Porte Musings: Kayaking Season 2022

Provincial Parks are open and back to almost normal use. Kayaking season is well underway. The Ontario Government was kind enough to extend my Provincial Park Pass until the end of the summer 2022. I aim to go Kayaking at least once a week to make sure I get the most out of my 2021 Provincial Park Pass. At least this year all the washrooms are available (you don’t have to pee in the woods). I’ve learned to get out of the kayak at the far end of the Old Ausable Channel at the Pinery and use the facilities before heading back downstream.

I also bought a 2nd kayak so I can take friends with me. My husband rigged my trailer to accommodate the 2 kayaks. My first outing with the new setup was with my Sister. We counted 159 painted turtles and 2 snappers. I’m certain there were more turtles, but I kept loosing count and need to buy a manual clicking counter. We also were lucky enough to see 2 muskrats, turkey vultures, Blue Heron, King Fishers and King Birds. The slide show below includes photos from my last 2 trips on the Old Ausable Channel. I loved seeing the Juvenile Bald Eagle. The new to me kayak is a fishing kayak and is a bit more stable for taking photos.

Daily Quote: July 14, 2020

Zeal is very blind, or badly regulated,
when it encroaches upon the rights of others.
~ Pasquier Quesnel (French – TheologianJuly 14, 1634 – December 2, 1719)

International Non-Binary People’s Day

International Nude Day

Bastille Day

(France and French dependencies)


Freedom in the USA has become the mantra of Americans that refuse to wear a mask in public to help reduce the chance of spreading COVID-19.  Hoax is the other call of the Americans that refuse to believe the COVID-19 numbers as those testing positive are reaching daily records of over 15,000 in Florida alone and the Intensive Care units in hospitals reach capacity.  USA is still #1 for confirmed cases of COVID-19.

Ontario numbers are dropping and restrictions are being relaxed we are entering Stage  3 (groups of 100 are permitted outdoors and groups of 50 indoors).  Canadians are imploring the government to keep the Canada-USA border closed and to not permit the COVID-19 exposed/infected Americans into Canada.  One newspaper actually predicted that the boarder won’t be open for at least a year for tourists.

The numbers below are as reported by Google News

Countries Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
Location
Confirmed
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people
Recovered
Deaths

Worldwide
13,070,097 1,681 7,226,990 572,411

United States
3,428,462 10,403 999,968 137,613
Canadian Provinces Sorted by Confirmed in descending order
Location
Confirmed
New cases (last 60 days)
Cases per 1 million people
Recovered
Deaths

Worldwide
13,070,097 1,681 7,226,990 572,411

Canada
108,155 2,848 71,841 8,790
Quebec
56,621 6,893 25,911 5,628
Ontario
36,839 2,709 32,663 2,722