This is the end of the Grand River where it meets Lake Erie taken in Port Maitland. The sloppy ice that was covering most of the river leading up to here ends and the water opens up where it meets the lake. Hundreds of seagulls soared overhead as I stood here admiring the view and the peace and calm of the winter day. It would be my last official day on the Grand. The last day of the Year on the Grand project. I am sure I will spend many more hours visiting and admiring the river. I now have even more of an appreciation for the Grand. I would say it has left me in awe whenever I think about the life I have seen on this heritage river the past year.
This photo looks past the end of a pier into Lake Erie where the water from the Grand joins the lake water and continues it's journey. Here ends the journey of the YOTG blog. I hope viewers of the project have enjoyed our posts. I want to thank you all on behalf of Mathew and myself for your interest. The letters and comments we have received from across the country and further afield have been a source of inspiration. I want to personally thank my partner Lisa for her support. Record Editor Rod Frketich for giving us time to take expensive equipment on sometimes wet hikes and canoe rides on the river and its banks. The Ancient Mariners for their dedication to the Grand and for always letting me tag along on their adventures. Everyone at the GRCA for being a wealth of knowledge and help during the project. The people that wrote in with ideas and stories which helped us tell ours, and last but not least, Mat for being a great partner during the year.
I hope this blog has helped inspire viewers to get out and experience all the Grand has to offer. All the best.