STOPPING BY THE OLD WATERING HOLE
Heavy rains came in the night dragging behind them a temporary but welcome short lived warm front. Pheebs and I almost needed a canoe to reach the Jeep and the rain just kept coming. right up to about 10 o’clock this morning
SCARED US UP A HERD OF WILD TURKEYS ON OUR WAY TO GODERICH EARLIER TODAY
A WET DAY FOR HARVESTING CORN
THESE HURON COUNTY LONGHORNS DIDN’T SEEM TO MIND THE WET WEATHER
IF THERE ARE VEHICLES OR PEOPLE IN ROTARY COVES’S DOG WALKING AREA THIS IS OUR SECONDARY OPTION FOR A LEG STRETCH NEAR THE BEACH STREET STATION RESTAURANT SEEN TO THE RIGHT
SPOTTED IN GODERICH’S SOUTH END THIS MORNING
Again knowing country roads would be a muddy mess we stuck to pavement and made a routine Jeep run up to Goderich and down around the harbor. Spotted a large ship at the Goderich Elevators which i had never seen before. I’m assuming the cargo vessel Adriaticborg was in port taking on a load of grain.
MILD ENOUGH THIS MORNING TO LEAVE THE BRIDGE DOOR OPEN
THE ADRIATICBORG’S ESCAPE POD
No vehicles at the dog walking area and with a slight drizzle in the air I didn’t figure anyone would show up with their dogs so Pheebs and I hit the trail walking a quarter mile to the far end and back. The trail follows along the top of a bluff overlooking Lake Huron.
WITH MY WINTER COAT ON IT WAS NICE TO HAVE THE WINDOWS DOWN
Heading back out of the harbor I noticed the Adriaticborg was underway and in the process of backing up through the narrow channel alongside the Sifto Salt Mine. I had often wondered how big freighters that had come in bow first made their way back out to the lake and I was soon to find out how a tugboat assists in doing that.
BACKING UP VERY CAREFULLY
WONDER IF THAT’S THE CAPTAINS WIFE OUT THERE ON THE WING BRIDGE TELLING HIM ‘LOUD AND CLEAR’ HOW TO BACK UP THE BOAT:))
SO FAR SO GOOD
From the harbor area we drove up on top the bluff which was a short distance to the harbor lighthouse overlooking the harbor. From that vantage point I watched how the big freighter was able, with the help of a tug, to swing itself around in the outer harbor and point it’s bows for open water. Interesting and first time I saw that. Photos below may look a little misty and that’s because a drizzling fog had rolled ashore forcing me into the Jeep to take the photos.
GODERICH LIGHTHOUSE TOP RIGHT AND THE ADRIATICBORG BACKING OUT OF THE HARBOR CENTER LEFT
WITH IT’S STERN SWUNG AROUND AND BOW NOW FACING THE OPEN WATERS OF THE LAKE THE TUG SWINGS AROUND TO NOW PUSH ON THE BOW
TUG BACKS INTO PLACE ALONGSIDE THE BOW
MOW LINED UP WITH IT’S BOW BETWEEN THE TWO BREAKWATERS IT’S' ALL AHEAD FULL AS THE ADRIATIC HEADS OUT INTO LAKE HURON
THE BIG FREIGHTER SOON DISAPPEARS INTO THE MISTS
BECAUSE THIS TUGBOAT REVERSED ALL THE WAY BACK INTO THE HARBOR IT MAKES ME WONDER IT IT MAY HAVE A FORWARD GEAR PROBLEM
Wasn’t much else going on so we decided to head for home. Somewhere along the way rains stopped and that was the end of them for the rest of the day. Not a lot of traffic on the roads so people must have stayed in this morning. After we got home I never went out of the house again. Felt cold and damp outside to me.
