Bookmark and Share   Apr. 15, 2020   Vol. 11 Week 16 Issue 562

amazing grace PIPED round the world on easter sunday


DSC_8733Young Harvey Boyer also joined in the music making at noon on Easter Sunday when bagpipers across the globe united to perform, "Amazing Grace".  

Easter Pipe BankPhysical distancing was practised during a special performance at Bayfield Meadows on Easter Sunday. (Submitted photo)

The Bayfield Meadows Homeowners' Association (BMHA) in the village consisting of over 80 residents were delighted to have neighbors Peter Mason and Cameron Harper, members of the Clinton Branch 140 Legion Pipe Band, put on a little show for them on Apr. 2.

On Easter Sunday, Apr. 12, at noon, the musical duo was back joining pipers around the world in playing “Amazing Grace”, from wherever they were, in solidarity with those struggling through the COVID-19 pandemic.

This time bagpiper Harper was joined by Mark McLeod and base drummer Mason was joined by Chelsea Boyer on the snare drum. Young Harvey Boyer also joined in the music making. Residents once again stood on their porches or front lawns to listen to the performance - keeping the appropriate two meters (6 ft.) distance.

DSC_8745Bagpipers Cameron Harper and Mark McLeod; Base Drummer, Peter Mason; Snare Drummer, Chelsea Boyer; and young Harvey Boyer performed at Bayfield Meadows at noon on Easter Sunday.

UntitledYoung Harvey Boyer delighted residents of Bayfield Meadows during a special performance on Sunday, Apr. 12.


The Bayfield Farmers’ Market is working on a plan to open for the 2020 season.

It definitely won’t be business as usual. Current provincial regulations allow only food and beverage vendors to participate. And with Clan Gregor Square currently closed to the public, the market is unable to set up in its usual location.

In response, the market is moving to online, prepaid orders that will be brought to Bayfield for curbside pickup. Delivery to Bayfield residents may also be possible. More details on this new model will be made public soon. Regular updates will be posted on the market's Facebook page and in the Bayfield Breeze.

The Bayfield Farmers’ Market vendors are eager to provide a way for their customers to access fresh, local food products.

“Now more than ever, it is important to support our local vendors!” concluded Market Manager, Mary Brown.

world wonders cruise ends in Gibraltar for Bayfield couple


image3Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot disembarked the Viking Sun at Gilbraltar on Apr. 10 to begin their journey home. The couple would like to say a special thank you to all that had kept them in their prayers for a safe return home. They would also like to thank their travel agent, Chris Stilwell, for bringing them home.
They are also thankful to Donna, Walter and Miss Daisy for providing care and flowers upon their return home. They are also most appreciative of the Easter dinner they were provided with on Sunday by Nancy and Dave Wilson. (Photos courtesy Justyne Chojnacka)  

Last week, in Issue 561**, we shared the story of Bayfield residents, Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot, who set sail from Los Angeles on Jan. 4th for a 119-night World Wonders Cruise. The growing COVID-19 pandemic created a rather uncertain itinerary amd many passengers were disembarked early. However, struggling to find a country that would allow them entry, Chojnacka and Racicot, along with six other Canadians, soon found themselves to be the only remaining passengers aboard the cruise ship Viking Sun. 

By Day 82 of the cruise, there were 460 crew onboard along with the eight passengers.  A fellow Canadian from Vancouver, Andy, who kept an online blog of their cruise, noted that this provided each passenger with 57.5 amazing crew members who tended to their every need.

At this point in the cruise, the Canadians were allowed to move to suites of their own choosing. They picked the four forward facing suites on Decks 4 and 5 and their cabin steward assignments were rearranged so that they could keep their same steward for the duration of the trip.

The passengers were advised that it is Viking Ocean policy to continue the full operation of guest services, even for only eight guests. Collectively, the Canadians felt that this was rather extravagant and they suggested what services they would like to have remain open, paring down eateries and organizing more structured meal times. They also requested that crew members be allowed to join them in the theatre for the live production shows so that the entertainers could perform for a larger audience. The eight passengers dined together at a table set for 10 allowing for ship’s officers and favorite crew members to be invited to share in a meal.

image1On Apr. 10, the Viking Sun anchored to the West side of the Rock of Gibraltar to begin the disembarkation of eight Canadians using a tender, which turned out to be a small local vessel.  

This, according to the blogger, ensured that the Viking standard was maintained, but the Canadians were cognisant of the crew not standing around waiting for one of them to show up.

The next 15 days aboard the Viking Sun were filled with fine meals, including cooking classes with Chef Roberto. The Canadians helped the crew organize the ship’s extensive library inventory and both crew and guests took part in a rather thrilling and competitive Baggo Tournament. Ship tours became routine with the Canadians being invited to explore such places as, the laundry, backstage at the theatre, galley, medical centre, Bridge, Engine Control Room and the Owner’s Suite. They were also treated to some first-time productions as the onboard entertainers and musicians developed and produced new material on this sailing. And they were made honorary crew members having taken part in some of the trainings required by the crew.

But all good things must come to an end including sailing the world during a pandemic. On Apr. 10, Day 94 of the cruise, the eight Canadians disembarked at Gibraltar and so began another kind of adventure where the reality of the new world situation became apparent to the travelers.

The Viking Sun anchored to the West side of the Rock to begin the disembarkation process using a tender. The eight passengers were accompanied by a Viking Cruise Consultant. The passengers were given their PPE packages, with an abundant supply of masks, gloves, wipes and a bottle of hand gel. When the tender was ready they were advised to put on their PPE and then after lots of hugs and a few tears, they were led to the tender platform. It wasn’t, however, a ship’s tender that awaited them but a local boat. Disembarking became part of the adventure as guests launched themselves over a one-foot gap between vessels with crew members assisting them.

The blogger reported that most of the Viking Sun crew were lining the Promenade Deck railing, and as it was an open deck tender, the Canadians got to wave goodbye to them, even the Captain was out on the Bridge Wing waving.

After a 15-minute journey the group arrived at the port with an equally challenging disembarkation from the small vessel. From there they were boarded onto a bus and driven to a crane across the harbor, where their luggage was brought up in a cargo net, which they unloaded once it landed. From there it was a short drive to the airport, where the bus drove across the runway as the main road into Gilbraltar crosses it.

image2Once on land the Canadians retrieved their luggage from a cargo net where it was placed by a crane onto the dock in Gibraltar.  

The Canadians considered the situation rather surreal. Within a span of thirty minutes they went from hugging everyone to experiencing physical distancing.

