Sunset on Walloon Lake
This is what you get when you put out your bird feeders. I have learned that there are more than four kinds of squirrels in Michigan: the woodchuck or groundhog its the largest in the squirrel family, but they don't bother the bird feeders. Next largest is the fox squirrel. The chipmunk and the 13-lined ground squirrel are the smallest. The grey squirrel is smaller than a fox squirrel and is sometimes black. The red squirrel is a bit larger than a chipmunk - one of these has been stuffing his cheeks with sunflower seeds and then running into the neighbors yard to store them in a hole in the ground. There is also a small flying squirrel but it is rarely seen because it is nocturnal.
We have seen many wild turkeys on the Wildwood Harbor Road between Walloon Lake and Boyne City. The most impressive sighting was a flock of about twenty with four adults and sixteen juveniles. They were crossing the road to get to the other side.
Turkeys on Bicycles:
- The hills here are the remains of ancient sand dunes that are thrilling to bicycle down but an arduous climb up. I went for a bike ride by myself this morning, taking my driver's license and my cell phone, so that whoever finds the body can identify me and call 911. As I am coasting downhill I begin thinking it wouldn't be so bad if I added just a few more miles to my outing. On the up hill stretches, I wonder why I ever left home.
- Last week, we passed a foolish young man on a bicycle who was coming down as we were bicycling up. He wore no helmet and he was bicycling no-hands as he was listening to his iPod and texting. Kids these days!
Me in a Kayak: