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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Winter Boating Blog – Autumn In August

The misty mornings on the bay are always magical but in August, a little early.
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A “T Rex” of a winter is in store for us, according to the Old Farmers Almanac.
We will be on the boat, icebound in this location all winter and this blog will chronicle life on the frozen bay……

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Today our two very different webcam images can be viewed at the same time, showing the bay shrouded in mist from the boat, while our other cam at Lock 32 of the Trent Severn Waterway in downtown Bobcaygeon is enjoying a clear morning:
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Room At The Inn… or not…

We thought, since the weather was not shaping up the best for today, we may get a spot for the weekend at Lock 32 (Trent Severn Waterway) downtown Bobcaygeon, but it looks pretty busy – our webcam is live 24/7, overlooking the area we like to tie up at the lock.
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Launch 2015

We hauled out for the first time in 8 years to service the bottom.
All done, tomorrow is the day we go afloat and back to normal…..

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Hauling Out A Heavy Boat

Here is a video of our first haul-out in 8 years. For the most part, the view is from a low latency “dashboard cam” mounted on the fordeck:

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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