Thursday, August 18, 2016

MacGregor Point, Aug. 12-14 2016

 It was a wonderful family weekend. We arrived to very hot and humid weather and a wonderful site to enjoy another great weekend with nature. We made a trip up to the veggie store to get some fresh corn on the cob to have with dinner and did some exploring in the park. We were not going to have a fire that evening because the weather was calling for rain. When it still hadn't arrived later that evening I decided to get one going. It was wonderful sitting out and enjoying the sights and sounds of a good campfire. The rain did eventually arrive late that night and continued into Saturday morning.
 Saturday we stopped at the Offshore Bakery in Southampton before heading over to John and Joannes for a visit. It was nice to see them and catch up on family news. After leaving there we headed to Marty's in Paisley to enjoy lunch with Duncan's family. We enjoyed a fabulous meal with Rod, Berg, Bain and Laurie. This is definitely a place we will go back to. After lunch we decided we had to get a picture of the boys in front of the old Paisley Advocate and Country Squire Printery building that their father once owned and that they all worked at in there younger days. Rod stopped into the convenience store and picked up three copies of the paper and the guy had lots of fun reading and posing for pictures. Lots of memories and laughs were shared as they reminisced about the past. We headed back to camp for a while before heading out to Rod and Berg's place in Inverhuron for a short visit. We all then traveled to Point Clark to Bain and Laurie's new home (cottage) on the lake for a late dinner and visit. They have a beautiful home and I'm sure there will be many wonderful times and memories made there with family and friends. We enjoyed the most delicious pizza that came from the pizza store in Point Clark and a yummy salad and cake for our late dinner. We all agreed we had eaten way too much yummy food that day. We arrived back at camp about 1:00 in the morning so no fire this night. On our way back into camp we had to stop for a deer on the road in the park. That was the only one we saw all weekend.
 Sunday morning I went for a hike. I thought it was a good idea to try and work off some of the great food I had enjoyed the day before. Neither of us were very hungry so we passed on our usual Sunday morning breakfast and just had a light late morning snack. We enjoyed some quiet time on our site before we went and did a bit of exploring. We then packed up and parked the motorhome down by the beach and did some hiking in the park. We were quite surprised to see the pond on the Huron Fringe Trail so dried up. We then went to spend some time at the bird blind area. We came across a big Snapping Turtle, saw a few Merlin and there were a number of Great Egrets as well. After a fun afternoon it was time to hook up the car and head out. The excitement of the weekend didn't end there.  As we pulled into the dumping station there was a young porcupine out enjoying the greens that field had to offer so I was able to get some wonderful photos and observe it as it munched away. It was quite interesting to see how it uses its paws as hands to grab the plants and watch how it moves around. I didn't realize just how big there back feet are and what tremendously long claws they have. It was a great finish to an awesome weekend with family and nature.

Duncan, Rod and Bain enjoying a few laughs

Porcupine out and about having dinner 

What a little
I don't know how this young blue jay could handle so many peanuts.

Beautiful stained glass on a building in Paisley

You can always find a happy face in the woods

The Merlin wouldn't come close enough for a good shot

Flowering plants in the marsh

Enjoying a bite to eat

Walking onto greener pastures

You can see the ear hole in this photo

Monarch was photo bombed by a

Lots of frogs by the water on the Tower Trail

Very large snapping turtle

My, what big claws you have

Female Northern Flicker trying to hide from us

I love these dainty blue and pink flowers

One of the Great Egrets in the marsh

Sunday morning along the waters edge

Busy as a bee

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