Although we have been out of Ottawa for several weeks now, spending 2+ weeks in Campbellford with my folks putting finishing details in the van, and then bouncing around from sibling to sibling - first visiting my brother Evan and his lovely lady Erin in Toronto, then on to Braden's brother Colby's place in Guelph - we are finally on the open road; finally doing it, already! Last night was our first stealth operation, lakeside in Kincardine. Lake Huron stretched towards us from the far away shores of Michigan on the other side, bringing with it a cold breeze that reminded us of being on the ocean. The sky bled purples, pinks and oranges as the sun dipped below the horizon, too beautiful and fleeting to capture with our DSLR. Although we tried, justice simply could not be done.
More beautiful than the sunset and the icy blue waters of the mighty Huron are the people of Kincardine. Since we arrived no less than five people stopped to chat; about our van, about the weather, about the local news (sadly, a man who had gone missing almost a week ago was found washed up on the shores of the lake not an hour after we had arrived). The gem of Kincardine, by far, is a woman named Candace who we met at the local blinds store while shopping for some window coverings for our van. Enthused by the idea of our travels - with plans of her own to live like a nomad in a sailboat after she retires - she insisted that we take, for free, two window blinds, mounts, screws and all. She took down our names and website, promising to follow our adventures (she's already started following us on instagram! @ProjectEleutheria), and looked up places for us to stay incognito along the way on boondockerswelcome.com. We are so grateful to have met this amazing woman, and are astonished at the warm kindness displayed by the people of Kincardine. We will be exceedingly lucky if the people we meet along the way are even half as wonderful as Candace and her fellow Kincardinites. This episode leaves me begging the question: Is it the case that the smaller the town, the bigger the hearts? More research has yet to be done.