger on a B-25 Mitchell bomber (!) and lived to tell the tale. Today I am going with #3 and the others […]

02 Aug, 2018

Silent Lake 2018 part 2: a leisurely Friday

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

Yesterday I wrote about our introduction to walk-in campsites at Silent Lake Provincial Park and our trial-by-fire (or should I say, trial-by-thunderstorm?) arrival. After the deluge we went for a walk down to the beach and were greeted by a rainbow. I took this as a good sign. We ran into another mother-daughter duo who […]

Our campground of choice this year was Silent Lake Provincial Park. This was actually our fourth time visiting Silent Lake. Mark and I went there in the fall of 2005 and we returned as a family in the summer of 2006. We also went the winter and stayed in a yurt (which was totally amazing). […]

09 Oct, 2017

Is Lester B. Pearson Peace Park worth visiting? Well…

Posted by: andrea tomkins In: travel talk

I’ve been driving up and down Highway 7 on a regular basis for many years. My mother lives down that way, in a small blink-and-you’ll-miss it kind of town. I’ve been in Ottawa since the mid-90s so I’ve gotten to know this stretch of road quite well over the years. It’s a quietly scenic drive […]


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  • andrea tomkins: I'm happy to have the one tent! This particular site wasn't big enough to accommodate two tents, even two smaller ones. The view at this site was love
  • Splake: One big tent or two small? Hm? 2 small is better, me thinks. Views?
  • a peek inside the fishbowl » Blog Archive Silent Lake 2018: last post! - a peek inside the fishbowl: […] been a busy week! The highlights: I got to fly on a vintage WWII bomber and Mark and I celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary with a little
  • Bloodless: The park definitely is super-fun. I agree about the asphalt pathways - which is why we definitely wear our water shoes. The Vortex is an interesting
  • andrea tomkins: It was REALLY special. The more I think about it, the more grateful I am to have had this experience. re: the volume. Everyone was given headphones
  • Brien Marshall: Thanks for sharing that - what a way to get a visceral sense of how those airmen must have felt, minus the extra fear of not knowing if this would be
  • Ginger: And now I read part two and followed your link back to hiking with fly paper attached to your hat... Maybe camping in Canada isn't so different tha

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