Sunday, July 29, 2018
HI HO–HI HO IT WAS BACK TO THE WOODS WE DID GO:))
INTO THE DEEP DARK MYSTERIOUS WOODS WE WENT AND A GIANT MONSTER WOOD SPIDER ALMOST GOT US
With the addition of a good night's sleep under my belt I woke up feeling much better this morning. No aches, no nausea, no shakes, no fever, no headaches and no weakness. I was again good to go and with a great weather day upon us go we did go. I seem to have a lot of ‘go’ words in this post already.
BEFORE WE GOT TO THE WOODS WE TOOK A SPIN DOWN AROUND THE GODERICH HARBOR AND BEACH AREA
SPOTTED A FEW RV’S HANGING OUT DOWN ALONG THE SHORELINE AND THAT’S A TRIPLE E
NOTICE THE TWO BIG DOGS
THAT MOTORHOME IS A ‘SAFARI’
I GOOGLED THE NAME ON THE WINDSHIELD AND IT’S AN RV RENTAL COMPANY IN CALIFORNIA
THIS IS A POSSL AND IF I WAS TRAVELING ALONE THIS WOULD SUIT ME JUST FINE….I LIKE THE INTERIOR DESIGNS
BY THE LOOKS OF THAT LICENSE PLATE I’M GUESSING MAYBE IT’S EUROPEAN
IT WAS GORGEOUS MORNING FOR A SUBLIME SUNDAY MORNING SAIL
GETTING THINGS SET UP FOR A DAY AT THE BEACH
WHAT BETTER WAY TO START THE DAY THAN A SUNDAY MORNING STROLL ON THE BOARDWALK
Just like Saturday morning I knew I had to get my legs out walking again and with pleasantly cool 63F temperatures upon us I felt confident there would be no flying bug annoyances in our areas nearby forests.
DID I JUST SEE A TINY ELF SCURRY IN THERE
SOME HEAVY VINES IN THESE WOODS
THERE ARE FACES IN THIS OLD TREE AND IF YOU TURN YOUR IMAGINATION LOOSE YOU WILL SEE THE LARGE PYTHON SNAKE EMERGING WITH IT’S MOUTH WIDE OPEN TO GRAB YOU
Under clear blue skies Pheebs and I were off to Goderich for our usual routine of a McDonald’s coffee and swing down around the harbor and beach areas. Picked up a few groceries in town and headed straightaway out into the countryside. There is a deep dark forest on Kitchigami Road less than a quarter mile east of Portal Hill Line and that is where we headed.
CAREFUL THERE COULD BE SOMETHING LURKING IN THERE
I DON’T RECALL EVER SEEING THIS TALL SPINDLY 7’ PLANT BEFORE
The soothing effects of a quiet forest come directly from my childhood. Can’t remember if I mentioned this before but where we lived in the little village of Tavistock Ontario there were forests nearby with one of them called ‘Kaufman’s Bush’. From our house it was only a quick 7 or 8 minute walk away. Back in the 50’s I often would go there by myself to play in the woods and explore the mysterious wonderments of nature. Many were the happy hours I spent with all my friends, real or imaginary. Overhead in the tall forest canopy were many birds twittering in the tree tops while on the ground scurrying through leaves and branches were squirrels, bunnies and other shadowy creatures. It was not unusual for me to see Pixies, Fairies and Elves. Butterflies too. Sometimes I might be lucky enough to catch site of a Garter Snake and if I was real lucky, maybe an elusive Fox. I would see faces in the older gnarled trees as well as swamp monsters and shadowy animal figures from comic book lands far far away. I still see those old friends of mine today each time I walk a forest trail and I find comfort knowing they are all still there waiting for that little boy to once again walk by with a look of wonderment on his face and a knowing smile.
WHENEVER I SEE A SPIDER WEB ACROSS THE TRAIL I KNOW NO ONE HAS GONE BEFORE ME AND i ALWAYS GO AROUND THE WEB SO AS NOT TO DISTURB THE SPIDER AND ALL IT’S HARD WORK
With the wretched humidity rising quickly I didn’t want to push my luck after being sick the past couple days so Pheebs and I walked maybe a quarter mile in along the winding up and down trail before turning around and making our way back to the Jeep. Although I felt energetic and noted how good my legs felt while doing the uphill sections I did notice how that short walk had tired me. Back in the Jeep we cranked up the A/C and headed the short distance home.
I SOMETIMES HAVE TO KEEP MY EYES ON THE GROUND TO FOLLOW THE PATH
PHEEBS ALWAYS SEEMS TO KNOW THE WAY
‘YA SHOULDN’T HAVE SAID THAT DAD NOW I DON’T KNOW WHERE THE PATH IS!!!!’
