Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Nice bit of stained glass on an upper level floor of a building on Main Street.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Back in the late 70's and 80's this was the daily train, the Northlander, that ran from Moosonee through North Bay to Toronto. It was very cool and European. Sad to see it like this, but I suspect it's about to be cleaned up to be used as a static display near the North Bay waterfront.

Monday, August 29, 2011

The Chief Commanda II returning from a Lake Nipissing cruise.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Saturday, August 27, 2011

One of Marsha's beautiful lilies down by the hot tub.

Friday, August 26, 2011

The Boat House at the Home Alone camp on Mazinaw Lake.

Thursday, August 25, 2011

The view down Mazinaw Lake.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Here's another of the native pictographs on Mazinaw Lake.

Looking up the 300 foot cliff.

Mr. P. positions himself so you can see the size of the pictograph.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Home Alone 2011 was held at a "member's" cottage on Mazinaw Lake. Below is a description of the lake:

The lake's name comes from Mazinaabikinigan-zaaga'igan, meaning "painted-image lake" in Algonkian, referring to the pictographs on Mazinaw Rock which overlooks the lake. Mazinaw Lake is in the Addington Highlands just north of Kaladar. Mazinaw Lake is situated on the upper end of the Mississippi River. It's about 15 km (9 mi) long and averages a bit over 1 km (0.6 mi) in width. The average depth 41 m (135 ft) with a maximum depth of 145 m (476 ft), making it the second deepest lake in Southern Ontario besides the Great Lakes. It is divided into North and South sections of the lake by a narrows, North Mazinaw being the larger and deeper. The spectacular scenery standing on a 1.5 km long sheer cliff ,100 meters (325 feet) above the deep dark water of Mazinaw Lake is amazing. What's even more amazing is the sheerness of the cliff continues down below the surface of the water for another 100 meters (325 feet). This unbelievable huge cliff is painted with Native hieroglyphics. Bon Echo Provincial Park encompasses the central section of the lake, including the narrows between North and South Mazinaw, as well as Mazinaw Rock. A dam is located at the outflow of the lake to control water flow in the spring.

Mazinaw Lake is the second-deepest lake in Ontario and features over 260 native pictographs often confused with petro glyphs. It has the largest visible collection in Canada including the Ojibwa trickster figure and culture hero, Nana bush. The rock also contains a tribute to Walt Whitman, inscribed for Flora MacDonald Denison, who ran the Bon Echo Inn on the site of the provincial park during the 1910s. Surprisingly mink can be spotted roaming the northern shores of the lake.


Monday, August 22, 2011

Mazinaw Lake was the scene of this year's Home Alone. As usual the usual suspects gathered for a "sporting" weekend.

Friday, August 19, 2011


At the mouth of the Niagara River, this is Fort Niagara on the American side. This fort was captured by British/Canadian forces during the War of 1812. It's a historical site i have to get to someday. Currently, part of it is used by the US Coast Guard, partly to ensure Canadians don't get too close to the USA.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

The Cap'n and 2 of the crew take a dip in Lake Ontario, water depth 500 feet, and no land visible on the horizon. I remained on board for safety - mine and the boat's - I'm not a great swimmer, and the boat was still running - The boat was still running because we did not want any possibility of being stranded should it not re-start, AND I could see no good coming of all deck hands in the water in the middle of the lake with an empty boat still running.

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

I have no idea which Toronto waterfront building this is that faces the lake and Center Island, but the interior with tree and slide (?) looks pretty intriguing from a cruise by on the lake.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

I never realized how large some of the Lake Ontario sailboats are. This one can handle the world's oceans. It's about 50 feet long and wider than I imagined -> 10-12 feet? The inside accommodations are grand and plush, nicer than many folks' houses.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Sunset looking out towards Lake Ontario from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Sunrise at Niagara-on-the-Lake Yacht Club - red sky in the morning, sailors take warning. Well we did, and it rained all day, and there were thunderstorms on the lake in our intended path. It was a velo day as we biked all over NOTL in the rain.

Saturday, August 13, 2011

This was the scene over Toronto as we were approaching the Center Island marina after the wild lake crossing from Niagara-on-the-Lake.

Friday, August 12, 2011

It was a rough 4 hour cruise from Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto Center Island on Wed., day 3 of our just completed 4 day Lake Ontario cruise from Pickering to Niagara-on-the-Lake to Toronto Center Island and back to Pickering. Days 1 and 4 were gorgeous days, weather wise, and the other 2 days were rainy and wild. The swells were approaching 10 feet when this photo was taken, and the bow would sometimes be almost underwater. Better than anything Wonderland has to offer!!

Monday, August 08, 2011

We have lots of partridge in the area, but rarely do they venture this close to the house. They were a bit more wary when we used to have a cat.

Sunday, August 07, 2011

We went for a fabulous cruise with the usual suspects on Four Mile Bay. An excellent time was had by one and all!

Saturday, August 06, 2011

Country road near Nipssing village.

Friday, August 05, 2011

Late evening shot of the 500 block of Fraser Street.

Thursday, August 04, 2011

Compared to the doorway photos earlier, some businesses on Oak Street in North Bay have improved their look overlooking the new waterfront development.

Wednesday, August 03, 2011

This is just one of a number of Buddhas we have throughout our gardens.

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I'm surprised these apples haven't been picked off by critters, considering their ripeness.

Monday, August 01, 2011

Not your typical wall mural, but cool nonetheless.