In Owen Sound yesterday, we stood on the bridge in Harrison Park and watched the salmon fight their way upstream to spawn. The Sydeham River is about 50 feet wide and a foot deep here, running over a bed of gravel and boulders.
By the late 1950's fisheries experts were searching for something dramatic to change the situation. Howard Tanner, head of fisheries for the State of Michigan, decided to try introducing salmon. It was an overnight success. Salmon fed widely on the Alewives, growing fast, and creating some sort of artificial balance in the system. Today the sports fishery is far more valuable than the commercial fishery, though some old tugs still go out after Whitefish. The salmon are still widely dependent on stocking, but natural spawning is also part of the picture.
Here in Owen Sound you can go and see the salmon in action very easily.
Saturday, September 29, 2018
By about lunch the rain showers had stopped so we headed out for our weekend excursion to Harrison Park in Owen Sound. We had a great soup and sandwich lunch in the restaurant, and I managed well in my wheelchair. Glad to know I can comfortably handle a restaurant.
Friday, September 28, 2018
The Scarecrow Festival is tomorrow evening, a parade through the downtown at 6 pm, followed by the festivities at the Harbour Pavilion at 6.30.
One of our smaller invaders.
A popular place to hang scarecrows is from all the lamp posts downtown.
This year's saloon.
And the entrance steps to Meaford Hall are always well-guarded.
These two fellas are just waiting for the fun to begin.
An early pioneer family arrives in town.
Thursday, September 27, 2018
For our drive today we headed east to Thornbury, and drove right down into the harbour. It was a cool but beautiful day, and the salmon were running. Enjoyed a nice 45 minute 'walk' (ride) along the pathway that borders the water.
And here's a rare picture of me in front of Georgian Bay. The electric wheelchair is working great.
Wednesday, September 26, 2018
It's been a crazy busy day here, with a nurse, the homecare coordinator and a group of four guys to install the ceiling lift in our bedroom. (To date we've been using the very awkward 'Hoyer' lift). We're hoping tonight will go more smoothly. but by 4 p.m. the rush was over, so we went for another short drive.
The view is limited whem you don't get out of the car, and today was limited by the drizzle.
Tuesday, September 25, 2018
Meaford's Scarecrow Invasion is this weekend. Scarecrows are hanging from streetlights downtown, and dancing around a few bits of open space. It's an enormous amount of work considering that the scarecrows get new clothes each year.
Monday, September 24, 2018
Last night we went for our first post-hospital adventure. it was just a local drive down to the shoreline of Georgian Bay, but we stopped and picked up a pizza which we shared sitting in the car. Then I drove the chair out and we headed down the sidewalk toward the inner harbour. I got a selection of pictures of the bay.