Several homecooked meals were enjoyed over this span, with the highlight being a delectable Apple and Pork Soup crafted from ripe and partially bruised Gala from The Apple Factory.
The sleepy polar bear's suggestion of Mango Sticky Rice and a stroll through Port Credit resulted in a haggard response that was part lukewarm and part excited. The dessert sounded enticing, yet constraining; Clarkson's newest dessert house would be operating on a Thanksgiving schedule between 12 - 5 PM. Port Credit wasn't exactly close either, nor accessible given the ongoing construction works for the Hurontario LRT.
Ultimately, I was unable to reach my desired milestone before 5 PM. However, I proposed a brisk walk through Rattray Marsh instead.
We terminated the trek before reaching Jack Darling Memorial Park, for I was less than keen to navigate back in complete darkness. Along the way, we spotted lanterns lifting into the sky, resembling fireflies in the far distance.
Within the same plaza was Gotcha, where I dashed for the bathroom. It offered indoor plumbing with passable cleanliness and a noteworthy Wave to Open accessibility function. While I had initially intended on maximizing their BOGO Milk Tea offer, the queue moved atrociously slow. We retreated back to the car, but not before another establishment caught my eye.
Immediately, I spotted my sole item of interest: Mini Churros.
Without a moment's hesitation, I relayed my request to the cashier, as if I had devised the plan from the getgo.
I returned home around the 8:30 PM mark, once the sleepy polar bear had obtained a supper fix of Mix Tornado/Volcano (Chicken and Beef) Shawarma from Karas Charcoal Shawarma after much indecisiveness.
At the stop of a somewhat steep asphalt path was a residential access and possibly the most compact of parks. Edgeware Park was not to be overlooked, however, for out of the corner of my eye was a staircase. Railings crafted from wood but steps metal, I descended down to lay eyes on the most stunning display of fall foliage in the GTA.
A similar wood-metal grate staircase resided on the opposite end of the bridge. It led to a residential zone, at which point I turned around with the objective of concluding the lunch walk.
Resorting to technology, I was informed that I was navigating away from the parking lot. Rapidly turning right on to the next path, I was met a familiar four-way intersection within minutes of needing to leave. Phew.
I managed to endure the remainder of the day, rewarding my resilience with the unlikely choice of Matcha Brown Sugar Milk Tea with Pearls from CoCo.
When the first day proved unsuccessful due to technological hiccups (Why bother with a machine and barcode scanner when pen and paper have functioned fine all these years?! At the very least, have these helpers be trained on Excel!), McDonald's saved the day.