I HAVE ALWAYS LOVED BUSH FERNS
Late Saturday afternoon Kelly’s daughter Rebecca with husband Ricardo and their daughter little Ella dropped in for supper on their way from their stay at a Deer Park Lodge cottage. Still not feeling well I kept myself away and off in the sunroom for the most part. I had no appetite so ate no supper. I did join the gang later for a short while around a back yard campfire that Ricardo chopped wood for and got going. It was Kelly and Ricardo who took the following photos.
AT OLIO'S IN BAYFIELD FOR LUNCH SATURDAY ELLA’S NOT TOO SURE IF SHE LIKES THAT BIG PICKLE SHE JUST TOOK A BITE OUT OF
BY GOLLY I THINK SHE LIKES IT
ELLA POSES WITH THE COOK AT OLIO’S AND LATER WITH HER DAD RICARDO AS THEY EAT UP SOME MORE SMORES AROUND THE CAMPFIRE IN OUR BACK YARD
THAT’S ME OLD GRUMPY FACE IN THE BACKGROUND…..ELLA ASKED. ‘IF I TOUCH THIS SPARKLER ON YOUR NOSE AL WILL IT MAKE YOU SMILE’?? i SAID ANYTHINGS WORTH A TRY ELLA’ SO SHE DID AND I DIDN’T
RICARDO ASKED, ‘WHY ARE YOU WEARING YOUR PAJAMA BOTTOMS’?? I HAD NO EXPLANATION
HERE I SHOW OFF MY PROWESS AT CHARMING CAMPFIRE SMOKE
MOTHER AND DAUGHTER
Okay back to the forest walk………..
HEADING BACK PHEEBS TIP TOES PAST THE OLD SLEEPING GHOST TREE
LIKE PHEEBS I MYSELF TIPPY TOED PAST THE OLD SLEEPING GHOST TREE TOO
ALMOST BACK TO THE JEEP
First thing in the morning I’m (Pheebs too) going to head for the Maitland Valley Medical Clinic in Goderich to make an appointment with my Nurse Practitioner. Something else happened Sunday that convinced me I had better seek some medical attention. No doubt there is something going on somewhere so I had better get myself smartened up a bit and deal with it. At this age and stage of life one is wise to not fluff this kind of stuff off……………..
KELLY TOOK THESE BEACH PHOTOS AT DEER PARK LODGE WHEN SHE SPENT TIME WITH THE GANG A COUPLE DAYS AGO
ELLA BUILT THIS BRIDGE OVER THE SAND PIT AND THAT LITTLE COOL CAT KID DANCING ALONG BEHIND HERE IS GOING ‘OOGA BOOGA OOGA BOOGA’
ELLA HAS HER NEW UNICORN ON THE LAUNCH PAD FOR A DIP IN LAKE HUROM BUT THE MISSION WAS SCRUBBED AT THE LAST MINUTE BECAUSE OF ROUGH WATER
SHE TOOK HER UNICORN TO THE DEER PARK LODGES’S POOL AND WAS AN INSTANT HIT WITH ALL THE OTHER 753 KIDS THERE
LOVING HER UNICORN SO MUCH ELLA EVEN TOOK IT IN THE CABIN TO WATCH TV COMPLETE WITH HER ALWAYS PRESENT AND VERY MUCH MOST FAVORITISTSECURITY PILLOW
GROANER’S CORNER:(( A Few More Words of Wily Wisdom Tonight:::
We all want progress, but if you're on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; in that case, the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive. - C.S. Lewis
- We are often most in the dark when we are the most certain, and most enlightened when we are the most confused.
- We don't have the time or money to do it right, but we'll have time and money to do it over again.
- We need either less corruption or more chance to participate in it.
- We totally deny the allegations, and we are trying to identify the allegators.
- We sometimes get all the information, but we refuse to get the message.
- We're making progress. Things are getting worse at a slower rate. We've always done it that way!
- Wet manure is slippery.
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I am relieved you are going to a doctor.ReplyDelete
You saw a Giant Spider in your first photo and I saw a "Giant Heart." Hope all goes well at the clinic. Best to have yourself checked out while we send positive thoughts your way.ReplyDelete
What a great ghost tree. Take care.ReplyDelete
Good idea for a check up with your doctor. Enjoyed the great photos.ReplyDelete
That descriptive paragraph about your youth reads like the start of a very engaging book, Al!ReplyDelete
I too aways loved exploring the woods as a kid up at our cottage on Georgian Bay, so many mysteries to be found.ReplyDelete
Nice that you are feeling better and getting out and about for some exercise, a good idea to have the Doc check you over too.
Glad to read that you were able to get out with Pheebs into the woods for a short walk. Hope the visit to the medical folks has good results.ReplyDelete
You find such interesting patterns in nature.! When you photograph them they become works of art that we can all enjoy. 🐦ReplyDelete
sorry to hear that you're not feeling well Al. Hope you get to feeling better soon. I've been not feeling good here the past couple of days I hope it's just the hot weather and humidity around here.ReplyDelete