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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Still No Snow 2…….

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It was about a week before Christmas and all aboard the boat were wishing for snow.
But there was only fog and then a rainbow….
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So, they just counted their blessings, considered how much less they were spending on shorepower, and turned the lights up on the Christmas tree…. 🙂
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November Boat-Ride

The month of November in Ontario Canada is not known for boating weather.
Rather it is the time when most recreational boats are hauled out and put to rest for the winter. Exceptions are the liveaboards concentrated around Toronto – a couple of hundred boats that remain afloat as private residences, not unlike us, except that we are alone in the north country (by choice).
Where we are is near the town of Bobcaygeon on Pigeon Lake, Lock 32, part of the Trent Severn Waterway that is also a big portion of the America’s Great Loop.
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This year, so far, we have been blessed with a mild and very pleasant November. So far….
We took the opportunity to go for a short cruise from our marina location to downtown Bobcaygeon, where the lock is, and these are some of the images of us being the only boat left on the lake, taking advantage of a perfect autumn day.
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Arriving at the lock in the busy summer season means chances are there’d be no room for us, but not so when we have the whole lake to ourselves.
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Ladies of the Bobcaygeon Horticultural Society ensure our town is always pretty – this image is from the swing bridge that crosses the Trent canal at the lock:
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We found the lock under repair; new gates are being installed.
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These snowbirds have missed the last boat south:
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A few more images heading back “home” to the marina:
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As a pleasant surprise, our friend Andrea McClure was in her backyard and took this image, which is great, since we never get a chance to see what our boat looks like from ashore:
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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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Retro Slide

My first attempt at making a slide from scratch, not using Youtube’s “movie maker”.
Images we collected through the nineties:

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I have been taking pictures of wrecked boats for a long time, and no better place for it than the islands in the old days, before the many hurricanes of the last couple of decades cleaned a lot of things up.

The A. P. Andros was my favorite at Chub Cay in the Berry Islands. This was the last image I got of her, a day before Hurricane Andrew blew all the wrecks out of Mama Rhoda Channel.
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Here is another one that set in Mama Rhoda Channel prior to Andrew:
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This was the “Rasta Boat” that set ashore in Nassau Harbour on private property on the Paradise Island side:
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This was the Yankee Lady from Fort Lauderdale, wrecked in a North blow on Bimini’s exposed west beach. Very seldom, they say once in a “blue moon”, the tide exposes her bones and I was lucky to be in the right place at the right time:
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Of course the mother of all wrecks sits hard aground on the Great Bahama Banks.
The Sapona is a concrete ship used for military bombing practice for a while, after she was driven aground purposely near Bimini.
It is a great place to dive, spearfish and hunt lobster.

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Cruising past the Sapona in 1994:
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Wendy even found an old unexploded bomb while diving for lobster on the Sapona, so we retrieved it from about 30 feet and tried to clean it, but there was not much strength left in the casing. It was fun to play with on the beach though…….
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