Thursday, October 23, 2014

Pinery, Oct. 17-19 2014

What a beautiful park. We arrived to sunny skies and warmer temperatures to start our weekend retreat. The park was full of fall colours and leaves that were gently drifting from the trees to there winter home on the ground. There are many oak trees in the park so there were many shades of reds and golden browns and many sizes of acorns resting on the ground. The winds were strong so the waves on the lake were quite high and the white caps were as far out as you could see. I planned a walk on the beach but there wasn't one as the surf was so high. We drove into town and checked out the surf by the main beach and picked up some wood on the way back. After dinner we enjoyed a long campfire but eventually the rain rolled in so we had to enjoy the remainder of it from under the awning. Still a wonderful view but not quite as warm. Saturday we drove to Rock Glen Falls to see the waterfalls that I had heard about. It was a strange day weather wise as one minute the sun was shining and the next it was misting rain. We were lucky,  just after arriving the rain stopped and the sun came out. We toured the museum and went for a walk to the bottom of the falls. It was gorgeous with all the fall colours as a backdrop. I was able to find a few fossils in the water. Most of the fossils are more that 350 million years old. On our drive back to the park we stopped at the Lambton Museum which was having a big craft sale. We toured the park for a while before heading back to our cottage for a yummy dinner of turkey leftovers and an evening by the fire. Sunday was spent relaxing at our site before heading to the visitors center where we enjoyed some of the birds that come to the feeders. We arrived home just before dark so we could get parked. We heard on the news that evening that a Native Indian has parked at the park and was protesting. I hope we will be able to spend more time at the Pinery without any problems.

Look who's coming out of her home on our site

Pretty in blue

One of many grape vines within the park

Please, may I have some nuts?

The dark-eyed junkos are back for the winter

Rock Glen Falls
Shot from the base of the falls

Part of the mill wall built in the 1800's
Looking down at the falls from the top edge
Amazing fall colours along the trails

Sights from within the Park
Chippy having a look around

Downy woodpecker working for food

Milkweed blowing in the wind

Young wild turkeys that survived Thanksgiving

White-breasted nuthatch posing for his picture

Black squirrel soaking up the warm sun

The roadway in the park with all its colours

 Downy woodpecker surveying her next move
Adult white-crowned sparrow

Juvenile white-crowned sparrow

This milkweed has narrow pods

Fox sparrow, a first for me

Side view of the fox sparrow

Reflections in the Ausable channel

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