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.
Knock the ‘t’ off the ‘can’t’ ~ George Reeves
American – Actor / January 5, 1914 – June 16, 1959
Holidays and Celebrations:
Time to get out and look for a snowy owl. Today is National Bird Day. A day set aside to reduce the pain and suffering of caged birds. Keep your caged birds clean, happy and well fed. When you buy a bird, be prepared to keep it for a lifetime (some live for 100 years).
Today is also National Whipped Cream Day. So indulge a little and add some whipped cream to your coffee or dessert.
On the 12th Day of Christmas (and the last) my true love gave to me:
12 drummers drumming
Eleven pipers piping
Ten lords a-leaping
Nine ladies dancing
Eight maids a-milking
Seven swans a-swimming
Six geese a-laying
Five golden rings (five golden rings)
Four calling birds
Three French hens
And a partridge in a pear tree
The Christmas tree is down and we’re ready for the Epiphany. COVID restrictions began again today for a minimum of 21 days. A Stay-cation credit has been added to our tax exemptions for this year, if you’re rich enough to stay anywhere other than home. 2022 is already looking like a repeat of the last 2 years.
There is only one meaning of life: ~ Erich Fromm (American – Psychologist / March 23, 1900 – March 18, 1980)
the act of living itself.
Holidays and Celebrations:
It’s a beautiful day to celebrate World Meteorological Day. Early springtime and we’re having wonderfully sunny warm days. Spring bulbs are peaking out of the ground. Just the type of weather that makes a person appreciate being alive. Unfortunately, for the maple syrup makers, it’s too warm in the daytime and it isn’t cold enough at night, so the season might come to an early end.
Bouncing baby puppies and we all want one. The pandemic has causes a huge increase in pet adoptions and a shortage of puppies. So if you’re lucky enough to have a puppy celebrate National Puppy Day. If you don’t have one, watch some sweet clips on Facebook of puppies.
And as sweet as that is at least there’s no sugar. Cut back on your sugar (and carb) consumption, maintain a well balanced diet, exercise daily and check your blood sugar levels. Today the the American Diabetes Association Alert Day. Advances in diabetes control have certainly made life much easier for diabetics. No more finger pricks to check blood sugars, instead a small monitor that can be read on a continuous basis is worn on the upper arm to track all those highs and lows with a quick scan.
Reading is a means of thinking with another person’s mind;
it forces you to stretch your own.
~ Charles Scribner, Jr. (Publisher / July 13, 1921- Nov 13, 1995)
Sunday was a perfect July summer day. The heat wave was temporarily suspended. There was a light breeze and the Old Ausable Channel was flat. The rain from the previous day had washed the algae blooms to the bottom and the water was left crystal clear. Kayaking was the thing to do. It took me 2 hours to paddle to the far bridge, as I dawdled looking at everything. Luckily there weren’t too many other people who got up early. I counted 41 painted turtles sunning themselves on the logs. And I saw this little muskrat playing in the lilies. He was unafraid and almost swam right up to the kayak.