Thursday, May 03, 2012




Managed to get Wednesday night’s blog published early so took myself for a drive down around the Bayfield harbor around sunset. Tonight’s photos are from Wednesday night.

Rolling thunder boomers out over the lake this morning ushered in a rainy start to the day. Pheebs & I had to get the bird feeders out between showers. No sign of the Raccoon this morning so hopefully yesterday mornings scare will have him going elsewhere from now on.
Waited around this morning to see if Passport Canada would phone back but they didn't.  No idea what's up but when it comes to Passport issues it is not something to take lightly or shluff off.  As Canadians, we are on thin ice every time we skate back & forth across that border.  We know RV'ers who were turned back at the border for whatever reasons & their RV days were over right there & then.  Sandra & Gordon come to mind from near Ottawa.  With bureaucracy being the way it is, a small mistake, a misunderstanding, or an oversight can have dire consequences for travelers hoping to travel Stateside.  And, it has increased meaning for us now because of our house & property in Arizona. 

Decided to head for Mitchell Ontario & visit my Uncle Harry at the Ritz Villa Care Facility later this morning.  Heavy rain showers followed us all the way there.  Harry was in a talkative mood & Pheebs even got some smiles & chuckles out of him.  He's still doing reasonably well for his age.  He will be 96 in a couple weeks.  Rain ended & we drove home through a heavy sludge of humidity.  Our temps soared to over 80F which was warmer than Congress, Arizona.  Spent the afternoon in front a fan. 

Take out Coffee & Muffin at Tim Hortons on the way home today which made me think of something.  Wonder how many people eat their muffins upside down the way I do.  Bottom first.  I always roll my muffin over, peel off the paper & pick away at the softer bottom section until it's gone.  Then comes the tasty mushroom shaped top part which I call the lid.  I always save the lid for last because to me it's the tastiest part of the muffin.  You can tell I do have myself some very deep thoughts some days..........

Took me awhile but I have finally broken my morning television news routine. Always watched the news each morning to see what events had transpired in the world overnight. Seems the majority of networks & pretty well all of the local channels have gone to the morning ‘Happy Gang’ routine now. Newscasts have been turned into frivolous entertainment shows with as many as 4 people bantering & cackling back & forth with each one vying for attention with silly little humorous quips & annoying giggles & phony laughter. Between all that & the reams of mind numbing commercials interrupting every few minutes, I just decided enough was enough & this year stuck to my guns & have left the television off in the mornings. Why start the day off on the wrong foot by having people annoy me. By the way, I like my newscasts delivered by one person, straight up, not shaken, & not stirred!!



As I type this tonight, heavy storms are rolling in across the lake trouncing us in heavy downpours & driving the humidity out of the air setting up cooler temps & some fog.  I raced over to the lake after supper in hopes of catching some dramatic stormy sky’s but it was a solid sheet of gray out over the lake & I barely beat the rainy deluge back home.  Left the cameras in the Jeep & made a mad dash into the house.  Can you tell I am feeling a lot better about my legs & my legs are feeling a lot better about me:))   

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TexCyn from TEXCYN LIFE joined us today on our Blog Followers list. Looks like we have another dog lover here. Welcome aboard & keep all those tails a waggin:)) Your little Class C looks a bit intimidated tucked in beside all those big 18 wheelers.

After pouring a bit more thought into my mention of the Wagonteamster site, both Kelly & I would have to say we are both inclined to agree with HOBOPALS, BOB, & GYPSY’S thoughts.  The concept is interesting enough & I do understand this fellows desire to do something different but in this day & age of heavy traffic & congested roads I think the time has past for attempting something like that.  I have respect for his drive & determination but it is not only a danger to the horses & the wagon driver himself but it is a danger to surrounding traffic.  One tragedy has already occurred.  The unknowing poor horses died, (to me that was the worst part) the wagon driver injured & how must that unsuspecting truck driver have felt after the accident.  Just our thoughts here at The Bayfield Bunch tonight & I do wish this fellow & his horses all the best & safe travels.



GROANER’S CORNER:(( A guy was taking sky-diving lessons. The instructor explained that it was time for his first jump, and all he had to do was jump from the plane, count to six, and pull the rip cord. A truck would be waiting for him in the field where he would land.
The man jumped from the plane when he was told to, and counted to six. When he pulled the rip cord, the parachute wouldn’t open. He tried the reserve chute and that didn’t open.
Frustrated, he muttered to himself as he fell, “I’ll bet the truck won’t be waiting for me either.”
- Tourists see the world, travelers experience it.
- Home is where your pet is:))
- The only thing better than right now will someday be the memories of right now...AL.


