SANDCASTLE ON THE AMBERLY BEACH
It was all three of us in the Jeep again this morning but this time we were not on our way to the Vet Clinic in Zurich. In fact we were headed in the opposite direction and we had ourselves a mission.
A few members of Kelly’s family have been interested in purchasing a cottage somewhere in our area along the beautiful shores of Lake Huron. In her daily Real Estate perusing's Kelly had spotted a two cottage property for sale West of Amberly Ontario near Point Clark. With a few text messages going back and forth between the interested parties and herself Tuesday we decided to take a drive up along the lake North of Goderich and have us a look at the cottage property. We were out of the house and on the road by 8:15 taking advantage of the morning’s cooler air.
KELLY PHONED OUR BANK TO SEE IF WE HAD ENOUGH MONEY IN THERE TO BUY THIS CASTLE ON THE BEACH……WE DIDN’T:((
EVEN SOME STONE STEPS LEADING INTO THE CASTLE
NICE LAKE VIEW FROM THE CASTLE THOUGH
CAREFUL PHEEBS YOU ARE ALMOST AT THE POINT OF GETTING THE BOTTOM OF YOUR PAWS WET
Some of the following photos won’t be of much interest to most everyone but I have included them for the the folks interested in the cottages to have a look at. Easier for me to display them here than an email.
ENTERING OFF THE ROAD THE SMALLER COTTAGE IS ON THE LEFT WHILE THE BIGGER ONE IS STRAIGHT AHEAD
SPACE BETWEEN COTTAGES
NEW UTILITY SHED ON RIGHT WITH LOTS OF PARKING
DRIVEWAY LEADING IN FROM THE ROAD WITH PROPERTY OWNERS TRUCK AT LEFT
NEAREST NEIGHBORS OTHER SIDE OF NEWLY PLANTED TREE LINE
COTTAGES COME COMPLETELY FURNISHED AND PLAYGROUND EQUIPMENT STAYS
NEAREST NEIGHBORS TO THE RIGHT AND NO NEIGHBORS AT SOUTH END OF PROPERTY WHERE I AM STANDING
Very close to this cottage property is a public drive-to beach area so I took a few photos there as well.
HIGHWAY 86 WHICH STARTS SOUTH OF ST. JACOBS ONTARIO ENDS RIGHT HERE AT THE PUBLIC BEACH HALF A MILE WEST OF AMBERLY……THE PROPERTY FOR SALE IS ABOUT A THOUSAND YARDS TO THE RIGHT OF THE JEEP
LOOKING SOUTH DOWN THE LAKE TOWARDS GODERICH ABOUT 25 MILES SOUTH
LOOKING NORTH UP THE BEACH
THERE’S A COUPLE OF LIKELY LOOKING SCROUNGERS
I’M GUESSING SOME LITTLE FELLER LEFT HIS ‘AVENGERS’ T-SHIRT BEHIND
LOOKING NORTH UP THE LAKE TOWARDS THE POINT CLARK LIGHTHOUSE A COUPLE MILES AWAY AND THIS AREA IS DIRECTLY BEHIND THE COTTAGES
SAND SLOPES SLIGHTLY TO A PEBBLED BEACH
I AM STANDING ON THE BEACH AND THE COTTAGE PROPERTY FOR SALE IS ABOUT A HUNDRED FEET BEHIND THAT HOUSE
EVEN A MOM AND POP RESTAURANT HALF A MILE AWAY
A short drive north of the Real Estate interest is Point Clark which is known for it’s old lighthouse. Kelly and I were last there on July 06 of 2015 and you can see my lighthouse photos here at Pine River Cheese, Kincardine Harbor and the Point Clark Lighthouse. This is truly a nice area with cottages and homes nestled away along cozy little paved hide-a-way forested roads right along the shores of pristine Lake Huron.
A LARGE PUBLIC BEACH AT POINT CLARK
With temperatures and humidity on the rise we had to crack on the Jeep’s A/C and it remained on all the way back from Point Clark to Bayfield, a distance of about 38 miles. We were home before noon and that was it for any other outside activities. We are hoping for a cooler Thursday.
