What a great day... we spent the whole day with my mom enjoying some of the special sights and sounds of Orillia, a town just a bit north of where my family lives. We started our outing shortly after lunch with a trip to Gambridge, which gave Sophie the opportunity to see the locks in action as boats travelled down the Trent-Severn waterway. We were lucky enough to be watching from right where one of the boats was tethered in the lock, and in true "Sophie fashion" my little red-head started engaging the boaters in conversation from the minute she could see them. After a great conversation about life aboard a cabin cruiser, we were off for our own boat ride with a 2 1/2 hour cruise of Lake Couchiching aboard the Island Princess. Beautiful scenery, lots of interesting stories from the captain, and great company. After disembarking we enjoyed a lovely dinner aboard the Ossawippi Express (a restaurant housed aboard a now-retired train) then finished the day with ice cream and a walking tour of the marina. A true "vacation day"... lots of sightseeing, relaxing and special events - what a treat!