Wednesday, August 2, 2017

Mosaic Canada 150

I woke up to the sound of my alarm going off at 4am and knew I had to get up. We had paid to park in a parking lot just off of Bank St in Ottawa but our ticket was only good until 4am. I quickly moved the bus about 50ft out onto the the side street and reparked. It's Sunday and parking on the street is free! Soon I was sound asleep again and didn't get up until the sun was high in the sky. It's actually pretty unbelievable that we were able to sleep at all on a city street like this! Anyway, yesterday Michael had noticed a botanical garden back on the Quebec side of the bridge. We decided to pack up and go check it out. It turned out to be Mosaic Canada 150! The admission was free but dogs weren't allowed and it was far too hot to leave the dogs anywhere. We walked around the outside of the exhibit and still got to enjoy most of the artwork. We sat within view of the biggest display and had a snack before taking a trail that went along the water. We were tired by the time we got back to the bus and I'm pretty sure I slept for an hour before finding something to eat. An ice cream truck went by and Michael acting like a typical five year old ran out after the truck and bought himself an ice cream. We had planned to go to the Canadian War Museum to see La Machine one last time but on our way there Michael wasn't feeling well (probably the ice cream) so he went back to the bus and I stayed at a local park where we were to meet Becca. She arrived along with her girlfriend Karrel and we ended up just going to the parliament buildings to see the Northern Lights light show presentation. It was really good! It went through the basic history of Canada and highlighted our unique multicultural society. By the time I arrived back to the bus it was way past bed time but we really didn't want to have to get up at 4 am again to move the bus. We made the last minute decision to leave Ottawa and ended up parking in Arnprior for the night. 

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