‘HEY DAD I THINK THERE’S A SHARK SWIMMING AROUND DOWN THERE’
WITH ALL THE PICTURE TAKING GOING ON I WAS BEGINNING TO THINK THIS WAS MAYBE ELVIS
NOPE GUESS NOT
In Tuesday's post I had a photo of some unknown birds. Ond of our readers (Les Stevens) in an email this morning said, "Al, you have captured a very unique photo... I believe those are juvenile Wood Ducks. It's rare enough to catch an adult pair, but a clutch of kids is phenomenal”. Well, to be honest I didn't see those birds when I took the photo. In the distance I saw what I knew to be an old Canada Goose nest and I could see what looked liked a couple gray lumps on the nest which I thought was odd so I took a picture to later enlarge and see what it was. Had a feeling it might have been part of a stump but hadn't noticed a stump there before. Imagine my surprise when I later enlarged the long 300mm telephoto shot and saw those birds. Thanks for the ID Les:))
IDENTIFIED AS JUVENILE WOOD DUCKS
SMALL INNER HARBOR BOAT LAUNCH
NICE BENCH TO WATCH THE THE LAKE HURON SUNSETS
Well, if we stick to our departure date for this winter's travels and no flies land in the ointment we will be on the road one month from today and as our per usual routine we will likely be somewhere East of Chicago tucked snugly into a Cracker Barrel, Walmart, or Lowes for the night. When traveling Interstates between points A & B we find these places logically great places to pull in after a sometimes long day. They are generally located only blocks from the Interstate exits and offer eating opportunities, groceries, parts and supplies if needed, reasonable security and convenience. In the mornings it's an easy few minutes to re-engage the Interstate and resume one's travels. There have been occasions where we have wasted gas, time, and precious energy seeking out quieter spots like Parks and out of the way pull-offs further afield from the Interstate but have found doing this not to our liking and especially if it's anywhere near or around any kind of larger city with all it's traffic hustle and bustle. Now having said that we have found some nice quiet county Parks over the years situated in 'small towns' along the Interstates.
Now I know from past blogging experience some readers will be quick to poo-poo traveling the Interstates and I have done so myself a few times which was silly on my part. In our 12+ snow birding years we have travelled countless back roads with many of those times solely to avoid the Interstates but as any logically minded RV'er knows it is a combination of both that in the end works best. If we're in a slower sight seeing mode it is the back roads we prefer but if in a hurry then it's the Interstates we prefer. Interstates are faster and easier on gas simply because of a maintained constant speed with fewer gas consuming starts and stops like on secondary roads. Over the years our main interest has always been in the great American Southwest and we've never had much of an interest in stopping anywhere between Ontario and New Mexico whether coming or going. Soon as we reach the first mountain range running North and South in New Mexico we slow down switching from point A mode to point B mode to sight seeing mode. Not everybody's way to travel of course but it works for us and we enjoy doing it that way. This year we will probably hustle out to Des Moines Iowa, turn North by Northwest and begin throttling back before shifting into full sight seeing mode in Eastern South Dakota. Well, with no flies in the ointment that is…………..
POINT CLARK LIGHTHOUSE BOAT
GROANER'S CORNER:(( In the back woods, Mr. Stewart's wife went into labor in the middle of the night, and the doctor was called out to assist in the delivery.To keep the nervous father-to-be busy, the doctor handed him a lantern and said, "Here, you hold this high so I can see what I'm doing." Soon, a wee baby boy was brought into the world."Whoa there Scotty!" said the doctor. "Don't be in a rush to put the lantern down... I think there's yet another wee one to come." Sure enough, within minutes he had delivered another little baby."No, no, don't be in a great hurry to be putting down that lantern, young man... It seems there's yet another one besides!" cried the doctor.The new father scratched his head in bewilderment, and asked the doctor. "Do ye think it's the light that's attractin' them?"
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