“I thought we embarked the Viking Sun for a World Cruise, not a cruise to another world. If you approached an employee, they immediately raised their hands in a blocking action, requesting you step back,” Andy wrote. “On arrival at the airport, we only saw one or two others. It remained that way until boarding the plane – no queue at check-in or security, so within a few minutes, we were in the departure lounge, which was also almost empty. No Business Lounges were open.”

From Gibraltar, the group of nine took a three-hour flight to London’s Heathrow Airport. There were only about 30 passengers on the plane with water and pretzels the sole offerings on the journey.

At Heathrow, as soon as they cleared the jetway, the group was met by three people who escorted them through the airport, where three vans were waiting to drive them to their hotel. Only three to a nine-seat van for physical distancing. This service was arranged by Viking and was very appreciated by the travellers. They were advised that a van would also pick them up in the morning to take them back to the airport for their flights to Canada. The hotel was actually closed, except for key workers and those with government approval, which Viking had obtained for the travellers.

On Saturday, Apr. 11, the Viking Sun alumni from the World Wonders Cruise flew home – six flying to Toronto and two to Vancouver – all to start their 14 days of self-isolation – unfortunately, no Baggo tourneys or cooking classes were scheduled.

**To view last week's story:

Anyone who would like to explore the World Wonders Cruise more closely is welcome to view Andy's blog at

A letter from lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain 

Bayfield residents Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees are currently in Soller, Mallorca one of the Balearic Islands (which are part of Spain), under a government decreed COVID-19 lockdown, from where they sent this update on Apr. 13.

Today, Monday, is our 30th day of lockdown that came into effect across mainland Spain and the Canary and Balearic Islands on March 15. The lockdown period extends to, at least, Apr. 26 and the Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, has indicated that the lockdown is likely to be further extended until May 10th – by then we will have had a total of 57 days of lockdown. The Spanish lockdown means that freedom of movement is severely restricted with only a few specific justifications for leaving home – going out for any “leisure” activity is strictly prohibited.

Today the “economic hibernation” measures that were put in place across Spain two-weeks ago expire and are not being extended. That means that certain non-essential activities can recommence – in particular, manufacturing and construction. For those workers recommencing activities there are strict protocols to adhere to – for example, masks must be worn (the government is in the process of making masks available to everyone) and temperatures must be taken daily before going to work. If businesses cannot adhere to the required protocols, they must remain closed. Any business involving customer contact (unless in the essential category) remains closed. The Government is acutely aware of the risks involved in increasing economic activity and the impacts will be closely monitored.

49759539433_e7e9a68def_kDay 30 of lockdown in Soller, Mallorca, Spain, afforded this breathtaking image. (Photo by Gary Lloyd-Rees)  

There has been a lot of talk, and hope, that the restrictions on people’s movements would be relaxed - to a “lockdown light” - allowing individuals to get out of their homes for a walk as in other European countries. This has not happened which means that many children who live in apartment blocks (which is the norm in cities) have now not been outside for 30 days.

So, are the lockdown measures working?

The numbers are truly tragic - especially given that the official statistics exclude the many thousands who have died outside of hospitals. Furthermore, the official view is that the true number of infections is between five and 15 times the reported number. The trends in the figures for Spain overall indicate that the country is over the peak and to try and get a true sense of the infection/acquired immunity rate, the Government has started a large-scale random testing program – the results of this exercise will help formulate the strategy to de-escalate the lockdown.

How are things in Mallorca?

Balearic #s.xlsx Government statistics are available by region, so Gary and Kate Lloyd-Rees can track things at the Balearic Islands level. (Submitted photo)

Government statistics are available by region, so we can track things at the Balearic Islands level. The graph attached is how we personally monitor the situation - the numbers are gleaned from the official statistics. The graph shows the number of “active cases” for example, persons who have tested positive and have not yet recovered nor (tragically) died. As of today, there have been 1,550 positives, 862 have recovered and 117 have died leaving 571 active cases. Active cases peaked on lockdown day #17 (March 31st) and have steadily fallen since. The graph does not display the symmetrical picture seen in all the “flattening the curve” images as there can be a significant time-lag between being found positive and “resolution”.

As lockdown de-escalation does eventually happen, it is almost certain that the last thing to be relaxed here on the islands are the entry/exit restrictions at the airport and ports. We fully anticipate that we will be here for several weeks to come and have planned accordingly.

We continue to be grateful to our friends back home in Bayfield for your best wishes and your words of support. We stay in frequent touch with Peter and Erika Keightley and exchanged emails with Justyne Chojnacka and Wally Racicot as they sailed past us on their way to Gibraltar and home. 

See you back in Bayfield. Stay safe and well everybody.


Peter Keightley and Erika Smith were married on Aug. 24, 2019 in Bayfield. In early September, they embarked on a working honeymoon travelling the world aboard Super Yachts, as chef and stewardess respectively. Stories by Peter about their journey have recently been appearing in the Bayfield Breeze. Readers will no doubt be relieved to learn that the boat they are currently on found sanctuary on Apr. 9 and is now docked in Cyprus, Greece. The couple will now remain in quarantine aboard the vessel for the next three weeks. Stay tuned! (Photo courtesy Peter Keightley)  


 bayfield eats    

image1Jana Clayton, who works in the hospitality industry in Bayfield, was the first recipient of a Bayfield Foodland gift card as part of the fundraising efforts of "Bayfield Eats for Hospitality Relief". She passed along a huge thank you to the anonymous person who nominated her and commented, "I love being part of this wonderful community!" (Submitted photo)  

Bayfield Eats for Hospitality Relief (Bayfield Eats) is a new weekly meal service created by Brian Clarke, chef of the Black Dog, in partnership with Trevor Sawchuk, of Drift Bayfield; River Road Brewing and Maelstrom Winery.

Every week Clarke will premiere a new restaurant concept and a unique menu will be offered online that will be available for contactless pickup outside of Drift Bayfield every Friday evening with all profits going to purchase much needed supplies and food for Bayfield's hospitality workers who have been laid off due to COVID-19.

Meals will be $25 per person and $15 dollars for children under 12 years of age. Bayfield Eats will be accepting email transfers for payment of orders from Monday to Thursday which can be placed via their Instagram page @bayfieldeats or via email at

People can follow Bayfield Eats on their Instagram page, or on Facebook at “Bayfield Eats For Hospitality Relief”, to find out about upcoming menus.

Bayfield Eats is very happy to announce that they raised $700 for hospitality workers in their first week of operation. The team was completely humbled by the generosity and support from the community and can't wait to offer this week’s menu

A Mexican inspired meal is on tap for Friday, Apr. 17 which includes, a pulled pork and pineapple burrito, Mexican street corn, Baja shrimp slaw and churro cheesecake. Unfortunately, for those who hesitated to order, this week's menu sold-out in four hours when it was launched on Monday. Sixty-two lucky souls will enjoy it on Friday night. 

