I love planning trips. Something about poring over maps, checking destinations on the internet, and leafing through travel brochures excites me. I get to forget about my job, cleaning the house, and whatever else I'm doing for a little while, and I get transported to places all over the world.
In early 2002, the time to choose a summer vacation destination rolled around. Crystal and I thought about going to the Ozarks in Arkansas, the Outer Banks in North Carolina, and the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia. Then we thought about Niagara Falls. We both love waterfalls. We both wanted to leave the country. I started poring over maps, travel brochures, and internet articles. We decided to make a big loop through Ontario: Niagara Falls, Toronto, and the Bruce Peninsula.