Saturday, June 27, 2009

June 4-9 in Ottawa. The four siblings got together to celebrate a milestone. It was great to have this opportunity to spend time together.

Karl took Friday off to spend time with us doing touristy things in Ottawa. We spent the morning in the National Gallery and managed to get another look at the "Voice of Fire"

Parliament Hill was as busy as always. We didn't take time for a tour.

Checking out the wares in the market.

While Karl bicycled from Ottawa to Kingston the rest of us took a boat tour and castle tour in the United States. We had to go through immigration before embarking and after disembarking. It felt a bit odd having to explain to the officer on the wharf that we had just been on a boat tour for the last five hours, since it seemed fairly obvious.

This structure was the play house. A place to put on plays on the island.
Some of the main floor rooms had been finished, but most were still under construction. The castle had never been finished completely due to the death of the woman it was being built for. Over the years it stood vacant and was vandalized.

This is Karl on the actual birthday, two days after biking 180 kilometers. We just hiked up the mountain near their cottage.

Three of the four siblings at a roadside lookout. A good time was had by all.