Had myself bit of a close call this morning when I took a tumble and horizontally landed part of myself in the icy cold waters of Lake Huron.
Pheebs and I had driven up to Goderich and parked down along the shoreline at the doggy walking area. Pheebs was out of the Jeep checking out all the smells when I noticed some long icicles hanging from some shrubs along the water’s edge. Between myself and those icicles was a couple steps down a sandy grass bank and maybe a 50 foot scramble over a bunch of wet rocks. Had my new greatly griptionated hiking shoes on so I knew the wet rocks would not be a problem. And they wouldn’t have been if the rocks would have been simply just wet. So here’s where my usually logical brain let me down again. It failed to compute and link three warning signs facing me. First, the temperature was somewhere around the freezing mark and with an icy breeze off the lake it was probably below the freezing mark. Small waves were gently breaking over the rocks and a short distance away were some groups of icicles. Have you figured out the hazard yet?? Obviously my brain didn’t and if it did it sure as heck didn’t warn me!!
IT WAS THAT LARGE SLIGHTLY SLANTED PIECE OF CONCRETE i STEPPED UP ONTO THEN CRASHED DOWN ON THE OTHER SIDE OF IT ONTO THOSE ROCKS JUST AHEAD OF WHERE THE WAVE IS COMING IN………HAVE YOU FIGURED OUT THE HIDDEN DANGER YET??
I didn’t get anywhere near those icicles because I was flat on my back before I even barely got started. With my Nikon D7200 and 16-300mm lens attached and firmly gripped in my left hand I carefully made my way down the short bank, assessed the wet rocks ahead of me and stepped up on a sloping flat piece of concrete. That piece of concrete wasn’t just wet it was coated in a thin invisible layer of ‘ICE’!!!! ‘A-HA’ I had about half a second before impacting the rocks to twist my left hand up in a desparate attempt to save my camera. I heard it hit the rocks and there I was partially in the cold water flat on my back staring at the sky. To add insult to injury I heard the next wave coming and felt it coldly slosh up along my whole right side. I immediately thought of my Samsung Smart Phone in it’s case attached to my belt on the lake side of me and figured it was done for. I was still holding my camera tightly in my raised left hand and noticed it appeared to be dry. Gotta get up and get oughta here before the next wave rolls in and with that thought in mind I quickly struggled my soggy self to my feet and began clambering back up the small embankment. And I was hurting. Pheebs, who had been exploring along the bank’s top hadn’t seen the mishap so I called her over and quickly put her in the Jeep. It was then I noticed something was missing…..my hat!!
SLOWLY BUT SURELY THE SNOW IS GRADUALLY GOING AWAY….FOUR YEARS AGO TODAY IT WAS A RECORD BREAKING 76F HERE IN BAYFIELD
JUST IN CASE YOUR BACK YARD PICNIC TABLE IS MISSING….THIS MIGHT BE IT
I didn’t particularly want to go back down among those icy rocks again but I had no choice if I wanted to retrieve my new hat which I had just bought last week. And, a few parts of my body were letting me know in no uncertain terms that this 73 year old guy had just came down hard on a jumble of icy rocks. Looking over towards the spot I had fallen I did not see my hat and thought ‘oh-no’ the waves have already carried it out. Quickly scanned the water but no sign of my hat. The little finger on my left hand was throbbing now and I could feel I must have impacted a rock with my right knee. I just wanted to get in the warm Jeep and sit down. No matter, I had to find my hat so leaving my camera in the Jeep I carefully made my way the short distance back down to where I had crashed and saw my hat lying upside down on the rocks. Luckily it had fallen off my head on the side away from the water. Being extra careful where to step and with hat firmly in hand I made my way back to the Jeep. I was now very aware of how wet and cold the back half of my body was. My little finger felt like it had been slammed in a car door and I suddenly realized my Smart Phone was not on my belt!!
‘SAY D’YA SUPPOSE THAT TUMBLE HE TOOK THIS MORNING MIGHT HAVE KNOCKED SOME SENSE INTO HIM’?? ‘NAWWWW, I DON’T THINK SO’
When I had reached for my Smart Phone it wasn’t the familiar feel of it’s case I felt. Instead it was the feel of my Sony point and shoot camera case. I instantly remembered it was the camera I had put on my belt this morning and not the Smart Phone. I quickly pulled the camera out of it’s case expecting it to be sopping wet. It was as dry as could be despite being on the water side of the lake for about half a dozen seconds. Okay, where’s my Smart Phone then….oh ya, I had put it in my right hand shirt pocket earlier and sure enough it was still there, and dry too. Remembering the striking sound my camera had made when I fell I next very worriedly turned my attention to my D7200 Nikon.
