BAYFIELD'S PIONEER PARK OVERLOOKS THE REMAINS OF AN OLD LAKE HURON SHIPWRECK IN THE BACKGROUND
Woke up to a cold gray morning with the thermometer dipping below the freezing mark. Didn't take long for my mood to match the weather & I knew the early stages of 'cabin fever' were beginning to inch their way into my mind.
EVEN THE DAFFODILS WERE TOO COLD TO OPEN TODAY
Took the 2 big furry guys out for a short hike & could tell they weren't really into walking this morning. An icy wind coming in off the lake turned us around & headed us back home.
BOATS AWAIT WARMER WEEK-ENDS ALONG THE BAYFIELD RIVER
Threw the camera bag & a couple cameras in my little blue mini-van, cranked up the heat & a few radio tunes. Rolled out of our park about 8:45 a.m. with no particular place to go. The heavy dark cloud patterns looked like a winter's sky laden with snow & there was no hint of sun anywhere. Picked up a few back roads & headed east across the dull & overcast landscape. I don't even think the birds were flying this morning.
BAYFIELD'S TWIN PIERS TO THE RIGHT
By 10 a.m. I had reached the outskirts of my old home town of Tavistock, Ontario. Last time I was down around that way was two years ago on a sunny summer afternoon on my motorcycle. There is a Tim Horton's in Tavy & it was time for my second coffee of the day anyway so I slipped into town & through the drive-thru. Parking lot was full.
Don't know about anybody else but for me it's always a strange kind of feeling going back to 'the old home town.' So many memories everywhere & so many emotions connected with those memories. It's rarely ever a happy time for me when I drive around the streets past what used to be the elementary school or down to the old baseball park. Probably a third of the kids I grew up with are gone now. My imagination can still see them though on their bicycles, in what's left of the old schoolyard, on the street corners, & hanging out at all the old favorite places. I can see their faces & I can hear their voices. And I can remember the good times. And I can remember the bad times.
PONTOON DOCKS STACKED ON THE BEACH AWAITING THEIR SUMMER SPOTS ALONG THE BAYFIELD RIVER'S EDGE
Stopped at a cemetery to visit some old friends & family members. More memories, more emotions.
I never stay long in the old home town anymore. A passing nod to a house here, a smile at a street corner there, & then it is time to leave & let the heavy doors of time slowly close behind me until someday I pass this way again.............. Someday.
WOODEN STEPS LEADING FROM BAYFIELD'S PIONEER PARK TO THE BEACH & PIERS BELOW
It was a quiet meandering drive back to Bayfield with my mind in reflective thought. Snow flakes were in the air & I saw a few brief sun splashes far off on the western horizon. It was one month ago today we left Borrego Springs California on the first leg of our journey home. It seems like a hundred years ago....................
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Very early one morning two birds are sitting at the side of a large puddle of oil. They see a worm on the other side. So ... the one flies over and the other one swims through the oil. Which one gets to the worm first................... The one who swam, of course, because "Da oily boid gets da woim."
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The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.