  1. Really nice photos, Al. Once again, you've captured some great light. Thanks for sharing. Stay cool.

  2. I eat a muffin the same way...the top is the best!
    I have to agree with you about the morning news programs, they annoy me as well. The evening news is the only news broadcast I watch.

  3. I am SO glad you clarified your feelings about the wagon guy. I went to his sight and after reading about the accident I felt sick inside. It is of course his choice, but I have strong reservations about it.

    And yes, the top is the BEST part of the muffin, especially if there is a little crunchy crust around the edge!

  4. Is there any other way to eat a muffin?? b
    Yes the weather tonight has been quite interesting for sure, but still pretty warm and no tornados.

  5. Gorgeous sunset photo! I agree about the wagon thing. Animals are innocent in such deals and yet pay the price. And good luck, I'm sure the passport thing is nothing much to worry about.

  6. I start my day early with the news, we are fortunate local news start at 400 am, channels and is real news, yes there is comaroderie between anchors but many of them have been together for decades, but is minor, the news is main part.
    Would think if passport was a problem they would told Kelly to have you call them back right away. They may have even called in error and realized it.
    Donna W

  7. Love the sunset photos. Makes me feel so peaceful.

  8. I'll take Walter Cronkite any day over these baboons called "news anchors." No one should be allowed to giggle over the airwaves before 9 a.m.

    grumble, grumble ... I need an upside down muffin.

  9. I think the top is the best part too. That's why I eat it first. I seldom eat the whole muffin and Bill is always happy to eat my leftovers... so nothing goes to waste ;-)

  10. We turned off the satellite for the summer and possibly longer. The visual/audio election year pollution put us over the edge. Yes..RV Sue, I miss the Walter Cronkite days too... Could it be that we are normal?--eating muffins upside down; cutting off the t.v....

  11. I haven't gone to check out the Wagon Masters blog or website, but what comes to mind to me is that the original people traveling in wagons were not on roads or highways, they traveled across the mountains and prairies, so maybe that's where this guy should be - not on the highways. I would think it illegal to be on the highway.

  12. I, too prefer the muffin top instead of the is the best part!..I know there is a baking pan you can buy to make just muffin tops!..going to have to see if I can find one of those!
    great photos as always, Al!!

  13. I use to follow two such fellows that traveled in wagons, Bob and another from I believe it was Tennessee that drove mules. I think his name was John. At any rate I came to the same conclusion as you. When I hung up the blogging I also hung up all the blogs except you and Mobile Kodger, and some days I aint to sure about you two, Just joking : )

  14. Al, I absolutely agree with you re. the 'silly newscasts' these days. Interestingly the concept of giggling and cackling news hasn't made it to Europe yet. Over there the news is brought to you by one person only.
    The lake fishing boats look a lot different than the ones we have here at the coast.

  15. As always your pictures are beautiful !

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  17. Loved the first photo of the geese Al! Have to agree with you about the news--we have no television, none, here at home. We occasionally pick up local stations with an antenna while traveling in the motorhome. Don't miss TV at all! How people sit an watch those news shows with everyone arguing with each other is beyond me!

  18. Hope your Passport call is the same as mine was after I sent in my renewal form. The nicest young man (French accent)called to say I transposed the numbers on my birth date. Asked me what my birth date was and said he would correct it. Less than two weeks later it was delivered.

  19. Lots of big thunder and lightening here last night too...Love your sunset photos!

  20. Al, this is your kind of place have you been there ?

  21. I don't think I would be able to wait to see what the Passport office wanted - I'd try to reach them on the phone and see what they wanted. It could be nothing, or it could be everything.

  22. butterbean carpenterFriday, May 04, 2012

    Howdy Al B,
    Some people drive a motorhome 1400 miles in 4 days and think nothing of it, but they don't see a darn thing for the whole trip because they have to watch the line down the middle of the road.. Some people hitch a team of horses to a wagon, with all sorts of safety devices on it, making it a legal vehicle with ALL OF THE RIGHTS OF MOTORED vehicles and set out on a 1300 mile 13 month-long trip.. Who sees, interacts with people, gives
    educational interviews and enjoys
    each and every day, hah??? Bob Skelding was RUN OVER BY AN ILLEGAL
    ALIEN WHO WAS TEXTING WHILE DRIVING, who left the country after
    the wreck... He has driven over 6000 SAFE miles in that wagon and hasn't caused anyone any trouble or
    danger.. Except one woman in traffic that flipped him off and cussed him out.. She was so kind..