I HAD A FEW PHOTOS LEFT OVER FROM TUESDAY MORNING’S JEEP RIDE SO HERE THEY ARE
FOOLED YA WITH THAT UPSIDE DOWN REFLECTION PHOTO EH:))
ALWAYS A BUSY TIME OF YEAR FOR FARMERS
I think one of the advantages for RV Fulltimers is that when you make that commitment to sell your house and maybe all your stuff there basically is no turning around and going back. Your on your way and even if self doubt about what your doing creeps into your mind you push that aside and focus on the new lifestyle at hand. You pull out all the good thoughts, all the positives, and discard those bad negative thoughts. If the going gets rough you deal with it, you live with it, and you learn to cope and make the best of what you are doing. I often wonder where we would be now had we sold our house back in 2008 when we actually nearly did. There is no way of knowing of course but I think we probably would have made out Okay as Full Timers simply because after awhile we would have had nothing to compare it to and I think that is one of the problems of Snow Birding. If your RV is all you have then you have no choice but to adapt to your situation. A daily mobile life can quickly become very normal for many folks. If you have a house like we do or even a second house for a few years like we did in Arizona then comparing the creature comforts a house to an RV can easily lead to a conflicted mind. Here’s an example, we always thought having a base in Arizona would be perfect for us and for the most part it was. Our house in Congress Arizona was centrally located for lots of side trips in the winter all around the southwest. Well that was the plan but here’s what really happened. As any Snowbird knows the loading up and packing of an RV for a trip can be a real pain. And it always was. Normally this only happened twice a year with a long stretch in between loading and unloading. Loading and unloading for shorter trips were easier but turned out to be much more often. In short it required an effort we weren’t always ready to give. It was easier to not go anywhere. We got lazy I guess. Then when we did go somewhere like Sedona Arizona, California’s Mojave Desert, Borrego Springs or Yuma……we didn’t stay long. And why didn’t we stay long?? Because if it was too windy, too rainy, too hot, too cold, or whatever other paltry excuse we could come up with we knew we could be home to our Arizona digs in just a matter of hours. And that’s what happened. I remember going to Borrego Springs one time in our Class C Chevy Sunseeker just after we bought it. I think we were only there one or two nights at the most with the desert winds knocking us about. ‘That’s enough of this’ we said and toodily scoot off we went home. No not to Canada 6 days away but Congress Arizona 6 hours away. Went to Sedona one time and after four or five days said ‘the heck with this let’s go home where we have all our creature comforts and don’t have to be kept awake by flapping awnings and howling winds. Yes, we spoiled ourselves alright. Same thing with our house here near Bayfield. Had we not had this house to come home to each year we would have adapted to the Fulltiming lifestyle like so many others but knowing we had a home to come home to and especially the last 4 or 5 years we just couldn’t wait to get here each Spring. Not like in the first few years when I didn’t want to come home in the Spring at all and spent many hours thinking how we could stay in the Southwest forever. Yes there has been a lot of mind changes in these past dozen years alright but you know what…….if we hadn’t decided to adopt the RV Snow Birding lifestyle back in 2006 I just shudder to think of all the things we would have missed and I can’t even begin to imagine where we would even be now if we would have had to sit here in one location 365 days a year enduring all those horribly boring winter months. We had an opportunity presented to us in 06 and we grabbed onto the coattails of the RV Snow Bird lifestyle and ran with it. No regrets except to say I wished we could have started out at least 10 or 20 years before we did……………….
Kelly and I bought our first RV back in about 1997 or 98 and it……………well maybe I’ll save that story for another time, tomorrow night perhaps.
GROANER’S CORNER:(( What plants like Halloween the most? Bam-BOO!
What do birds say on Halloween? Twick or tweet
What do you get when you cross a werewolf and a vampire? A fur coat that fangs around your neck.
What would you find on a haunted beach? A sand-witch!
Why didn’t the skeleton like the Halloween candy? He didn’t have the stomach for it!
What’s worse than being a five-ton witch on Halloween? Being her broom!
Why do ghosts like to ride in elevators? It raises their spirits.
What do you get when you divide the circumference of a jack-o-lantern by its diameter? Pumpkin Pi.
What would you get if you crossed a vampire and a teacher? Lots of blood tests!
Why are vampires so easy to fool? Because they’re suckers.
What did the ghost say when the skeleton lied to him? I can see right through you.
Today's Halloween Specials: Ghoulash, scream beans, scalped potatoes, and Mummy's tomb-made booberry pie with I scream.