Yesterday, I made the trip from Ottawa up to Pembroke to capture some measurements I didn’t get the last time I was there. The whole family (including my sister and her daughters) came for a trip to the Bonnechere Caves, which was a pretty cool cave system, guided by a theatrical and informative local boy, called Liam. Then, we stopped off at East Side Marios, on the site of the Pembroke yard, for dinner. While the others were waiting for dessert, my sister and I went out to measure the gradients of Pembroke Street, as well as the gross dimensions of the post office (city hall) and Griffith Bros (Anthonys) buildings.
It was raining, and with others waiting on us, we couldn’t take too long. I had a four foot level to help with the gradients, and two tape measures, one a hundred feet long and the other 25 feet. I think the last time I was in Pembroke, I was too chicken to actually measure anything. This time, I am older and more sensible. So there I was, in the rain, kneeling on the sidewalk with the level and a tape measure. A cook came out of Anthony’s while we were measuring it, but they didn’t even question us, and all the people going into the council meeting at City Hall, simply stepped over our tape measure. It must be a regular occurence.
Finally, on the way out of town, we stopped at the old wye, south of the Muskrat, to collect some dirt. There we found the old loading ramp, where, according to Del Rosamond, tanks used to load on their way out of CFB Petawawa. This will not be represented on the layout at all.