Early morning reflection on the French River.
Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Saturday, June 26, 2010
On Saturday we drove down to Toronto for the Urban Cowboy's retirement bash. Yes, I know, it was also the G8 and G20 weekend. We were delayed in Huntsville for the G8 as they closed Highway 11 and 400 south for the various motorcades. I have never seen so many OPP officers or OPP vehicles. Every exit and entrance to the highway on the south side from Huntsville to Toronto was blocked by OPP vehicles for more than 2 hours. We finally were allowed on the highway in Huntsville, and we proceeded on our merry way. There was very little traffic. All the on ramps were full of cars blocked by OPP vehicles. Near Bracebridge we, foolishly it turned out, exited the highway to answer nature's call. When we tried to return to the highway we were now part of the crowds that were being blocked from getting on the highway even though we were just on it and there were regular vehicles on it moving south. The officer said he wasn't allowed to let us return. About 10 minutes later an OPP cruiser with 2 "older" officers came by and removed the barrier, and we again were on our way. To our bewilderment, all the way to Toronto the on ramps were still blocked and the cars were piling up waiting to get on. We felt "privileged" to be moving. The usually busy highway was anything but and we sped along well over the speed limit passing all the blocked on ramps and lines of cars, knowing the OPP were not going to give chase to us speeding. Even Highway 69 south from Sudbury at Barrie was blocked. We arrived in Toronto and then went through G20 chaos effects on the subway lines. This was at the same time that the protesters torched a police cruiser and smashed and destroyed downtown property. We were again lucky as all north and south subways were just shut down, and we were going west to east on our "trek" to Yorkville. At the Younge Street exit as we disembarked, the cars on the north/south line were crammed with people with the car doors open, going nowhere. The folks looked like they'd been there a while, and it looked like they were going nowhere soon. We made it to the UC's condo finally, and had a fabulous evening/night revelling in UC's retirement while in Yorkville, away from the G20 nonsense a few blocks south of us.
Friday, June 25, 2010
The weather on Day 2 of our French River trip was in a word crummy. It rained all day, and it was cool and windy. The only good thing was the wind was at our backs, and we were paddling down river. We were soaked through before we even got into our canoes and kayak for the day's paddle. This was the most scenic portion of the river, but the weather put a damper on it. I sealed my camera in the water tight compartment of my kayak for the day. We had about 6 rapids and portages to navigate. The portages were brutally hard as the rain made the rocks and boulders as slippery as ice. It took us 4 hours to go the first kilometer because of the treacherous conditions of the portages.
Thursday, June 24, 2010
Day 2 of the French River canoe/kayak trip was cool and rain filled. Prior to breaking camp and continuing our trek, the rain proved helpful as an automatic dishwasher, although a tad slower than your average house dishwasher. The rain would build up on the tarp, and every couple of minutes it would drain off the tarp in a heavy flow. We put the dirty dishes on the rocks where the rain drained from the tarp, put some soap on the dishes, and waited for the water to plunge down and clean the dishes.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Monday, June 21, 2010
Glen and Mike tackle the second rapids and first set of rapids that was "shoot-able."
Sunday, June 20, 2010
After our first day of paddling, 2 or 3 rapids (can't remember total number), one spilled canoe and contents, this was the view from our first campsite. It was a great first day of river trekking and a great first night. The tale continues on day 2 when we wake up to a long day of heavy rain, wind, cool temperatures and many portages.
Saturday, June 19, 2010
We returned yesterday afternoon from the inaugural "Killer Strawberries' Stroke & Stroke" down the French River. The 3-day, 2-night trip turned into a 4-day, 3-night excursion. We put in at Wolsley Bay and paddled west for about 50 kilometers to our finish point near Alban. Everything was spectacular and fabulous! Even the cool, windy and rain drenched Wednesday of paddling and portaging was awesome; although quite difficult and exhausting. More pictures will follow as I sift through them all.
Tuesday, June 15, 2010
Monday, June 14, 2010
Sunday, June 13, 2010
Wednesday, June 09, 2010
Monday, June 07, 2010
Last week was Renewal Week at the college, so some of us "renewed" by biking from the North Bay waterfront to the Callander Bay waterfront and back (30km round trip). I biked in to town from our place beforehand and had a flat tire on the way which I had to stop and repair; after the "renewal" trip, I biked home, good for a 60km biking day.
Sunday, June 06, 2010
Taking pictures of a full moon is a daunting task at the best of times. Invariably you wind up with a small white pinhole image that is supposed to be the moon. If you are not using a tripod, then you often get an image like the one above, as the shutter stays open longer than you'd think, and the camera moves or trembles.
Saturday, June 05, 2010
Friday, June 04, 2010
Thursday, June 03, 2010
I like when rock cliffs intersect lakes or rivers. This one is on the west side of Trout Lake across the lake from our place. The cliff rises up about 50 feet, and the depth of water at the edge is about 40 feet, so if one were inclined, a dive from the cliff would be safe, but definitely not something I'd be doing.
Wednesday, June 02, 2010
Tuesday, June 01, 2010
See the little birdies up in the tree? Ok, so they're not so little.