Bayfield Eats is also offering to add a bottle of Maelstrom Wine or cans of River Road Brewing Beer to orders.

Organizers note that their only goal is to help with assistance for the town’s hospitality workers during this trying time and they appreciate the support of the community.

The team would like to remind local hospitality workers to reach out confidentially on Instagram if they would like to receive a gift card to Bayfield Foodland to help purchase supplies during these trying times. Bayfield locals can also confidentially nominate any hospitality worker they feel could use a helping hand.

Delivery Service 

The community continues to come together to serve each other during this time of crisis.

Lake Huron Chrysler in Goderich, in conjunction with The Little Inn of Bayfield, is putting a van on the road with a driver to pick up and deliver groceries to people from Bayfield Foodland and Pharmasave Michael’s Pharmacy’s Bayfield location.

There will be no charge for this service. Please contact Dean O’Brien at 519 525-0420 or email for more information.


Today (Apr. 15), is delivery day for regular clients of the Bayfield Area Food Bank (BAFB).

The organizers behind the BAFB want the community to know that they are available to help people with their emergency food needs during this time of pandemic.

And they deliver…both the food and the delivery are free of charge.

“We will continue to support our regular clientele but people who have never struggled to put food on the table may find themselves in a very stressful situation,” said Terry Boa-Youmatoff, representing the BAFB.

BAFB has prepackaged boxes for emergency purposes.  Anyone in need of an emergency delivery can phone 519 955-7444 to make arrangement.

“The concern and generosity shown by the community has been very heart-warming,” said Boa-Youmatoff.

She went on to offer thanks to the many individuals for their very generous response in these trying days. She also noted the additional support from the Bayfield Lions’ Club, Bayfield Guiding, TCC and The Lake House of Bayfield.

“We are also most grateful for the ongoing support that sustains us on a monthly basis from the Huron County Food Bank Distribution Centre, Virtual High School, Bayfield Foodland, Church On The Way and Knox Presbyterian Church (Knox Women). I would be remiss if I didn’t thank Trinity St. James Anglican Church for their endless help as well as our amazing volunteers and our Food Manager, Terry Henderson.”

Anyone able to make food donations can drop items at the church located at 10 Keith Cresent in the village. Please leave donations on the veranda at the South side entrance of the church hall as it has a covered roof. Please do not leave items at the hall door accessible from the parking lot or at the main door to the church.

Alternatively, financial donations by cheque so that food or personal items can be purchased for those in need can be dropped off at the Bayfield Garage (Esso) on Hwy. 21. or Bayfield Convenience (next to Renegades Diner). Cheques may also be mailed to Bayfield Area Food Bank c/o Trinity St. James Church, 10 Keith Crescent, Bayfield, ON, N0M 1G0.

BAFB is also registered with CanadaHelps. End of year income-tax receipts will be issued for amounts of $20 or more.

trails closed 

After considerable discussion, the Bayfield River Valley Trail Association (BRVTA) has reluctantly decided to close all of its trails to the public until such time as physical distancing restrictions begin to ease.

“The decision was not made lightly, as we understand and appreciate the importance of fresh air and exercise, especially during a time of increasing restrictions on leisure activity,” said Conrad Kuiper, president of the BRVTA.
“However, with stronger messages coming from both the provincial government, as well as the OPP, we felt it was important that our message be consistent with other jurisdictions.”

The Apr. 22nd BRVTA Village Litter Walk is cancelled, as are all scheduled group hikes until restrictions are lifted.

The executive members of the BRVTA wish everyone well during these challenging times.

beer and food festival 

Bayfield Beer and Food Festival, organized by the Bayfield Arena Community Partners Association (BACPS) for the benefit of the Bayfield Arena and Community Centre has been rescheduled for Sept. 12.

Tickets dated for the original festival date of May 9 will be honored so there is no need to exchange. Hopefully everyone who has tickets can attend, but if this is not the case a ticket refund day will be held sometime in the future. Organizers ask that people do not try to get a refund where they purchased their tickets.


The Pet Valu Walk for Dog Guides is a national fundraising walk held in approximately 300 communities across Canada, including Bayfield. It raises funds to help train Dog Guides for Canadians with visual, hearing, medical or physical disabilities. The local walk is organized by members of the Bayfield Lions’ Club with support from the Lions Foundation of Canada.

The 2020 walk in the village was scheduled for June 7. With the guidelines set out by the Public Health Agency of Canada during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Foundation has cancelled the physical walks planned for this spring and are now in the process of planning opportunities to host a virtual walk.

More details will follow as they become available. Direct donations in support of Dog Guides may be made online at The Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides website, Anyone with questions regarding the Bayfield event can e-mail Karen Scott or call her at 226 441-2042.

trinity st. james 

A note from Geordie Palmer, warden at Trinity St. James Anglican Church in Bayfield, with regards to the recent celebration of Easter.

Cross Night IMG_0043Amid the COVID-19 crisis, Trinity St. James Anglican Church attempted to keep Easter as visible as possible illuminating the cross at the front of the church. (Submitted photo)  

Easter in Bayfield this year is definitely unusual. With the Coronavirus pandemic invasion on a world scale, we have to make do, with whatever prayerful options we have at hand, in order to be able to celebrate Easter. Trinity St. James is not any different than other religious organization when dealing with the new norm and reality.

This year we decided to at least attempt to keep Easter as visible as possible, starting with the Trinity St. James Cross in front of our Church. This year the site for the cross, included a flood light to illuminate it at night, so that passersby might reflect and appreciate what the season is all about.

On Easter Sunday at 9 a.m., at the request of our Bishop of Huron, Very Rev. Todd Townsend, Ethan Mackenzie rang our Church bell fourteen times, to commemorate the Way of the Cross, and the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Although this is probably one of the most unusual Easters, we have somehow been able to communicate with each other with various means of electronic devices. In some ways it forces us to open ourselves up to new technology, in order to keep in touch with each other, and hopefully maintain our sanity. Zoom meetings have become the new norm for the congregation of Trinity St. James. 

Stay safe everyone, stay at home as much as possible, and keep the faith.

MAsk Sewing 

When a London midwife called her mother-in-law describing a desperate need for masks for frontline health workers in London, ON, she didn’t expect Bayfield’s master seamstresses to spring into action.

Jane MacLaren, Lynne Gillians, Pam Bowers and Judy Mayell have assembled 50 cotton masks that can be laundered and used repeatedly. If any Bayfield resident is willing to assemble cotton masks, please contact Pat Lewington at 519 565-2202 or email A pattern and materials will be provided.

