Everywhere you go, there are amazingly colorful flowers. It certainly doesn't take long for winter to leave and spring to come into bloom!!
On the way back to the rigs, we stopped at a geocache so I could get a Michigan Medallion, and what should I find, but my first travel bug. This tiny American Girl doll wants to travel around the world. Since I have plenty of room, I'll give her a lift to Maine where I'll drop her off at a new cache and she'll wait for her next ride. You can actually track her progress on the internet!!
Yesterday the weather man said rain most of the day, which turned out to be so much more than I expected!! Rain here means RAIN!!!! BUCKETS OF RAIN AND HAIL!! Barbara made a good call and we stayed home to weather watch. While here, the Tregurtha came by ... one of the biggest Lakers sailing the Great Lakes. She's over 1013 feet long and 96 feet wide. The small tug at her side kept her straight on course until she peeled off and they blew their horns ... which was deafening!!! I could watch these babies all day!!! And that's exactly what I did!!
Every time it cleared up a might, I would check Marine Traffic and run out for pictures. Mostly they glide by with hardly any sound ... you can tell from the black smoke that this guy was quite noisy, his diesel engines a little older like me! Most of these Lakers have only one screw (a big propeller) to move them through the water, which means they really aren't very maneuverable like the cruise ships of today.
And then the rain came again!! With lots of lightning cracking overhead, I tried to get an image of the flash, but it was not to be this time. Barbara said it's time to knit ... keeping our minds off the terrible cracking and rumbling directly overhead ... ice cream works better for me, but since it rained all day, I was out!!
The rain let up late in the afternoon and I put my satellite dish back up, having lowered it several times. No use testing Mother Nature's ability to aim that lightning!!
The local Canadian geese were out on the water, so I took the camera out just in time to see this guy flapping his wings like crazy, but not going anywhere.
All of a sudden he would just fall from the sky into the water, hoping to catch a fish I imagine, then again flap his wings like crazy to come up and take off. He was so fast, I barely caught this image. I never did see anything in his beak .. but he dove at least six times before flying off. I looked on-line for information on his name, but only found the Bird Bar and Restaurant!!
Since the Elks are booked solid (they only have four sites) I have to move out today to basically free camping at the Kewadin Casino a couple of miles away, but will be back at this site for most of the week. If this is the only Elks Lodge you camp at, believe me it is well worth the membership fees!!