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David Ing, at large … Sometimes, my mind wanders

2009/05/04 Waterloo, the Grand River and Elora Gorge

Leaving Tennessee, Jennifer and I were on different flights to Chicago, but met up at the connection for the same final leg to Toronto.  Jennifer had crossed the Atlantic from the UK not only to visit with G.A., but also to stop by Waterloo to plan the ISSS 2010 meeting.  With Allenna, visited the Wilfred Laurier University campus.  It’s a compact site, as viewed from the residence across the street.

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Since the university tour only took to midafternoon, I suggested that we do some sightseeing.  The Grand River by the Elora Mill Inn is scenic.  We drove south over the bridge from the centre of the village to oversee the mill.

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We walked a little farther west on the south bank for a better look of the dam.

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Looking east, there’s some traditional-looking buildings on the north side, and the Metcalfe Streeet bridge.

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Viewing the gorge itself requires driving back north over the bridge, and west to Victoria Park.  There’s a long set of stairs down to the level of the water.  The stairs curve, so only part of the route is visible from the top.

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Stepping down, the stairs straighten out along a rock wall.

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Jennifer and Allenna exercised caution on the way down.

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Southwest of this landing is a fork in the river, with the dam beyond.  This branch is Irvine River.

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Jennifer and Allenna posed for a portrait with a classic Canadian background.

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Looking downstream northwest, we could see the Irvine River bridge at David Street.

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The stairs back up seem less dangerous, and provide a good workout.

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We drove back over to the Elora Mill Inn, which gives a view of the Grand River Gorge.

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Back to Toronto, we weighed the variety of restaurants available.  We decided on Peruvian food at the Boulevard Cafe, in the Annex.

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Diana doesn’t get out to dinner as often as I do with my travels, so having both of us with white tablecloths is a change.

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Having  Jennifer come for a visit presents us with more opportunities to enjoy the city and region where we live.

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