As expected, winter has eventually arrived, complete with about 6" of snow. The snow squalls developed Monday and continued overnight, so we woke up to a white winter landscape on Tuesday. I no longer enjoy winter as I once did, skiing and snowshoeing, since I can't get out and ride safely in the snow. And if it gets a little slushy, the electric motor on my wheelchair doesn't do very well!
Monday, December 4, 2023
Thursday, November 30, 2023
We drove to Collingwood the other day, to have lunch with a cousin who faithfully visits twice a year. We ate at the Eggsmart restaurant, a breakfast and lunch spot that closes at 2.30. It was a great visit with good food! On the drive back from Collingwood, a few of the ski runs on Blue Mountain become briefly visible, and they were making snow, reminding me that ski season will soon start.
Monday, November 27, 2023
This hike took place in May 2016, but I'll include it here to round out the story of John Muir at Trout Hollow. A few months after learning all about the power plant here from my friend Glen, I went on a public walk with Robert Burcher, local author of 'My Summer of Glorious Freedom', the story of Muir's time in Ontario.
Friday, November 24, 2023
Just a few days after that last hike, we hiked the Trout Hollow Trail right here in Meaford. The Trout family sawmill was the place where the famous American conservationist John Muir worked for a year or so in 1864-5, designing a lathe to make broom and rake handles. The site of both the old sawmill and the cabin he lived in is along the Trout Hollow Trail. It's also the location of a local hydro project that came 30 years later, in 1904. There's more tangible evidence of that project than of John Muir's visit!
Georgian Bay Milling and Power Company was a private hydro company, which operated from 1904-1923. It only provided street lighting in Meaford, but lost out to Ontario Hydro when the government subsidized it to provide electricity to rural Ontario.
Tuesday, November 21, 2023
We're getting to the time of year when I don't get out enough to have current things to post about; yes, 'wheelchair winter' has begun! But I've got hundreds of photos and great memories of past hikes. This year I'm drawn to those so I'll be using some of them when I don't have more current things to write about. Hope you enjoy them.
It was 9 years ago that I went up to Wiarton with a friend to hike into Spirit Rock Conservation Area along the Bruce Trail near Wiarton. Looking back I realize that November and even December were favourite hiking times for me . I quickly came up with 10 past hikes that I could share with you, so here goes.
Saturday, November 18, 2023
The sloop Glen G is in harbour again for the winter, tied up at the side of the dock beside Richardson's Marine. Owned privately, it is used as a 'floating cottage' during the summer, based in Collingwood where it attracts some interested visitors. But it sits here during the winter season, waiting patiently for next year.