Garden Club

Due to concerns over COVID-19 and the need to practice physical distancing, the Bayfield Garden Club (BGC) meeting scheduled for Apr. 20 has been cancelled.

Their Annual Plant Sale, planned for Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. in Clan Gregor Square, may have to be rescheduled to a later date or cancelled. Stay tuned for updates.

Memberships are important to the BGC – the cancellation of the Bayfield Lions’ Home and Garden Show where many people renewed their memberships makes renewal more difficult this year. Membership fees go a long way in helping the BGC beautify the village as well as cover their meeting expenses. Again – stay tuned on how to get memberships.

There’s a great line-up of events and speakers prepared for the year and the BGC is hoping that they can resume their regular program when safe to do so.

Gardeners are no doubt all anxious to get out there and enjoy the outdoors while they plant, trim and look for those early bulbs which bloom in spring. The BGC hope that enthusiasts stay healthy as they work in the garden, pamper houseplants and plant seeds.

historical society 

Out of concern for public health and safety, and in compliance with the government restrictions surrounding COVID-19 Virus, the Bayfield Historical Society have cancelled its Apr. 27 monthly speakers meeting at the Bayfield Lions’ Community Building in Bayfield.


Please note that the Bayfield Travel Club has cancelled their April and May meetings.

The Bayfield Travel Club provides a place where local residents can meet other people that have the same passion for travel, share their own travel experiences, learn about new exciting destinations and to just have some fun.

historical society 

Youngsters are unleashing their creativity in a variety of ways while staying at home during the pandemic. And a local group would like to capture this creativity for posterity. Especially the stories and artwork that the children, ages 12 and under, are producing right now while they are truly living through history.

The Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) wants to help preserve these memories of what life during the pandemic was like for children.

According to Barb Durand, “The Bayfield Historical Society is asking children in Bayfield and surrounding area to submit written stories and or their artwork for a future collection. We will display this collection in our windows (at the Archives on Main Street) when we are allowed back on the street. Either a scanned copy or their original artwork will be kept at the archives for a future collection. We may also use the material to create a printed book.”

Durand, who looks after publications for the BHS, notes that, this is not a contest but a collection that will document the children’s stories. She asks that the children sign their artwork or story on their cover page and on the back cover list their age and school.

“We will ask for the submissions when the time comes for us to re-open. We are documenting history. Thank-you and wishing all families to stay safe and healthy,” Durand concluded.

For more information on this BHS project please email


May 1st is the next deadline for individuals and organizations to submit applications for the Huron Heritage Fund (HHF). Established in 2007, the purpose of the Huron Heritage Fund is to encourage the preservation of heritage assets and activities of heritage importance to the County of Huron and its residents.

Many initiatives from throughout Huron County have been supported by the HHF since its inception. In recent years, projects have included support for the Reuben Sallows Gallery, Bayfield Historical Society, printing of the book, “Onion Skins and Peach Fuzz”, and upgrades to Elimville Community Park.

“The County will contribute up to 50 per cent of the costs of a project to a maximum of $5,000,” according to Beth Rumble, director of Cultural Services. This investment leverages other groups or individuals to invest in Huron County’s heritage also.

Projects will assist in the preservation and restoration of heritage landmarks, historic buildings, and objects of historical significance not owned by the County of Huron. Heritage publications and events also qualify for support under this program.

More information about the application process can be found on the Huron County Museum’s website at


The Board of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS) requires a volunteer Secretary. 

The Secretary is responsible for recording the minutes for the Board Meetings, the General (aka Speakers) Meetings and any special meetings that may be necessary. Board Meetings are held once a month, and General Meetings are also held once a month except for July, August and December. There are a group of volunteers who can step in if the Secretary is unable to attend every month. The group is involved in many other interesting projects and activities in the village so this is an opportunity to be an important part of one of the groups in Bayfield making a difference.

Anyone interested in either of this position is asked to please contact President Ruth Gibson at 905 518-4646, or any of the Directors.




   hall of fame hockey players penalized for noise  


1A473A55C3E2497EBC299B005A588A7DThe Boston Bruins "Kraut Line": Bobby Bauer, Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart. (Submitted photos)

Imagine the excitement in Clan Gregor Square on a hot summer day when the Bauer family hosted one of their informal ballgames with several of the world’s top hockey players. There used to be small bleachers beside the diamond, which until the early 1940s was located in the northeast corner of the park. According to the Bauer boys’ youngest sister Margaret (Laudenbach), who lives in Bayfield today, the bleachers were always full and noisy when her brothers and their friends played with a complement of local boys.

Sir Edgar Bauer, the patriarch of the family, purchased the family cottage on Tuyll Street in 1939 after receiving advice from Bayfield cottager, Dr. William J. Tillmann, who had cared for his wife Alice in London. There were eleven children in the Bauer family and Laudenbach says that it wasn’t unusual for her mother to prepare dinner for twenty- one at their Bayfield cottage.

Bobby Bauer was the first of the brothers to achieve fame. His Hall of Fame hockey career was unmatched. He was a member of the incomparable Boston Bruins’ “Kraut Line” with fellow Kitchener-Waterloo natives, Milt Schmidt and Woody Dumart. No hockey line has ever duplicated the accomplishments of this trio who dominated the National Hockey League (NHL).

They were each inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame after careers that saw them recognized with many awards and All-Star honors. Bobby was awarded the Lady Byng Trophy three times and Schmidt was the leagues Most Valuable Player in 1951. In 1939-40, they accomplished a feat that will probably never be duplicated. Schmidt led the league in scoring while Dumart was second and Bobby was third.They played with a grace and toughness that earned them the respect of everyone associated with the game. During World War II, the line-mates enlisted together midway through the 1941-42 season as the first NHL players to sign up for the Royal Canadian Air Force. In their final game against the Montreal Canadiens, they scored eight points. Following the game, the trio was hoisted on the shoulders of both their teammates and members of the Canadiens and paraded around the Boston rink to an incredible ovation.

Bobby trained in Clinton as a radio technician and eventually was dispatched to England where he joined Schmidt and Dumart as members of a bomber squadron.

After the war, the “Kraut” line reunited and Bobby was named as Captain of the Boston Bruins until he retired from the NHL in 1947.

In one of the most poignant moments in NHL history, Bobby returned for one last game on March 18, 1952. The Bruin’s were celebrating “Milt Schmidt-Woody Dumart Appreciation Night” against the Chicago Blackhawks and after receiving gifts from league president Clarence Campbell, Bobby was encouraged to reunite with his old friends for one last time. That night Schmidt scored his 200th career goal which was an extraordinary feat at the time and Bobby and Dumart both received assists on the play.
Bobby coached the Kitchener-Waterloo Dutchmen hockey team in the 1956 Olympics in Cortina, Italy and again in the 1960 Olympics in Squaw Valley, California.

