Autumn Mornings

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Buckhorn From Above

Flying my drone over Buckhorn Lock 31 of the Trent Severn Waterway and Reach Harbour Marina, just outside of Buckhorn Ontario:

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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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Coldest so far….

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Christmas 2013

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A truly Canadian white Christmas is in view from my wheelhouse windows as I write this.

A couple of days ago the region was hit with an ice-storm that crippled cities from Toronto to Kingston and now, three days later there are still 70 thousand homes in Toronto without power.

Our area received about two inches of ice build-up but we have had no major damage to the local infrastructure. A pontoon houseboat (which our neighbor should never have left afloat), was not cleared in time and didn’t fare too well but was saved before major damage was done:
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We did a live-stream from a static cam for Christmas Eve at our new “TV” channel and overnight have had 741 unique visits from 4 continents, which was quite thrilling for me:
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The channel can be accessed here: http://www.marinesupportonline.com/CD-TVsplash.htm

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Icebound on the Trent Severn Waterway

We are in Ontario Canada, Pigeon Lake North, near Bobcaygeon – Lock 32 of the Trent Severn Waterway. We came up here to enjoy the winters that promised the “Great White North” experience. Well, the first two were quite disappointing, but this one is starting off just right. A foot of snow this morning and forecasted temps to be minus 21 degree Celsius tonight / -21° C.

So, here are last year’s and a comparison this year’s webcam images, taken in the same location, just different camera angles:
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Here is a look at the images around the boat today:
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