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: March 19, 2021

Fast is fine,
but accuracy is everything.

~ Wyatt Earp (American – Public Servant /March 19, 1848 – January 13, 1929)

Holidays and Celebrations:


Porte Musings:

Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, March 19th. Falling on a Friday this year it is a working man’s holiday so those of you who usually eat fish on Fridays, you can eat meat and celebrate with the working class. Make something to celebrate with the Carpenters of the world, the real men who care for women and children (even if you don’t know the father.)

A backyard BBQ would be an excellent way to celebrate both the Feast of St. Joseph and National Backyard Day. Just spending time with your family and enjoying your backyard.

If that isn’t enough, buy a chicken (or a rooster) for the backyard and celebrate National Poultry Day with the new trend of keeping backyard chickens. I always loved seeing the chickens in Dominican Republic as they worked tirelessly eating bugs and keeping the area pest free. They were so colourful and healthy, always ready for a quick dinner.

Keep in mind, as Wyatt Erp said: Fast is fine, but accuracy is everything. 😉

Daily Quote: September 19, 2020

Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after the other.
~ Walter Elliot (Scottish – Politician September 19, 1888 – January 8, 1958)


Holidays and Celebrations:

International Talk Like A Pirate Day

2nd day of Rosh Hashana (Jewish Observance)


Turkey Vultures are very social.  They congregate at the highest point to dry their wings and warm their bodies.  Our wonderful road kill clean up crew has had a significant resurgence in the past few years.  The Roads Department has stopped taking the carcasses off the road for disposal so the vultures have an abundant supply of food.   When in flight Turkey Vultures glide effortlessly on the air currents with their distinctive wing pattern.  Huge ugly birds invoking fears of death as they circle to find carcasses.  But as the Wildlife Conservation Commercial says even ugly animals need love.