August 08 – 12, 2016:
But, before we get to Bare Oaks, we are stopping for a night so we can take a sunset dinner cruise on Lake Superior in the Thousand Islands area. Yay us!
We didn’t have far to travel Monday the 8th as we were only going about 80 miles to Kingston Ontario to the Rideau Acres Campground. Rideau is a huge campground with hundreds of sites. We picked this campground because we wanted to do a dinner cruise in the Thousand Islands area of Lake Superior. Also, we need to do just an overnight as the distance to our next major stop is too far for us to travel in one day.
So with only 80 miles of travel, about 90 minutes, we left Sandy Mountain around noon and arrived at Rideau Acres and were set up by 2:30pm. We had made reservations a couple of days ago for the dinner cruise at 6pm so we had plenty of time. We were only 20 minutes to the dock with the dinner cruise boat so we left at 5pm. We arrived at the 1000 Islands Cruise dock and had no issues at all with parking. The weather was perfect; clear and temps in the low 80s. It just doesn’t get any better than this for a cruise.
Neither of us had been in the Thousand Islands area before so this dinner cruise was perfect. The cruise had dinner and it also had an entertainer/Cruise guide. We not only had a very nice dinner but we had a great tour of the Thousand Islands. The entertainer would play guitar, sing and, would interject interesting information about the area as we passed through.
|This was very well run and clean cruise boat!|
|This guy was great!|
|Someone has a large set of rubber ducks!|
|Looking over the top of the boat.|
|Their boat is just about as big as their island!|
The cruise lasted a little over 3 hours getting us back just after dark. The cost was just $76 Canadian a piece so it was around $55 each in USD. We really enjoyed this cruise and thought it was a great deal!
So, on Tuesday the 9th, we headed out for the 230 mile trip to the Bare Oaks Campground in East Gwillimbury Ontario.
|We were seen off by this local peacock next to our site.|
Bare Oaks is located just a few miles north of Toronto. Bare Oaks Naturist Club has been around since the 70s under various names and with a short period of also being non-nudist. The campground is a little more on the primitive side than what we are accustomed to by not having site sewer hook-ups and mostly just 30 amps of electric. However, for a short stay it was fine for us.
|Entrance to bare Oaks Naturist Club. We don't have many pictures as this is a nudist park.|
The main reason for our coming here to Bare Oaks was to visit with Greg and Rainy. Greg and Rainy live here in the summer and then spend their winters in South Texas at Natures Resort where we also winter and where we met. Greg and Rainy are not RVers like we are; they are more traditional snow birds. They have a park model style house here at Bare Oaks and one at Natures as well.
This is a summer camping style resort for nudists. We were there during the slower time, during the week and also not during any holiday. So, for us it was a very nice time to see Greg and Rainy at their summer house. They have a very nice large lot, a little slice of paradise here! We were set up very close to their lot so it was really easy to visit back and forth the few days we were there.
Our first evening at Bare Oaks, two other Natures couples were there too! Pete and Beckey and Steve and Paula arrived the day before and were leaving the next day. So on our first evening just after arriving we all got together at Greg and Rainy’s house for dinner, very cool. We had traveled from the east through Canada and they were traveling west through Canada. It was little summer Natures crew get together!
The next evening Greg and Rainy hosted a happy hour at their house for the resort. That was a great way for us to meet a lot of new people and be introduced to Bare Oaks. The people at Bare Oaks are very friendly and welcomed us in; great time!
On our last evening we went out of the park to a favorite BBQ place they frequent, Big Bone BBQ.
|I had the ribs, just fell off of the bone. |
Damn, I'm getting hungry just looking at these again.
This place was just a little hole in the wall type place but had fantastic BBQ. Hole in the wall places are the best! I think we got through just half of our dinners so we had enough for lunch the next day. That was some great BBQ! Thanks Greg and Rainy!
On Friday we said our goodbyes and were on our way south to Buffalo NY, USA.