from ottawa

I arrived in Ottawa last night after two long days of driving, countless tailgaters, 5 cups of gas station coffee, roadside standing yoga that earned me a few concerned double-takes, two motel stays with way too many pillows for my own good and several glasses of wine consumed from paper cups. Christopher Lloyd (my Jetta) is now home to a fair amount of road grit, stow away cheesies and cookie crumbs hiding beneath the drivers seat. I think the new car smell is finally gone. 

Amidst all this, there have been drawings! 

 view from St. Paul's Roastery in Thunder Bay

view from St. Paul's Roastery in Thunder Bay

 colouring in my sketch from the polar bear exhibit and deciding on photo placement. 

colouring in my sketch from the polar bear exhibit and deciding on photo placement. 

 it rained all day when i left Thunder Bay, but held off for about an hour, so i parked at a scenic lookout and made a quick sketch. 

it rained all day when i left Thunder Bay, but held off for about an hour, so i parked at a scenic lookout and made a quick sketch. 

 conveniently located picnic table near the arena in Verner. made a few marks before the wind picked up and it was time to press on. 

conveniently located picnic table near the arena in Verner. made a few marks before the wind picked up and it was time to press on. 

 quick car sketching in Mattawa. 

quick car sketching in Mattawa. 

 shield rocks and low cloud

shield rocks and low cloud

 awesome sunset over a lake

awesome sunset over a lake

 the road disappearing over a hill and reappearing

the road disappearing over a hill and reappearing

 a sharp turn ahead walled in by the autumnal canopy

a sharp turn ahead walled in by the autumnal canopy

I am not sure if these drawings are finished yet. The trip isn't over so I still have time to peek at them and add things.

One more day in Ottawa and then I head to Toronto. The roaming continues...