Well how about that, our third consecutive day of sunshine. Now if the air would warm up we’d be off to the wonderments of an early Spring. But alas not so this year as I look ahead at the 14 day weather forecast and only see day time highs in the mid thirties with each night still well below the freezing mark.
AT GODERICH’’S ROTARY COVE BEACH AREA I SURPRISED TO SEE THE MILE WIDE ICE PACK GONE FROM JUST A COUPLE DAYS AGO
SOME OF THAT ICE PACK MAY HAVE BEEN DRIVEN ASHORE AND PILED UP
APPEARS TO BE A SMALL CAVE OUT THERE IN THE ICE AND SNOW
AYES A SMALL CAVE HAS FORMED
I COULD SEE WATER AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS LITTLE CAVE
SEAGULLS AND ICE BERGS
I WATCHED THIS LITTLE FELLA PADDLE UP TO THIS CHUNK OF ICE AND DAINTILY CLIMB HIMSELF ABOARD
GODERICH LIGHTHOUSE ON THE BLUFFS OVERLOOKING THE HARBOR MOUTH
Pheebs and I wandered up to Goderich and I was surprised to see the ice along the Lake Huron shore line gone. Figured easterly winds had probably blown it out further into the lake but later from atop the bluffs overlooking the lake I could see no sign of it. Hard to believe it could have all melted in just a couple days but maybe that is exactly what it did. However, checking the Grand Bend Yacht Club web and beach cams I see the ice pack there is still butted up against the shore so that tells me the Goderich ice did not melt but simply moved elsewhere.
PHEEBS LOOKS BACK ASHORE TO WHERE THE JEEP IS PARKED I
‘COME ON PHEEBS TIME TO GO’
SAW A FEW FOLKS OUT FOR A LATE WINTER’S WALK ALONG THE BEACH
FROM ATOP THE GODERICH BLUFFS I COULD SEE NO SIGN OF WHERE THE BIG SNOW PACK HAD GONE
SPOTTED THIS ELDERLY SNOWMAN ON A GODERICH CORNER WAITING FOR THE REFRIGERATED BUS AND PHEEBS CHECKS OUT A NEIGHBORHOOD BOOK EXCHANGE
THIS IS THE BACK OF A LAKEFRONT HOUSE BETWEEN GODERICH AND BAYFIELD AND IF THIS IS THE BACK OF THE HOUSE THEN ‘GEEEEZZZZZ’ WHAT MUST THE FRONT OF THE HOUSE LOOK LIKE
THIS NEW HOUSE UNDER CONSTRUCTION OVERLOOKING THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE WATERS OF LAKE HURON WOULD SURE BE MY IDEA OF A DREAMHOUSE ALRIGHT
We have only been home a week and a day now and maybe it’s too early to be thinking of next years winter travels but I thought I’d at least offer up some thoughts while they are still fresh in my mind from this winter’s travels. We noticed in the past few years our beloved American Southwest has not had the same attraction for us as in earlier years. The Southwest hasn’t changed and is as enchantingly beautiful as ever and I truly mean all the wonderful things I have said about it these last dozen years. I can’t think of another place in all of the United States I would rather be than in the Southwest. No, the Southwest hasn’t changed….but we have.
A DRIVE DOWN AROUND THE NORTH SIDE OF THE HARBOR
LOTS OF LITTLE TUGBOATS NESTLED INTO THEIR BIRTHS FOR THE WINTER
A NUMBER OF FISHING BOATS ALSO SPEND THE WINTER SEASON HERE
Our best Snowbird RVing years were the first 5 years we spent in the Southwest. Everything was new and exciting to us, we had lots of energy for hikes, walks, and rock scrambles, etc. By the 6th year we were beginning to tire and to be frank we began getting a wee bit board. Well, along came our house in Congress Arizona in 2012 and we were rejuvenated and excited all over again working away on that house for a few years. But then that too became kind of routine and boring and so it was back on the road boon-docking we went again which of course was great for awhile but then…….well you know. So that brings us up to today and now we don’t know what we want to do next winter. Where’s the next excitement, the next enjoyable challenge, the next change of scenery.
SOON AS THE HARBOR AND LAKE ICE BREAK UP THIS LAKE FREIGHTER (ALGOWAY) WILL ONCE AGAIN BE BUSY ON THE GREAT LAKES HAULING VARIOUS CARGOES
GUESS THEY HAVE TO KEEP THESE FELLERS TIED UP OR THEY MIGHT FLOAT AWAY….ALGOWAY ON THE LEFT AND ALGORAIL ON THE RIGHT
Trying to realistically look and plan ahead there has been some talk of staying home next winter, some talk of Florida, and some talk about returning to the Southwest again. But….there are some hard and fast decisions to be made between now and next Fall. Our 37’ 2003 Triple E Motorhome is aging but still in great condition. Needs a couple tailpipes, a new rear light assembly replaced, and the ladder fixed. But here’s the big expense for us should we decide to continue our RV Snowbird travels. The 6 Michelin tires will be in their 8th year next winter so they all need to be replaced and I’m guessing that could be pushing a four thousand dollar bill. Do we want to invest that kind of money if maybe we only have 1 or 2 RV Snowbird years left….if that. Thoughts are still afoot in the backs of our minds about selling our place here where we are and maybe moving to Goderich at some point. And that of course would involve selling the Motorhome which we of course at this stage are still hesitant to do. Yes we have lots to think about this summer before next October rolls around again. Do we go somewhere new like Georgia or Florida or do we return to our beloved Southwest and find new places to go and new things to do. Or…….????????????????
SEAGULL IN BLUE
GROANER’S CORNER:(( I stopped at a fast-food restaurant recently. I was fascinated by a sign which offered Fat-Free French Fries. I decided to give them a try. I was dismayed when the clerk pulled a basket of fries from the fryer, which was dripping with fat. He filled a bag with these fries and put them in my order. "Just a minute!" I said. "Those aren't fat-free." "Yes, they are. We only charge for the potatoes . . . the fat is free!"
- I've tried to find a suitable exercise video for women my age, but they haven't made one called "Buns of Putty."
- Know how to prevent sagging? Just eat till the wrinkles fill out.
- I'm getting into swing dancing.. Not on purpose. Some parts of my body are just prone to swinging.
- These days about half the stuff in my shopping cart says, "For fast relief."
- Don't let aging get you down. It's too hard to get back up.
An elderly couple were in church. The wife leaned over and whispered to her husband, "I just let out a long silent blast of gas... what should I do?" The husband replied, "Replace the batteries in your hearing aid."