The entire Bauer family was incredibly skilled. Brother Raymond represented Canada at the World Hockey Championships in Sweden in 1949. In one game he scored eight goals which for many years was an unmatched record!

At one time, brothers, Bobby, David and Jerome all played baseball together for the Waterloo Tigers. Not to be outdone, Laudenbach was a figure skater and eventually became president of the Upper Canada North York Skating Club which sent several ice dancers to world championships. Another brother, Frank wasn’t as athletic, but he made his mark as Mayor of Waterloo.


Father David Bauer

Their youngest brother, Father David Bauer was also a terrific hockey player who was team captain of the Memorial Cup winning St. Michael’s team but he was called to a career as a priest, an educator, a hockey coach and hockey executive.

David also coached the Canadian Olympic team in 1964 and managed the teams in 1968 and 1980. He is probably best known for proposing and then implementing the concept of a Canadian National team to represent the country in international tournaments.

When the annual Bauer softball game was occurring on the diamond in Clan Gregor Square, the noise became too much for the churches on the Square. All the yelling and laughter interfered with choir practice and services and they complained to village leaders. It was strongly suggested that the ball games be moved to the diamond on the Agricultural Society grounds.

Hidden away from the centre of the village, the Bauer family softball game lost some of its lustre but after these games, the crowd would often all head to Corrie’s General Store where they would buy sundaes and play tunes on the only jukebox in the village.

This article was written with the support and encouragement of the Bayfield Historical Society (BHS).

greenwood court resident dies 

Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) was saddened to learn on Apr. 11 of the passing of a resident at Greenwood Court, a long-term care home in Stratford, who had tested positive for COVID-19. The resident was in their 80s and became sick with COVID-19 symptoms on Apr. 3.

“We were very sorry to hear of the passing of this person in the Greenwood Court community,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “Our thoughts are with the family, friends and Greenwood Court staff and residents during this difficult time.”

HPPHealth continues to work closely with Greenwood Court to support case and contact management and infection control. To date there have been six confirmed cases in residents included in this outbreak and five confirmed cases in staff. No new confirmed cases were reported on the day this article was written, Apr. 11. All affected individuals continue to be cared for at Greenwood Court, and none have been transferred to hospital. Testing on staff and residents at the home continues for anyone who develops symptoms; if new cases are identified, close contacts may also be tested whether symptomatic or not.

Hillside Manor continues to have one confirmed case of COVID-19.

“We know how serious this infection can be for our vulnerable populations, including our seniors in long-term care homes and in those with underlying health conditions,” said Dr. Klassen. “We’d like to thank the dedicated staff of Greenwood Court and staff at our other long-term care and retirement homes in Huron and Perth who continue to care for our higher risk populations during this challenging time.”

Urgent Needs Fund realizes tremendous response 

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the discussion for many organizations, placing unexpected demands on resources and forcing changes in direction to meet local needs that didn’t exist even a week ago. United Way Perth-Huron’s (UWPH) COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund (UNF) was created as a means to get organizations the funding they need quickly to make these changes and serve the people who need help. To date the community has raised $17,435.

Along with individual donations UWPH has invested $20,000, and Libro Credit Union stepped forward and contributed $60,000 to Perth-Huron of its $320,000 total commitment to United Ways across Ontario. Another $10,000 came from the Stratford-Perth Community Foundation (SPCF).

“The response from the community has been tremendous,” said UWPH Executive Director Ryan Erb. “The generosity of neighbors helping neighbors through donating whatever they can is wonderful. We are so thankful to SPCF and Libro for their generous contributions”.

UWPH has accelerated their ability to receive applications and to get the funds out, with turnaround being approximately one week.

“I want to give huge accolades to our staff and volunteers, who have made this possible and to the organizations to date that have mobilized to serve their community”, said Erb.

Funding offers are currently out to:
· Huron and Area Search and Rescue (HASAR) who have jumped in to help Huron-Perth “Meals on Wheels” program to deliver prepackaged meals to those with disabilities, seniors and other vulnerable individuals.
· Town of St. Marys to support its resident’s wellbeing, access food and nutrition and essential medication and to work with the communities’ social connectivity.
· One Care grocery delivery program to increase to 500 clients twice a month (delivery being free)
· John Howard Society to improve technology to deliver service remotely.
· Huron Safe Homes for Youth to improve technology to deliver service remotely and to obtain personal protective equipment for in necessary in person service
· Exeter Pentecostal Church (The Community Table) – providing food hampers to anyone in need in South Huron and emergency funding to help individuals who have suffered income loss.

Applications by organizations for up to $5,000 will continue to be accepted and will be continue to be funded as donations grow. The application form can be found at the bottom of the urgent need page at

To donate to UWPH’s COVID-19 Urgent Needs Fund, visit

partnership appreciation evening cancelled 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) will not hold its Partner Appreciation Evening in 2020.The event was originally scheduled for March and then rescheduled for April.

“We are disappointed not to be able to hold this event, but we want to ensure the safety of our community partners,” said General Manager and Secretary-Treasurer of ABCA, Brian Horner.

“We were very much looking forward to hearing the youth from EcoExeter present about moving away from pollution, towards solutions and honoring our Conservationist of the Year Award winner in person,” said Doug Cook, chair of the ABCA Board of Directors. “We look forward to meeting with our valued community partners, in person, at a later date, when it is safe to do so.”

This is the first time since 1984 that ABCA has not held the partner appreciation and conservation awards evening.

ABCA hopes to announce and honor the Conservationist of the Year award winner later in the year.

coping through covid-19 

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Bayfield resident, Eugene Dufour is a clinically trained Individual, Marital and Family Therapist, Bereavement Specialist, Compassion Fatigue Educator and Therapist and a Critical Incident Stress Debriefing Facilitator. He presently works as a Psychosocial Spiritual Care Clinician with the Huron Perth Palliative Care Outreach Team.

Dufour received his Bachelors and Masters degree from King’s College at the University of Western Ontario. He has been working in the area of bereavement and trauma work, hospice palliative care, and the HIV/AIDS movement for the past 30 years. He is a past president of the Ontario Palliative Care Association and the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association.

In 2002 Dufour was presented with the Commemorative Medal for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth IIs Golden Jubilee by the Governor General of Canada for his work in hospice palliative care.

Dufour was approached by several organizations to provide them with “Reflections” to offer coping techniques through the COVID-19 crisis. He was kind enough to submit these to the Bayfield Breeze and we hope to share them here as space allows.

This week we include two, the first offers suggestions on how to manage mental health while coping with the fear of COVID-19 infection. The second reflection provides strategies on how to best handle saying goodbye to a loved one when you can't be at their bedside. 

A Daily Check-in

I enjoy watching TV shows about pilots as the prepare to take off on their flight. The pilots are responsible for the safety of their passengers. They have strict procedures and protocols that guide them through the pre-flight phase of their journey. The pilots are focused and intentional about what they are doing. The other impressive thing about this
pre-journey check-in is...they complete it with their co-pilot – another human being.

I find this quote to be an excellent check-in guide that I try to do three times a day.

"Everyone is a house with four rooms, a physical, a mental, an emotional and a spiritual. Most of us tend to live in one room most of the time, but unless we go into every room, every day, even if only to keep it aired, we are not a complete person." - Indian Proverb’

During a time of crisis, it is important to have a daily check-in. I find it helpful to do this check-in twice a day just to keep me centered. I visit each room, give it a good airing out and then I start or end my day. During this pandemic I am finding the need to do the check a third time at around 2 p.m. This is also a great tool to use with family, friends and co-workers. This can be structured or spontaneous. Just state: “Room Check” and then both of you visit each of the rooms.

It can be as simple as asking: How are you coping?
Physically? I am sitting at the computer too much...I need to move.
Mentally? I can not get the images of all that suffering out of my head. I'm not sleeping well.
Emotionally? I started crying in the shower this morning for no reason. I wonder what that was about?
Spiritually? Why is this happening to us?

Questions of meaning and purpose need to be explored.

Try this "air out a room process with yourself, family and co-workers…your co-pilots.

Practical things to do and say during a “Virtual Goodbye”

Sometimes the “ideal” is not the “real”. Not being physically present at the time of death goes against every principle involved in excellent and compassionate care. That is the “ideal”. But the “real” that we are experiencing is that only one family member can be present in care facilities and most often the person dies without family members present. Notice I did not say…die alone. Our healthcare providers are trying to be the extension of the families love and support.

Some helpful hints on how to make a caring and compassionate “Virtual Goodbye”:
1. Try and get someone who is not as emotionally involved to take care of the technology. This allows you to be totally present for the virtual session.
2. Make sure the technical person has all the numbers ready in case the session gets dropped.
3. Makes sure all devices are charged and programs are updated.
4. Facetime, Messenger and What’s App are simple and effective. Zoom is excellent also.
5. Have a back up plan already in place in case one of the apps fails.
6. It is helpful to have a support person there for you while you participate in the session.
7. If you want private time during the session…ask for it.

Format of Session:
Dr. Ira Byock has a wonderful guide that works for a Virtual Goodbye. A dying person and his/ her family may need to say:
1. Thank you.
2. Please forgive me.
3. I forgive you
4. I love you.
5. Goodbye.
This short relationship review covers all the significant issues in life.

It is important to review these key themes before the session so that you are prepared emotionally to participate fully. This is the time to pull out all the stops. A Virtual Goodbye may not be the “ideal” but with some planning and reflection it can become a significant life event.

This model also works when we can not attend a funeral or visitation for a friend that has died.


public health  

The Huron Perth Public Health website is updated daily with confirmed case counts received within the last 24 hours.

“Our online case reporting is not a real-time tool but is meant to keep the community informed on trends we are seeing,” explains Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen.

For the latest statistics on COVID-19 cases in Huron and Perth Counties please visit:

new covid-19 cases 

A City of Stratford transit driver has tested positive for COVID-19. Huron Perth Public Health (HPPH) received the positive result on Friday, Apr. 10. However, given the preventative measures that the City of Stratford had put in place for its transit employees and riders, the risk to the public is considered low.

“Given that we know COVID-19 is in our community, we are not surprised to see cases showing up in workplaces and in the service industry,” said Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen. “This is a good example of why we are urging people and workplaces to practice physical distancing and infection control.”

The transit driver became sick on Apr. 1 and began self-isolating at home. While the individual drove the bus on the days leading up to their illness, the City of Stratford had already implemented infection control measures to protect riders and other drivers. Measures include rigorous daily cleaning, passenger entry and exit only through the rear door of the bus, bypassing the fare box, and keeping seats behind the driver empty.

The City of Stratford is consulting with HPPH to determine if any changes to the transit service are necessary.

“The safety of our employees and the community as a whole is our top priority,” said Mayor of Stratford, Dan Mathieson, “so we want to make sure we're doing everything we can to reduce the risk of transmission.”

“What we know about COVID-19 is that it needs close contact between people to spread, and our investigation is showing that there was no close contact with members of the public during the days leading up to the driver becoming ill,” said Dr. Klassen.

The driver’s spouse is also a transit driver and is showing symptoms of COVID-19; their test results are pending. HPPHs investigation into the spouse has begun and the risk is also considered low.

“It’s entirely possible that the next person who tests positive for COVID-19 could be a grocery store employee or staff person at a take-out restaurant, or, as we have seen, a healthcare worker,” said Dr. Klassen. “With people practicing physical distancing and workplaces taking extra precautions, we can minimize exposure if and when this happens and break the chains of transmission.”

HPPH has been notified of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in a Listowel area resident. The female in her 70s has been hospitalized at Listowel Memorial Hospital. HPPH is working to follow up with close contacts of the confirmed case.

President and CEO of Listowel Wingham Hospitals Alliance, Karl Ellis, said, “We have been preparing for several weeks in anticipation of COVID-19 cases. We will continue to take all precautions to keep our team, our patients and community safe.”

Huron Perth Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Miriam Klassen, said, “We need to continue, as a community, to work together and follow public health measures so we can flatten the curve of this disease. I continue to urge residents to stay home unless necessary and reduce their interactions with other people.”

As of Apr. 12, there are 31 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Huron and Perth. There have been two deaths, one in St. Marys and one long-term care resident at Greenwood Court in Stratford. 

ABCA Trails 

Ausable Bayfield Conservation Authority (ABCA) conservation areas and trails remain closed to the public until further notice.

Barriers and signs are at property entrances. Even if a barrier is not in place, the property is closed. Information is also on the ABCA website at

The closure affects all conservation areas: Clinton, Bannockburn, Zurich, Morrison Dam, Crediton, Lucan, Parkhill, Rock Glen, and Ausable River Cut. Other closed properties include Mystery Falls, L-Lake, Sadler Tract, and Linfield. The closure also includes MacNaughton – Morrison Trail. The ABCA owns thousands of acres of forests where there are no trails and these properties are also closed until further notice.

“This has been a difficult step to take but it is in the best interest of our community and Province to stop the spread of COVID-19,” said ABCA General Manager Brian Horner.

The conservation authority thanks all those people who are staying away from the properties. When people do enter closed trails, conservation areas, and properties police are called. The police have increased patrols of the areas and are receiving reports from the public when people are using closed areas.
The decision to close these properties is made for public health protection and follows the Province of Ontario’s direction to protect the health and safety of all Ontarians by closing all communal or shared, public or private, outdoor recreational amenities.

This closure also extends to all properties of the Huron Tract Land Trust Conservancy (HTLTC) including the trails of the Bayfield River Flats. The closure affects the Bayfield River Flats Nature Area; Mayhew Tract; Heaman Tract; and Woodburne Farm.

For this and other Notices of Service Disruptions visit at this web page:


On March 27, the government announced the Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA) to offer support to small and medium-sized businesses as they navigate the difficulties of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The CEBA provides an interest free, government-guaranteed loan of $40,000 to help people pay for non-deferable costs due to COVID-19. Twenty-five per cent of the loan is eligible for complete forgiveness if they repay the remaining 75 per cent before Dec. 31, 2022. If the loan cannot be repaid before Dec. 31, 2022, it can be converted into a three-year term loan at 5 per cent interest.

Businesses and not-for-profits can apply if: They are an operating company registered in Canada as of March 1, 2020. They have an annual payroll of between $50,000 and $1 million based on their 2019 T4SUM

The CEBA is available through Canada’s major banks and credit unions. Businesses should consult their own financial institution for application instructions, as they vary slightly between institutions.

relief fund 

The Ontario government is providing a total of $1,601,700 to Huron and Bruce Counties to help protect the health and safety of the province’s most vulnerable people in response to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Through the Social Services Relief Fund, Huron County will receive $708,100 and Bruce County will receive $893,600.

This funding can be used by municipalities and social service providers such as homeless shelters, food banks, emergency services, charities and non-profits to support delivery of critical services, hire additional staff, acquire more personal protective equipment, and find ways to promote social distancing and self-isolation to keep people safe and healthy. Huron and Bruce Counties will determine how this funding is distributed locally to provide people in the community with the support they need.

“Accessing this funding quickly is paramount in today’s constantly changing environment,” said Huron-Bruce MPP Lisa Thompson.” That’s why we are delivering it directly to the municipal governments.”

“We are acting quickly to support those who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless during this unprecedented time,” said Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, Steve Clark. “This funding is going straight to communities, who know best what the immediate needs are on the ground.”

COVID-19 Course 

Global learning technology leader D2L announced on March 23 that it is partnering with Bayfield Design to offer an online course on COVID-19 at no cost.

The unique, complimentary course was built by educators and is based on the science behind COVID-19. The course helps learners and educators understand the global pandemic, its risks, and how to effectively manage it. D2L and Bayfield Design are key players in the online education sector and strongly believe they have a duty to help the 850 million students who are out of school worldwide.

“As educators, we believe that knowledge is essential to dealing with a crisis in a steady and effective way. That’s why we’ve put together this comprehensive review of all that we know to date about COVID-19, and made it available to everyone, at no cost,” said President and CEO of D2L, John Baker.

“With years of experience developing online courses Bayfield Design was well-equipped to partner with D2L on this initiative. In times like this, knowledge and education are powerful tools that can help us navigate challenging situations. Our goal is to provide a resource that promotes interaction and learning from scientific, social, and economic perspectives on the COVID-19 pandemic and how we can work together to respond to this crisis,” said Senior Director of Operations at Bayfield Design, Kim Loebach.

The medical community continues to learn about both the virus and the disease as new research and information becomes available. The course gives people the most up-to-date, reliable, scientifically accurate information to limit the spread of misinformation. It also gives strategies for dealing with the pandemic, knowledge about symptoms, tips on proper hygiene, and definitions and proper terminology around the COVID-19 pandemic. Users can test their understanding of the content and bridge any gaps in their own knowledge about COVID-19.

Click on the following link to access this course:


The Huron Perth Healthcare Alliance is reaching out on behalf of all health care providers to partner with local accommodation providers to offer a “home away from home" for those who are working tirelessly to keep everyone safe during the pandemic. They are looking to develop a list of interested organizations and/or individuals who can offer overnight accommodation for staff and physicians.

Businesses and individuals interested in supporting this initiative are asked to contact Laurie Roberts, via e-mail at or 519 272-8210 Ext. 2426. A full list of participating organizations will then be shared with all health care providers across the region.






Volume 11

There are countless photographs of people in the Bayfield Historical Society’s Archives collection, but sadly their names were never recorded. In this section we will showcase an image with the hopes that one of our subscribers might be able to identify the individual(s) in the photo. Please email your information to the Editor’s attention at the address listed near the bottom of the page in “Submissions” or you can email the archivist directly at or click on the image and make a comment on Flickr.

Editor's Note: We are now adding the archive's code to the information supplied with the photographs so that if anyone would like to learn more from the Bayfield Archives about certain pictures they can use the code to make the process easier.

This week, we share a newspaper clipping from Tara Heard’s personal collection. This image appeared in the Clinton News-Record on July 11, 1984 and was taken by Rod Hilts.

"The Bayfield Community Centre was the site of a children’s music camp instructed by Wayne Strongman, the music director for the Tapestry Singers. The workshop was held to teach some Bayfield children a few Bicentennial songs in preparation for Sunday’s Dominion Chautauqua, a salute to Ontario’s 200th birthday."

  Bayfield Arena activity

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 ISSUE 560

New Doc 2020-03-17 10.23.08 

In Issue 560, we feature a photo of Bayfield Minor Baseball's Pee Wee team from 1989. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.


New Doc 2020-03-17 10.20.25 

In Issue 561, we feature a photo of the Bayfield Minor Softball team from 1988 that was sponsored by the Cheese Nook. How many of these faces can you recognize? Thank you to Tara Heard for providing this image from her personal collection.



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Wintering in Arizona    

for the pals it's the destination not the journey

Cathedral Rock from Hiline trail...our favourite Sedona trail  If you can only do one hike in Sedona, this is the one.                              _MG_8155The view of Cathedral Rock from Hiline Trail. This is the couple's favorite Sedona Trail. Jack Pal noted that if you can only do one hike in Sedona, this is the one.  

Taking a break rom cycling at Usery Park in Mesa.  Supersition Mountains in background              IMG_1103Jack Pal enjoys cycling on such trails as this one in Usery Park in Mesa, Arizona. The Superstition Mountains can be seen in the background.  

