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Bagpipes and Sunsets

13 Jul

By: Diva Jenna Ujiye

My co-worker and I have been trying to get video footage at as many events on Ontario’s West Coast as possible. We have been spending some evenings and weekends and have got to see some amazing things and try some very unique things! This past Friday was really great! We headed to the Cove beach in Goderich and  watched as the Celtic Blue Highlanders pipe band piped down the sun.

I am not kidding you, there were hundreds of people at the event! This phenomenon seems to be a Lake Huron thing and it happens every Friday in July and August. We watched families and friends gather all around the pipe band and listen to the music. Many of the children started dancing and running around the band, which was in a circular formation. People travel from all over Ontario, Canada and the world to watch this event, most of the people attending where from out of the area.

After we watched the pipe band for a while we headed over to the beach and watched the sunset, it was so warm outside that people where still swimming in the Lake. What a wonderful end to a Friday evening!

Here is a video of one some of the happenings from the Friday night fun!


Up, Up and Above!

11 Jun

By: Diva Jenna

Yesterday I went to the Above the Falls Challenge Course with work and boy was it a fun time! I would say team building and communication challenges are in my top 10 of things to do. The Challenge Course has something for everyone all the way from basic to advanced skills. Rob Bundy and Craig Harrison were our guides for the day and they did an awesome job! I would recommend this attraction to anyone, I hope you can all make it out sometime soon!

When we first arrived Rob had the whole group of us do a couple of “get to know each other” games and then we headed out on the course. We were split in to two groups, I was in a group where we had to “build a bridge” consisting of 3 pieces of wood and 5 posts to put the wood in. Long story short we had to do a bit of balancing and physical work, but spent most of the time trying how to figure out how to get all of us across.

Next we headed to the climbing tower where we suited up in harnesses and helmets. This is where we all got to look pretty nerdy! Everyone got a chance to climb or sit and watch. I will say… I could not make it to the top, this proves to me that I need to work harder and get stronger. I also came home with a giant bruise on my arm, in which Rob and Craig called a “medal.” We had such an awesome day and I can’t wait to go back and make it to the top. We had some really fast climbers in the group and it was really great to see! Oh and of course, I can’t forget the food… We had the lunch catered in from the Benmiller Inn, they made us a paperless lunch which consisted of an assortment of pitas, veggies and dip, fruit and homemade dessert buns, yummy!!! Check out some more photos and video from the day below, if you are interested in taking the challenge visit: www.abovethefalls.com

Motorcycle Riding and Mud Boggn’

23 May

During the summer I love to drive around on my quad and explore the sites. I usually only get out three of four times during the year, but it is worthwhile!

I was just looking at my calendar and realized that this coming weekend, May 27 & 28, is a big deal for people who are in to riding  Motorcycles and Four-wheelers. I was really involved in the Forbidden Ride in 2009 & 2010, but am just singing at the BBQ afterwards this year. Make sure to sign up for the events if you are in to either of these two sports! The South Huron Mud Boggn event is the first annual and I have heard that many people have signed up to make their way through the mud.

Ride Huron Perth, Forbidden Ride – May 27 & 28

On May 27 and 28, 2011, the streets of Perth Huron will be filled with the sound of roaring motorcycles cruising their way from Shakespeare to Goderich as they take a Forbidden Ride.

Perth and Huron Counties have once again partnered together to support the Perth Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations while offering all motorcycle enthusiasts a fun weekend adventure they’ll never forget. The Forbidden Ride weekend will kick off with a police escorted ride through downtown Stratford to the Stratford Avon Theater for ‘Biker’s Night’. See the rock musical Jesus Christ Superstar on May 27 and save 25%! To save, call the Stratford Shakespeare Festival box office at 1-800-567-1600 or go online at www.stratfordshakespearefestival.com with promotion code 36815 to get your tickets!

On Saturday morning, participants are encouraged to visit one of our many fantastic restaurants for a delicious breakfast. Then be sure to browse through some of the unique shops before heading to the Perth County Welcome Centre and Artisan Market in Shakespeare to begin the Forbidden Ride. The cost to participate in the ride is $30.00 for the first rider and $15.00 for a passenger, with all of the proceeds being donated to the Perth Big Brothers and Big Sisters organizations.

