Montreal to Ottawa; Feb 3-5, 2017, Day 2

Feb 4: Ottawa

We awoke, ate the hotel breakfast, and trudged to the van to see the Canadian Children’s Museum across the river in Gatineau, Quebec.  The museum has a passport program where the kids go to each country and stamp their passport.  Z & A ran from passport station to station, collecting stamps.

They controlled the barge hoist, made tortillas, jumped on the Thai bus, and ran through an authentic looking plastic Egyptian pyramid.  After a couple of hours, and with almost full passports, Kris and I took them to the larger Museum of Canadian History (the Children’s Museum is inside the Museum of History).

We learned about the First Nations’ tribes through totem poles, tools, and artwork.  Kris tried to get a picture of Parliament Hill from Gatineau, but the single digit weather kept us inside. We took a quick trip through the National Philatelic Exhibit on our way out.

We drove back to the hotel.  Kris and E rested while I took the big kids swimming. They paid me for each back ride across the pool; one complete head dunk for the five-year-old and one nose and mouth in the water for the four-year-old.

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3′ 10″ is scary when you’re 3′ 6″ tall.

Back in the room, we put on our winter gear to see the ice sculpture progress.  The park was packed.  The kids didn’t get to play on the ice castle, and E yelled for the full 20 minutes we waited in line to see the sculptures.

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The train sculpture is coming along nicely; even if E can’t see it.

We returned to the hotel.  More Tim Horton’s; soup, sandwiches, and doughnuts.  And another early night.

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About Jimmy

The stories herein are about a sentimental 80s child who cried at every showing of ET (the sad part where he was lying in the wash) and his families, then and now. His wife, son, parents, and siblings play their parts well. They have their exits and their entrances. Sometimes their exits are sad, but not as sad as ET.
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One Response to Montreal to Ottawa; Feb 3-5, 2017, Day 2

  1. Dianna says:

    So nice to see a post from you! I’ve missed your posts. Glad all is well with your family!

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