We miss being on the boat, even though living in town makes more sense now and the water is only a few steps out in our back yard, Big Bob Channel and the rapids that never freeze.
We miss the intimate connection with nature. We liked it on the boat, even in winter.
On the boat you could hear and feel the wind howl across the bay, we could hear the pressure cracks form in the frozen lake. In the apartment we are so cut off from all that, and feel disconnected from the raw nature we were surrounded with for 30 years full time on the boat….
Stopped at the marina to check on the boats and found a lot of wildlife activity from last night; a family of river otters live just a little way to the north on the east side of the bay. They were obviously fishing in the open water around the boat and playing on the ice.
They are about as big as a medium size dog. We used to enjoy watching them last winter when we lived on the boat. All we can hope for now, is that they’ll get in the way of our webcam and we’ll see them at our apartment on the computer…..
They left their tracks all over on the fresh snow on the ice:
Winter is here now. The forecast calls for colder temps and maybe snow coming.
The bay sure froze up nice and flat, smooth, but not good enough yet to go on it:
As another Canadian winter nears, I go into this nice, indoors tinkering mode.
This time the experiment is what I’ve often imagined as sharing a visual account of nature that we are blessed with around us; living on a boat.