The Forbidden Ride will take you from countryside to coastline, with bikers stopping in at least 5 different towns to collect stamps on the “roads less travelled”. You will stop at various attractions throughout the two counties to explore the exciting landscapes and forbidden finds we have to offer! It will end with a savoury BBQ featuring local foods, live music and great prizes will await you.

May 11, 2011
Ben Forrest
EXETER – Mud bogging, a popular motorsport where competitors race through mud pits, isn’t new to Exeter.But organizers of a May 28 event want to bring the sport to town on a bigger way, potentially creating an annual tradition on par with the Exeter Rodeo.

Dubbed “South Huron Mud Bogg’n 2011,” the event will allow ATV and utility vehicle owners to race through mud pits at Country Corners Rent-All and neighbouring property, at the south end of Exeter.

Participants will be divided into 10 different classes, with winners decided either by the distance travelled through a pit, or the time they take to make it through.

A partnership of Country Corners Rent-All and the Municipality of South Huron, the event will also serve as this year’s major fundraiser for the MainStreets Exeter downtown revitalization project.

Country Corners hosted a similar event in 2009 – a cancer fundraiser in memory of Mike Lightfoot that was well-attended.

South Huron Mud Bogg’n 2011 will run all day, with vendors opening at around 8 a.m. according to Peter Armstrong, chairperson of the MainStreets Exeter promotion committee.

ATV dealers and food vendors are expected to be on hand, and races are slated to run from about 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

There are plans to have a shuttle bus running hourly from Mud Bogg’n to downtown Exeter, where spectators can shop or dine.

Organizers hope to park the shuttle at the Exeter Parkette, where it’s expected Big Brothers Big Sisters South Huron will hold a fundraising barbecue.

Registrants for Mudd Bogg’n 2011 include those from as far away as Hamilton and Dunnville, according to Armstrong.

“People are coming a distance just to have the opportunity to play in the mud for a day,” he said.

Those participating must provide their own ATV or utility vehicle, and the hope is Mudd Bogg’n will become an annual event.

“We expect this to snowball into quite a large event year after year,” Armstrong said.

Organizers are looking for volunteers to help out, offering free admission and a free T-shirt as compensation.

Those interested can contact Mark Cassidy at MainStreets Exeter. Vendor space is still available, and registration for mud bogging itself was still open at press time.
For more information, visit http://www.mudboggn.com

Remembering: The beach in 2010

5 May

So the weather of spring 2011 has not been the greatest so far… So I thought I would post a story of the beach and campfires in the summer of 2010 to remind everyone of what is soon to come!

My friend Shawna called me up in June and said that her and her daughter Hilary wanted to come up to my house and go to the beach and camp out. We decided on a weekend in July. Hilary and Shawna got here around 2pm on a sunny Saturday afternoon, we immediately headed to the beach in Port Albert. It was almost 30 degrees and the sun was shining. We set up our towels and a shade umbrella and ran into the water. Was it ever refreshing! The three of us played mermaid games in the water and watched as boats went by further out. Then we played in the sand for a bit, went back in the water and cleaned the sand off and headed back to my house for a barbecue, campfire and of course to set up the tent! After setting up the tent we sat by the campfire, made s’mores and played with sparklers.

At the beach in Port AlbertShawna and Hilary at the beach in PA

Hilary at the beach

CampfireThe Tent

Cross Country Skiing

6 Mar

It was in my plans to become a cross country skier this year… and it’s looking like 2012 is a more likely option.

I love downhill skiing, but there aren’t many hills close by, so I thought, why not start cross-country skiing. In Huron county we have many trails in the area that have awesome cross country skiing. As of yesterday I was thinking the general skiing season was going to be over. The temperature started going up and it rained most of today, meaning that a good amount of the snow melted… but it has now snowed a couple of inches, so here’s hoping we get the snow back!

Some of my reasoning around wanting to cross county ski had to do with going out with a crew last year and videoing their time.Check out the video below to see what we got up to!

If you are interested in checking out the hills and trails in Huron County, click on the map below!

Huron County Ski Map

Huron County Ski Map



A beauty friday morning

4 Mar

I just had a wonderful sunny drive in to town. The sunrise over lake Huron had hues of pink it. I will post a pic later when I am at my computer!