Aug 18 2007
Today we returned from our trip to Drummond Island. The weather was less warm than we might have liked, with a lot more wind than we were expecting, but it was still beautiful. We did have one absolutely perfect day (Wednesday) that we took full advantage of. We took a long pontoon ride, all around a bunch of neighboring islands. On this trip, we saw the damndest thing. Halfway between Drummond Island and the next island out (there’s about 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile of water between them), we came across a red squirrel just swimming along. No freaking idea what that was about.
J-bird and I spent a lot of the ride sitting in the very front of the pontoon, pushing against the water with our feet.
After we were done tooling around, we heaved to at a sandy beach on a nearby island that we’ve been to many times in previous years. The water this year was very low, so we didn’t do much swimming, but it was the perfect depth for wading around with the niece and helping her find rocks, seashells, and going SPLOOSH in the water.
We stayed up late one night, sitting on the docked pontoon watching the Perseid meteor shower. We were one day off from the peak, but we still managed to see some very impressive meteors in the sky. One was so big it looked like someone had used a camera flash on the boat. In other sky-related news, last night (Friday) we all ran outside at 9:54 PM and watched the space shuttle Endeavor streaking across the sky. It is amazing how little time it’s visible for – and then it fades away into the distance, as though it’s going out.
We spent a lot of time doing what we love best on vacation – lounging around reading books, or just hanging out and talking. I fought through The Satanic Verses by Salman Rushdie and then picked up the much lighter fare of the Conclave of the Shadows trilogy by Raymond Feist. There was card playing, and alcohol consuming, and fire sitting galore.
On Friday, The Man, J-bird, her husband (he really needs a nickname), and I took off in J-bird and H.H’s Jeep for a big explore. Drummond Island is a haven for those who love to trail ride, as the whole island is peppered with ORV trails. We were gone longer than we thought we would be, but we had never been down some of these trails, and they got pretty rough in spots. We did have to turn back a couple times when the way became impassable, but we did see some awesome things and added a few more places to our “cool spots” list.
The Man on the footpath to the Glen Cove sand shore. Not very far from the ORV trail. We didn’t know there was a sand shore; we’d only found the rock shore on previous trips.
Me and The Man at the Glen Cove sand shore.
The Glen Cove rock shore.
Part of the trail to Marble Head Point.
Looking down from the cliff top at Marble Head Point. The cliff face was split in twain at this spot.
Me and J-bird on another trail leading away from Marble Head. In the spring, this trail is used for mud bogging at the Jeep Jamboree. When we went down it, all the evidence that remained were huge ruts (like this one) and some small(er) mud patches.
The week went by much too fast. We love it up at Drummond Island. Every time we go it seems like we never have enough time to do everything we want to do. But, we always really enjoy whatever it is we’re doing, even if it’s just relaxing with the family, teasing each other, and cooking up some barbeque.
Next trip: back up to Dr. Mom’s for Labor Day weekend.