Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Besides visiting my Nana often, the other constant on my trip out East was almost daily voyages to Point Pelee National Park. The first week I was there, my mother was recovering from sore heels, so she’d go for a bike ride, and I’d go for brisk walks through the woods with Miles. I was on a mission to see how fast I could walk my favorite trail; however, Miles was on a mission to sniff as many smells as he could. We definitely cooperated and met halfway!

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

{ “Ready for a hike?” }

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

I love being outdoors. There is really no place like Point Pelee! In the spring, it is famous for being a landing spot for migratory birds. See all of my posts about Point Pelee by clicking here — Each of my previous posts cover different trails.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

This is the Woodland Nature Trail. It is filled with the sing song calls of many kinds of birds, even at low season in the fall.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the UnpredictableAdventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

The woods there is filled with vines.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

As busy as they can be, it often isn’t difficult to spot the silhouette of a Welsh Terrier.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Last year on this same trail, Miles spotted many toads and frogs. He was ever hopeful he’d see more this time. Alas, with the exception of the visitor center’s entrance ponds, he did not.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

“Are you sure there are no frogs?”

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Welsh Terriers never stop hoping. Miles gave one more intense look.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

After the walks, we’d wait at the picnic tables for my mom. Waiting is never dull with my buddy at my side.. Or on a table!

Uncle Rick’s Visit
/// The Point

A week into my trip, my uncle arrived. The restaurant he and his wife run, The Siding, is on winter break, so his first trip was to visit my mom, me, and of course my Nana. He arrived on his birthday. My mother’s side of the family are Canadian, so naturally she made the most quintessential Canadian dessert: butter tarts! Butter tarts are like mini pecan pies. Sometimes they have raisins, but we like them with pecans.

Miles is friendly with acquaintances and strangers, but when reunited with ANYone who he has bonded with, his outpouring of affection is too much to bear! He couldn’t believe that my uncle was there. That evening while we feasted on my uncle’s birthday dinner of risotto, trout and asparagus with a dessert of butter tarts, Miles dined on rabbit and veggies with a dessert of bullystick.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Our first trip to Point Pelee with my uncle, we visited the most spectacular part: the actual point! And boy, was it ever spectacular. Most of the time, you can either take a shuttle to the point, or walk quite a ways to get there. Occasionally you are allowed to drive, but rarely. We opted to walk. When we arrived, the point was more exposed than I have ever seen it! (See how it looked when I was there last year here) The beach went way out, and it was very windy. This is the Southernmost point of Canada.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

My uncle (and the seagulls) enjoying the Point.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

The waves were crashing.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Growing up very close to the Oregon coast, where Tsunami warnings are always in effect, I’ve had a healthy respect of tides from an early age. Even though this is not the ocean, many people have died from being pulled into the tides. It was a tad unnerving being on a point almost fully encompassed by crashing waves. I was very careful!

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

The view was magnificent. The colors!

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Miles seems to “get” whatever I am concerned about, and stayed perfectly in the middle the whole time we were on the point. He loved the smells and sights.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

For quiet lake country, our visit was pretty busy! Miles made the most of the naps he got.

Miles loves my uncle Rick, and for good reason. Rick is a dog lover. On his trip he helped Miles with a critical task: unearthing his prized ball from under the oppressively low futon. PS my uncle Rick is such a nice dog lover that he bought a leash on his trip, because he’d agreed to wait an hour at the airport after he landed to help a friend get their dog home after a long flight for the dog.

A Departure, A Storm, and a Accident


Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

A week with my uncle visiting went by really fast. He took my Nana to a bunch of medical appointments, and we spent a lot of time together. All in all it was very busy. The afternoon my uncle left, Miles knew what was happening, and parked himself in a place he never rests: by the front door. He is too smart and is always very sad to see friends and family leave.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

My mother and I were really tired that evening, and decided to have a lazy night in. Just as had we finished warming up leftovers for dinner, my mother got a phone call. Her neighbor, who is very skilled and handy, had been trimming a very large tree branch for another neighbor, and in a freak accident, the branch fell on his face. This handy man is always outdoors working, and has never been to the ER before. Sure enough he was there that night! We drove a ways out and got a key from them so we could shut their windows (of course there was a storm that night!) and so I could take care of their sweet dog Lucy. Miles accompanied us and consoled Lucy who was very concerned. Late that evening, my mother drove out again, and drove the neighbors home. Despite how serious the accident was, the man is very lucky and is okay!

The storm warning was no joke. It was not as serious as reports had said, so we were thankful. However, that didn’t mean Miles took going out for his evening pee very lightly…

The Storm Clears…
The Marsh Boardwalk at Point Pelee

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Our last walk at Point Pelee was probably the most famous trail! Even though it isn’t the Point, the Marsh Boardwalk is probably the most famous and photographed. In Oregon I grew up amongst some of the most beautiful marshlands in the world. However, I think both the natural beauty, along with the very skillful “curation” of this trial make it very special. Earlier this year, a massive fire nearly burned down this trail (news story here).

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the UnpredictableAdventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the UnpredictableAdventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the UnpredictableAdventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Thanks to some fellow trail walkers, we didn’t just walk by this enormous sunbathing Snapping Turtle. Miles never noticed it but I leashed him just in case… Snapping turtles are serious business!

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

A stunning butterfly.

Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

Highlights at Point Pelee

Soon enough, our short trip out East was almost done. Aside from private moments with my Nana and mother, my favorite moments were at the Woodland Nature Trail at Point Pelee with Miles; both alone, and with my mother and uncle Rick.

6 comments on Adventures in Lake Country: Point Pelee, Family, and the Unpredictable

  • Mary Anne

    Beautiful pictures, and such a beautiful dog! Lucky Miles!!

    • Emma (author)

      Aww thanks Mary Anne!

  • Darcy

    What a beautifully manicured walk through Point Pelee! No need to get all muddy as the substrates are so well managed… the weather! The sky so blue! What great photos… I’d love to walk here as well. Not so many squirrels, rabbits or mice, eh? Mostly wet land dwellers? Sally could be off leash all day. Love, love, love the candles in the butter tarts for your Uncle’s birthday. I learned to cherish those tarts as a child.. a form of them is popular in Kentucky.. decadently marvelous!so refreshing and renewing to meet up with family. Your stories and pics make me feel like I was there too! Love to you from Darcy and Sally

    • Emma (author)

      Good question Darcy! Haha — there is another walk nearby, the Hillman Marsh walk, which is includible both in scenery and wildlife. Now that one was a mostly “leash-‘er!” Haha! The Point Pelee area is interesting as there is plenty of wildlife, and at this time of year you WILL encounter turkeys and squirrels, but not as much bunnies on the trail. I guess they know it well and tell their babies? Sally is definitely well-trained enough that she and Miles could have a blast together. Trip! Trip! Trip!!

      That is very cool about tarts in Kentucky! I have to look that up. So tasty!

  • Kimberley Atkison

    What a great vacation!! I loved your descriptions, photos and video! Miles is so handsome and you do an amazing job of grooming him!! My Welshie ask loves seeing people she knows and cries and kind of yodels when she sees them! It’s so cute!! Thanks Emma!

    • Emma (author)

      Daisy is a special girl! <3 I am thrilled you enjoy our adventures. I love seeing yours on Instagram!

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