It is the memory evoking woodsy smell that I first detected stepping out of the Motorhome early this morning. Coupled with the sounds of slow rolling wave ripples coming in off the big lake across the shallow bay I am pleasantly taken back to my camping days of youth 50 & 60 years ago. Only other sounds were the sweet harmonies of many birds in the forest beside our rig. And a few frogs. (This post was published from Tim Horton’s coffee shop in Wiarton Ontario. 9:50 a.m. June 6th.)
KELLY OUT WALKING BY THE LAKE THIS MORNING WITH HER BLACKBERRY TRYING TO FIND AN INTERNET CONNECTION…NOTICE THE DUCK COUPLE JUST ABOVE HER HAND
Another quiet morning walk on the sandy beach eased us into another fine day. Pheebe is loving it here running to & fro everywhere…..except in the water. She doesn’t like getting her paws wet. By 8 a.m. we were all loaded in the Jeep & headed in the direction of Tobermory. A short stop to look at a piece of property & we were on our way again.
PLACID MORNING WATERS
ON THE BEACH NEAR OUR RIG IS THE STRANGEST ROCK I HAVE EVER SEEN, NOTICE THE PATTERNS OF CIRCLES…THE BLUE CIRCLE WAS OBVIOUSLY PAINTED BY SOMEONE
It was about a half hour’s drive up to ‘the Tub’ as Tobermory is affectionately known. A couple stops along the way to check out a couple free day Parks. Tobermory looked much the way I had remembered it from years ago. Maybe a little brighter & a little more colorful. Has more of an artsy feel to it now as opposed to a fishing village years ago. We were hungry so popped into a little eatery at the end of Little Tub harbor called Craigie’s. Been awhile since we’ve had us a big mess of bacon & eggs. Nice little eatery & a good breakfast. Library was just a stone’s throw away so parked out front & picked up their Wifi signal & published Wednesday’s post.
NOTICE THE CLARITY OF THE WATER
Tobermory reminded me a bit of Bisbee Arizona as we we hung out around the Library area overlooking Little Tub harbor. Buildings & Shoppe's were colorfully painted & tastefully decorated. The Village had a folksy feeling about it. Spring & Fall are the two best times to be on the Bruce Peninsula & especially Tobermory for people like us who prefer things on the quiet side. This whole area will shortly don it’s summer hat when schools are out & many tourists flood the area. Glass bottom boats to view many shipwrecks in waters as clear as crystal. Scuba dive boats coming & going in the harbor. Sport fishing boats as well as commercial fishers. Boat tours to Flower Pot Island through some of the deepest waters in the Great Lakes. And Tobermory is home to the largest passenger Ferry on the Great Lakes. The CHI-CHEEMAUN accommodates cars, large trucks, & big RV’s. Had the Chi-Cheemaun been in Port we would have stopped to see it but she was on one of thrice daily runs to MANITOULIN ISLAND. I did travel the big Ferry to Manatoulin Island one time in my Ford hippy-van back in about 1978.
DIVE BOATS IN LITTLE TUB HARBOR
A DIVE BOAT AT RIGHT WHERE SCUBA DIVERS DON THEIR GEAR
PARKED IN FRONT OF THE TOBERMORY LIBRARY WHERE I PUBLISHED WEDNESDAY’S POST
Kelly & I have done the glass bottom boat & Flower Pot Island tours years ago but it was back in the old 35mm slide film days. We’ll just have to make it a point to go again & do all the photos over again in digital form. I would like that:))
THE CHI-CHEEMAUN DOCKS AT THE FACILITY JUST OVER TOP THE TOUR BOAT ENTERING THE HARBOR IN THE RIGHT PHOTO
LOOKING DOWN ‘LITTLE TUB’ HARBOR TOWARDS THE HUB OF TOBERMORY & A GLASS BOTTOM BOAT HEADS OUT WITH A LOAD OF PEOPLE TO VIEW SOME UNDERWATER SHIPWRECKS
Checked out a few more back island roads on the Lake Huron side of the Peninsula on our way back to the rig in early afternoon. We have noticed the sparkling waters of Lake Huron are almost mesmerizing as we sit & gaze out over the bay here at our Black Creek boondocking site. Sunlight playfully dances on happy waters. A Jogger went by, a couple cars drove in & out, two girls walked by one with a guitar over her shoulder. I later heard her singing & playing on the beach. Three school buses from CAMP CELTIC rolled in & dropped off about a hundred young people on the beach. It was a well supervised group & we could only occasionally here the laughter & squeals as about a third of them ran splashing into the gradually warming lake water. They stayed about an hour then loaded up & headed out with some of them waving to us as they passed.
THREE BUS LOADS OF KIDS HEAD ACROSS THE BEACH TO A RALLYING POINT NEAR THE KAYAKS
SPLISH-SPLASH & THEY WERE IN THE WATER HAVING A BLAST
Another evening walk watching shorebirds along the water’s edge. Sea Gulls are always easily to identify but not so much the dark little Ducks on the water & another light colored smaller than a Gull bird. It would fly & dart about 10’ over the water then drop like a rock & dive bomb something lifting off a couple seconds later. Didn’t have my bird book with me. Watched as one of these birds flew back to a mate sitting on a rock in the water squawking. Seemed like the flying bird was feeding the ‘on the watery rock’ bird.
Past couple night’s have been a bit cloudy but tonight is looking clear for a little Stargazing & we are in the best place of all Southwestern Ontario to do that. The area between Wiarton & Tobermory where we are has a nearly zero light pollution factor. Stars can be seen right down to the horizon out over the waters of Georgian Bay to the East & Lake Huron to the West. The Northern Bruce Peninsula has been designated a ‘Dark Skies Community’. Oh what a perfect place to see a magnificent display of Northern Lights. Every week-end from July 4th to August 30th there is a free guided Astronomy program at the Lions Head Marina complete with real telescopes.
Not wanting to overstay our unofficial welcome we have decided to roll out in the morning. Destination unknown. There are no signs posted here about ‘no overnight parking’ but it is Black Creek’s Provincial Park’s parking lot, the week-end is approaching & we know common courtesy dictates we move on. We will probably leave the Peninsula well before all the week-enders begin flooding in from the cities Friday afternoon & slowly head ourselves on home. Mission accomplished:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( During a magazine and newspaper subscription drive, our son Philip, a paperboy, learned about good salesmanship. His supervisor had instructed the kids to maintain a positive attitude, even when turned down. One potential customer told Philip, "I've got papers and magazines strewn all over the place -- I don't need any more." Philip's reply? "Well, how about a subscription to Good Housekeeping?"