July 11-14 ; Days 226-229  On the Precipice

Ok, ok… 16 days since the last post is probably a record. All the usual (and one new one) excuses; bad or non-existent internet/connectivity, boat issues generating frustrating moods, trip home and…… the new grandbaby!

In summary, we flew home a few days earlier than planned so that a repair could take place to the boat (something about the compression of the valves, tulipping, overheating, potential blow outs, etc etc. Who really cares….it’ll get fixed and we’ll keep on movin’! As they say: you can’t take it with you……so just haul out that plastic rectangle from the wallet and get it done! Actually,as this “goes to press” it appears to be an insurance covered repair: YAY! Moods have lightened!

Life begins to really blur together after so many days so I will just post a few pix and captions. In sum, aside from record breaking rain, our Canadian time has been full of pretty scenery and waterways; super friendly locals (despite their own internal views of their president’s occasional missteps, the Canadians should be quite proud of the Rolling Stones cover this week.!); cute little waterside towns;  interesting history tidbits and info about the locks and all of the “one-of –a kind” locks; and, of course, as always on this Loop adventure some surprise or insight when we least expect it.

2017-7-12 made in argentina
Not sure how efficient it is to import garbage cans from another hemisphere. But still fun to see as it reminds me of Malbec wine! (and no!, not because I drank too much and needed one of these!)
2017-7-12 snowmobile trail 75 k
Who knew….well, I certainly didn’t.  In fact, you can ride snowmobiles, x-country ski, ATV, bike over 1800 kilometers just in Ontario on places like this; not to mention more trails connecting Yukon in the west to Newfoundland in the east.
2017-7-12 lift B
Another hydraulic “elevator” lift lock with B filming …waaaay too many accidents waiting to happen here!  Nothing did tho–yay! Let me know if you want the video clip of this!

At N’s insistence, included above are some nerdy (yet dumb-downed) explanations of the engineering involved in that big hydraulic lock.  We have a totally different and new type of lock coming up soon….so stay tuned for that  hopefully by the next post.

2017-7-12 spider lock
Locks can sometimes be scary and full of unknown, not good surprises….this was a surprise we’d not yet run across before.  A first for everything! Right where B’s hand was about to grab as we entered to tie up, but luckily N saw it just in time. It even caught the lockmaster’s attention.
2017-7-12 sunset axis feel
With this western sunset in the exact direction of where we are heading, my internal axis felt automatically aligned.  Very weird feeling when that hit me.

We’ve left the boat at what certainly appears to be a great marina with (what appears to be….time will tell!!) knowledgeable mechanics on the outskirts of Orillia, Ontario on Lake Simcoe an hour or so northwest of Toronto.

2017-7-12 lake couchiching
NOT Lake Simcoe here, but literally abutting it through a little cut right where our marina is located, this is Lake Couchiching.  Really nice lakefront large park with late sun, post afternoon showers and mist provided this soul-filling scene during our leg-stretch outing!

BTW, Lake Simcoe is relatively large:  287 square miles. For comparison for our Washington State readers: Puget Sound is a tad more than 1000 square miles; and Lake Washington is a mere 33 sq miles).   We stopped in the middle of Lake Simcoe and let the boat just drift as we jumped in for a great swim.  About 71 degrees so very pleasant!

As we start down our official path of grandparenthood in our revitalized boat that is, as I write this, being brought back from its near-end, we are on the verge of hitting the much-talked- about-as-the-highlight-amongst-Loopers: Georgian Bay; we’ll wrap up our Great Lakes time; and hit Chicago for the final approach to Green Turtle Bay, Kentucky where we will officially “cross our wake.”  So stay tuned, we’ll be back on board August 6th after a red-eye flight!

Besides lots of family and friend time, hikes at Mt Rainier, motorcycle adventures, yoga and golf, here are a few things greeting us at home:

2017-7-20 b n malcolm
Baby Malcolm: THE most precious little bundle around!

In our absence, the backyard (and front) (YES, we live IN the city limits!!) have been invaded by…..

2017-7-20 coyotes
A family of coyotes (here are 2 of the pups).  Z has had a near death experience and now we have an ugly wire fence up around the perimeter…..(aka more $$ !)

and 2 varieties of owls:  Barred and a family of Great Horned (note the adult in the far bottom left of the picture on the right watching its 2 curious owlettes!)

and typical summer tidal highs and lows:

2017-7-20 tide beach house
17 foot tidal change on Puget Sound can keep you working on your math calculations as you lay awake at anchor. Here a negative 3.3′ low tide which, in 6 hours will be a plus 14′.  We look forward to all our Looper friends visiting us and experiencing this fun (and beautiful) place in the future! Yes, there’s a reason there’s a song called The Bluest Skies are From Seattle!

Stay tuned for more in 10 days (give or take!!)

2 thoughts on “July 11-14 ; Days 226-229  On the Precipice”

  1. Thanks for the update! i was wondering whether you were back on board yet. I think the answer is No, that you are still in Tacoma until August 6.

    The spider picture is awful! I think I would die!!! The sunset pictures and Lake vistas beautiful.

    Assuming you are still in Tacoma, enjoy your NW sunshine! I love the pictures with Malcom!!!!! 🌈🦉💫🕷🗻

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  2. It is SO GOOD to have you back on the air. Sixteen days is a l-o-n-g time to hold one’s breath! And thanks for the warning that we’re in for a “10 days (give or take!!)” dry spell. As alway, great photos and pros. Enjoy your week at the Malden Wildlife Sanctuary.

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