There’s a ton of phrases we use that encourage us not to procrastinate … some you might have heard from your parents when you were a kid, like “do I have to light a firecracker under you – get moving!” No, you didn’t hear that one? Maybe I was just pokey when I was a kid.
Well how about “you’d better get while the gettin’s good”? Or even “seize the day” … just to make something happen.
Well, because I’m a Winter Weenie, I knew that eventually Winter would ravage us with its snow and ice and brutal temps – yup, I have lived in a four-season climate my entire life, and, while the last six weeks of snow-free bliss have been enjoyable, it was bound to end sooner or later.
So, I ensured I went to as many of my favorite park venues as possible, and, I’ve been force-feeding Parker peanuts every time I was at Council Point Park, while anticipating the ice and snow. My favorite nature nook will soon be snow-covered and the paths are not plowed or brushed off. So we walkers will rely on the sun to melt the snow and ice, or we walk alongside the perimeter path. It works for us, but sometimes confuses the squirrels!
As I write this post, Michigan is part of the big Midwestern snow storm that will cross our area in the wee hours of Saturday morning. The forecasts have a wide discrepancy of anywhere from three to eight inches of blowing and drifting snow. Ugh.
So, now I am grateful for all my weekend meanderings to gain steps, glean photos and gather some memories to spin into blog posts. This is it … the remaining photos I have left to pair with a narrative, so hopefully I’m back to my walking regimen fairly soon.
Lake Erie Metropark.
This trek was taken on the first Sunday in January, and I was eager to use my new Metropark pass. I stopped at this locale after the quick trip to the marshlands at Point Mouillee.
The day was crisp and the sun was shining brilliantly, and forget the fact that you’re walking the shore at Lake Erie, with the breeze blowing, and the waves crashing against the rocks along Cove Point, nearly every walker or bicyclist I passed called out “wow, what a beautiful day!”
So, I seized the day and got a few pictures along the way. (I had way more but pared them down considerably.)
I started at Cove Point …
… and worked my way along the Lake Erie shoreline.
I like those big boulders, and if you squint with your naked eye, you not only see Canada, but the wind turbines lined alone their shoreline as well.
I saw a group of ducks rocking back and forth in the choppy water and thought I’d zoom in on them, but they heard my heavy walking shoes as I scuffed through the crinkly leaves near the shoreline, and in a heartbeat they vamoosed.
The winds were calm, but the waves were pretty wicked and came crashing over and over again on those boulders, repeatedly sending spray everywhere.
The grass on either side of the paved walking and biking path was saturated with water, so much so, that, at a glance, you’d think it was a full-size pond, but it was just the low-lying areas.
Tell that to the ducks, who believed it was their own personal pond, and they paddled back and forth, diving and bobbing along. I wanted to tell them that their efforts were fruitless as there was only grass beneath that fake lake, though they persisted in looking for breakfast anyway.
Aren’t these mallards beautiful with the water glistening on their feathers and dripping off their bills?
I walked the entire coastline at Cove Point and that took me to the lookout area.
Here is a better way to view Canada and the wind turbines, especially if you use their coin-operated viewing machine.
But I chose to view that shoreline with my naked eye, and, while I was gazing at my homeland, I heard a humming noise and wondered aloud “what in the world was that?” There is a guy at Council Point Park who often brings his drone to the Park. It hovers around overhead and makes a distinct low, humming noise. So, I associated that noise with a drone and was looking in the air to locate it, only to discover a pair of Tundra Swans right overhead. If my head hadn’t been swiveling around, I’d have seen them and gotten a better shot but this will have to do. It was my first sighting of Tundra Swans, with their black bills and sleek bodies. Once they passed out of my range of vision, the noise ceased, so I realized it was indeed the swans making the humming noise, not a drone.
I next walked to the marina area. I’d not been there since I took the “Eagle’s Eye Nature Cruise” on the E/V Clinton back on a sultry day last August.
The harbor, with row after row of sailboats, was deserted and looked like a little like a ghost town.
There was nowhere else to go, so I turned around and retraced my steps along that three-mile Lake Erie shoreline, but once I arrived at my car, that brilliant sky and scenic venue held me hostage. I decided to stay a little longer, so I ventured to a part of this park where I’d not been before.
There is an area for kids and beyond that is their highly touted wave pool. I figured I might as well continue walking and check out what else I’ve been missing. Though I’ve been to this park many times, I keep gravitating to the same lagoons and marshland areas, or trekking along the Cherry Island Trail, knowing full well there are many other areas to explore in this 1,600-acre park.
I walked around and checked out the recreational area of Lake Erie Metropark, then headed back to the paved pathway to explore some more.
A flurry of white in the dull marshy area caught my eye, so I put some speed in my feet and hurried that-a-way. There were about a dozen Mute Swans frolicking in the chilly water – these two spent more time upside down while diving for lunch, than right side up, and were good for a giggle and a couple of pictures as well.
I finally decided it was time to head back to the car and decided this sign was perfect to end this blog post, and, when I raised the camera to focus on the sign, I noticed the former wasp nest embedded in the metal pole below the sign.
The inhabitants of that wasp nest are long gone, and, just like us, waiting on Spring which is now a mere 61 days away!