EXTREME Cold Warning


As we move into a few cold days, the wood fire burns and all is cosy inside the icebound boat.

The frozen surroundings are harsh, but peaceful and serene.

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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Parallels In Adventure

Wendy and I are extremists – the adventure kind that is….
We like it best when things are not mundane but far out, like this year’s winter. For us, it has been a great adventure, being on an icebound boat in the worse winter Ontario Canada has seen in decades.
Great Lakes’ ice cover similar to today’s, were last seen in the record set in February of 1979. One has to keep in mind however that records started being kept only in 1973! Many old time Great Lakes sailors tell me it may be the worse ice conditions they have ever seen in a lifetime!
This brings me to admit, to us there is just no bigger thrill than surviving an extreme event that makes you stronger (and you can tell about it).

A hard winter is a long, drawn out event. One has time to think about it and adjust “life support” parameters as the event unfolds. As we get older, that luxury is much valued. Still, it is an extreme event and it reminds us of other extreme events in our lives when we were much younger, like a hurricane for example. Some 20 plus years ago, there was a Hurricane named Andrew that was labeled as the most costly category 5 storm to make landfall on the US mainland ever, and the worse named storm in decades. But before landfall in Florida, it wreaked havoc across the Bahamas and that is where we were, ending up right in the eye of the storm that produced sustained winds of 175 MPH and gusts in excess of 200 MPH! We lived to tell about it and it turned into a great opportunity to write a magazine article about it. So, for those of you who are still reading this long winded post, here is a link to our hurricane event in 1992:

Great Lakes ice image from space on February 14, 2014: