Yesterday, I found myself with a clean slate of a day in front of me. There was no question as to what I wanted to do: go to Goderich. With clear and sunny skies and the temp over 30 degrees C, there’d be no better day to head up to my favourite beach town!
As you already know, I have many happy childhood memories of time spent at my grandparents’ trailer, then cottage in Goderich. There was a hiatus during my late teens/20’s when I didn’t get up to Goderich at all, and now the past few years, we make the effort to spend a day in “Canada’s prettiest town,” annually. (You can read about last year’s successful trip here, then an unsuccessful visit here).
I’ve never spent time in Goderich on my own! But, the idea of a solo excursion didn’t faze me. With all my travel experiences in Florida last year (a year ago today, July 20th, I was in Naples!), a day trip is nothing, man!
I was in the car by 9 a.m.:
a 90 minute drive (that’s a JOKE, Dad!!) about 1h 45 minutes by car from Waterloo. It’s a peaceful, scenic, slow drive through farmland and small towns. I R E L A X-ed.
The beach was not at all busy when I got down there. I set up shop:
Normally, Goderich is a fair bit cooler than Waterloo, with a refreshing breeze coming right off Lake Huron. Not yesterday! It was
stifling a real scorcher, even at the water’s edge.
This year, I did not complete the traditional Loop Walk, as per usual. Time to switch things up. Besides, I wanted to show you the Goderich Bandshell!
(Now that I’ve seen them both, recently, I must say the Waterloo Bandshell is cuter!).
The Lighthouse is right across the way!
I wanted a self-portrait with the lighthouse in the background:
400 more snaps several more photos, I gave up.
Back down at the waterside, there was a ship in the harbour today!
I consumed absolutely nothing with any nutritional value whatsoever, at the beach:
Man, it all tasted so good.
In the afternoon, the beach filled up with people. I situated myself so I could eavesdrop on conversations – love that. It was too hot to walk across the sand in bare feet!
I ventured into the water. At first dip, YIKES! freezing! Soon, it felt very nice.
I ended my day downtown. Goderich centre is set up like a “big wheel” – there’s a one-way circular road:
Of course, I HAD to visit my nostalgic favourite:
I headed home late aft, feeling very R E L A X-ed, happy, and calm. You know I love the beach, the heat, the sun…today was a wonderfully great day.
**Today’s blog post title is in reference to how I exercised my independence as a toddler. One of my favourite expressions when I wanted to do something on my own, was to exclaim, “My Byself!” – instead of by myself. And I still like to do things my way!
What spot would you name “the prettiest town?” Goderich makes a valid claim, if you ask me!
Have you been to the beach yet this summer? Grand Bend and Sauble Beach are also hot spots I’d love to revisit!