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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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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Up The Creek 2015

Just a stone’s throw away from our marina and a short dinghy ride away, is Nogies Creek, funneling the headwaters of the Precambrian Shield to Pigeon Lake. Here linger the spirits of First Nations and European settlers, who paddled these waters some two hundred years ago.
Peaceful shallows, dotted with cottages and the odd grandiose homestead.
This was our first trek up the creek this year, thankfully not much has changed since our last visit of 2014, also featured on this blog….
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