Yesterday was a beautiful sunny warm day, so after church (properly distanced and masked of course) we headed out for a drive. After picking up a sandwich for lunch we drove straight south down into the valley, and our first stop was the John Muir Lookout. I get the impression that many don't realize that John Muir, the great conservationist, father of the American Nation Parks system, spent most of two years here in the Beaver and Bighead Valleys.
Monday, September 28, 2020
John Muir Lookout
There's an interesting information plaque that provides an overview of Muir's time here. The knowledge has come to light from his diaries, from letters he wrote, and from plant specimens he collected (which recorded locations).
'Citiots' - we find ourselves almost constantly complaining about the urbanites from the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) who come to visit, especially on weekends. Ordinarily tourists are a good thing, but with the threat of covid transmission, we have an instinctive reaction against them, Most of Ontario's cased are in Toronto and a few other urban centres, and we here in Grey County still have very few.
So seeing crowds of cars at spots where we'd normally be almost alone is aggravating. On top of that, a significant number of ski chalet or cottage owners have apparently decided just to stay for the winter. Two small schools that we know of each suddenly have 100 extra students this year. We can't park at our favourite farm store. It's hard to make a left turn onto the highway. And house prices are through the roof!
I'm ashamed to admit it, but I find myself frequently saying that 'they should just build a wall around the GTA and keep all the citiots inside!!!'