The Arrival of Winter Wonderland

Many people ask us what it is about being up here, when most people who live on boats want to go south. To us, the change of seasons is a wonderful thing and we enjoy winter, once the snow and ice had set in.
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As I look across the vast, open stretch of the bay of solid ice, I get the serene feeling not unlike when I used to look across the stretch of ocean under our boat on a calm passage.
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And, this winter, being here alone on the bay, is the greatest feeling of all.
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Still No Snow……

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The in-between seasons are sometimes hard to take, especially long ones like this year. The good weather is gone and gloomy, dark days are upon us with not much to do outside but wait for the ice to build and the snow to began falling. Then, winter will bring more things to do and the enjoyment of the outdoors.

I made this slideshow for our Bobcaygeon Community Facebook page and for those of us suffering from SAD; takes us back to sunny summer days around Lock 32 of the trent Severn Waterway:

 

November Boat-Ride

The month of November in Ontario Canada is not known for boating weather.
Rather it is the time when most recreational boats are hauled out and put to rest for the winter. Exceptions are the liveaboards concentrated around Toronto – a couple of hundred boats that remain afloat as private residences, not unlike us, except that we are alone in the north country (by choice).
Where we are is near the town of Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake, Lock 32, part of the Trent Severn Waterway that is also a big portion of the America’s Great Loop.
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This year, so far, we have been blessed with a mild and very pleasant November. So far….
We took the opportunity to go for a short cruise from our marina location to downtown Bobcaygeon, where the lock is, and these are some of the images of us being the only boat left on the lake, taking advantage of a perfect autumn day.
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Arriving at the lock in the busy summer season means chances are there’d be no room for us, but not so when we have the whole lake to ourselves.
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Ladies of the Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society ensure our town is always pretty – this image is from the swing bridge that crosses the Trent canal at the lock:
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We found the lock under repair; new gates are being installed.
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These snowbirds have missed the last boat south:
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A few more images heading back “home” to the marina:
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As a pleasant surprise, our friend Andrea McClure was in her backyard and took this image, which is great, since we never get a chance to see what our boat looks like from ashore:
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Room At The Inn… or not…

We thought, since the weather was not shaping up the best for today, we may get a spot for the weekend at Lock 32 (Trent Severn Waterway) downtown Bobcaygeon, but it looks pretty busy – our webcam is live 24/7, overlooking the area we like to tie up at the lock.
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2 new videos

As winter continues to blow with icy fury across the bay, I find it increasingly harder to do anything outside – this winter is getting old, even on the “adventure” side……
So, playing inside seems to be the order of my days right now.

I usually edit my videos with NCR software or with Studio, but I decided to try Youtube’s built-in editor and made a couple of slide-videos: