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  • Because of my illness, we had to cancel our Memorial Day trip to the Pinery, located in Ontario, Canada. We go every Memorial weekend--or--we did, until now. Keith and I are both really sad. We love camping and Memorial Day Weekend is the best because it is warm enough, but not too hot and the biting insects haven't descended en masse yet. The spring wildflowers are still out.

    The Pinery is a lovely spot. It's probably our favorite camping destination. We have been lucky enough, by making reservations at the earliest possible time (it's very popular) to always get a spot in the dunes, so that all we have to do to reach the water is walk up over the dunes. We try to choose a spot that is relatively private which allows for less human disturbance and more wildlife.

  • Many paths lead to the top of the dunes.

  • From the top, one can view the dunes and the lake.

  • Miles of wild beaches await the explorer!

  • A wild river runs through the Pinery.

  • Rare habitats such as this oak savanna invite explorations and are filled with different wildflowers and birds.

  • We love watching birds.

  • Such as this cedar waxwing,

  • this northern oriole,

  • this rose-breasted grosbeak,

  • and these turkey vultures.

  • We also love watching animals such as this chipmunk, raccoon and squirrel. (We also seen many other animals!!!)

  • I took this picture of Keith and the coyote inside the nature center (of a stuffed animal).

  • There are insects and snails and hundreds of butterflies (but I didn't want to TOTALLY overwhelm you!) (Snail photo by Keith).

  • Over Memorial Day weekend, the spring wildflowers are magnificent. Shown here are fringed polygala and a rare anomaly of the wild columbines (which are normally read and yellow a the Pinery.) I have literally thousands of wildflower shots, and like I said, didn't want to overwhelm you.

  • We really enjoy collecting wild mushrooms, such as these morels, which we cooked and ate. (photo by Keith)

  • I cut up the vegetables and Keith build the fire and cooks. I'm proud of my fire-building skills, but I let him do it because it gives him such pleasure.

  • One of the wonderful things about camping (and traveling in general) is that we spend so much more time together than we do in our normal daily lives--so much more time for loving. Keith is 67 years old and today, for example, is working ten hours at GM. Camping gives us an opportunity to reconnect, replenish our love, share. (Self-portrait photo by Keith).

  • Unless it is pouring rain, we climb to the top of the dunes every evening to watch the sunset. As far as the eye can see, other campers are perched there too, all joined in a simple celebration of the daily cycles of life.

  • All photographs, unless otherwise noted (Keith took three) are by me. All photos were taken at the Pinery in Ontario, Canada. NOT THIS YEAR! :-(

    I started this story on Friday. It took me a LONG time to prepare it.

    Although this story is about the Pinery, I am HOME, not there, so I marked it home. (That's sort of the point of the story).

    Mary, Mary 28, 2013.

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