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The 2013 Annual Tundra Swan Trip

March 21, 2013

This past Sat­ur­day, we went for our annu­al trip to Aylmer to check out the migrat­ing tun­dra swans that were re-fuelling (read: eat a lot of corn cour­tesy of the local con­ser­va­tion author­i­ty) before con­tin­u­ing their jour­ney to their sum­mer vaca­tion spots up at the Arc­tic tun­dras.

The weath­er wasn’t great that day. It was grey and snowy, but we must go on! After doing a thrift­ing round in Lon­don, which yield­ed noth­ing, we stopped at a Denny’s for brunch before con­tin­u­ing our dri­ve down to Aylmer.

It was still snow­ing when we got there, not to men­tion cold. And of course I for­got to bring my hat, scarf, and gloves. There weren’t too many vis­i­tors at the view­ing sta­tions, which was kind of nice. I spent most of my time at the ground-lev­el view­ing area, tak­ing pic­tures and videos of the swans.

Just chillin'.
Just chill­in’.
Walking like a boss.
Walk­ing like a boss.

And here’s a video I made of the swans fly­ing because I just couldn’t seem to take good still pic­tures of it. I blamed it on the lack of viewfind­er on my cam­era, which I end­ed up buy­ing online lat­er that day. A viewfind­er, that is. Not a new cam­era.


After a while, I got all tun­dra swanned out so we decid­ed to head out. On our way out, we saw this sign indi­cat­ing the total num­ber of swans that day (don’t ask me how they do the count­ing).

I think there were actually more.
I think there were actu­al­ly more.

And then we were off to down­town Aylmer to check out a thrift store! My hus­band parked the car in front of a dog bakery/boutique with a real­ly drab win­dow dis­play show­cas­ing some ugly fake dogs.

How much is that doggie in the window?
How much is that dog­gie in the win­dow?

Okay, so this one is nei­ther ugly nor fake. It’s just a real­ly bored-look­ing dog. I’d look like that too if I had to work on a week­end doing sales.

Pretty sure he's not for sale.
Pret­ty sure he’s not for sale.

The dog didn’t find me very excit­ing at all, as you can see from the pic­ture above. Oh well. Back to the road now. This time we head­ed for Port Bruce which is one of my few favourite spots by the Lake Erie. It was still snowy and windy and the water in the lake was rough and murky when we got there.

Port Bruce Pier, featuring a beacon.
Port Bruce Pier, fea­tur­ing a bea­con and a hus­band.

We went to walk on the pier where the waves were crash­ing along and again­st. One wave crashed again­st the side of the pier right next to me. Luck­i­ly it wasn’t a super big one or I’d get soaked, which wouldn’t have been fun con­sid­er­ing how cold it was.

A wave breaking against the pier.
A wave break­ing again­st the pier.

That part where we were hang­ing on the pier while freez­ing, watch­ing the waves break­ing was my favourite part of the day. My sec­ond favourite part was when we stopped at a Tim Hor­tons in Inger­soll and I won some­thing through their Roll Up The Rim To Win pro­mo­tion!

I'm a winner!
I’m a win­ner!

So it was noth­ing over­ly excit­ing but it was my first win ever in my almost 9 years of liv­ing in Canada so it was kind of excit­ing to me. Any­way, I gave my win­ning to my hus­band because he goes to Tim Hor­tons more often than I do. 

And that’s how our last Sat­ur­day went. No plans for any day trips this week­end even though the weath­er is sup­posed to be good, which is too bad. May­be we’ll go geo­caching. It’s been a while.

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