Lenny had briefly lived in North Carolina and recalled he knew the whereabouts of a fine place to search. We decided to head out. Over the next couple of days we gathered rudiments of camping gear. This meant we had to visit some friends and borrow. I had a tent and light weight sleeping bag but no other gear. Lenny was hard pressed to come up with much more than a back pack. We managed to scrounge up a camp stove, several cooking utensils, a cooler and camp ax. We told all our friends, we were headed to North Carolina in search of a waterfall. Good wishes would accompany us. Finally, with all our stuff loaded into my open pickup truck we boarded the ferry to leave Martha’s Vineyard. On our boat ride, I asked, “Have you ever been to the Canadian Rockies?” Lenny had not. “Let’s go there then,” Lenny agreed. We changed our plans midway to the mainland.
Since we had a three week window for travel, we decided that we should both take turns driving and try to drive straight there That way, we would have substantial time to search for our goal. I took the first shift and drove as far as Montreal. Lenny took the next shift around 3 AM. I tried to get some rest. It seemed Lenny had never driven on broad highways and was most uncomfortable going above 45 MPH. The whole of his driving experience was on Martha’s Vineyard where no speed is posted above that limit. Since his driving was making me uncomfortable, I was not able to get rest. We pulled over at a rest stop and got our needed sleep. After a couple of hours rest, mosquitoes having a blood feast for breakfast awoke me. We pressed on, with me taking all the driving.
It seemed we would be hard pressed to make it all the way to the Canadian Rockies, but we decided to make a game effort. By that afternoon, I managed to get past Sudbury Ontario and pulled into a parking lot near a market and tourist information booth. I got into the back and took a nap. Lenny explored around and when I awoke, he announced we were right at the gateway to Manitoulin Island where a large Native Pow Wow was occurring. We headed there. That night we stayed in a campground on the biggest island standing in fresh water in the world. We were quite far from North Carolina and the Canadian Rockies.