The Big Nickel

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chutes provincial park, spooky at night.

Ok so I didn't make it to Sault Ste. Marie, but I did make to the Big nickel.

I had a lot to do this morning, besides packing up and heading out, I had to try and dry off the tent outer as it had rained a lot during the night and I hate rolling it up wet as that forces water through the fibres and that leads to a leaky tent.

I also realised yesterday that the timelapse film I've been making failed to record between the library and the oh-so-long dirt road up to Fairbank provincial park, luckily for me I was heading back to the library to publish yesterday's series of unfortunate events, so I had an opportunity to pick up the filming from the library instead.

Once back on the road I rattled my way back down the dirt track, making dang sure it got filmed this time.

The Big Nickel! (as if this needed a title)
The way I see it is, If I've got to put up with it in real life, it should be captured so someone viewing it can enjoy/empathise/show disinterest in it too.

My car survived the moon crater like landscape of Worthington, and soon I was back on the highway heading for the library in Copper cliffs. Here is where the GPS really excels, taking you back to a place its been before, flawless. If I had enough time to take it to every worthwhile location in Canada I would, because I'd know it could, at the very least, get be back there again. Shame it can't hold up to the riggers of going to a place its never been before. I think its agoraphobic. Or is it angoraphobic?. No that's fear of knitted cardigans.

I checked how long it was going to take to get to the next campsite near Sault Ste Marie.

Ontario's only subterranean post box
It was going to be almost a 5 hour drive, and I hadn't had lunch yet. So slight change of plan: go to the big Nickel, eat lunch and do the tour then head out to Chutes Provincial park in Massey (still following my route along the top of Georgian bay), and hopefully reach Sault Ste. Marie tomorrow.

The Big Nickel (aka Science North's sister location Dynamic Earth) is another wee science centre, this time concentrating on nickel extraction and refinement. Fact of the day: Nickel is not just used in coins and batteries, but makes up a crucial part of stainless steel, so its in heaps of stuff. This I did not know.

At The Big Nickel, I took in a short film on the history of Sudbury (its founder named it after his Wife's home town in England) and then went on the mine tour.

A section of the early 20th Century mine
This was quite intriguing as it took you through the history of mining in the area in three distinct sections. Areas of the mine open to the public were divided into pre 1900's, 20thCentury and Modern mining, with each section replicating the conditions as they would have been. Conclusion: I would not have wanted to be a miner before about 1960.

Back on the road I headed out along highway 17 and snaked my way to Massey, on the way I drooled past Wendy's and Tim Horton's but ploughed on, determined not to spend a penny more while I still had food to use up.

At Chutes the park was operating in 'self registration' mode (as was Fairbanks) so I had to fill out a form and deposit some money in a drop box order to obtain my site for the night. This irks me slightly, because I have to surrender cash rather than using my debit card (which is my consumer weapon of choice, with weekly flyers coming in a close second) and its a little annoying not to give your money to someone when you arrive, it leaves you feeling that you could have camped for free (but luckily for the parks it goes against my principles to cheat them: if you want parks then the money to maintain them has to come from somewhere).

The park itself is really nice, located on the banks of the river aux Sables, it has trails on both sides of the river, with viewing points from which you can see some of the seven sister's rapids (I knew I should have brought my canoe!).

Tip of the day: Do not, under any circumstances, trip up while holding a tub of dirty dishwater. The chances of face planting into said dishwater are surprisingly high. Not that this is what I did necessarily (Andy wrings out his sweater and looks sheepishly around to see if anyone noticed).

Tomorrow: Walk the trails and then head to Sault Ste. Marie

davethree says:
I love the idea of the agoraphobic GPS that only knows how to get you somewhere you have already been. Priceless!.

P.S I saw you faceplant in the dishwater! :~)
Posted on: Jun 14, 2011
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