Horse Shoe Bend on the Colorado River as you get into the Grand Cayon                                    IMG_1832A stunning view of Horse Shoe Bend on the Colorado River near the entrance to the Grand Canyon.

Reflections in Lake Powell an out of this world destination easily accessible by boat for an unforgettable  visual experience                     IMG_1293Jack Pal describes Lake Powell, Arizona as an out of this world destination easily accessible by boat for an unforgettable visual experience.  

Sun peeking out behind Flat Iron in Lost          Dutchman state park                                            _MG_7963The sun peeked out behind Flat Iron in Lost Dutchman State Park in Arizona.  

This is our home away from home for over three months a year. The setting here is Dead Horse state park in Cottonwood. Notice how open the campground is.                                    IMG_0007-12The Pal's FIfth Wheel RV is their home away from home for over three months a year. The setting here is Dead Horse State Park in Cottonwood, Arizona. Jack Pal notes just how open the campground is.  

Water break time on the trail                     IMG_0675Pat Pal drinks from a very familiar looking water bottle while taking a break along a trail.  

Moonset in Usery Park campground right       outside our RV                                                           _MG_4559Moonset in Usery Park campground as seen from the Pal's RV.  

Not all snakes in ASrizona are venomous. This is a weekly nature exhibit at Catalina state park north of Tucson                                                     ._MG_8067Jack Pal demonstrates that not all snakes in Arizona are venomous. This is a weekly nature exhibit at Catalina State Park north of Tucson.  

Windy Point Vista on the road to the top of       Mount Lemmon just north of Tucson                   _MG_1529Windy Point Vista on the road to the top of Mount Lemmon just north of Tucson, Arizona.  





Bayfield residents Jack and Pat Pal winter regularly in Arizona - they had the good fortune of spending some time there this year before PM Trudeau suggested strongly that Canadians out of the country head for home in light of the growing concerns over COVID-19. Jack was kind enough to share this holiday experience with the Bayfield Breeze written while they did their two week self-isolation after returning home. 

Many of you hear the term Snowbird and perhaps don’t know exactly what it means. Who are they, what do they do, where do they go?

There is no single good answer to that other than perhaps to say that we Snowbirds try and escape the grip of the Canadian winter and migrate to areas that support the kind of lifestyle we enjoy. For us, this has become the South West USA where we have gone for a number of months yearly going back to 2006.

It all started with a short vacation there in 2004 with a borrowed trailer exploring whether or not we would actually enjoy the RV lifestyle. The clear answer for us was yes. I think it is important to undertake this exploratory phase before investing large sums on an expensive RV only to discover that this lifestyle is not for you.

Our lifestyle choice is one where we stay directly in a natural setting and do a lot of hiking in a desert or mountain environment. It is extremely important for us that we can take our dog with us…she is a family member. RVing lets you do this. Social and physical amenities are not high on our list of requirements. This has led us to explore the many state and county parks that exist in the South West over the first few years as we settled in on locations that soon became favorites. Currently we split our time primarily amongst several state and county parks in Arizona with occasional exploratory trips to other areas.

It is interesting to learn that you can get along very well for extended periods of time in an area under 300 square feet and not feel terribly inconvenienced. Packing appropriately is quite critical and, strange as it seems, we still end up taking more stuff than we need or use. Let there be a lesson there for all of us especially as we navigate the new reality of the COVID-19 world.

The two least interesting parts of the experience is going there and getting back which in our case means five full days of driving pulling a 5th wheel at a sketchy time of year when the journey really isn’t a great part of the experience.

Once there we rapidly adjust to our new lifestyle. We have also learned that if we are very careful with our water usage, we can last two weeks before the need to go to a dump station (state and county parks typically don’t have sewer connections but do have water and electricity). This generally puts a two-week cap on our stay in any particular campsite. Limited WiFi, phone and TV service are probably the biggest bugs but its amazing how you can learn to filter out the needs from the wants and still enjoy yourself. Reading starts to take up a larger focus.

We love our life there and try and avoid politics as much as possible. It is after all the hiking (and in my case biking) in a warm, dry and sunny environment that keeps us coming back year after year. We have made numerous friends there over the years with whom we cross paths and meet socially regularly at various campgrounds. And, of course, we can’t forget our Snowbird friends from back home who undoubtedly have their own wonderful stories to tell which will be totally different from ours but every bit as engaging and meaningful.

I have added some photos to this story to whet your appetite for exploring the South West so that maybe you too will take up the Snowbird lifestyle option. I do a Facebook blog every year of all our experiences which many of you follow and will continue this practise in future.

One of our favourite places in Sedona the Chapel of the Holy Cross,inspired by Frank Lloyd-Wright. A very spritual place regardless of faith nestled in the Red Rocks of Sedona                 _MG_1883One of the Pal's favorite places in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross, inspired by Frank Lloyd-Wright. Jack Pal describes it as a very spiritual place, regardless of faith, nestled in the Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona.

Another glorious sunset in Cave Creek                 _MG_5925 Another glorious sunset in Cave Creek State Park, Arizona.

Ducking under a Saguaro in Spur Cross Park_MG_1417Pat Pal, and Bailey, walk under a Saguaro in Spur Cross Park, Arizona.  

Hot air balloons are a regular feature at the Cave Creek Campground on still mornings      _MG_1726Hot air balloons are a regular feature at the Cave Creek Campground on still mornings.

One of four Big Horn sheep I encountered on a trail in Anza Borrego, CaliforniaI. Not at all skittish.                                                                         MG_0039-4One of four Big Horn Sheep that Jack Pal encountered on a trail in Anza Borrego, California. He reports that it was not at all skittish.  

Trail riding options right within the Cave Creek park...a short walk from our RV.                _MG_6492 There are trail riding options right within the Cave Creek Regional Park, a short walk from where the Pals had parked their RV.



PIXILATED — image of the week


Floating Snowdrops...By Conrad Kuiper

Email your photo in Jpeg format to with the subject line Subscriber Photo of the Week. or...Upload your photo to Flickr.

I am looking for the Bayfield that is a delight to the eye – please share photos with a touch of whimsy, beauty, humor or a sense of fun. If you are to include people in your photos be sure to have their permission to publish their picture on-line and also send in their names and where they are from. And don’t forget to tell me who took the photo for proper credit to be issued










Word on the street is that as of yesterday, Apr. 14, traffic is now flowing across the temporary Bayfield Bridge and the attention of the construction workers has now turned to the bridge that has graced the river since 1949. Physical distancing has prevented me from getting out and taking pictures of the process of late but I will endeavor to get some for next issue so that others can stay home and view the work from a very vitually safe distance. Take care - Melody 


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