GEARED UP FOR SUMMER & READY TO RUMBLE
In Canada we commonly refer to this as the May 24th week-end & it is the traditional kick-off to summer. It's a big celebratory week-end with folks pouring out of the cities & heading for cottage country & the beaches like here in Bayfield, Grand Bend, & Goderich. Many boats will be going back into the water after a long winter in storage. Cottages will be opened & aired out. Stores, shops, art galleries, eateries, & cafe's will be open for another busy summer. Lots of parties & fireworks going on. The teenagers will flock to Grand Bend about 20 minutes down the coast from us & the police presence there will be tripled & quadrupled for the week-end. A lot of the rowdy teenagers who used to hang out in 'the Bend' back in the 60's have since grown up & are now retired in Bayfield........ including me.
'GRAND BEND BEACH'....PROBABLY A COUPLE OF THOSE WILD TEENAGERS FROM THE 60's.....REMEMBERING WHEN:))
Unlike the tourists who flock to Bayfield we remain hidden in our little pine forest about a 5 minute drive from the heart of the village. Traffic will be chaotic & the small local grocery market will be shoulder to shoulder with people picking up everything from bags of ice to an endless supply of wieners, charcoal, & suntan lotion. We learned years ago to make sure we have all our groceries or anything we need before the week-end tourist gang rolls in & especially on the long week-ends.
ALONG BAYFIELD'S COLORFUL & PICTURESQUE MAIN STREET
It is a perfect week-end to stay home because the roads & highways can be heavy with people racing to & from their cottages. Camp grounds & Provincial Parks will be jammed packed full & will basically stay that way right up to the Labor Day week-end in September. The only times we would ever go to the Provincial Parks anymore around here is either before the May 24th week-end or after the Labor Day week-end. The Pinery Provincial Park which is a half hour south of us is totally beautiful in Spring & Fall when the hordes of people are not there.
ANOTHER BAYFIELD SUNSET
Noticed on Facebook that MOTTY & PATTI are now in the Bryce Canyon, Cannonville, & Kodachrome Basin area of Utah. (you might want to read their post about returning to their rig after 3 weeks to find a very much most nauseating stench) The places Motty & Patti are visiting right now bring back a lot of memories for us. Utah is one of my most favorite States simply because of it's beauty. That whole southwest area of the United States is like no other. I have picked out 3 separate blogs & photo albums of our memorable times in & around Cannonville Utah. Check out...............WILLIS CREEK SLOT CANYON...SLOT CANYON PHOTOS
MAX CROSSES THE SHALLOW CREEK IN WILLIS CANYON
LOOKING BACK & DOWN INTO BRYCE CANYON WHERE WE HAD JUST HIKED THROUGH THE 'QUEENS GARDEN' FAR BELOW
NOVEMBER 15TH, 2007 - VIEW FROM ATOP GROSVENOR'S ARCH AFTER A HEFTY CLIMB FROM THE VALLEY FLOOR BELOW....I FIRST CLIMBED THIS IN 1992
GROANER'S CORNER:(( "Grannie, do all fairy tales begin with, 'Once Upon A Time?" "No darling. There is a whole series of Fairy Tales that begin with, "If Elected I Promise'."
Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
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The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...... AL.