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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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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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.

Back Channel Barbecue

Had a nice time yesterday, doing the “last hurrah” of this summer season, as far as long weekends go.
We anchored the boat in Back Channel of Boyd Island, the biggest undeveloped island in the Province of Ontario, only a 15 min boatride away from our marina. A lot of partying takes place here and while we showed up early in the morning, it didn’t take long for friends to find us. By 11:00 or so the place started to fill up. Travelling cruisers, Loopers, locals and houseboat renters all enjoying the sunshine and warm waters.

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Latest Briefing

1)- Have been very busy to do much here on my blog. Facebook seems to be the handiest at times for a quick post.

2)- Did a lot of painting and fairing on the boat and we are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel.

3)- I was asked to help out with planning of a webcam for the Bobcaygeon Chamber of Commerce. “Helping out” turned out being asked if I would rent out my own equipment since they did not make the 2015 budget for the webcam. So as a nice gesture (and free) I decided to go ahead and place a cam and a computer at the Boyd Museum office where the Chamber is located.
They were not ready for anything; had to put a cam in the window inside, trim a bunch of trees and we still don’t have a decent view of the canal and docks.
The Chamber’s plan is to purchase a good outdoor IP cam with my help and I volunteered for the installation. In the mean time, my camera and my computer are living at the Chamber office, I built a page on my own website for the Chamber’s cam and we are using my own server. A lot of plans and promises have been voiced but so far even the newly constructed website of the Chamber is lacking in intelligence and usefulness. So, I have tried to give advise and point out what is not right to one of the Directors, pretty much the only person I actually know at the Chamber (and, even that is only from facebook) but I have had no response, I am being ignored and don’t really know what to think of the whole thing………….

In the mean time, I am still running a cam onboard the boat, so now there are 2 URLs for my webcams; Cam 1 at Lock 32 / Cam 2 onboard the boat. The links to the cams:
http://www.marinesupportonline.com/cam1pa.htmspricam15-777

http://www.marinesupportonline.com/cam2pa.htmspricam15-778