Across the country to Key West and up to New Brunswick, Canada Summer 20010

A life in progress by
Rick Swallow
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Keep in mind that this is my journal, placed here where I can be reminded of places and things that interest me!
Day 40 (Friday July 23) Drove to St. Joseph Island in Ontario, Canada, arriving late afternoon. This entailed driving north to Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, and crossing the international bridge to Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada. Eastward about 30 miles can be found this small bridge which connects the mainland to St. Joseph's Island. The nearly 15 mile drive across the island is pleasant and quite wooded. The Island is one of the largest Maple syrup producers in Canada. The blue tubing connecting these trees is used for the collection of Maple sap, which is boiled down to produce the syrup. This group of pheasant (I believe, not being a hunter....) crossed the road right in front of me. There are many deer, Cougar, and other wildlife species on the island. I leveled my RV, hooked up to Catherine's electricity, and began my stay at the edge of Lake Huron. Wood was gathered for the fire pit that evening and the roasting of marshmallows ensued. Forrest and Linda's grandkids lit some sparklers. Here, near their camp (home) is a a tree that seems to have grown right into another nearby tree. A tree's way of "reaching out and touching someone." Interesting. Stephen and Forrest install new windows in the cabin which will soon become Stephen and Dawn's "Home away from home on the lake. Canadians call them "Camps." The public Beech Beach is just a few hundred yards down the road. Very nice, sandy and shallow for a good piece out into the water. Day 41 (Saturday July 24) Another shot of Beech Beach and 2 of the remains of Fort St. Joseph. Click the link or Google it.... Day 42 (Sunday July 25) Foster took me for a little hike in the woods to show me the largest stone fence I've ever seen, and I've seen many. This land was certainly rocky and the farmers made good use of the stones which pop up in their fields by stacking them in such a manner so as to prevent livestock from roaming. Made sometime in the 1700-1800's. It goes through the forest for quite a long stretch. Some of you "citified" people reading this may not be aware that stones/boulders are continually being forced to the surface due to what is called "frost heave." People living in colder climates are familiar with that phenomena. A close examination of the picture to the right just above shows the tops all blown off and laying on the ground. This is in the middle of a stand of planted trees, obviously the result of a tornado touchdown! Day 43 (Monday July 26) Life in Paradise Day 44 (Tuesday July 27) just goes on and on! Click here to go to Page 8. (Using your back button is quicker if you came here from there.)
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