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: September 27, 2021

There is no respect for others
without humility in one’s self.

~ Henri Frederic Amiel
Swiss – Philosopher / September 27, 1821 – May 11, 1881

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Celebrating World Tourism Day during a Pandemic is difficult, but as borders slowly open we dream about trips and do our research so we’re ready just as soon as we can travel.

In the meantime we’ll celebrate Family Day and gather with our families, thankful that we can see them and aren’t under total lockdown.

We’ll also get out the most recent Ancestry.ca layouts and go over the stories of our roots.

Daily Quote: September 14, 2021

In the world of photography,
you get to share a captured moment with other people.

~ James Wilson
American – Politician / September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

Kayaking on the Old Ausable Chanel lets me re-energize my soul. Counting turtles on my way to the far bridge of the loop I think I missed a few on this log. I counted 10, but there were 3 adjacent to the log that I missed before I looked at the photo evidence.

So on National Live Creative Day be certain to do something a bit creative in your ordinary day. A little bit of arts and crafts or painting, or just dance.

Then after working up an appetite celebrate Eat a Hoagie Day followed by National Cream-Filled Donut Day.

Daily Quote: August 16, 2021

Life is short
and progress is slow.

~ Gabriel Lippmann
(ScientistAugust 16, 1845 – July 13, 1921)

Holidays and Celebrations:

Porte Musings:

So did you hear the one about…..

Celebrate National Tell a Joke Day and share your best jokes with your True Love. That way you are also celebrating True Love Forever Day. What better way to celebrate than by laughing with the one you love.

Daily Quote: May 23, 2021

If a tree dies,
plant another in its place.

Carolus Linnaeus (Swedish – Scientist Born: May 23, 1707 Lived until January 10, 1778)

May 23rd Holidays and Celebrations…

*** Pentecost ***

*** World Turtle Day ***

*** International Day to End Obstetric Fistula ***

Porte Musings…

For Christians around the world today is Pentecost Sunday. A day of celebration for when the Holy Spirit was sent to be with the disciples.

Today is also World Turtle Day. Turtle are my favorite animals. Counting turtles on the Ausable Channel in my Kayak is my favorite activity. The most I’ve counted on one day was 148 painted turtles sunning themselves.

Painted Turtles