Life is hardly more than a fraction of a second.
Such a little time to prepare oneself for eternity!
~ Paul Gauguin (June 7, 1848 – May 9, 1903)
Like a turtle sitting on a log in the Old Ausable Channel.
Sitting in the sun,
feeling the breeze,
drifting in thought,
being deafened by the silence….
Being alone in the quiet forest rejuvenates the soul.
Kayaking at Pinery Provincial Park is always an adventure. June is an ideal time to go before schools are out for the summer and the campgrounds are full. I’m always amazed to see so many turtles sunning themselves on logs in the Old Ausable Channel.
I had lunch on Beach 1. Lake Huron is still very cold. The water is high, but there is still a lot of beach to enjoy.
Never say ‘no’ to adventures.
Always say ‘yes’, otherwise you’ll lead a very dull life.
~ Ian Fleming (May 28, 1908 – August 12, 1964)
Take the trip, eat the cake, use the good china, wear the dress, dance, paddle up the stream, tell people you love them ………
A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers,
but borrowed from his children.
~ John James Audubon (April 26, 1785 – January 27, 1851)
Every other artist begins with a blank canvas, a piece of paper
the photographer begins with the finished product.
~ Edward Steichen (March 27, 1897- March 25, 1973)
Tuesday after Canadian Thanksgiving and not another kayak to be seen on the Old Ausable Channel.
The stillness broken only by the geese warning each other that someone is here.
A Blue Heron doesn’t move on it’s perch.
Turtles admire their reflection.
Learning to Kayak has taken me to Pinery Provincial Park to the calm, clear waters of the Old Ausable Channel. It takes me about 3 hours to go from the boat docking area to the far bridge and return. I’ve managed to see huge snapping turtles swimming and painted turtles sunning themselves on the logs. Unfortunately I’m not brave enough to take my camera kayaking with me yet.
Flowers blooming in June:
Hungry Muskrat swimming in the Ausable Channel:
Fish, dragon flies and birds abound.
May 31st, 2017 was a great day to go hiking. Temperatures were a very comfortable 20C, the sun was shining and there was very little wind. The only drawback for the day was the abundance of ticks. It seems that ticks are everywhere this season, so be certain to check yourself, your friends and your pets for these dangerous pests. Next time I will be trying insect repellent, but probably the only effective ones are the ones with 30% deet is available at the Store. Cover up with lots of light weight fabric. Woolly socks aren’t a good idea as ticks seemed to love the texture and actually burrowed through the knee high socks.
On our hike through the Sassaftas trail at Pinery Provincial Park, we took a foot path off to the right. This added lots of steps and was great hiking with rolling hills.
Wild columbine were in full bloom and we saw wild lupine.
The lookout at the furthest point on the trail was quite a climb and interesting as we stood almost at tree top level, but the view was very limited.
As we continued our tour around the park, we stopped at my favorite bridge just before the Hickory Trail, and were rewarded by seeing many turtles sitting sunning themselves.