This photo is one of three I will post today from a trip to the end of the Grand River. I stopped in Dunnville where I remembered from a previous canoe trip that the mighty Grand becomes widest. Taking a small craft like a canoe through this area is impressive. The river swells to a delta and the sound of boat motors in the summer is much more common than other areas to the north. I noticed this anchor that must be from a large boat that perhaps frequented the great lake bellow I was getting a closer look when Gail Franklin and her dog Molly walked by. The park is a favorite of Molly's and Gail often drives across town to walk her and take in the lovely view the Grand provides.
I walked across the Dunnville bridge and noticed these bright red pods really jumping out against the winter scene behind. They appear to belong to a wild rose. I got close enough to feel the sting of a thorn in the side of my arm. This picture was taken looking back up river where the river is widest.
When I crossed over tot he other side of the bridge where the dam is I noticed some people in the river. It turned out to be the Haldmand County Fire Department performing a simulated ice rescue. 11 firefighters took part protected by safety features such as dry suits. In this picture Station 5 ff Adam Bontaine plays the part of a disoriented person in distress as Staion 9 firefighter Jeremy Crysler, middle and Captain Alan Krajcir deploy a rapid deployment craft to rescue him. This was the second last stop on what felt like a pilgrimage to Lake Erie where the Grand finished its journey. This weekend Mat and I will finish ours. Unfortunately he could not accompany me on this trip. Our work schedule just would not allow it. I will have two more posts.