Coudersport Caravan

It was that time of year again.  Memorial Day.  And it wouldn’t be Memorial Day without a weekend in Coudersport on the bike.

This year the weather gods smiled on us and granted us sunshine and warmth.  The bearded guy even managed to get off early (thanks boss!) and we were able to drive in daylight.  A few of our group arrived early and set out on an afternoon ride.  Unfortunately, there was an incident which sent a couple of our merry band home before the weekend even really began.  That took the wind out of our sails for a bit the next morning, but after a few corners we got our mojo back and the ride on Saturday was one of the best ever.

The ride through the national forests and parks is so beautiful and tranquil.  Winding through the tree-lined roads, past streams and look-outs.  On this particular day, as we meandered … ok, more like careened … we were showered with delicate, yellow butterflies that fluttered down on us like confetti.  Aaaaaand …. sometimes splattered all over our visors.  In spite of the carnage those bright, sunny creatures made me smile.

A late lunch and we headed back to the Laurelwood for some socializing and sipping.  After a delicious dinner Paul was kind enough to gather the band and together we sang a few songs, struggled through one or two, and just had a blast.

Thanks, again, everybody, for a great time with fantastic people!  Here are a few pics from the “back seat”


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Aaaand … we’re off!

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Lunch break

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The remnants of the carnage ….

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The band

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No helmet … and SHORTS!

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Packin’ up

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Remember the haunted house from 2 years ago?  Well, apparently the ghosts have been evicted.  Can’t wait to see it all done.

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Home again.

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Easter Seals Regatta

The 19th annual Rexall Foundation Niagara Easter Seals Regatta was held this past Sunday.    Dalhousie Yacht Club opened up the club house for this event and many of its members provided their boats to take the Easter Seals kids … Continue reading

The Lights of Rio Lane

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Christmas time is here … filled with love and cheer.  And you sure can see it over on Rio Lane.

Every year the folks who live on this circle in the north end of St.Catharines go all out to bring smiles to the faces of the people who visit them.  Starting on the first Advent weekend, all the homes and the circle are aglow with twinkling lights, balloon characters and the message of Christmas.

Those who visit get to help spread the Christmas cheer to those who are in need by contributing to the collection barrels placed along the street.  Non-parishable food items and toys are delivered each week to be given to families in need this season.

When I was a kid I loved it when my dad would drive us around the city at Christmas time to see the houses all lit up.  When we had kids, we just had to walk across the way to visit our neighbours on Rio.  On those winter nights when big, fluffy flakes of snow started falling it was absolutely magical!

Our kids are all grown now, but I still get a little excited when the lights are switched on for the first time each season.  It’s probably not enough to be seen from space, but it doesn’t matter.  I can see it from my front window and it makes me smile.  Merry Christmas, all!



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