Our only fear was having too much fun
We are city gals. We love to hit the town and make the most of everything great Toronto has to offer. But once in awhile, you just gotta get outta town for a change of scenery. So that’s what we did. We took the Nissan Leaf on an, albeit, short roadtrip for a girls daytrip o’ fun. And we even took a visiting New Yorker along with us to punch the fun up another notch. We quickly got over the quiet engine and the strangeness of driving a car that wasn’t our own (no fear here) and hit the road with careless abandon.
The Leaf offered plenty of room for the three of us, with lots of head space for us to bob up and down to the blaring tunes (adequate sound system and good air condition for summer road tripping). It also nicely fit all our camera equipment, sweaters and road snacks. We decided to head to the Pickering waterfront and have brunch on a co-workers recommendation. We decided to take the more scenic route, skipping the DVP route and potential traffic jam, driving the 34.7 kilometres each way from the Star newsroom at 1 Yonge St. to the Wharf of Pickering and back. It was a comfy trip. No sore bums here.
We discovered a lot of motel rooms and some sketchy scenery along the way. Our guest wasn’t all that impressed by the Kingston Rd. motel strip or the city waterfront. Neither were we. But we would soon find more scenic routes once we got a little further out of the city. We brunched at a lovely restaurant (Port), took some pictures and then decided to make things interesting on our way back.
Serena, the candy fiend, was determined to make a stop a Bulk Barn to see how many pounds of basmati rice, quinoa and hot lips one could fit both inside the Leaf’s trunk
And inside the car
It turns out, a lot.
Determined to make our day of fun even … um … funner. We used the navigation to steer us in the direction of the Scarborough Bluffs for scenic picture taking. The system frustrated us a little bit. As did the GPS woman’s voice who, it turns out, is a bit of a nag. We were also a bit concerned when she didn’t speak for prolonged periods of time. (Was it something we said? Would it kill her to check in with us to see if we were okay?)
But we finally made it and the Bluffs seemed to impress the visiting NYC’er. Score one for Toronto.
Finally, we made our way back to town.
We love to day trip. But there’s no place like home.
-Serena Willoughby and Sabrina Melchiori, Toronto Star digital desk