BIRDS IN MOTION
EXCEPT FOR IT’S RIGHT FRONT LEG THIS LITTLE FELLOW IS IN FULL TAKE-OFF MODE
As I said, the camera was dry and had not gone into the water. There were no visible marks, bashes, dents, bangs, or scrapes on it and the lens glass was intact and not cracked or broken. I turned the camera off and then on again. Everything sounded normal so I took a few photos out the window. Auto focus worked fine, tried a few settings, auto flash worked, etc. I knew the true test would be when I got home and had a look at the few photos I had just taken.
Thinking about all this later I came to the conclusion it was the little finger of my left hand which cushioned the camera when it struck the ground and the sound I heard was the camera’s lens hood striking a glancing blow against a rock. All in all I was very lucky in not damaging anything and aside from a still swollen little finger, a couple tweaks in my back, and a sizable chunk of skin off my right knee I came away from my foolish tumble in relatively good shape. Mad at my brain though for being so careless and not warning me of the icy hazard right in front of me.
With my overly damp wallet lying open on the dash vent sucking in hot air Pheebs and I cut our morning drive short and headed for home. It was time to get out of my cold wet clothes and into some warm and dry cozy feeling stuff. I was surprised at the amount of sand in my clothes so it was into the wash machine with everything……….and that kind of wraps up another way.
PERCHED ATOP A PILE OF DIRTY ICE AND SNOW ALONG THE WATER
In conclusion….My photos downloaded fine and I could not see any problem with them or my camera. My back tweaks are gone and the tip of my little finger on my left hand has turned purple……Oh, and there is a positive side to my silly mishap this morning. At least it gave me something different to write tonight for a change. ‘Yaaaay Team’:))
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I have way too much experience with those types of tumbles. As I get older they happen more often and I bounce much less. The rocks, trees, etc get more blood on them to remind me of my advancing inabilities. Please be careful Al. I hurt just reading about your "special event".ReplyDelete
Ooooo, you might be stiff tomorrow!ReplyDelete
Al, stop scaring us. Glad you are ok. And all your toys too. And Pheebs wasn’t even around to help Daddy. So, you think that style of body surfing will catch on? 😁ReplyDelete
Glad you were able to get back up and get yourself home! That you went in the water and rocks and none of your equipment was damaged is even more amazing. The bird photos are wonderful!ReplyDelete
You are far more valuable than any phones or cameras. Glad things turned out well. Great photos despite the tumble. Falls are of increasing danger for those over 70. Make sure you do not have headache, vision distortion, or other odd symptoms next few days which might indicate small internal bleed or ruptures (beyond normal bruising) — sequelae from falls.ReplyDelete
Egad, Al...so glad you weren't hurt worse. I took a tumble today too, squatted down and when I tried to stand, fell backwards onto the floor. Nothing hurt but my pride. LOL!ReplyDelete
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Please, Al. No more such exciting adventures! They are just too scary to read about. I hope you don't wake up tomorrow with anything Tylenol won't remedy. I know how heartsick you would have been if you'd lost one of your toys. A really good bit of luck that was.ReplyDelete
Yikes! Happy to hear your body is not damaged. Sore no doubt.ReplyDelete
I've been using a lens hood on my camera all winter and it has quite a few scratches to prove that it has protected the lens.
First, I hope you are not to sore in the morning.ReplyDelete
Second, I really like the pictures you take of the birds in motion. They are beautiful.
Ouch! Glad you are only slightly bruised, and you were able to save your cameras, phone and especially your hat. Darn that ice cold Ontario winter weather, we will have be careful about is soon as well.ReplyDelete
But Al that was a heck of a thing to do just to have something new to write about.
Glad it's not wheelchair time for you Al. Water and freezing temperatures are a dangerous combination. Glad it was only your pinky that got hurt.ReplyDelete
awesome travels said just what I was going to say, you sure go to some lengths to write a good post. Glad to hear neither you nor anything you were carrying was injured. Lucky lucky I'd say. You definitely tell a great story but that's enough of those kind. Be safe!ReplyDelete
If your finger is purple, I am wondering if it is broken? Can you move your finger?ReplyDelete
Yes I can move it, the swelling has gone down and it is not as sore as it was. Still discolored a bit on the underside of the finger tip and I can still feel a bit of pressure behind the fingernail.Delete
Yup, the older we get the harder it is to recover from these tumbles! We all do it and we all know better!ReplyDelete
I am a couple of year older than you are, and have taken my share of falls. They are getting harder and harder to get over than they used to be.ReplyDelete
Hear anything new from Furry Gnome?ReplyDelete
I'm worried about you,, all the creative adventurous treacherous things you'll do to create a blogReplyDelete
But look on the bright side,, now you got a weeks worth of blocking material
You can press the shutter with your right hand,, right
Wow...that could have turned out so much worse, Al. Glad you are ok!ReplyDelete
So glad you and all your items survived the fall.ReplyDelete
Glad you are ok. It is true that we know immediately what our mistake was but by then we are flat on our backs. Stay dry and warm!!ReplyDelete