I had the pleasure of being a step-on tour guide for a bus full of friendly visitors from Walled Lake, Michigan, near Detroit. Micki and Brian of Escapades Travel and bus driver Dennis brought along 44 happy travellers to spend some time in Lambton Shores.
I met up with them at Forest Glen Herb Farm, where Cynthia Cook showed them how to make various herbal vinegars and gave them some tips on dried flower arranging. They strolled through the herb gardens and shopped in her barn. Then we went to Kettle and Stony Point First Nation for the beautiful view of Lake Huron from the Point. Travelling along highway 21, I told them the history of the area and we saw the big sand dunes at Northville. We talked about the digging of the Ausable River Cut, the Pinery Park, and vegetable growing in the bog.
We also had fun discussing U.S. and Canadian differences, from spelling to history. Some folks remarked on seeing all our red maple leaf flags.
From there we came to Grand Bend where they spent time shopping on Main Street. Everyone raved about the Hobo Piez! We also did a riverside drive-by to see the Yacht Club and the famous Grand Bend hedge, as well as the natural setting of the old river bed.
After check in & dinner at Oakwood, we went out to Huron Country Playhouse II for the hilarious comedy Unnecessary Farce. They loved Ralph Small as the Highland Hitman with his unintelligible Scottish brogue, and Kristen Peace’s amazing interpretation of it as Cop Billie. There were many comments about the great cast and their comedic timing. Lotsa laughs!
After the show, we went back down Main Street and although we were too late for the actual sunset, the sky lit up in beautiful bright orange and pinkish shades over a turquoise lake. Dennis, the bus driver showed amazing skill with the giant bus, winding his way down the tight street, and slowly around the traffic circle at the end. But with cars parked at the gazebo, he couldn’t make it around that end, and had to do some fancy backing up.
As the bus went back to Oakwood for the night, I wrapped things up with a talk about A Chorus Line, which they were seeing at the Stratford Festival the next afternoon.
We had a great day in Lambton Shores – thank you to Brian and Micki Larimer at Escapades Travel for bringing this fun-loving group to our town!