It was 10 p.m. Tuesday night when Pheebs and I slipped out the door, into the Jeep, and headed east out Bayfield River Road to our dark sky nightspot. Soon as I stepped out of the Jeep I saw I had misjudged the sky as a cloud cover blotted out much of the eastern horizon. No problem, I got out my star chart and traveled myself around the areas of clear sky I could see. Clouds finally did clear in the east and I was able to see the constellation Scorpios. I also saw 2 jets, 2 satellites, and 1 low-flying propeller plane. And out the corner of my eye, I caught what could have been an Iridium flare. I remember those flares from years ago when there were a number of Iridium satellites in the sky. Starry night skies sure are a place of wonderment and awe. A marvelous place to be for those of us interested in the mysteries of the vast Universe.....................
I PATIENTLY WAITED FOR THIS SINGLE CLOUD IN THE WESTERN SKY TO SOLIDIFY INTO AN UNIDENTIFIED FLYING OBJECT BUT ALAS....IT DIDN'T
In the immortal words of the Honeymooners Ralph Kramden, "how sweet it is" Pheebs and I headed off in the direction of Goderich this morning with front windows down, no heater on in the Jeep, and me finally in a short sleeve shirt again.
I TOLD PHEEBS TO KEEP AN EYE ON THE SKY THROUGH THE JEEP'S SUNROOF......WHAT I DIDN'T TELL HER WAS THAT THE JEEP DOESN'T HAVE A SUNROOF THE NEIGHBOR'S LLAMA-KABLAMAS WERE OUT EARLY THIS MORNING
I knew the town of Goderich was going to begin charging people to park in the beach areas and I was curious to see what kind of setup they had installed these past few days. Parking won't be enforced for another couple of weeks but I was disappointed to see a 'parking machine' located right next to the trail in the dog walking area. Goderich residents are exempt from these parking fees so the writing was on the wall for non-residents like Pheebs and I. Although we can still drive as far as the cove area we can't stop there anymore unless we pay for it so I'm afraid this morning may well have been one of our last walks on the doggy trail there.
FARMER'S WERE UP AND AT IT TOO
|WALKING SOUTH ALONG ROTARY COVES DOGGY TRAIL I COULD HEAR HEAVY MACHINERY AHEAD|
|BULLDOZERS AND EARTH MOVERS WERE BUSY GRADING THIS BANK WHERE TOWERING CLAY BLUFFS ONCE STOOD|
|IT'S ATOP THAT BLUFF WHERE A HIGHER END HOUSING DEVELOPMENT IS BEING BUILT|
|LOOKING SOUTH TOWARDS GRAND BEND ALONG LAKE HURON'S PLACID SHORELINE|
|LOOKING TOWARDS GODERICH|
|CREWS ARE WORKING HARD TO HAVE THE BEACH AREA READY FOR ITS SUMMER OPENING SOON|
|A COUPLE LOCAL SIDEWALK SUPERINTENDENTS KEEPING AN EYE ON THINGS:))|
|THIS IS PROOF POSITIVE LAKE HURON WATER LEVELS HAVE DROPPED.....LAST YEAR THAT STONE BREAKWATER WAS NOT VISIBLE|
|AND THERE GO MORE OF THE TALL PINES TREES THAT ONCE FORMED A TUNNELED CANOPY OVER THE TRAIL|
GROANER'S CORNER:(( A man put his car in reverse and accidentally drove it into a wall. He took it to his mechanic, who replaced the dented bumper. A few days later, he actually did it again. "I'm so embarrassed," he moaned to his wife while he reached for the phone. "Why not tell him it was me this time?" his wife suggested. "I could," he said while dialing, "but that's what I told him last time."