Sunday, October 19, 2008
Getting from here to there...
Yesterday was another beautiful fall day. We have had some rain and wind in the last few days and the leaves are falling quickly. Autumn colours are past their peak already. But the sun makes the remaining leaves and landscape look their best. The only covered bridge in Ontario crosses the Grand River at West Montrose. It is common to see a Mennonite horse and buggy coming out of the opening, but the vehicles today were a little different.
Smart cars are not uncommon here, but I always take a second look at their small profile. Gas has recently dropped to just below $1.00 a litre but a car like this is still ideal at the pumps.
Fred and Wilma Flintstone were also at West Montrose and having a great time in their stone age vehicle. It doesn't even take gas, although I did not see their feet pedalling beneath the frame. I think this may be a retiree who wants to add some distraction to his golf game. He sure got some curious looks from the people around the bridge.
The town of Elora is on the Grand River as well, a few miles upstream from West Montrose. It is a quaint community with old homes and shops which cater to tourists. My friends and I used to visit it frequently in times B.C. (Before Children) and browse in the antique and craft stores. We would sip Earl Grey tea and eat crepes in one of the little cafes. This caleche was available for one horse power rides.
Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No! It's Superman. This was the view when I looked upwards from a trail I walked in Elora. Yes, he is in the treetops and the next post will explain this mode of transportation in more detail.
I don't have to go far from home to see the most interesting things!