|VALLEY OF FIRES NEW MEXICO|
|PHEEBS WANTS YOU READERS TO KNOW IT'S HER WINTER COAT THAT MAKES HER LOOK BIGGER THAN SHE REALLY IS|
|ATOP THE BLUFFS OVERLOOKING GODERICH'S HARBOR MOUTH|
In four wheel drive Pheebs and I slowly made our way North on Porters Hill line. Thought for sure I would see branches down but nope, only a couple dozen twigs. Not another vehicle to be seen anywhere. Paved road surface was iffy but 4WD held the traction until near Goderich when I noticed the road ahead had a glass like appearance. A wind gust moved the Jeep slightly sideways and I knew right away I was on ice. Foot off the gas, carefully steer, and we were fine. From there to number eight highway we eeked our way along with a very light touch on the controls. I knew once we reached the highway in another mile or so it would be salted and sanded. And it was. We were soon the only vehicle going through Tim Hortons drive-thru for a hot coffee and carrot muffin to go. The girl at the drive-thru didn't even notice I didn't have my teeth in or else she would have started laughing, pointed her finger at me and hollered for the staff to 'come over and have a look at this':(( With coffee in hand we made straight away for the harbor and beach areas. Two large freighters were in port with one being at the Sifto Salt Mine dock and the other at the Goderich Grain Elevators.
|THE ALGOMA INNOVATOR WAS AT THE SALT DOCK|
|AND THE ALGOMA NIAGARA WAS AT THE GODERICH ELEVATORS|
Slipped along Cove Road to the far end and headed back. No point in stopping at the Dog walking area with cold wind driven rain coming down. Actually it rained all the way to Goderich and back this morning.
|DESPITE GUSTING WINDS LAKE HURON REMAINED CALM BEING IN THE LEE OF AN EAST WIND|
|THESE MACHINES WILL KICK OF THE GODERICH SHORELINE REPAIRS FIRST THING MONDAY MORNING|
Rolled out Goderich's south end staying on the salted #21 highway all the way back to Bayfield. A quick drive through the village to see if their power was out (it wasn't) and we headed home. Coming around a sharp curve near our Park I saw an old dead tree down across the road. There was no way I would be pulling that off to the side so had to reverse ourselves, head back towards Bayfield, take a couple other roads and access our Park from a different direction. Pulling into the Park I didn't see any lights on through any windows so knew our Park's power was still out. It was 9:05. With no electricity I knew our furnace wouldn't work but luckily we installed a free standing gas stove in the sunroom about ten years ago and Kelly was quite contentedly sitting in my recliner right beside it toasty warm reading. She had put a call in to the Power Company and they said power would be restored by ten thirty. Ten thirty came and went with the power company calling back saying all would be well by noon. Noon came and went too with both Kelly and I sitting on either side of our warm little stove. Temperatures slowly began to rise as we watched icicles slowly at first begin to drip. And then at twelve fifty it happened and with a 'fizzle and pop' our power was finally back on after five hours and five minutes. An hour after that the power company (Ontario Hydro) sent a text saying they were still having problems and hoped to have our power restored by 3 o'clock. Well oh gee thank you very much..…….All in all I think we got off pretty lucky here in our area. Storm could have been a lot worse and wasn't. In fact temps are now on the rise again and it looks like most of our days for the next couple weeks are above freezing with one day maybe reaching 40F. At the time of posting tonight we have a little drizzle in the air with temps sitting on the freezing mark.
|STAYING TOASTY WARM BY THE FIRE DURING OUR POWER OUTAGE|
|WHILE READING IN MY RECLINER I SUN MYSELF WITH MY VERILUX LIGHT|
|NOT WANTING TO GO TO ALL THE WORK OF FLYING SOUTH THIS WINTER THESE GEESE ARE GOING TO SNEAK ABOARD THIS FREIGHTER HOPING IT'S HEADING TO A WARM CLIMATE|
|'OKAY GUYS FOLLOW ME AND KEEP YOUR HEADS DOWN LIKE THIS SO THEY DON'T SEE US COMING'|
|I HAVE GATHERED HALF A GARBAGE CAN OF CORN FOR THE SQUIRRELS OVER THE WINTER|
|OH THE BEAUTIFUL LANDS OF NEW MEXICO|
"Yeah," says the other cowboy.
"Look," says the first one, "he's listening to the ground. He can hear things for miles in any direction."
Just then the Indian looks up. "Covered wagon," he says, "about two miles away. Have two horses, one brown, one white. Man, woman, child, household effects in wagon."
"Incredible!" says the cowboy to his friend. "This Indian knows how far away they are, how many horses, what color they are, who is in the wagon, and what is in the wagon. Amazing!"
The Indian looks up and says, "Ran over me about a half hour ago."