Winter Spring

It has been an exceptionally mild winter and now it appears an early Spring had sprung, while technically it is still Winter.

The following images were taken yesterday afternoon and this morning:
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Here is comparison of this time, from the last winter we spent onboard, in 2014:
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EXTREME Cold Warning

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As we move into a few cold days, the wood fire burns and all is cosy inside the icebound boat.
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The frozen surroundings are harsh, but peaceful and serene.
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Only the television set reminds us of the even harsher world of the “normal” citizens living their mundane and structured, system dependent lives …..
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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 2…….

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It was about a week before Christmas and all aboard the boat were wishing for snow.
But there was only fog and then a rainbow….
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So, they just counted their blessings, considered how much less they were spending on shorepower, and turned the lights up on the Christmas tree…. 🙂
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Remnants of Hurricane Patricia

I don’t know when they started to call Pacific storms “hurricanes”, they were always a “typhoon” before, but this one was true to its calling and nicely trekked east and north into Atlantic regions.
For us on the Great Lakes today, those remnants are merging with a local system to produce our so called first “winter storm” while it is still autumn….

I have the webcam set up on the dock, refresh set at 2 seconds, hoping to catch some wild water action, but the strong winds that will affect us, turning to west from east and south, will not materialise until tomorrow morning.

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Our onboard webcam is live 24/7 @ http://www.cruisingdog.com
Most of the boat shave been hauled out – we are enjoying the solitude now and are looking forward to being icebound.

Bluffers Beach Club – Anchored Memories

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A few years ago we spent some time as liveaboards at Bluffers Park Marina in Scarborough. Wendy and I, along with a few friends created this wonderful hangout we referred to as the “Bluffers Beach Club” – it was all about the view of wide open Lake Ontario in the summer and in winters the wind driven seas covered everything in a sculpture of magnificence only nature can create.
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We spent a lot of time there with our German Shepherd Tiger and have some wonderful memories…..
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It was an awesome place to hang out.
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We had a Group 27 battery with a solar charger, a webcam uploaded pictures and Sirius XM Radio Margaritaville supplied the tunes.
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In 2009 we marked the spot with a 65 pound Danforth anchor.
We had bent the Danforth in Bimini Bahamas in 1991, and once an anchor is bent, even if it is straightened, it should not be trusted again, so it was a good item to make our mark. We drilled the rock and installed concrete anchors to hold it, grinded the bolts down so it can not be removed and we marked it “J W T 09” (Joe Wendy Tiger).
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I was at the marina a few days ago on a job and was saddened to find that “our” Beach Club has been abandoned, overgrown with weeds and apparently used only by vagrants now to drink beer and sit around the fire. I guess the boaters lost interest…..

They say all good things have to come to an end one day, so the good times and the funky place the Bluffer Beach Club once was, is now for the memory banks but surprisingly, our 65 pound Danforth anchor is still bolted to the rock, albeit well hidden now behind the vegetation that is reclaiming the land.

I took a picture on the 19th of August 2015, 6 years after we installed the anchor and so now I wonder; for how many more years will the Danforth be guarding our memories there on the shore of Lake Ontario…..
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