Despite another overcast morning I was determined to head out and find a few photos. Loaded up the little Boogers and drove north in the direction of Goderich. Needed bananas and milk. Picked up a coffee to go at McDonalds and headed down to the harbor. Being a Saturday there were no workers or machines working so decided to park the Jeep at the 'closed for the season' Beach Street Station and take a walk along the shoreline where bank restoration has been going on. Rough walking in places with rocks and stones still piled up by past Lake Huron storms.
|PARKED AT THE BEACH STREET STATION RESTAURANT|
|THAT DARK SOIL AREA HAD BEEN COMPLETELY GOUGED OUT BY WAVE ACTION|
|AMASSING LARGE BOULDERS AND CHUNKS OF CONCRETE|
|LAKE HURON WATERS WERE CALM TODAY|
|COULD IT BE A LAKE CREATURE FROM THE DEPTHS OR MAYBE A TREE ROOT BALL|
I hope these efforts of dumping large boulders into the water then backfilling will be enough. It's maybe a cheaper way to go rather than heavy duty reinforced poured concrete barriers. I did read somewhere that these large boulders being shipped in are coming from the Owen Sound area.
|THAT AREA AHEAD HAS BEEN HARDEST HIT BY STORMS|
|I'M ASSUMING THEY WILL BACK FILL THIS AREA WITH ROCKS AND GRAVEL|
We didn't walk all the way to the damaged dog walking area but in the distance I didn't see any machines down that way so my guess is they are working on the priority spots first especially behind the Veolia Water Plant where shoreline damage was most severe.
|WAVES HAVE CRASHED OVER THESE NEWLY PLACED BOULDERS FORMING ICE|
|COULDN'T SEE ANY MACHINES IN THE DOG WALKING AREA|
|PHEEBS AND I ARE NOW BEHIND THE WATER PLANT WHICH IS A PRIORITY PROTECTION AREA|
|I BELIEVE THIS POND TO BE PART OF THE VEOLIA WATER PLANT COMPLEX|
|A FORMIDABLE STORM BARRIER|
|A LOT OF BACK FILLING|
|AND HERE ARE A COUPLE OF THE BIG MACHINES DOING THE WORK|
|THIS PAVILION STILL HAS TO BE CLEANED UP FROM LAST YEAR'S STORMS|
|NO THIS IS NOT A SWIMMING AREA|
|THE SALT MINE LOOKS A LITTLE FADED BECAUSE THERE IS GRAUPEL FALLING FROM THE SKY|
|YOU CAN SEE IT COMING DOWN HERE IF YOU LOOK ALONG THE TREE LINE|
With the exception of an early heavy duty snowfall back in November I think we have been pretty lucky so far with our winter weather. A surprising number of above freezing days have definitely helped make things easier for getting around. By the end of this coming week we're predicted to be in the high 30's again. Not so good for skiiers and snowmobiles but great for people like me who aren't into those kinds of things anymore. I was never into snowmobiling but I did have a few nice years where I really enjoyed cross country and down hill skiing. Wished I had got into downhill skiing earlier in my life because I really enjoyed tumbling head over heels down many of those long steep hills.
|'DAAAAD I'M GETTING GRAUPELED ON AND I DON'T LIKE IT!!'|
|WASN'T HAPPY WITH SOME OF MY COLOR PHOTOS TODAY SO I MADE BLACK AND WHITES OUT OF THEM|
::Memory Lane:: March 16th 2009 marked the first time we drove over the Chiricahua Mountains and thankfully it wasn't to be the last time. I'd recommend this drive between the Chiricahua National Monument and Portal Arizona anytime. Do it in reverse, just as spectacularly beautiful. My post for that day is entitled....Up And Over The Chiricahua Mountains To Portal Arizona Here is my photo album for the day....Over Top The Chiricahua Mountains.
