ALL PHOTOS TONIGHT ARE FROM THE BANNOCKBURN CONSERVATION AREA LESS THAN 10 MINUTES EAST OF OUR PLACE
Well it’s about that time of the season where we can count on our fingers now the number of truly nice Autumn days we have left this year & today was one of those countable days. Sunny & in the low 60’s. A nice day for a 2 hour drive through the countryside enjoying our areas scenery, but it wasn’t Pheebs with me this time.
It was a coffee morning for my good friend Richard & I as we made the most of our last traveling coffee break until next Spring sometime. A nice Autumn day’s Jeep drive through picturesque countryside & as usual it was another 2 hours well spent. We were back to our Park about noon.
Didn’t have any photos for tonight’s post & with weather still remaining nice Pheebs & I took ourselves for a short 8 minute drive over to the BANNOCKBURN CONSERVATION area. A great hiking place with boardwalks, a river running through it, forests, a cedar swamp, natural springs, hills & trails. Bannockburn has it all & is at it’s finest from September to about mid October. Pheebs & I didn’t do the whole loop trail but maybe one morning in the next couple weeks Pheebs & I will see if we can get back there again.
SAW THIS VERY STRANGE TYPE OF FUNGI GROWING OUT OF AN OLD STUMP ON THE FOREST FLOOR
THERE’S A PHEEBERS IN THIS PHOTO
The grey cloud I have allowed to drift over my head this past week & a half has to do with my last & next medical appointment. Because my PSA numbers have risen for the third time in a row I have a feeling my Urologist Dr. Bukala (he lasered my large kidney stone a few years ago) may order more tests for me such as a biopsy for example. Here in Canada with the way our medical system works that would mean a waiting time of who knows how long. Can you see where I’m headed with this……..yep, our departure date for the South-west is 2 short weeks from this Saturday & I see where that could now be in question. I know I should not be worrying or assuming things but there’s a real possibility our departure date could be shoved back into November or December sometime & depending on what ‘possible tests’ found (if anything) I could see our whole trip south this winter going down the tubes. Yes I know I have the cart before the horse here but I’m just trying to prepare myself for a big possible disappointment if it happens & therein I think lies the travel funk I have been in these past 10 days or so. My mind reasons there’s no point in loading up the rig or allowing myself to get all geared up to go if there’s a good chance we may not be able to go. It’s just the way my ‘realistic’ mind works. Next Doctor appointment is Tuesday morning & I suspect we’ll know if & when we’re going South by the time I walk out of that office next week……………
Some of our Snow Bird friends are already on the road heading south & I see our good friends JEAN & SKIP have left Vancouver Island & are now in the States heading for one of our favorite scenic places, Lone Pine California east of the Sierra Nevada mountains. They will soon be boondocked in Lone Pine’s Alabama Hills. And I think that SASSY Gal is southbound right now as well. Fellow Canadians GEORGE & SUZIE are at the starting gate biding their time waiting for the flag to drop before they make a mad dash over the border as well. Yep, RV Snow Birds are definitely beginning to flex their hitches & itches alright.
At the time of publishing tonight we have another heavy cloud cover over us & it’s raining again. I was hoping for a 2nd sunny day so Pheebs & I could do a little gravel run around the area first thing in the morning but weather heads are predicting overcast skies with no sun until Saturday so we just may have to wait till then. Maybe tomorrow I’ll carry out another pair of socks to the rig. Now how’s that for being optimistic eh:))
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A friend of mine mentioned that she had an appointment with her son's Spanish-Immersion kindergarten teacher. I knew that regular parent-teacher meetings were not due for a while, and when I asked if there was a problem, she related a conversation she had, had with her son. "Mom I can speak three languages now!" he said excitedly. "Three?" she questioned. "Yes" he replied proudly. "English, Spanish and Inappropriate.