On Thursday we went back to physio in Owen Sound for the first time in three months. Was I feeling it the next day! I knew I had stiffened up during the lockdown, and developed a slouch to one side, but I didn't realize how much! She gave me a number of specific exercises to get my muscles moving again, which I'm doing religiously.
The drive was like seeing old friends again, places along the road which stood out in my mind for some reason. Here we're just going down into the valley before Woodford.
The Bruce Trail crosses here and I've hiked both north and south. Hidden in the woods over there to the right is a secret waterfall that only flows in spring when the runoff is high.
Here's a sneak look at that ephemeral waterfall.
A little further on we dip down into the broad valley of Keefer Creek. Here also there is a seldom visited waterfall hidden downstream.
And here's a look at Keefer Falls, hidden back in the woods off an unused sideroad.
We passed the airport, the runway disappearing into the distance. We enjoyed Canada Day lunch there last year, watching planes come and go.
After physio, coming out of Owen Sound we drove up over the rocks of the Niagara Escarpment just east of town - another place I've hiked.
We decided to take the back roads home, and drove south off the highway to come across a county road. Lots of barns and cattle, here a herd of Aberdeen Angus. Notice the barn quilt?
And in one field we saw them - two Sandhill Cranes. This is the road where we watch for them, and have seen several before, though not at this exact location. They've long since spread out from their big migrating flock to spend the summer as individual pairs, often grazing in farm fields. They're not eating the soybeans, they're picking bugs and leftover grain off the ground, and they just walk steadily across the field foraging. Sandhill Cranes mate for life and stay together all year. It's a highlight of our summer when we see a pair.
Owen Sound area is so beautiful. Cool that you got to see a pair of cranes! I hope your physio goes well.ReplyDelete
Love the views of the countryside and waterfalls. It is neat seeing the Sandhill Cranes. I am glad you were able to go out for your treatment. Enjoy your day, have a great weekend.
awwww, the backroads, always the route to take!! how thrilling to see the sandhill cranes, we don't have them here!! and the waterfalls are so pretty!!ReplyDelete
it's good that you are back at the physio, i hope you see some improvement in these newer symptoms!!
I always wondered how far did the sand hills travel. They come through in Nebraska but a few do come through in western Iowa. The water falls are so wonderful. I thought the stone at the one fall seemed familiar like a flag stone.ReplyDelete
I would be thrilled to see the Cranes! What a lovely ride.ReplyDelete
That was a great visit to physio and otherwise!ReplyDelete
It was nice to visit those waterfalls again. And I'm glad you finally got your physio! Amazing what a difference a good therapist can make. :-)ReplyDelete
A nice look at the countryside. Keep up those physio exercises!ReplyDelete
That's pretty country you live in. It doesn't take long for the muscles to weaken -- keep working.ReplyDelete
What a delightful find! Cranes.ReplyDelete
My hubby's been working on his physio assignments, but he's had to cut back as it was hurting.
I'm sorry you are sore, but physio is important.
Such beauty surrounds you. Thanks for taking the photos and sharing with us blogger folks.ReplyDelete
Good luck with your physio. I'm sure it feels 'good' to get back into that motion - well, you know what I mean. :)ReplyDelete
Beautiful pics of the waterfalls and those cranes!! You're so fortunate!
I especially liked the scenery along that drive you took and Sand Hill Cranes are always an added bonus. Only had physio for a broken wrist once and those medical folks can work miracles. Hope your new exercises get you straightened up. We fellas do need a little straightening up now and again eh.ReplyDelete
There must be a special sense of pathos seeing all those places you have hiked.ReplyDelete
That was a great guided tour, including secret places. A good idea to take an indirect way home. So much to see.ReplyDelete
Catching up on your blog posts... I love seeing your flowers. Isn't Spring/Summer such a glorious time of year? Down here in TN I love Spring but not so much when it comes to our hot and humid summers....ReplyDelete
Glad you are still enjoying your photography. I loved seeing both waterfalls...AND --I'm sure the Cranes were fun to see/watch.
Stay HEALTHY--and good luck with your new exercises.
Glad you were able to get some Therapy to help the way you feel.ReplyDelete
Beautiful birds but we laugh every time we see Sand Hill Cranes because of their Terradactilla Screams.
Great Pictures as always.
Be Safe and Enjoy!
It's about time.
It's fun to go back to places and see things we remember from "before." I've never seen Sand Hill Cranes in nature before, but I believe they come to the area near the ocean southwest of Vancouver. - MargyReplyDelete
Beautiful views here. I loved the waterfalls...ReplyDelete
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