A yellow warbler finally sat still and posed long enough for a photo.
This was the view from the Foote Pond overlook. It was such a beautiful day, the colors were brilliant, and the complete absence of any sounds of civilization made it a really nice place to stop for awhile. That's one of the nicer things about our weekend being Wednesday and Thursday...not as many people are out and about at places like this. This observation area is supposed to be a good spot for viewing bald eagles, but we did not see any here.
By now it was lunchtime, and I had another new experience. We went to our first "party store". Generally speaking, they are stores that are somewhat similar to a deli; they sell some groceries, soda, alcoholic drinks, tobacco products, firewood, lottery tickets, and some, like this one, has sandwiches and ice cream. So far, every party store I've seen has looked liked it would fall down in the next wind storm, but the sandwiches were tasty, and it was clean inside. Just a little scary looking on the outside :-). We took our sandwiches to the Iargo Springs area on the river. This is a site revered by the native Americans who believed the waters here held magical powers. Here is where the scarlet tanager finally came by for a picture!
Sea Eagle Sport Runabout and we are getting pretty speedy with set-up, now. It takes us about 20 minutes to get it all assembled and inflated, and about the same time to deflate and put it away. It has been the perfect boat for us to explore the lake and rivers, with enough room for both of us and the dogs. They do seem to enjoy their float experiences!
We puttered around Foote Pond for awhile, until the engine battery started getting low. After we returned to the boat launch and put everything away, we went back to Foote Pond overlook again, looking for those darn eagles. Still no luck, but since it was only 5PM, and plenty of daylight left, we drove to the west end entrance of River Road, and walked out to the observation deck there. And that is where we found the eagle! he's really far away, and you'll probably have to trust me on the picture, but I could see it quite clearly with the binoculars, and he was beautiful! Such a thrill to see our first one in the wild. In the picture, he's sitting on a sandbank in the river, chewing on some rodent or fish that had a bad day.
So far, this week has been terribly hot and humid, like so many other areas. We're not doing too much during the day, and now we are back on our days off. Chores, laundry and grocery shopping beckon, as well as cleaning the interior. Once it cools down, we'll wash the outside of the trailer also. The pollen is coming off the trees in clouds, and everything is dry and dusty now. No happy medium so far!
After our work week ends next week, we'll be heading up to visit Mackinaw Island, and Sault Ste. Marie to see the shipping locks between Lake Superior and Lake Huron. It should be another interesting excursion. So far, we are very much enjoying our stay in Michigan. Until next time, have a great day!