Our Location: Summer Home, Tehkummah, Ontario
A change of weather has us changing our departure plans and so we are still waiting in our summer location for a few more days. Due to the high winds and the frequent rain that is blanketing most of our forecasted travel area we have decided to wait it out here, high and much drier than any where else we would be parking. The ground is firm, we are protected from most of the winds and the temperatures while not balmy, are about the same (within a degree or two) any where we are planning on going over the next number of days. We have therefore decided to pull out Saturday or Sunday, miss Buttercup Ridge this trip, and head directly for Brantford, Ontario. We shall see how these plans work out.
|The Shoe Tree.|
The wind has been buffeting much of the area for a number of days now, the once vibrant reds, oranges and yellows are now more of a sodden, dull fading carpet on the ground. Some hardy souls are hanging on by the merest of connections in all of this wind and will remain as stragglers long into the winter before finally falling off the branches and adding dashes of brown on the snow in the thickest days of winter. I’m glad I won’t be here to witness this final struggle but I know it will happen whether or not anyone sees.
|Cold waves crashing.......|
The ferry, M.S. Chi-Cheemaun has ceased it’s sailing for another season. The last sailing day was Oct 20th. It will soon be heading to it’s winter home near Owen Sound, Ontario where it will be tied for the winter months and all things mechanical will be repaired, replaced and polished. Things are now very quiet here on The Rock in Georgian Bay. Traffic is almost non existent and tourists are but a memory. Seasonal businesses have closed down and are in the process of being readied for the long winter ahead. Many of the seasonal workers are now finished or just finishing up as well. Most marinas are now free of boats in the water, but the little rascals have moved on to dry land, some docks have been removed for winter storage and all campgrounds have been closed down until next spring. Many lights are being turned off for the last time this year and locks being placed to hopefully keep things safe until the flowers bloom again in the spring. You can almost hear the collective sighs as things slow down once again.
|Birch tree on my walk.|
A Monday night robbery at the old local general store in the small hamlet of Tehkummah had the bad guys making off with a sizable amount of alcohol, cigarettes, the only cash register (including any money) and the keys to the gas pumps, among other things. The second such event since the store became an LCBO (Liquor Control Board of Ontario) outlet. Twice in two years, and never before in it’s 60 or so years has it ever been robbed. I do believe the LCBO brings in the bad guys.
|Getting ready for Halloween.|
A few extra visits with family, a few nice days with some nice sunshine warming up the air even this late in the fall. We have been putzing around doing little things and are now ready to go in the morning. I can tell you it is a bittersweet moment when we say goodbye but a wonderful feeling to once again be heading out to warmer climes and joyous reunions with our friends.
|Reflection on the cow pond.|
So now that you are up to date with our happenings I’m going to sign off. I will be posting on a more regular basis starting in the next few days as we get the wheels turning and start our next adventure.
Until next time….. take care, be safe,
|Morning over the bluff.|