LOOKING BACK TO SEE IF I’M STILL COMING
Saturday afternoon’s heat and humidity was such that we were forced to fire up our A/C unit. With heat warnings out for today I figured Pheebs and I had better head out early to avoid the stickiness. We needn’t have worried. Our day turned out cloudy with a stiff but welcome southerly breeze blowing. Made for a much nicer day than had been expected.
A COUPLE PHOTOS ALONG THE ROAD TO AND FROM GODERICH THIS MORNING
Pheebs and I sure have been gravitating towards Goderich a lot this Spring and this morning was no exception. A swing down around the harbor and rotary cove showed us the newly installed exercise equipment along the boardwalk and lake are being used. Good to see.
A wee walk in the dog walking walking area and a few wave pics with the D7200 with my favorite 70-300 lens attached. A weighty combination but the weight makes for a steadier shooting platform and it’s sure to build up the muscles in my arms along the way. Really liking this D7200 Nikon camera. What a bonus this is for me.
ALL CLOSE-UP TELEPHOTO SHOTS TAKEN WITH THE D7200 AND ALL WIDER ANGLE SHOTS TAKEN WITH MY D3400
ANOTHER VIEW OF THAT COAST GUARD VESSEL STEW
Downtown Goderich was modelled after a spoked wheel when it was laid out many years ago and this morning Pheebs and I took a spin around the inner wheel circling the courthouse. After the disastrous tornado in 2011 it is nice to see how the area around downtown Goderich has bounced back. I’ll have to make it a point to spend some photo time there in the near future.
ON THE CIRCULAR DRIVE AROUND COURTHOUSE SQUARE IN DOWNTOWN GODERICH I HEARD THIS ‘PUT-PUT-PUT’ COMING UP ALONGSIDE OF ME AND THOUGHT IT WAS A MOPED OR SOMETHING….NOPE
From Goderich we headed south on the Bluewater Highway to a conservation area known as NAFTEL'S CREEK. Been by here countless hundreds of times over the years but have never taken the time to stop in and walk any of the trails. Saturday while helping with Shannon’s shed her and Bruce were talking about how amazingly nice it is in that conservation area with all the different trails. Of the 3 main trails Pheebs and I decided to tackle the ‘Yellow Trail’ which was the shortest one at 1.9 kms or just over a mile.
THE TRAILS BEGIN HERE ON THE EAST SIDE OF HIGHWAY 21
THESE BLOWN OVER LARGE TREES ATTEST TO THE STRENGTH OF THE WIND COMING IN OFF LAKE HURON A MERE MILE OR SO AWAY TO THE WEST
WE CHOSE THE YELLOW TRAIL THIS MORNING
I AM THINKING THERE IS A BIT OF AN ENCHANTED FOREST GOING ON HERE
TWO LARGE BOULDERS CLOSE TOGETHER WITH PLAQUES ON THEM….APPARENTLY SOMEONE IS BURIED IN HERE BUT I DON’T KNOW IF THIS IS THE SPOT
MOST OF THE TRAIL IS IN DEEP FOREST SHADOW SO WE DID SEE FUNGI ALONG THE WAY
Aside from the trail needing a bit of maintenance we had ourselves a nice 40 minute walk with maybe a dozen photo stops along the way. No bothersome bugs to speak of and we both enjoyed the walk. Shannon said there is someone buried back in there and we may have found the location but not sure until we go back at some point and do the other two slightly longer trails. It was a nice opportunity to familiarize myself more with the ‘new to me’ Nikon D7200 camera. Gonna enjoy that camera for sure.
TRAIL MARKERS ON THE TREE AT RIGHT AND CAN YOU SEE THE LITTLE DOGGY FACE LOOKING BACK TO MAKE SURE ‘ME THE SLOWPOKE’ IS STILL COMING
I OFTEN STOP TO TAKE A PHOTO OR TWO AND PHEEBS ALWAYS MAKES SURE I HAVEN’T GOT LOST
EACH COLOR MARKS A DIFFERENT TRAIL
Although it looked like rain a few times this morning it never did happen and we were back home around 10:30. Our pine pollen peril is in the air at the moment so everything is coated in a fine talcum like powder from the pine trees. With last weeks muddy country roads and now the pine pollen covering everything imaginable the Jeep was in a huge mess. Out came a bucket of hot soapy water and the garden hose. Twenty minutes later it looked like we had a new vehicle sitting in our driveway. Tomorrow it could be covered in pine pollen and country road dust again but at least for a few hours today Libby was looking pretty darn spiffy.
PHEEBS ALWAYS LIKES TO RANGE OUT AHEAD CHECKING OUT THE TRAIL
TRAILS ARE WIDE, WELL MARKED, AND EASY TO FOLLOW
I THINK WE GO THIS WAY DAD
NO WAIT A MINUTE I’M THINKING MAYBE IT’S THIS WAY NOW
One has to keep their wits about them here at Naftel’s Creek due to the fact there are side trails off the main trails and I can see where it would be easy for some folks to get turned around and become temporarily lost.
THE TRAIL LEADS THROUGH THAT DARK OPENING AT BOTTOM LEFT
NEXT TIME HERE WE WILL CHECK OUT THE BLUE TRAIL
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