::Al's Musical Favs:: Blue Skies by Soma Sonic
|WHOLE SECTIONS OF THE OLD BOARDWALK ARE STILL BURIED UNDER A FEW TONS OF ROCKS|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( Facebook Addiction::
A 76-year-old woman walked down the hallway of Clearview Addictions Clinic, searching for the right department. She passed signs for the "Heroin Addiction Department (HAD)," the "Smoking Addiction Department (SAD)" and the "Bingo Addiction Department (BAD)." Then she spotted the department she was looking for: "Facebook Addiction Department (FAD)."It was the busiest department in the clinic, with about three dozen people filling the waiting room, most of them staring blankly into their Blackberries and iPhones. A middle-aged man with unkempt hair was pacing the room, muttering, "I need to milk my cows. I need to milk my cows."A twenty-something man was prone on the floor, his face buried in his hands, while a curly-haired woman comforted him. "Don't worry. It'll be all right.""I just don't understand it. I thought my update was LOL-worthy, but none of my friends even clicked the 'like' button." "How long has it been?" "Almost five minutes. That's like five months in the real world." The 76-year-old woman waited until her name was called, then followed the receptionist into the office of Alfred Zulu, Facebook Addiction Counselor. "Please have a seat, Edna," he said with a warm smile. "And tell me how it all started." "Well, it's all my grandson's fault. He sent me an invitation to join Facebook. I had never heard of Facebook before, but I thought it was something for me, because I usually have my face in a book." "How soon were you hooked?" "Faster than you can say 'create a profile.' I found myself on Facebook at least eight times each day -- and more times at night. Sometimes I'd wake up in the middle of the night to check it, just in case there was an update from one of my new friends in India . My husband didn't like that. He said that friendship is a precious thing and should never be outsourced." "What do you like most about Facebook?" "It makes me feel like I have a life. In the real world, I have only five or six friends, but on Facebook, I have 674. I'm even friends with Juan Carlos Montoya." "Who's he?" "I don't know, but he's got 4,000 friends, so he must be famous." "Facebook has helped you make some connections, I see."" Oh yes. I've even connected with some of the gals from high school -- I still call them 'gals.' I hadn't heard from some of them in ages, so it was exciting to look at their profiles and figure out who's retired, who's still working, and who's had some work done. I love browsing their photos and reading their updates. I know where they've been on vacation, which movies they've watched, and whether they hang their toilet paper over or under. I've also been playing a game with some of them." "Let me guess. Farmville?" "No, Mafia Wars. I'm a Hitman. No one messes with Edna.""Wouldn't you rather meet some of your friends in person?""No, not really. It's so much easier on Facebook. We don't need to gussy ourselves up. We don't need to take baths or wear perfume or use mouthwash. That's the best thing about Facebook -- you can't smell anyone. Everyone is attractive, because everyone has picked a good profile pic. One of the gals is using a profile pic that was taken, I'm pretty certain, during the Eisenhower Administration. ""What pic are you using?""Well, I spent five hours searching for a profile pic, but couldn't find one I really liked. So I decided to visit the local beauty salon." "To make yourself look prettier?" "No, to take a pic of one of the young ladies there. That's what I'm using." "Didn't your friends notice that you look different?""Some of them did, but I just told them I've been doing lots of yoga." "When did you realize that your Facebooking might be a problem?" "I realized it last Sunday night, when I was on Facebook and saw a message on my wall from my husband: 'I moved out of the house five days ago. Just thought you should know.'" "What did you do?" "What else? I unfriended him of course!"
Why don't some couples go to the gym? Because some relationships don't work out.
Judge: "I order you to pay $10,000."
Judge: "It’s a fine."
Mario: "No itsa not!"
Pheebs really does look unhappy with that stuff falling on her--poor girl!ReplyDelete
I like the last little quip, very cute. Pheebes does not look impressed with the whiteness. That photo was very cute, it made me chuckle.ReplyDelete
The barrier looks pretty good, it should help with the erosion issue. Still lots of work to do by the looks of your photos, they may not get to the dog park for a while. However you and Pheebes seem to find plenty of places to walk.
Last time we were in The Chiricahua Mountains there has been a huge fire at the higher elevations and it was very sad to see the devastation caused by this fire...ReplyDelete
In our area, graupel is affectionately known as popcorn snow. No matter what it is called, it means it is really cold out.ReplyDelete
Really enjoyed your memory trip and pictures today. We stayed at Sunny Flat for several days a few years ago, loved that area but didn't see as much of it as you did. Having just a tall van limits the adventure touring somewhat. I was in that graupel in Goderich yesterday morning too, fun fun. Gord.ReplyDelete
Well, you are right about winter. Also over here many days are more like April than December or now January. However it does rain or "graupel" once in a while and then Dixie wants to stay inside. She hates to get rained on. Smart dog I say. Sometimes I think I am really getting old with those memories popping up in my head. I like the good ones though, like the days we spent down south traveling,ReplyDelete