Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Sugar Sugar and the Niagara Escarpment
Anyways..... So I was sitting in Oblio's monday afternoon when, gosh almighty, in strolls Ed. Hadn't seen him much since he retired, fell in love and moved to Canada. Whoa... so there is a lotta catch-up talk. He is back in town to try to sell his condo.... or figure out what to do with the over four thousand books he has stashed there. Ed has a thing for books. We're just chatting and catching up when he mentions that on tuesday he was going to do a day trip to Door County.... do I want to come along.
Another reason I went with him was to see my sister and her husband. They were at his family's cottage in Ephraim cleaning up after a storm that hit the county last thursday.
Well the storm left a bunch of down trees on the property, but thankfully none fell on the cottage.....which dates back to the 1880's or something, which My brother in law's grandfather bought back in the early 1920's or so... from somebody name Erickson... or Eriksen... which Ed and my brother-in-law discussed to no end.... see, the proper spelling, if you ancestors were English-Norwegian, or Danish-Norwegian.
And I was into my third beer by then. So we then went to a bookstore up in Ellison's Bay that Ed knew about..... over TWENTY THOUSAND used books. We had to stop. Ed wanted to see if he had anything about the Niagara escarpment. You really can never have to much information about escarpments, it seems.
Now, we hit Gills Rock... looked at the old ferry docks, and then headed south along the Lake Michigan shore. Ed wanted to visit Cana Island, which is only about 8 acres, accessible by a small spit of land walk.... and still has the old 1869 lighthouse.
And then.... he started talking about.... being 69 and retired, and in love with someone fourteen years younger.... and moving to a foreign country... "Which is not all that foreign, " he said, " because they do watch football, see, and the language is mostly English," he laughed, "but I don't know anyone there! And I don't know where to get a haircut... where to buy a beer.... I don't know the land....the cities.... thank God we share the same escarpment!!!!"
....... So.... I had another beer as we sat on the rocks... and gave him a good listening... and Ed can talk. And he did. About all sorts of stuff. And then more.
And I realized why he wanted to come up here. And I said nothing.
On the ride back south..... I realized why it is sometimes necessary to hide the sugar bowl from folks like Peggy...... and why we should always preserve our lighthouses for people like Ed. There are rocks in them waters, see.