Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag

We’re in Orillia, home of Gordon Lightfoot and Stephen Leacock. And Samuel de Champlain for a day or two about four hundred years ago.

My birthplace. My hometown. A place I couldn’t wait to leave, but that was a long time ago. I love it all over again. Funny how that works.

Our trip tally was:

5500 kilometres from Powell River to Orillia, which took just over seven and a half days, and cost $355 in gas.

We saw one moose, didn’t get any speeding tickets, and noticed five identical tractor-trailers near the Soo with Taylor Swift’s name on the side, driving by on their way to Winnipeg (I know this because I Googled her itinerary).

I also saw a guy in Kenora wearing a Leafs jacket and a Habs jersey.

Today it’s down to Niagara Falls, which is way off the route, but Luci wants to go, and because I’m such a fantastic husband, I said of course. I yanked her out of Powell River so I could try out my new job in Montreal, so going to Niagara Falls is the least I could do.

I know. I’m a saint.


If this doesn’t excite you, nothing will.

I bought a new duffel bag in Orillia yesterday. It’s more than 50 years old.

How’s your pulse now?




7 thoughts on “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”

  1. It all makes sense now, Dennis – you’ve got some of Stephen Leacock’s blood! I hope that you and Luci enjoy the Falls….

  2. Glad you and Luci made it back to your hometown safe and sound. It’s been an interesting trip for me as a reader as well. Keep it up. As for you a saint….hmmmmm!!!!!

  3. Keep the traveling tales coming Dennis!
    Niagara Falls is on my bucket list.
    When I retire and we RV across this great country of ours, that will be one of many must see and do. Can hardly wait….just a few more years! 🙂

  4. DK & Luci hope you saw some of my brothers at a rally for support while at the Falls. Day 50 & no end in sight yet, holding the line for my nephew & those following him! Enjoyed the travel log as it would take my mind for a short break from the BS that’s going on in this province & now Quebec! Welcome home to the Greedy corperate east. By the the way did Gaston take the fun filled barrel ride over the falls???

  5. Dennis, that bag is just wonderful.

    You can put Gaston in it along with a cinder block and drop him into the water at Niagara Falls.

  6. Hey Dennis, that was my first hockey bag,one just like that.I think my mom bought through the Simpons Sears catalogue when I first started playing the game. Oh ya , of course you are a good husband and a saint, sainthood comes from being such a great Habs fan,of course.

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