8/23/2010

The Misty DEW Line

The highest  populated point in Ontario (1640 ft. above sea level) is home to the village of Foymount, about an hour's drive from our home at 500 feet above sea level. Back in the 40's and 50's when it was feared that the Russians were coming, the Russians were coming, Foymount became the southern most post of the Distant Early Warning line, and the Royal Canadian Air Force built  many buildings and installed listening devices, including people to listen to them. They were all set to fire off a warning if a nuclear missile ever flew over.  Alas, the Russians never came, the Russians never came. So the site was closed in the 70's, and now it's a Sunday driving destination for the locals, who come to find specials at the (soon to close) Sierra Design factory that used to make rugged outdoor clothing in the former DEW line  HQ. And to see whatever else they can see on dreary, drippy days like yesterday.

Hard to believe my fancy schmancy ski jacket was born in there. Even these two kestrals find it difficult to believe
...As the lights are now off, and nobody's home.
Finding no bargains, we headed down the road...
 and through the mist to discover the quiet sentinels keeping watch.



With their backs to the road, they gaze over the meadow, holding a silent vigil, while waiting for their next meal.

If a tree falls in the forest, will vultures  hear it? What if a bomb drops?

6 comments:

faye said...

Good Post. I always learn something new from your blog... thanks !!

Wolynski said...

Wow, that's some fog - surprised you could even drive. Interesting story.

Ruth said...

I love your misty pictures! We have had grey, low cloud for so many days now in SW Ontario.

Boomer Pie said...

Susan, thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice comment. I enjoy your photos and your "nature" perspective. We're not too far from Ontario (Michigan)and one of these days, we'd love to take a road trip there.

steviewren said...

Wow, it was quite an overcast, foggy day. I love weekend rambling drives.

Kelly said...

...interesting post. We are stumbling through a drought, so the idea of a misty, wet morning is refreshing. Beautiful photos of the fog...