Thursday, September 3, 2015

Pinery, Aug. 28-30 2015

 We had a great weekend and it was fun to have Drew along with us. After setting up camp we headed to Ipperwash to fill up with cheap gas and stopped at the veggie market for some corn on the cob to go with our garlic sausage on a bun that we enjoyed for supper. We also drove into Grand Bend to show Drew the town. Unfortunately both evenings were overcast or hazy so there wasn't  any wonderful Lake Huron sunsets to enjoy. Drew built our campfire and we enjoyed a relaxing time by the fire but not to close as it was a warm evening.
 Saturday we spent exploring the park. We drove to the turtle crossing area where there was a mother Heron and her three young so we watched them for awhile before heading to the beach for a stroll along the waters edge. In the afternoon we went for a long bike ride and enjoyed an ice cream before heading back to camp. We enjoyed a wonderful steak dinner with all the trimmings before going for another drive through the park. About 10:30 in the evening we heard people yelling, swearing and fighting and not long after that there were four OPP cruisers came flying past our site with just a spot light on. Then an ambulance arrived. Shortly afterwards another OPP and two more park vehicles. Things finally quieted down and by 1am everyone had moved out of our area and it was quiet. It was a late night as I am sure it was for lots of people. We didn't hear what happened and we were not about to go and check it out that night since it sounded bad enough.
 Sunday we did a bit of exploring had a great brunch. We went and parked at the visitors center once we left our site. There were lots of Hummingbirds at the feeders. They must be bulking up for there trip south. I had never seen so many in one place. It was great to listen to them as they were doing so much chattering and chasing each other around. Before heading home we enjoyed a bite to eat at the park restaurant. We had never eaten there and we enjoyed it. It was a fun weekend with Drew and we look forward to having him along with us again sometime. 

Cormorants at the harbour in Grand Bend

People parasailing in Grand Bend

Chippy came for some nuts and a visit

Three young great blue herons in the marsh area

Mom getting fish for her young

Mom arriving with her catch

Some of the leaves are getting there fall colours

Milkweed Tussock Moth Caterpiller

Duncan and Drew down by the beach

Up close and personal with a ring-billed gull

Can you find what doesn't belong in this picture?
What do you see on the light coloured rock?
Chippy hanging out on a tree limb

Young Muskrat climbing onto a lily pad

Swimming through the water

Mirror image in the calm waters of the channel
Cicada at our campsite

Hummingbirds at the feeders

Five Lined Skink on a window ledge at the Visitors Center

Hummingbird sticking out it tongue 

Young male Downy Woodpecker

Hairy Woodpecker searching for bugs

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